How to Spend Two Days in Gothenburg

Gothenburg, an old port city on the North Sea, is the second largest city in Sweden (besides Stockholm). Gothenburgers will tell you it far outstrips the capital in charm, beauty and wit. You could easily spend a week here, but if you are pressed for time, let us suggest a jam-packed two days:

Gothenburg Harbor. Photo: Goran Assner /

Day 1:

Start the day with a pastry and coffee drawn by the serious baristas at Café Kosmos on Västra Hamngatan 20.

Next, get an overview of the city from the water. The old city center is surrounded by Vallgraven (the moat), one of a number of city canals. The Paddan boat company has been hosting sightseeing on the water since 1939. Try the classic “20 Bridges” route.

Paddan Canal Tour. Photo: Göran Assner.

For a lunch of fresh, local seafood head to Gabriel, a restaurant inside Feskekörka (the “fishing church,”) a perennial Gothenburg landmark and fish market.

Haga, just outside the moat, is an excellent place for those who like to browse vintage shops and independent designers. If you’re looking for genuine Swedish clogs you could do worse than Haga Trätoffelfabrik on Haga Nygata 19. Bebop Antik on Kaponjärgatan 4 specializes in vintage Scandinavian design, mainly high-end mid-century modern furniture, though they also carry textiles and other housewares.

After all that shopping you’ll need a pick-me-up. Café Husaren, Haga Nygata 28, located in a landmark 19th century building, serves some of the largest cinnamon rolls known to man, along with good coffee and traditional Swedish sandwiches.

To learn more about Scandinavian design, why not check out The Röhsska Museum at Vasagatan 37.

For dinner, consider one of Gothenburg’s four Michelin-starred restaurants. Thörnströms Kök on Teknologgatan 3, offers a modern take on Scandinavian and regional cuisine.


Day 2:

Breakfast at Bönor och Bagels (beans and bagels) on Linnégatan 48. Next head out to explore the historic Linné neighborhood.

Andra Långgatan, which starts just west of Haga is a formerly rough-and-tumble street for sailors on shore leave. These days it’s lined with bars, restaurants and galleries.

The Garden Society of Gothenburg was founded in 1842 and is today one of the best preserved 19th Century parks in Sweden and Europe. Photo: Nicho Södling.

Walk back through Kungsparken, the park that lines the moat, cross the canal at Raoul Wallenberg’s street.

There’s a longstanding café culture in Gothenburg, starting with old workers’ cafés in the 18th century. The last two decades have seen an explosion of continental style coffee houses. Café du Nord, Kungstorget 3, also known as “the meatball café” has been around since 1875. Stop here for a hearty lunch of large meatballs, served the traditional way with mashed potatoes and lingonberry jam.

The Carl Milles statue of Poseidon can be found at Götaplatsen at the end of Gothenburgs main street Kungsportsavenyn, commonly known as Avenyn. Photo: Göran Assner /

After lunch, take a gander at the Antiques Halls at Västra Hamngatan 6 and the cathedral, just around the corner, on Kyrkogatan 28. On the other side of Kämpebron, a bridge across the canal, you will find the East India House at Norra Hamngatan 12, which contains the City Museum.

To cap off your stay, go for a high-quality brasserie experience at reasonable prices at Familjen on Arkivgatan 7. If you’re hungry try their three-course dinner with some local flair, if you’re still full from lunch they have Swedish style tapas.

By: Sarah Clyne Sundberg


  1. carol larson   •  

    I will see you this weekend sounds wonderful…please make the sunshine too

  2. onyeka okonkwor   •  

    please tell me how to go about it to enable have visa i want to be a part of it. i am a civil servant in Nigeria i will be haveing my annul leave Nov/Dec i will like to spend part of my holiday in sweden Gothenburgs his enviromental friendly

  3. Barbara Bell   •  

    Göteborg is my favorite Swedish city, much cozier than Stockholm (which is stunning, but feels more international). Sjömagisinet and Räkan are two other restaurants that I enjoyed, great seafood and atmosphere!

  4. Géssica Rocha   •  

    I’ll be visiting this beautiful city next month! Just can’t wait! 🙂

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