We spent two days in Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city, as our first port of call on honeymoon in May. We were there for three nights, staying at the exquisite IQ Suites apartments.
Exploring the ‘hipster’ Haga district
The first area we explored was the bohemian (read: hipster) district of Haga. Cobbled streets, independent shops, impossibly cute cafés (including the infamous Cafe Hursaren and their super-sized kanelbullar, cinnamon buns). Highly recommended. We spent the whole day taking in the atmosphere, enjoying the glorious sunshine and eating too much kladdkaka (exquisite Swedish sticky chocolate cake).
Feskekörka (fish market)
The next day, we wandered further afield, using the (naturally) excellent tram system to get to the Feskekörka indoor fish market, which takes its name (fish church) from the building’s resemblance to a Gothic church. Situated on the Göta älv, or Gothic river, it is surrounded by trendy bars and restaurants, but we had made a reservation at SK Mat & Människor , so we headed back to the Lorensburg district in the evening.
New Nordic fine dining at SK Mat & Människor
SK Mat & Människor was probably the best evening meal we had in our whole honeymoon. This is really saying something as we ate a LOT of excellent food. It was a fancy five-course tasting menu, but presented in typical Swedish laid-back style. You could watch the chefs preparing the food – always a positive sign! At about 595SEK each, it wasn’t cheap, but compared to other tasting menus in Scandinavia, we thought it was really good value for money. It’s something we’ll remember.
We did actually have another day in Gothenburg, so this 48-hour blog title is a little white lie, but our other day was spent just outside the city, on the gorgeous island of Brännö.
It was sad leaving Gothenburg and we will definitely return.
Two days in Gothenburg: useful information
How to get there
When we went, there were no direct flights from Manchester airport. So we flew to Copenhagen and went from there. You could definitely combine it into a fantastic multi-destination Scandi holiday.
Where to stay
As it was our honeymoon, we splashed out and stayed in the exquisite IQ Suites apartments. They had an amazing hot tub and it was all very luxurious.
How to get around
There are fantastic trams for getting about quickly, but a lot is walkable.
When to go
May was a good time to go – sunny, warm weather and blossom on the trees. We’d love to go back and wouldn’t care what time of year it was – there was plenty to do indoors that we didn’t have time to see, so it’d be fine in poor weather.