GothenburgThe beauty of Gothenburg becomes apparent as you walk around the harbour and city centre and explore the different neighbourhoods that lend the area a pleasant and relaxing vibe. There are cafés on every street corner and world-class restaurants serving expertly-prepared dishes with the freshest ingredients. Gothenburg offers year-round events and attractions like the Liseberg amusement park, the Opera, the annual film festival and book fair, the Way Out West music festival, many sporting events, and much more.
The CityEven though Gothenburg is the second-largest city in the country, it still breathes small-town charm and a friendly, laid-back atmosphere. The sea and nature are just around the corner, and you can reach the idyllic archipelago in no time. At the same time, the city offers everything you could possibly expect from a modern destination, and most major tourist attractions are within walking distance. A stroll around the compact city centre will take you to shopping malls, arcades, and small independent shops featuring local Gothenburg brands in fashion and interior design. The city has become a top spot for foodies and is famous for its first-class seafood. Here, you can enjoy everything from food trucks to classic neighbourhood eateries to Michelin-starred fine dining establishments. When it comes to accommodation, you can choose from trendy boutique hotels to simple budget options, hostels, spa hotels, and everything in between--there is something at every price range and for every taste. Gothenburg also boasts exciting museums, a good mix of shopping, family-friendly activities, historical sites, as well as a vibrant nightlife. Let yourself be charmed by the people and the city's special character and vibe. Explore the city like a local and discover the top things to do and see in Gothenburg, as well as the best restaurants, bars, nightclubs, cafes, and hotels Sweden's Little London has to offer, with our comprehensive and up-to-date Gothenburg travel guide.
Do & See
Nature is just around the corner in Gothenburg, and distances are short, making it easy to combine bustling city activities with tranquil moments in the archipelago. How about a shopping spree, a visit to a museum or the large amusement park in Scandinavia, Liseberg, followed by a swim in the sea on the very same day?
Gothenburg is synonymous with great food–the freshest ingredients and the tastiest dishes from both the land and the sea. Seafood is highly recommended in Gothenburg, and whether you choose a prawn sandwich in a café or a perfectly cooked halibut in a fine dining restaurant, you will discover that seafood does taste better when it is caught so close to your plate. Enjoy the whole range this Swedish city offers–from relaxed neighbourhood pubs and family-friendly cafes to trendy eateries and gourmet restaurants.
Gothenburg has many cosy cafes where you can have a stop for "fika", the traditional Swedish coffee break. The cinnamon bun, or "kanelbulle", is a very popular choice with your coffee or tea, but sweet choices in Sweden, as you will see, abound.
Bars & Nightlife
The nightlife in Gothenburg attracts a mixed crowd of people–from club kids to office workers. The main boulevard Avenyn is lined with restaurants, clubs, and bars. Around the square Järntorget, the streets Långgatorna, and in the Linné neighbourhood, you will find the more alternative side of the nightlife, focused on music and culture.
Gothenburg has plenty of great shopping. The mix includes small independent shops, modern department stores, and gallerias – everything within walking distance. For independent shops, try the neighbourhoods Magasinsgatan for trendy, local brands and Haga for cafés and small shops selling everything from olive oil to interior design or vintage and a cosy atmosphere. Well-known Gothenburg fashion brands include Nudie Jeans, Dr Denim, Velour, Emma & Malena, Twist & Tango, and Jumperfabriken.