A weekend in Gothenburg: experience the city in 48 hours
Updated 23 Aug 2021
Getting a feel for Gothenburg in 48 hours is totally doable. Tuck into fresh seafood at a Michelin-starred waterfront restaurant, check out the latest exhibitions at Röhsska museum, do some vintage shopping in trendy Majorna, kayak around the islands of the archipelago, and maybe follow in the footsteps of musician and Gothenburg native Håkan Hellström and hit the clubs along Magasingatan - all in one day. Just think what you could do in a whole weekend! Götet, GBG or Little London - whatever you want to call the city or how you want to experience it, follow our complete guide for a wonderful weekend in Gothenburg.
Clarion Hotel PostDrottninggatan 10, Centrum
Right next door to Central station
Just a stone's throw from Gothenburg Central Station, the Clarion Hotel Post is a true landmark hotel. The former Post Office headquarters has some 500 bedrooms and suites, as well as VRÅ and Norda restaurants, Postbaren and a luxurious spa, making it one of the city's largest hotels.
Hotel RivertonStora Badhusgatan 26, Centrum
Check in and check out the city
This four-star hotel doesn't just boast beautiful bedrooms, it also has crowd-pleasers such as a relax area with jacuzzi and sauna and the View Skybar & Restaurant, with panoramic views over the entrance to the city's harbour.
Hotel PigalleSödra Hamngatan 2 A, Centrum
A boutique hotel with a capital b, in which every room is individually decorated. After checking in, head to the hotel's Bar Amuse for an aperitif and, if you don't fancy heading out to explore the city's restaurant jungle, just take the lift up to their White Guide-listed Restaurant Atelier.
Hôtel Eggers Bar & RestaurangDrottningtorget 2-4, Centrum/Gullbergsvass
A classic hotel
The first guest checked in to Hotel Eggers in the middle of the 19th century, and the decor hasn't changed all that much since then, with fine rugs, ornamental plasterwork and shimmering crystal chandeliers. Top tip: Check out the hotel's weekend package deals.
Bord 27Haga Kyrkogata 14, Centrum
Less is more
Unpolished concrete, carver chairs and no-frills cooking sets the tone at trendy Bord 27. The menu is divided up into three categories - starter size dishes such as steak tartare, larger dishes such as baked halibut and sweet finales such as sea buckthorn and orange dessert. Everything is skillfully cooked and well priced.
KokaViktoriagatan 12, Centrum/Vasa
You'd be hard pushed to find a restaurant with a better reputation (and scallops) than Koka. Their Michelin star was awarded in recognition of their exceptional interpretation of West Swedish gastronomy. Sit back and enjoy the restaurant's three, five or seven-course menu.
VRÅDrottningtorget 10, Centrum
Nordic with a Japanese touch
VRå restaurant opened its doors inside the Clarion Hotel Post in 2012, with a menu filled with Nordic gastronomy with Japanese influences. Think sushi, sashimi and oysters. This successful formula continues today, in recently renovated surroundings.
FamiljenArkivgatan 7, Centrum
Home from home
This warm, intimate restaurant is a great place to get a taste of rustic West Swedish gastronomy. Whether you go all-in with a three-course meal, or just pick one dish from the à la carte menu, you won't be disappointed. Top tip: Kickstart or round off your meal with one of Familjen's creative cocktails.
Out on the town
Steampunk BarKungsgatan 7 A, Centrum/Kungshöjd
Scandinavia's first steampunk bar
You don't need to be part of the steampunk sub-culture to feel right at home at this unique bar. Enjoy the 19th century industrial aesthetic, and their huge selection of gin and beer.
Boca-BocaRosenlundsgatan 6, Centrum
Tapas bar with an Asian twist
Although Boca-Boca's tapas menu is based on Spanish flavours, Asian elements also make their presence felt. And when early evening turns into night, the place transforms into a club with pumping beats.
Le GbgLilla Risåsgatan 25, Linné
Vegetarian breakfast in Insta-friendly surroundings
You'll find this popular breakfast destination between the charming Haga and Linné neighbourhoods. A more tasteful spot at which to start the day would be hard to find. They serve a range of healthy - and photogenic - alternatives to a breakfast roll, including colourful bowls and nutritious smoothies.
Jimmy & Joan's New YorkTeatergatan 22, Centrum
Bagels baked on site
Breakfast like a native New Yorker just a stone's throw from Avenyn. At Jimmy & Joan's New York bagels take centre stage - and they're baked on site. Choose from classic options such as cream cheese and smoked salmon or or a sweet bagel with Nutella.
Eli's cornerStigbergstorget 2
Breakfast buffet in Majorna
Take a tram to Masthugget and enjoy a hearty breakfast before you head out to wander among the neighbourhood's charming and characteristic buildings. Elis serves a substantial, filling brekkie and the outdoor dining area boasts excellent people-watching opportunities.
