Gothenburg lies directly on the west coast of Sweden with a fantastic archipelago which is easily reached by a 30-minute tram ride from the city centre. Gothenburg was founded in 1621 by Gustav Adolf II and since then has undergone an exciting journey from being a shipping and industrial city to a creative hub for innovation.

Gothenburg was named the Food Capital of Sweden 2012 and thus strengthened its reputation as a gastronomic hotspot in Northern Europe. Closeness to the sea results in top-quality, fresh fish and seafood and there is a strong tradition among local chefs to work with locally-produced and seasonal raw ingredients.

As a food city, Gothenburg is on stable ground, with as many as five Michelin Star restaurants. In addition, its cutting-edge culinary offering is constantly flourishing. Gothenburg’s world of restaurants and independent coffee shops is growing. It is creating its own exciting taste fusions, but also keeping up with the latest trends.

The common denominator is high quality in combination with the same high level of trendiness. The concept has been a great success in Gothenburg, and locals are queuing up to book a table.

It remains to be seen what the new generation of promising chefs will achieve. One of these is Thomas Sjögren, member of the Swedish Junior National Chef Team, and chef at Swedish Taste. Thomas was recently awarded a scholarship by the Gothenburg Restaurant Association. Their aim is to give young talented chefs an opportunity to develop, with the aim to lift Gothenburg as a food city for the future.

Gothenburg is also home to the indoor fish market Feskekörka (the Fish Church) which opened in the late 19th century. This building has a long and illustrious history. The range of seafood on offer is among the largest in Sweden, and visitors can either buy freshly caught fish to take home or enjoy a meal in this living piece of cultural heritage. To sit in the sunshine along the quayside with a bag of freshly peeled prawns is pure pleasure.

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