The jewel in Sweden’s culinary crown, Gothenburg is home to a blossoming new dining scene. It seems the city has a particular talent for producing Michelin-starred dining destinations (Stockholm’s got company these days), aided and abetted by a rich culinary larder of fresh local produce. But whilst we’d happily spend our days sampling the gastronomic work of Gothenburg’s star-studded chefs, there’s something even more exciting happening on the ground in the world of Gothenburg food.
An invasion of street stalls, food trucks and pop-ups is well under way in Gothenburg – all serving up top quality produce to rival the restaurants at a fraction of the price. There’s even a dedicated street food festival taking place this weekend in Gothenburg (24th & 25th August), appropriately named Global Picnic. Designed to bring locals from all backgrounds together and introduce new global food to the city, the festival will present an eclectic array of culinary options. On the menu are specialties such as Peruvian ceviche, Ghanaian jollof, and even Somalian sambosas.
After navigating the cobbled harbour streets and bustling food markets, we’ve put together a guide to the finest local eateries and street food the city has to offer…
The first stop on our Gothenburg food map is located on the Göta älv River, in the heart of the city. Feskekörka, (directly translated as ‘fish church’ due to its residence in a former 19th century Gothic church) is truly a place of worship for all things seafood and is the largest fish market in Scandinavia. For those desperate to sample, swing by father and son partnership (Gunnar and Johan Malm) Gabriel, a restaurant in the market that has been serving up a selection of fresh fish straight from the stalls for over 25 years. It’s so popular with locals that the menu has, per popular request, featured the same dishes since its founding. Customers can even buy their own fish and seafood in the market and deliver it straight to the kitchen for the chef to prepare.
Continuing on the food market route, and just a 10-minute walk west, is Mannerströms Saluhall – the go-to for foodies in search of fresh artisanal produce. The market is located in a beautiful old red brick fire station and specialises in meat. There are a select number of stalls compared to Feskekörka, but you can lunch at the salad bar, select artisan cheeses from the delicatessens and even smoke your own meat. Try fish bar Sea, which is owned by Christian Peterson and Pia Atkins, for spicy fish soup with catfish, salmon, shrimp and crawfish tails.
If seafood’s not your scene we’d recommend Grillköket Jonsborg på Avenyn, a grill with a part-vegetarian focus. Catch a tram three stops west and walk down lively shopping street Kungsportsavenyn. Jonsborg pride themselves on having a healthy fast-food culture, and have been selling classic dishes native to Gothenburg for roughly 90 years. Try local favourite the “Halv Special” (a hot dog in half a bun topped with a generous helping of mashed potato), or if you’re brave enough, opt for the “Satansfire korven från helvetet” – the ‘Satan Fire Sausage from Hell’. It’s traditional to drink chocolate milk with your sausage and mash, so wash it down with a Pucko.
Work your way back to where you started for some traditional Swedish street food served from a van on Mafasinsgatan. You can’t say you’ve completed the Gothenburg foodie tour without sampling some local herring, and Strömmingsluckan is the place to go for a taste of the city’s best. Serving only wild fish, the cart is known for its fried herring with mouthwatering lingonberry sauce, washed down with a homebrewed beer or two. Gothenburg born and bred Thomas Cruz Kollberg owns the stall as well as a microbrewery and offers up some of Gothenburg’s best local cuisine from his humble street van.
Words by Katie Gatens
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