Continental breakfast in Saluhallen
This food and wine bar can be found inside Gothenburg's Stora Saluhallen covered food market. They serve lunch, an à la carte menu - and an excellent Continental breakfast. Their morning selection includes croissants, coffee, freshly-squeezed juice and yoghurt with berries and granola. You can also pick up a breakfast bag to take away through their takeaway hatch.
ArkadenFredsgatan 1, Centrum
Oodles of fashion
The first customers came through Arkaden's doors in the 1800s. These days, the shopping centre houses some 25 stores, primarily fashion, design, beauty and interiors. Browse among brands including Nilson Shoes, Zara and Bolia.
BoConceptSkanstorget 9, Linné
This light, airy, three-floor store is packed with wonderful modern Danish furniture design. Shop from the chain's in-house design as well as products from international designers. On the first floor they sell outgoing stock at reduced prices.
ArtillerietMagasinsgatan 19, Centrum
Stylish furniture and design
Magasingatans torg has been Gothenburg's style mecca for a few years. Fashion boutiques, food trucks, a coffee roastery and - in the heart of the square - this hip interiors store. Browse their ecectic selection of furniture, lighting and interiors details.
Poh-KehTeatergatan 22, Centrum
New and nutritious
You'll find this Hawaiian-influenced poké bowl joint on Teatergatan. Tuck into organic, locally-produced dishes such as spicy salmon, jalapeño shrimp and vegan Buddah bowls. You can also create your own bespoke bowl.
Löfqvist å viAkaden Fredsgatan 1, Centrum
Luxurious and locally produced
Do you need a break in your shopping spree? Stop by Löfqvist å vi for a luxurious lunch based on locally-produced seasonal ingredients. Take a look at their wine list if you really want to treat yourself.
Långedrag VärdshusTalattagatan 24
Catch of the day
Långedrag Värdshus is beautifully situated right next to the sea. Unsurprisingly, the menu includes fresh fish and shellfish. Tuck into perennial favourites such as their prawn feast and seafood soup. Or go all in with their three-course business lunch.
BoulebarRosenlundsgatan 8, Centrum
Paris for the day
Boulebar Rosenlund feels as though it's in Le Marais, rather than right next door to Feskekörka fish market. 14 well-kept boules lanes and a menu packed with French classics await. Their hearty weekend brunch is a popular destination for Gothenburgers and visitors alike.
Le PubNordhemsgatan 22-24, Linné
How does sampling a range of exciting beers in rustic surroundings sound? If that rings your bell, head to Fjärde Långgatan. Hang out with friends as you taste various beers which pair perfectly with their bistro menu - cheers!
Star BowlingOdinsgatan 8, Centrum
Bowling, burgers - and a mechanical bull
Star Bowling has fully embraced the American theme; they serve burgers and steaks and have a wide range of games and activities to balance out the calories. In addition to several bowling lanes, you can also play billiards, shuffleboard and virtual golf. Braver guests can see how long they last on the mechanical bull.
100 Point ChallengeDrottningtorget 10, Centrum
Discover the city with a quiz
100 Point Challenge can be described as a combined quiz and sightseeing tour. Participants have to answer questions all around town - fast. The challenge comes in varying degrees of difficulty, so first-timers to Gothenburg can choose the easiest level.
TotaleKristinelundsgatan 3, Centrum
Dinner cooked over open fire
Totally crazy? Perhaps a little but, most importantly, absolutely delicious. Food cooked over open fire is the order of the day here - served alongside natural wines.
TeatergatanTeatergatan 20, Centrum
Party like it's 1886! The historic Valand building has been hosting parties for more than 130 years. These days, after a major facelift, you can order grilled meat dishes and oysters in the dining room or kickstart your evening with a cocktail.
PivoArkivgatan 9, Centrum
Wild and beautiful
Pivo restaurant in Lorensberg only serves food based on ingredients that swim and wander freely in the sea and forest. Order a game platter and take in the cosy "hunting lodge" atmosphere.
BrunchoteketLinnégatan 56, Linné
Brunch all week in Linné
Brunchoteket's hearty brunch offerings include brekkie bowls, American pancakes, avocado toast and French toast? They serve brunch every day, from morning until evening, all week long. Culinary and cultural inspiration comes from the London brunch scene. During the warmer months of the year you can sit outside and watch the world go by.
NordaDrottningtorget 10, Centrum
Brunch close to Central station
What could be better before you jump on the train than a substantial brunch, just a stone's throw from Gothenburg's Central station? You'll find the Norda restaurant in the Clarion Hotel Post serving hearty brunch dishes - a skilfully blended Virgin Mary or a glass of bubbles is a perfect accompaniment.
Restaurang Röda StenRöda Sten 1
Art and plant-based brunch
This former boiler house houses a popular art gallery and an equally popular restaurant. "Meat-free Sunday brunch" is the order of the day here, perfect if you want to round off your Gothenburg stay in a green way.