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Cafés in Gothenburg

Gothenburgers love their cafés and the city is noted for its laid-back café vibe. Forget about going to the pub. The coffee shop is where it’s all at in Gothenburg.

  • One of many coffee shops in Gothenburg

One of many coffee shops in Gothenburg

Traditional

Ahlströms Konditori, famous for their Cortina cake with pistachio marzipan deep inside a cream and almond marzipan topping. Go back in time. Share a couch with chatty pensioners. Have a dignified cup of tea.

Café Husaren, with its charming stucco and glass roof feature, serves up homemade goodies, typical Swedish sandwiches (e.g. prawn and egg), hot chocolate, and what seems to be the biggest cinnamon rolls in the world to repeatedly happy customers. A Gothenburg classic. 

Quaint

Rosenkaféet, a picture pretty summertime secret surrounded by a glorious garden of roses. It’s a little bit of old-fashioned fabulous offering traditional Swedish fare, homemade cake. They focus on fresh, natural ingredients. 

Pick-N-Paint Café is about as quirky as you will find in Gothenburg. Paint ceramics and pottery over coffee, and the kids can join in (at least on the painting bit, coffee probably not such a good idea).

Museums

Röhsska Café at the Röhsska is an airy space with high ceilings and a feeling of calm. Healthy buffets for lunch, GI friendly foods and herbal teas a specialty.

Hip

Da Matteo Caffe é Gelato is about as hip as it gets in Gothenburg. This famous joint is so well established the walls breathe a cool vibe. They take pride in Italian style coffees and ice cream, with paninis and pastries filling the tables of ACNE clad trendy locals.

Two Little Birds is an organic café with environmentally awareness. Second hand furniture, eclectic 70s wallpaper and a craft exhibition space.

Neighbourhood favourites

Café Kanold, a chocolate lovers cocoa dream. In fact, their best chocolates are quite adventurous and must be had; the blue cheese dark truffle, and the salty caramel chocolate. The hot chocolate is becoming legendary and the ice cream with hot chocolate sauce causes riots. Even the sandwiches and coffee are a draw. Go here.

Café Kringlan is unpretentious, homely, and like the sitting room of the locals in the charming cobblestoned Haga area.  This is where you will really get a sense of what the Swedish fika (coffee break) is all about – quality, relaxing time out over coffee.

Tips?

Ice cream mad? You must have a scoop of chilli & chocolate, blueberry cheesecake, saffron & honey, polka and texasfudge ice creams at the eponymous café of Gothenburg founded ice cream makers, Lejonet & Björnen. Choose from 30 different ice cream and sorbet flavours.

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