It’s easy to eat vegan in Sweden. In fact, whether you’re vegan or not, you’ll find yourself eating plant-based dishes almost unintentionally – and quite often, too – as when visiting Sweden you’ll discover that healthy, fresh, plant-focused dishes make up so much of the menu. Gothenburg, Sweden’s second city on the western coast, is particularly well-appointed with vegetarian and vegan places, so take our lead traversing the city’s eateries on a short trip…
The second city of any country tends to have a totally different vibe to the capital. It’s the younger sibling always trying to outshine the elder, it’s the rebellious creative kid to the straight-up city-slicker and Göteborg is no different. Gothenburg’s got an up-and-coming street food scene and Jinx Food Truck is one of the premier places to try – it was one of our first stops when we arrived for their Asian buns, catering to both meat and non-meat eaters alike. They’re set up daily in a little square on Magasinsgatan (but check their social media for timings) alongside a couple of other food trucks. Likewise, Kombe has lots of vegan variations of traditional Korean food and pops up at different places across the city including Gustav Aldorfs Torg and Kungstorget. Planet Vega is also based on Kungstorget serving organic vegan burgers, too. Wrapped Burrito Bar is also great for a grab-and-go jackfruit burrito (some say it has even better flavour and texture than the pulled pork it resembles)
In the heart of the city centre, you have to have a bryggkaffe (filter/drip coffee) or oat milk latte at Da Matteo – the most famous local coffee brand – which has two locations nearby the street food areas. If you’re tempted by sourdough sandwiches, sugary bullar or freshly-made cakes, this is the place to try with both an in-house roastery and an expansive bakery with so many tempting treats. A couple of streets away, another must-stop is the city’s Saluhall, which is undergoing a transformative renovation over the last year or so but is still very much open for business with a wide selection of traditional and modern traders selling some of the best food in the city.
Spending a day at Gothenburg’s funfair is hungry work, so it’s great that one of the best veggie spots in town is located here – The Green Room @ Liseberg. Serving a buffet style lunch spread (165SEK per person) which is almost universal at lunchtime in Sweden, here they also serve also a fully organic menu.
In terms of sit-down restaurants, top of the list for plant-based plates is Blackbird, a fully-vegan restaurant and bar which also produces much of its ingredients like seitan and vegan cheese in-house. One of the hottest trends at the moments in beverages is organic, natural and biodynamic wines, and between a vegetarian menu and carefully sourced and selected wines, FOLK is the place to be to experience fine dining without meat or fish. Located at Folkteatern, this is far more than a spot to stretch your legs during the interval at the theatre. The menu ranges from small snacks of padron peppers and olives to generous plates of pasta whole fried cauliflower, and there’s regular entertainment from DJ’s and different performers too. If you want to truly taste local and understand the terrior of West Sweden, Bhoga is a Michelin-starred restaurant which is passionate about local produce – in fact, the menu is strictly seasonal and suppliers come from only the environs of Göteborg. It’s also an intimate setting right by the water on Norra Hamngatan, so it was perfect for a romantic date night on our trip to Sweden’s second city.
If you’re visiting at the weekend, Frilaget and the restaurant at the Roda Sten Konst Hall both serve plant-based brunch menu takeovers; at Frilaget on Saturdays and at Roda Sten on Sundays.
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Apparently it’s #NationalPizzaDay 🤷♂️🤷♂️ Whatever day it is we wanted to try out @brewersbeerbar (which only opened this new branch here in #Gothenburg a week ago!) for a quick pizza and beer before rushing back to the hotel to watch Cruising with @thejanemcdonald, obv. Ordered the “Cheese & Bread” pizza featuring Dijon mustard cream, gruyère, raclette, pickles and cress! 🍕🍕☺️☺️ Enjoyed some local beers too from @duggesbryggeri and @allinbrewing too 🍻🍻🍻 . . . . #gothenburg #goteborg #thisisgbg #gothenburg_sweden #gøteborg #gbg #sweden #sverige #6weeksofsweden #swedenyourewelcome #gastrogays #gastrogaystravels #goteborgcom #instafood #jarrytype #eeeeeats #swedishfood #svenskmat #feedfeed #f52grams #tastingtable #noweating #instafood #svenskt #🇸🇪
Brewers Bar is a locally popular craft beer and sourdough pizza spot, with outposts on both Tredje Långgatan and Magasinsgatan and a great line-up of local brews and fresh pizzas from the wood oven with the best toppings, including a number of plant-based options. We loved the vibe at Brewers and how locals and visitors alike rubbed shoulders and shared communal tables enjoying great food, drinks, music and chat. Then go hand-in-hand to Hagabion, the local arthouse cinema, to catch a movie after a couple of drinks at the cinema’s cafe. An ideal Gothenburg getaway!