Gothenburg city guide

Our bucket list for visiting Gothenburg

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PUBS & BARS: 

Brewers Beer Bar

With an exciting array of beers on tap and in the fridges, and one of the best Neapolitan pizza menus in the city at its Tredje Långgatan location and a mouthwatering kebab menu at its Magasinsgatan location, you’d be hard-pressed to find a better place to spend the evening.

PHOTO: Brewers Beer Bar (Facebook)

Ölrepubliken

You absolutely have to visit Ölrepubliken if you’re in Gothenburg. It has 30 draught lines, hundreds of beers in the fridge, a modern brasserie-style food menu, and a lovely industrial-chic vibe. And, if you come as a big group, they’ll even host a private beer tasting for you. 

PHOTO: Ölrepubliken by Madison Simpson (Beerbliotek)

Stranger

This speakeasy-style bar has an awesome Prohibition-era theme, and is accessed through a secret entrance under Bar Tranquilo. Expect impeccably-crafted cocktails, a varied selection of spirits, and friendly, fun vibes.

PHOTO: Stranger (Facebook)

BREWERIES:

Beerbliotek 

Founded in 2012 by four friends from across the globe, Beerbliotek is a firm favourite at Beer52 Headquarters - considering its first ever brew was a chilli black IPA, and that its name is a reference to a library of beer, you know it’s going to be a brewery that takes what it does seriously. Its taproom is open on weekends, and there’s a shop too.

PHOTO: Beerbliotek (Facebook)

Dugges 

Dugges has gone from strength to strength over the last 16 years - from a tiny second-hand brewhouse which was only used in spare time, to a huge brewery in Landvetter and PILS bar in the city centre. Dugges’ range of beers is outstanding, from classic West Coast IPAs and pale ales to a sea buckthorn sour to a rum and red wine barrel-aged imperial coconut stout. 

PHOTO: Dugges by Premsak Wadeesirisak

Vega Bryggeri

Innovative takes on classic brews, with fascinating names and backstories, all brewed on sustainable kit, with an American BBQ-style restaurant on the premises, and right on the port area of Ringön. Bliss. No trip to Gothenburg is complete without a tour and tasting at Vega.  

PHOTO: Vega Bryggeri (Facebook)

FOOD:

Natur

Natur is stylish, cosy, romantic, and casual in equal measure. Organic, seasonal produce is the focus here, and the natural wine menu is first-rate. Come here for a fancy date night featuring a multi-course menu and paired wines, or to unwind after a long day with small plates and a few glasses of something cold and tasty. 

PHOTO: Natur (Facebook)

Restaurang Vi Viet

Exquisite Vietnamese food in a small, comfortable restaurant with exposed bricks, cocktails and Vietnamese coffee, and the friendliest of staff - Vi Viet is one of Gothenburg’s hidden gems, and comes very highly recommended by locals. 

PHOTO: Restaurang Vi Viet (Facebook)

Blackbird

Blackbird is a completely vegan cooperatively-owned restaurant with a bit of a punk aesthetic. It’s known for its creative, hearty menu, its house-made vegan cheeses and meat alternatives like seitan, and its well-stocked bar. Expect dishes like chimichangas, cubanos and cheeze fondue.

PHOTO: Blackbird (Facebook)

WHAT TO DO IN GOTHENBURG:

Medical History Museum

If, like me, you have a bit of a morbid fascination with the development of medicine and how various ailments were treated throughout history, then you mustn’t miss Gothenburg’s Medical History Museum. It has a huge collection of medical paraphernalia from across the ages, all housed in a former hospital. 

PHOTO: Medical History Museum (Facebook)

Visit some islands 

Gothenburg has loads of cute little islets and islands off its coast, so for a breath of fresh air, and some spectacular scenery, it’s definitely worth visiting some of them. Nya Älvsborg has an awesome 17th century sea fortress, Lilla Varholmen is accessible by ferry and has a really cool lighthouse, and the Ragnhildsholmen 13th century castle ruins on Hisingen are absolutely worth checking out. 

PHOTO: W. Bulach (CC BY-SA 4.0)

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