Hej Gothenburg !


I wanted to visit Sweden since a very long time. Like many people, I’m very attracted by scandinavian design and aesthetics, that’s why with two friends we decided to organize a city break in Gothenburg.

Why Gothenburg ? It’s the second city in Sweden, but it’s on a human scale (which is convenient for a short stay), and you can find everything needed for design, museums, shopping, trendy cafes, etc…

Indeed, it’s the city of temptations: at every corner you’ll find a nice place for a quick lunch (soup and bread) or for having a coffee and pastry (called “fika” in swedish), and it’s always delicious !

What can we say about shops in which you’ll want to buy EVERYTHING ? Be sure to provide a baggage fee for the return journey !

Cherry on the cake, Swedish people are smiling and incredibly kind.

In short, we loved Gothenburg and dream to go back soon !

Do you want to come with me ?

Haga district:

This is one of the trendiest place of Gotenburg, an old working-class neighborhood with small buildings of brick and wood, tastefully restaured. You can find antique and books shops, cafes and restaurants.


If you love cinnamon rolls, stop at Café Husaren (Haga Nygata 24): they sell some giants !


Another warm place for fika: Café Hebbe Lelle (Haga Nygata 23B), I took opportunity of the break to make a watercolor inside this nice café.


The walk continues in the neighborhood:


For dinner, I suggest you the very good fish restaurant Sjöbaren (Haga Nygata 25) where I ate a delicious fish soup ! Don’t forget that in Sweden people have dinner very early, between 18H and 19H.


To continue the evening, you can go to Nefertiti (Hvitfeldtsplatsen 6), a short walk from Haga on the other side of the canal. Look at the website for the list of concerts and events, the place is really nice and we’ve seen a great jam session !



There are many museum in Gothenburg, but we just had time to visit those two.

First the Röhsska, museum of design, with a beautiful permanent exhibition dedicated to the Swedish design of the early 20th century to today.


After the visit, don’t hesitate to take a break at the café Röhsska, a large and clean design space: the food is simple but delicious.


Another must, the Konstmuseum, museum of fine arts, which I love the 20s architecture. For the amateurs, there’re some beautiful Carl Larsson’s watercolors.


Deco shopping:

There’re a lot of shops in Gothenburg, but my favorites are on Vallgatan :

  • Design Torget (Vallgatan 14): design objects, it’s beautiful but expensive !
  • Granit (Vallgatan 19): a kind of Swedish version of Muji, with many decorative and storage elements and reasonable prices.
  • Lagerhaus (Vallgatan 16): in this shop prices are downright affordable, you can find dishes, table linens, stationery, etc…

And next Granit there is this pretty small passage: the Victoria passage, with nice shops and coffees.



Like any city, nothing is better than strolling to explore it; so feel free to get lost (and believe me, in Gothenburg we get lost a lot, even with a map !).


Coup de coeur:

A big “coup de coeur” for a nice flower shop run by a mother and daugther: Ljungh’s Blommor (Reutersgatan 2). A lovely welcome, a selection of beautiful flowers, definitely worth a visit if you want to bring back a Christmas crown for example !


Well, I hope you enjoyed the trip ! See you soon for more: the visit of Gothenburg islands.

Thanks for reading and please excuse my mistakes !

17 thoughts on “Hej Gothenburg !

  • December 1 2015 at 22 h 30 min

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    • December 2 2015 at 13 h 09 min

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  • December 1 2015 at 22 h 42 min

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  • December 2 2015 at 13 h 44 min

    Félicitations pour la Création de ce Blog *
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    A Bien Vite.
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  • December 2 2015 at 13 h 52 min

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  • December 2 2015 at 13 h 52 min

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  • December 2 2015 at 14 h 30 min

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  • December 2 2015 at 20 h 33 min

    Longue vie à ton nouveau blog .
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  • December 2 2015 at 21 h 07 min

    Félicitations pour ce nouveau blog ! Superbe ! Et merci pour la jolie ballade !!!

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