Gothenburg, historically considered the main port of Scandinavia, is Sweden’s second city. Unsurprisingly, given its past, the city has maintained a maritime feel and it is only a short hop to a delightful coastline that can be visited cheaply. Here are some ideas and tips to help visitors make the most of their city break.
- Tradgardsforeningen (traditional gardens): Located near the centre of the city, these flower-filled gardens are immaculately landscaped. The Palm House closes early (16:00 in winter), so make sure to get here on time because it deserves a detour.
- The islands of the Southern Archipelago are well worth a boat trip from the harbour at Saltholmen. Low lying and rocky, these are ideal places to spend the day exploring. To indulge in total relaxation enjoy a leisurely walk or chill over a cup of coffee in a small island café. The trip out to the islands is a simple pleasure in itself.
- The Big Market (Stora Saluhallen) is full of inviting cafes and deli style food outlets. There is a wide choice of food available, although the prices reflect the market’s attractiveness for visitors.
Food and Drink Ideas
- Dinner: Bee Kök, Kungtorget 13, Göteborg 41110, Sweden (Phone: 46 31 13 38 39)
Restaurant and bar open late Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Bee Kök is dedicated to diversity, but it attracts a mixed crowd who come for its tasty food. Try the spicy chicken pasta for a filling dish with plenty of bite.
- Lunch: Le Pain Français, Vallgatan 36, Göteborg, Sweden
Simple food and good coffee. One of the more elegant branches of a chain to be found across the city. A cheap lunch alternative to Saluhallen.
- Coffee: Evas Paley, Kungsportsavenyen 39, 411 36 Göteborg, Sweden
Decent beverages in a central location for coffee aficionados. Scandinavian wooden floors and retro sofas.
Getting around: The city cards have increased greatly in price and now cost 350 SEK, so these are better for those who intend to visit museums (entrances included in City Card price). Västtrafik sell 24 hour and 72 hour cards that will include all transport including boats to the islands (85 SEK or 170 SEK). Tram number 11 makes the journey to Saltholmen for ferries to the islands.
Value accommodation: Spar Hotel Gårda, Norra Kustbanegatan 15, 416 64 Göteborg, Sweden
Cheap rooms can be found by using booking.com a few weeks in advance. A substantial buffet breakfast is included in the price of this comfortable three star hotel.
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