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Fika in Gothenburg
Fika in Gothenburg
In Gothenburg, Sweden's second-largest city, it's all about cafés and coffee bars.
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Cafés in Gothenburg

Gothenburgers love their cafés and the city is noted for its laid-back café vibe. Forget about going to the pub – the coffee shop is where it’s all at in Gothenburg. Here are a few of the best cafés you'll find in Gothenburg.

Traditional patisserie

Ahlströms Konditori opened in 1901 and is the oldest patisserie ('konditori') in Gothenburg. Here you'll find all fika pastries worthy of their name – and their famous Cortina cake with pistachio marzipan deep inside a cream and almond marzipan topping. Café Husaren, with its charming stucco and glass roof feature, is another Gothenburg classic. They also serve what seems to be the most oversized cinnamon buns in the world to repeatedly happy customers.

Coffee bar

Gringo Nordic Coffee Roasters is a small coffee roastery, shop and coffee bar in central Gothenburg which only has eyes for good and honest coffee. One of the founders, Johan Ekfeldt, was part of Sweden's first speciality coffee roastery (Johan & Nyström), which is still synonymous with quality brews for many Swedes.


Cum Pane is an organic and artisan bakery with two locations in the city. They bake everything from scratch, and their speciality is the stone oven-baked and unsweetened sourdough bread, but their cinnamon buns are pretty amazing too! 

Quaint café

The unpretentious and homely Café Kringlan almost acts like a living room to the locals in the charming cobblestoned Haga area. This is where you'll really get a sense of what the Swedish fika break is all about – relaxing quality time over a coffee.

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Café Husaren, Gothenburg

'Hagabullen' – the famous giant cinnamon bun at Café Husaren in Gothenburg.

Photo: Anna Hållams

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A huge cinnamon bun next to a cup of cappuccino.

Café Husaren, Gothenburg

Photo: Anna Hållams

Inside a empty cafe. A counter with glass showcases, a candlestick standing on the counter, a wall in wood and glass on the side and striped carpets on the floor.

Ahlströms Konditori in Gothenburg

Photo: Ahlströms konditori

Da Matteo, Gothenburg

Da Matteo, Gothenburg

Photo: Superstudio D&D/Göteborg & Co

Garden café

Rosenkaféet is a picturesque summertime secret surrounded by a glorious garden of roses. The café is old-fashioned fabulous, offering traditional Swedish fare and homemade cake.

Museum café

Röhsska Museum is a must for design lovers, and the visit should include a lunch or fika break at the museum's St Agnes Café too. Hearty soups made with organic and locally sourced ingredients are on offer, as well as decadent pastries.

Hip hangout

Da Matteo is about as hip as it gets in Gothenburg. What started as a tiny coffee shop has grown into a coffee roastery, sourdough bakery and café with multiple locations in central Gothenburg. Da Matteo takes great pride in their Italian coffee and the tables at their Magasinsgatan address is crowded with trendy locals from early morning to the evening.

Design café

With its exposed bricked walls, glass ceiling and climbing plants, Kafé Magasinet is a favourite come rain or shine. Bagels, pizza and salads are on the menu at this relaxed café and bar with generous opening hours.

Local gem

Ice cream mad? Steer the steps towards the Gothenburg-founded ice cream makers Lejonet & Björnen. Their colour-popping café serves up some 30 different ice cream and sorbet flavours, from classics to imaginative combinations you are guaranteed not to find outside the borders of Sweden.

For more café tips in Gothenburg, have a look at's café guides.

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