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Gothenburg has a large number of world-class restaurants and chefs. Many of them work with local produce and create menus from what is in season, including Michelin restaurant Koka.
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Restaurants in Gothenburg

Gothenburg’s location on the Swedish west coast enables restaurants with world-class seafood. Combined with a relaxed vibe and a strong sustainable profile, the city possesses an intriguing mix of Michelin restaurants, food trucks and everything in between.

Here are a few of the best restaurants in Gothenburg.

Gothenburg has been ranked the most sustainable destination in the world for six years in a row, an honour that inevitably has rubbed off on the city’s food scene. Local and seasonal produce from small-scale farms is the rule rather than the exception, especially among Gothenburg’s Michelin-starred restaurants.

Restaurant Koka, Gothenburg

Restaurant Koka is a sustainable restaurant with modern Swedish gastronomy.

Photo: Koka

Michelin restaurants

There are six fine dining establishments with star credentials in and around Gothenburg.

Koka * Koka aims to be a playful and nice restaurant rather than a fine dining room. The menu is Swedish and modern, completely meat-free, with 90 per cent organic products.

Project * Relaxed and cosy bistro that started as a café. Project is run by a husband-and-wife team that wants to create a second home with well-prepared European food at reasonable prices.

28+ * Classic restaurant with white tablecloths and candles. 28+ has had a Michelin star for over 30 years(!) and is equally renowned for its well-stocked wine cellar. The menu is a blend of French and Swedish cuisine.

SK Mat & Människor * Intimate restaurant with dishes based on Swedish food heritage. Here, you can be sure to get all your foodie questions answered – the chefs deliver the dishes, and there are no walls between you and the kitchen.

Signum * Signum is a part of Hällsnäs Manor and idyllically located by a lake outside Gothenburg. The tasting menu is inspired by the four elements – earth, fire, air and water – and the restaurant aims to be self-sustaining when it comes to ingredients.

Market hall in Gothenburg

Stora saluhallen is the largest indoor market hall in Gothenburg and opened in 1888. It offers delicacies from all over the world.

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Affordable bistros

Bib Gourmand is a part of Guide Michelin and award establishments noted for excellent and affordable dining. Gothenburg has two Bib Gourmand restaurants:

  • Familjen: Selected the most loveable restaurant of the year in 2018. The cooking is contemporary West Swedish, and the portions are generous.
  • Somm: Restaurant and wine bar where the combination of food and drink is key. The set menus are based on Nordic cuisine, with international influences.

Restaurant Kometen, Gothenburg

Founded in 1934, Restaurant Kometen is a place with a long and creative history. Enjoy their traditional fish dishes or homemade meatballs.

Photo: Restaurang Kometen

Classic restaurants

Longing for Swedish comfort food? Gothenburg has many restaurants serving traditional ‘husmanskost’ like meatballs and herring.

Swedish brasserie Berzelius Bar & Matsal is renowned for its meatballs. The lunch menu consists of hearty traditional dishes, while the à la carte menu also includes modern influences like Swedish tapas.

Kåges Hörna is situated in Stora Saluhallen, Gothenburg’s largest indoor market hall. The lunch menu focuses on affordable, traditional food and always has a daily ‘husman’ dish. You can also order food to go at Kågebaren, just around the corner.

Another classic Gothenburg restaurant, Kometen has attracted the city’s creative crowd since 1934. The menu is packed with traditional dishes, small and large, and spiced with Austrian elements as a tribute to Hans Breitneder, who once started this historic eatery.

For traditional Swedish food with a modern twist, head to the centrally located restaurant Tvåkanten. What started as a café is now one of the most well-known restaurants in Gothenburg, complete with a Swedish charcuterie selection.

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Hagabions Café, Gothenburg

Hagabions Café is one of the most ambitious and popular vegetarian restaurants in Gothenburg and includes a cinema too.

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Hagabions Café, Gothenburg

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Food trucks on Magasingatan, Gothenburg

Photo: Mats Sanguin

Vegan and vegetarian restaurants

There’s no shortage of tasty vegan restaurants in Gothenburg – the trend is in full bloom. The following selection includes both vegetarian-friendly bistros and food trucks praised for their vegan dishes.

  • Hagabions Café – vegetarian restaurant with a brewery and a cinema. A popular spot among locals.
  • Blackbird – a cooperative restaurant run by vegans. The food is cooked from scratch, with Swedish and international flavours.
  • Ilse Grøn Krog – intimate and international restaurant with vegetarian food and natural wines. Many of the dishes can also be made vegan.
  • For vegan street food, try the food trucks at Magasinsgatan. Jinx Food Truck offers Asian-inspired vegan buns, and Crave Street Food serves vegan sliders, wraps and dogs.

Hip hangouts

Gothenburg’s restaurant scene is vibrant and new places are opening all the time. The area around Magasinsgatan is a particularly sizzling hotspot for locals to eat and drink out.

Fiskbar 17 nails what food in Gothenburg is much about; freshly caught fish and seafood, served street food-style. Add a relaxed atmosphere with DJ sessions and quizzes, and it’s easy to understand why this is a local favourite year after year.

A stone’s throw away awaits an utterly different dinner experience. Located in a historic garage and crowned with a copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Cavallo di Forcione, Tavolo is a tribute to Italian food and décor, with a twist of New York.

Over at Stora Saluhallen market hall, Bar Bulot is a small yet much-appreciated lunch- and wine bar. Natural wines from the old world are in the majority on the menu and paired with dishes influenced by classic French cuisine.

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