“Liseberg!” cried all the children in one voice when I asked what they wanted to do on a sunny August day. My cousin and his family were visiting us and we were planning our day.
“And you don’t want to take a ferryboat out to the islands, go for a swim or fish for crabs? Or walk in the Slottskogen park, look at the animals and have fun on the big playground?” I suggested.
“Liseberg!” they shouted once again. I sighed. I really didn’t feel like going to Liseberg. Again. Then, something amazing happened that caught me completely off guard. Thanks to my cousin’s wife, Pernilla, I was suddenly going to spend a whole day shopping in town. Just the two of us. The children were so happy when my husband and my cousin told that they would take them to Liseberg Amusement Park. The whole situation seemed too good to be true.
OK, I thought, I’m supposed to know everything about Gothenburg, but as it’s been a while since I had the opportunity to go shopping for a whole day without children, I was not quite sure where we were going. Without revealing my doubt, I resolutely headed towards Haga hoping that it would appeal to Pernilla. Actually, Haga turned out to be an excellent choice. Whew! There is not only a lovely atmosphere there, but there are also really good local stores that originate from Gothenburg.
The first stop was at the Gothenburg label, Twist & Tango‘s store. As usual when I take someone else shopping, I end up doing all the purchases. I found a pair of lovely, autumn, grey tweed trousers. As it was my 11th wedding anniversary that day, we visited the Heart Store. In this store, everything is heart shaped, even the umbrellas. I got my husband a small heart-shaped anniversary gift.
We continued along the cobble streets of Haga and ended up at Clog Factory which has provided ”gothenburgers” with Clogs for over 70 years. Cue purchase number three!
The next stop was cosy Jacobs Café. We sat down in the sunshine, looked at the crowd and took a ”fika pause”. As it’s autumn now and a bit colder than when I last visited in August, it’s nice to huddle indoors amongst the beautiful, antique furniture.
We ran in and out of various shops, and eventually landed in area around the street Magasinsgatan. In addition to the wonderful shop Prickig Katt (Spotted Cat) there are a lot of nice stores here, including the local clothing brand Velour and Swedish Acne as well as top notch second hand shops and cafés. And then of course, there is Strömmingsluckan (“The Herring Hatch”). It’s a fantastic little facility where you can buy fresh herring and get an entire history lesson about the food you just bought, all included in the price.
After a quiet and cosy day with a lot of nice bargains, we took a late lunch at the restaurant Kajutan at Feskekôrka (The Fish Church –Gothenburg’s famous fish market that looks like a church). Pernilla tried oysters for the first time and I had rediscovered Gothenburg as a shopping city. It’s a hard life 😉 Isn’t it crazy that you can live in a city without having the time to take advantage of everything great that surrounds you?! Life often gets in the way. But I’m determined to experience more of what Gothenburg has to offer.
Have you been to Gothenburg? Do you have any favorite shopping hotspots?