For a city of its size and population, Gothenburg really punches above its weight in culinary terms. Matching the number of Michelin-starred restaurants as cities like Lisbon and Florence, West Sweden’s capital even boasts more starred restaurants right now than Oslo and Helsinki, capital cities of our Nordic neighbours.
Great food is a fundamental portion of any visit to West Sweden, but particularly in Gothenburg, where restaurants celebrate the finest produce from the area’s local pantry. Husmanskost is a term Swedes use for their traditional dishes prepared using local ingredients and at any one of Gothenburg’s seven starred restaurants you’ll find husmanskost flavours elevated to create contemporary, show stopping dishes.
A pair of local chefs, Niclas Yngvesson and Gustav Knutsson, allow their esteemed local producers choose the menu at Bhoga, they say. Situated just a few minutes’ walk from Centralstation. Bhoga’s five, seven or nine-course menu is reinterpreted weekly depending on what’s in season to celebrate the bountiful larder of West Sweden. The pair combine their experience gained from acclaimed kitchens in the United States, United Kingdom, Asia and Australia. bhoga.se
Specialising in modern West Swedish gastronomy, Koka continues to receive accolades as the new incarnation of what was Kok & Vin for 14 years on Viktoriagatan. Same building, now with slightly more affordable prices as Björn Persson brings a refreshed, modern vision to this esteemed dining room in Göteborg. A popular casual wine bar and deli, Björns Bar, is located downstairs, too. restaurangkoka.se
With a reputation for having Gothenburg’s best wine cellar, stocked the world’s best vineyards, 28+ has been one of the city’s most legendary bars and restaurants since the 1980s. The menu focuses strictly on organic and seasonal, locally-grown ingredients where possible and expert drinks pairings are, of course, also available. 28plus.se
Picturesquely located along the waterfront in Klippan is Sjömagasinet, run by another chef duo, Gustav Trägårdh and Ulf Wagner — Gothenburg’s original Michelin-starred chef. Set in a building dating back to 1775, once used as an East India Company warehouse, with a name like The Seahouse there’s no doubt that shellfish and seafood is the speciality here, matched really cleverly with unique wines. sjomagasinet.se
SK Mat & Människor
Convivial and comfortable, at Stefan Karlsson’s SK restaurant on Johannebergsgatan there are no walls around the kitchen, so you can marvel as the expert chef team assemble dishes in full view of the intimate dining room. With a selection of set menus based around 14 seasonal-changing dishes, no two visits will be the same. skmat.se
Husband and wife team Anne and Hakan Thörnström opened Thörnströms Kök in 1997 and waited 14 years for their first Michelin star. Their menu is Swedish flavours punctuated by subtle influences from further afield in Europe whilst all menus and dishes are accompanied by a paired wine. thornstromskok.com
If panoramic views across Gothenburg don’t make you fall in love with the city, Upper House’s modern Swedish tasting menu will. Set atop the second tower of Gothia Towers with its luxury hotel and spa, Upper House is a suitably elegant and distinguished dining room with a daily-changing set menu dictated by what’s best in season. Exceptional service, food and wine combine here whilst the view really shows off Gothenburg in its finest light. upperhouse.se