Jinx Food Truck

Open for just a couple of hours most lunchtimes, the queues to the hatch of this food truck have stayed long and winding since it was launched a local chef duo in 2015. The self-titled “bastardised Asian street food” menu is concise and addictive: steamed pork-belly buns with peanuts and kimchi salsa; vegan bao buns with fried shallots and umami-rich marinated tofu; “thaicos” with minced pork, lime and garlic. Locals wolf them down on the outdoor benches with a dash of sriracha and cans of sunny Trocadero (a caffeinated apple- and orange-flavoured delight).

Café Husaren

Cinnamon buns (kanelbullar) play a vital role in the national pastime of fika. Along with good company and a hot cup of coffee, cafés across Gothenburg compete to serve freshly baked buns to rival the most guarded grandmother’s recipes. Husaren is a classic example in Haga, selling everything from squidgy banana bread to tarts, cakes and crumbles. But it’s their cinnamon buns that pull in the crowds – warm, sticky, perfectly spiced and the size of a Frisbee.

Wakal Street Food

Follow your ears and nose to this taco truck, which is perched on the canal across from leafy Kungsparken. Music pumps out of the little black van, while locals line up to order from a daily changing menu of tacos, quinoa corn bowls and guacamole, whipped up on-site using the freshest ingredients.

Heaven 23

Aptly named, this elegant bar and restaurant on the 23rd floor of Gothia Towers serves killer cocktails, ice-cold wine and king-sized platters of shellfish. Order a drink from the plant-filled marble bar, peruse a menu of local fish, organic meat and seasonal vegetables and take in Gothenburg’s tapestry of red-and-yellow buildings from the floor-to-ceiling windows.

Cum Pane

Robin and Christiane Edberg opened their first bakery in 2008 and have since become synonymous with Gothenburg’s artisanal baking revolution. Everything is handmade on-site preserving old methods of slow baking with ancient cereals and grains, using flour from a mill in Väröbacka, just south of the city. They stock only the best local cheese, juices and preserves, using local fruits in their award-winning sweet rolls. “The simplest things have to be done to perfection,” Robin tells us. Their tiny, warm bakery in the leafy neighbourhood of Majorna is a staple of the community, who come to buy their daily bread, treats and coffee from the small wooden counter.

Sjömagasinet

Run by one of Sweden’s most respected restaurateurs, this Michelin-starred spot gives you the chance to eat the freshest seafood imaginable on the sparking Klippan waterfront. This traditional falun-red wooden house dates back to 1775, and was once used as a warehouse by the East India Company. Most of its original features remain, with thick beams, creaky wooden floors and vaulted ceilings. Outside, tables fill a waterside veranda overlooking the dock, where fishermen tend to old sailing boats and seagulls swoop overhead. Come at lunch for a summer buffet, where you can help yourself to platters of shellfish, prawns, baked cod, smoked salmon and cured fish, which locals lap up with frosty glasses of champagne. Apparently Bruce Springsteen’s a huge fan…

Natur

In contrast to Gothenburg’s bright, wood-clad restaurants, Natur serves up organic, inventive dishes in a wintry room where candlelight flickers against forest-green walls and guests cosy up on Ercol chairs beneath soft lights. The best way to experience the phenomenal (and pretty reasonably priced) cooking is to choose the three-course chef’s choice’ menu. While locally sourced veg is at the core of every menu, expect to be blown away by plates like horseradish-dashed beef tartare, rooster with truffles and baked celeriac, cod with smoked mussels, and tangy raspberries with caramelised chocolate cream and rosemary. Wash down with their carefully selected natural wines.

Familjen

The critics have fallen for this fine-dining gem, which the owners have designed “as an extension of a living room…where everyone feels at home”. Offering rustic dishes inspired by Sweden’s west coast (or best coast, as locals say) the ambitious chefs are dedicated to traditional cooking with a modern flair. Take their “menu familjen” which includes tender entrecote with cabbage and oyster sauce, or the silky trout roe with grassy agretti, followed by strawberries with tarragon, oats and creamed milk. Along with a stonking wine list, Familjen has also made a name for itself as a cocktail destination, with locals filling the wraparound veranda to slurp oysters and high-grade G&Ts late into the evening.

The Barn

If you’re after a burger, look no further than this converted barn. Four friends set it up back in 2013 and are dedicated to combining Swedish produce with classic American flavours. Prime cuts of beef, veg and homemade mayo go into every one of their handsome buns – all homemade, of course.

The Barn

Familjen

Natur

Sjömagasinet

Cum Pane

Heaven 23

Café Husaren

Jinx Food Truck

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