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Oysters, Gothenburg
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Food and drink in Gothenburg

Discover Gothenburg's amazing cafés, bars and restaurants. World class restaurants, experimental food rebels, trendy bars and a rolling armada of food trucks – Gothenburg is a great foodie city.

There is nothing to beat the mackerel, cod, turbot, hake and whiting caught here and skilfully prepared by some of the best fish restaurants in Sweden. Shrimp from Smögen is a true delicacy (especially in winter) as is the langoustine and the world-renowned oysters from Grebbestad. And when the autumn’s lobster premiere comes around, enthusiasts crowd the fishing boats on lobster ‘safaris’ around the islands and islets. 

Going inland, the food-inspired West Sweden region has fine examples of small-scale food producers such as Påverås’ award-winning cheeses, or Sivans, who sell their cheeses on the square in Vara, Mowitz chicken from Hjärtum, or Bitterna Lamb.

Guide Michelin restaurants 1 star

There are now six fine dining establishments with star credentials in Gothenburg.  Bhoga, Restaurant 28+, Sjömagasinet, Thörnströms Kök and new in 2015, Koka and SK Mat & Människor.

Guide Michelin Bib Gourmand

The Bib award is for establishments noted for excellent, affordable dining. Gothenburg’s best is the funky Familjenfamous for inventive cooking and its open plan kitchen.

Hip hangouts

Magnus & Magnus M2 is a glamour puss hangout with eclectic cooking and a rocking summer courtyard. Don’t miss. Avalon Bar is the place for a bit of feng shui subtlety, seafood and swishness. And Puta Madre at Magasinsgatan 3 does quality Mexican and margaritas.

Location, location, location

Heaven 23 sums up ‘location, location, location’; sky bar setting, with clean, balanced and seasonal Nordic flavours. Swedish Taste, set in an old harbourside building, succeeds with its creative tasting menu. And visit Feskekörka, (the Fish Church) housed in the famous indoor fish market to eat at Gunnar Malm’s restaurant, Gabriel. For romantic dining, make for Pensionat Styrsö Skäret.