Ten Places to Visit In Gothenburg, Sweden
Hej! For those of you that follow me on social media may have seen me visiting Gothenburg last Winter. I know, it has taken me forever to finally put together a mini city guide but like they say, better late than never! Gothenburg is a charming city, the second largest found on the West coast of Sweden, famous for stylish design, elks and Volvo cars – yes they have their headquarters in Gothenburg, in case you were interested to know!
Anyhow I thought I’d share with you the amazing and coolest design shops we visited in Gothenburg during a press trip I went on last year…
Our first stop was Rum 21, a shop dedicated to Scandinavian design for the home. Visiting this design haven is a must! Set up in pretty room sets, I found my perfect living room decor and I literally wanted to buy all the accessories available. It really is a hove of temptation that started as a family company in 2006 in Borås by Helén Rudholm and Gustaf Rudholm and acquired by The Royal Design Group in 2014. Definitely one to visit when in the city.
If you’re a wallpaper lover then Engelska Tapetmagasinet, Sweden’s largest online wallpaper store is the place for you! This Gothenburg treasure is situated in an old bank with beautiful original mahogany panelling and period features still in view. Aside from wallpaper they also have an array of fabrics, cushions, paintings and interior details for the home.
Love simple, minimalist, environmentally friendly design? Then you’ll love Norrgavel. Fundamental to Norrgavel’s furniture is the notion that it should not dominate its surroundings but should act as a helpful, functional backdrop. A chair that really supports the body, a handle whose design helps your fingers and hands pull out a drawer.
Floramor och Krukatos
Be prepared to be enchanted by all things botanical. Floramor och Krukatos is the dream for any green fingered people out there. Set in pretty cobbled courtyard, you are totally immersed in a treasure hunt of its own, full of plants, flowers, botanical prints, interesting home accessories and ceramics. A really beautiful and unique place to find a one of kind piece for the home. This guys, is definitely one to visit!
Ok interior lovers, make sure to visit Artilleriet, a showroom destination full of the most amazing, eclectic collections of rugs, furniture, lighting and home accessories. It is situated in a gorgeous old industrial building with a super cosy and warm atmosphere. If you’re looking for inspiration then this is a must stop, filled with beautiful objects that the owners found along their travels. It was also the perfect stop to just take a few minutes and relax on their stunning and super comfy sofas.
Artilleriet The Kitchen
Artilleriet, The Kitchen, is the opposite to its sister store. Bright and airy, here you’ll find all things for the kitchen, from handcrafted products, utensils and just beautiful everyday objects you’ll want to have. Expect to see beautiful marble counters and gorgeous aged wood. This is literally my dream kitchen!
Grandpa is the coolest shop of the bunch and personally with a name like that, it had to be cool! Here you’ll find Scandinavian and international fashion and interiors brands that are super stylish. Both for men and women alongside cool prints, books, interiors accessories, bags, jewellery and electronics and so much more.
Food & Coffee
Looking for that much needed fika break? Fika what I hear you say? No I haven’t completely lost my marbles (yet), ‘fika’ is a concept in Swedish culture with the basic meaning “to have coffee” which is usually accompanied with pastries. Definitely my kinda thing! So a place to enjoy this is Da Matteo. Founder Matts Johansson is extremely passionate about coffee focusing on sustainability and quality. Located in Gothenburg’s old industrial building, the place has been mostly left untouched which makes it that extra special.
SK Mat & Människor
We had dinner at one of Gothenburg’s Michelin starred restaurants, SK Mat & Människor, where we enjoyed a delicious 4-course dinner. A definite must if you ever are in the city. The delicious menu is based on about 14 dishes which which have have been put together in three different taste menus. The dishes are based very much on the raw ingredients from the local area. An experience for all the senses.
Where to Stay
Upper House Hotel
What better place than to stay right in the city centre. Upper House Hotel (Gothia Towers) has a small number of rooms and suites, all of which are spacious and tastefully decorated with an eye for design and first-class materials. And they all boast fantastic views over Gothenburg. Top tip – have lunch at the top floor overlooking the incredible views of the city. I would highly recommend the prawn sandwich, super delicious and definitely not one for small appetites.
I was invited on a fabulous press trip to West Sweden organised by the lovely Frida Ramstedt from Trendenser and the West Sweden Tourist Board. Photograghs are a mix of my own and also by the super talented Robert Dahlberg which are clearly labelled. All views are my own.