Gothenburg’s food scene continues to sizzle and after last year’s amazing figure of 40 new restaurant openings despite the pandemic, there’s more to come. Several exciting restaurants have opened in the first few months of the year and even more are on the way in Sweden’s most interesting city for food and beer. Here’s a taste of what’s happening in Gothenburg.
Spice Room, opened January Indian fine dining is not exactly common in Sweden. But now the concept has come to Gothenburg, with the team behind the Masala restaurants recently opening up The Spice Room on Magasinsgatan. Here you can enjoy a 4- or 6-course set menu and try exciting drinks such as Indian gin, whisky and various Indian wines that are difficult to find elsewhere.
BeerNFries, opened February BeerNFries, located at Södra Larmgatan 4, is one of the latest exciting additions to the restaurant map. The founders include star chef Gustav Trägårdh and project managers Stefan Andreassen and Oscar Livh. The restaurant specialises in “dirty fries” topped with all sorts of exciting ingredients, along with alcohol-free beer such as the unique offering from Vegabryggeriet. Open daytime only.
Melody Club, opened March At Melody Club, the focus is less on the food and more on Gothenburg’s – and maybe even Sweden’s – coolest karaoke experience. The restaurant and bar promise sparkling cocktails and brilliant food inspired by the world’s clubs and bars. Bold flavours, textures, playfulness and a feast for the eye are the cornerstones of all the dishes. March 29, 2022.
Angeli, opens at Easter
The small, but immensely popular, natural wine bar Bar La Lune gets a long-awaited big sister in the space next door. Angeli, with its Spanish stone floor and Etna tiles at the bar, will seat 28 guests and feature two large wine coolers with capacity for 800–900 bottles.
Crêperie och logie, opens in March This month Crêperie och logie is opening a restaurant on Övre Husargatan in Gothenburg. This will be the fourth creperie in Sweden, with the popular concept already established in Åre, Stockholm and Visby.
Moreno Pizza – the world’s largest pizzeria, opens April 29 In an old 1940s cinema, in the trendy district of Majorna, Göteborgsfamiljen is now opening Moreno Pizza – said to be the world’s largest pizzeria, with three wood-fired pizza ovens built in, 20 pizza chefs and seating for 350 guests in the restaurant and 300 in the bar. Impressively, the rooftop Biergarten has space for another 1000 people.
Ilse Grön krog, opens April 28 Göteborgsfamiljen continues to go large, opening two other restaurants in addition to Moreno Pizza in the same week – Ilse Grön krog and Bar Shtisel, both on Karl Johansgatan. Ilse Grön krog will be a vegetarian bistro with culinary influences from all over the world, serving irresistible food, certified natural wines and cocktails in a welcoming environment. Sofie Ekeberg and Chrisan Duivenvoorden, founders and owners of Artilleriet (perhaps Gothenburg’s most famous interior design store), have been given free rein to create the restaurant’s interior, which promises to be something truly unique.
Bar Shtisel, opens April 27 This will be an Italian espresso bar with Jewish influences, open from early morning to late evening. Opening at Karl Johansgatan 4 just in time for Walpurgis Night.
Signum, opens in May Chef Thomas Sjögren, who already runs several restaurants in the region, is now opening a new fine-dining restaurant at Hällsnäs Hotel, 15 minutes outside Gothenburg. Seafood is the common thread running through Signum’s 18-course tasting menu, with a focus on local produce. The kitchen staff are a highly qualified bunch, with chef Markus Pettersson and sous chef Hampus Fors both alumni of 28+, which has held its Michelin star for 31 years.
Bulot, opens in May
Internationally renowned chef Gabriel Melim Andersson and Emil Bjelke are opening their new restaurant Bulot on Norra Hamngatan in May. They work closely with local producers and growers, and sustainability is close to their hearts. Can’t wait until May? Then head for trendy Bar Bulot, the pop-up version in the city centre’s main food hall, which is now becoming permanent and will soon have a new outdoor seating area too.
Ivans Pilsnerbar, opens this spring
The most colourful craft beer bar in Gothenburg? Go to Ringön and find out, when Ivans Pilsnerbar opens its doors this spring. The bar will be an explosion of colour, art, electronic dance music and top-quality craft beer. The kitchen will serve vegetarian and pasta dishes made with local ingredients.
Poppels, opens this summer
Poppels craft brewery in Jonsered, outside Gothenburg, makes some of Sweden’s most popular beers. Last year they opened a restaurant next to the brewery and this year they’re opening a brand new city brewery in Platinan on the Göta älv river, the same building that will house the Scandic Göteborg Central hotel. In addition to the brewery, they’re also planning a bar and restaurant on site. March 29, 2022
Popsicle café Vrångö – opens in summer Popsicle café on Donsö is taking over Skärgårdens café & restaurang on Vrångö this summer, creating another great reason to visit the south of the Gothenburg archipelago. The same lovely feeling as on Donsö awaits, with homebaked treats, handmade ice cream and quality products.
Gurras/Postgatan 16 – opens August Stureplansgruppen is expanding with its first year-round restaurant in Gothenburg. Headed by restaurateur Gustav Trägårdh, the restaurant will be called “Gurras”, although its working title is currently the same as the address – Postgatan 16. The venue will accommodate around 65 seated diners and 25 at the bars. The kitchen will be completely open, serving a menu with inspiration from all over the world.
Urban Food Space Gothenburg – Urban Food Space wants to create spaces for a more sustainable Swedish food system. The place will consist of different parts including a test bed for startups, a food market, restaurant, a Food Academy, music scene and more – all with 100% focus on sustainability.
Food & drink events
GBG Beer Week, April 1–9 GBG Beer Week will see a wide range of events being held at breweries, pubs and bars across the city – going small and large, local and international, broad and narrow. This week makes it is easy to understand why Gothenburg is the beer capital of Sweden.
Natural wine festival, April 2 Avskalat is the largest and best festival in the Nordics focusing on natural wine and craft cider. The venue Auktionsverket Kulturarena on Tredje Långgatan will host Sweden’s leading importers and producers as they present a unique range of products to taste. Culinary accompaniments such as crepes, cheese, charcuterie and chocolate will also be on offer.
A Beer & Whisky Fair, April 8–9 A Beer & Whisky Fair will be held at the Swedish Exhibition & Congress Centre in Gothenburg, bringing together around 160 exhibitors from craft breweries, whisky distilleries, whisky and beer importers, brewmasters and a range of delicatessens. The fair attracts as many as 20,000–25,000 visitors.
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