We have been visiting Gothenburg, Sweden since 2018. On our recent trip back to Gothenburg we stayed in an area called Linné, bordering alongside the famous old town, Linné is filled with cafes, restaurants and beautiful 19 century architecture.
The Linné district is popular with the local Gothenburgers; with the main wide street Långgatan and is known as the city’s second-largest avenue.
I thought it would be fun to video and photograph some of my favourites spots from the best coffee in the area at Gerd, a great Italian cafe Bar Italia, a gluten-free Bakery A Healthy Choice, the best local Vegan Restaurant, a very good Thai restaurant, where to find the local supermarkets, a few favourite buildings, the local cinema Hagabion and how to get to and from Landvetter Airport with Flyband which app to download for public transport when visit.
Fun Facts About Gothenburg
- My husband's, great-great-great-grandfather is from Gothenburg
- Gothenburg is famous for being the home of Volvo.
- Founded in 1621 by Gustav 11 Adolf. Gothenburg is Swedens second-largest city after Stockholm.
- One of the oldest areas of Gothenburg is called the Haga district.
Best Coffee In Linné, Gothenburg
We are serious espresso coffee drinkers. Being Australian and from Melbourne, we are fussy about good coffee and love our coffee strong. We love our daily ritual of drinking coffee in the morning. When we are away, we miss our favourite Rancilio coffee machine. Therefore we search for the best local coffee. We were super excited to discover a funky independent cafe called Gerd (pronounced Jeeerd) just our style in Linnégatan Gothenburg that had a Melbourne vibe, like what you could find in the back streets of Fitzroy or Northcote.
Gerd (Pronounced Jeerddd)
As soon as you step inside Gerd it is a light filled space with superb high ceilings at Gerd you are greeted with a warm and friendly welcome from brothers Pelle and Kalle.
The brothers are passionate about the total customer experience from cool retro music that is lively but not overbearing (& so many of my favourite tunes), hand picked wild strawberries from the Swedish countryside near where they grew up. Their coffee is sourced from a Swedish coffee company called Gringo Nordic Coffee Roasters and is slow roasted, small batch 20% robusta bean.
Gerd do more than just coffee, you can choose other Frukost (breakfast in Swedish) items Juices, pastries, cakes, freshly made rolls, porridge or granola and yoghurt pots.
Stick around long enough and once the morning Frukost (breakfast) rush is over, the cafe swaps over for their lunch menu. I am mostly eating vegetarian and vegan these days, however, I was tempted to indulge in the sandwich of the month after watching Mr P enjoy this mouth watering morsel in front of me. I was not disappointed, generous layers of spicy salami, fresh tomato, cheddar cheese, mozzarella cheese and homemade style pesto. Oh my it was like a Rueben's sandwich went on a vacation to Italy then onto Sweden. See the image below.
After chatting with the brothers they were proud to let me know about their custom made curved timber counter with the classic and stylish Cararra marble top.
After a year of trading and weathering the Covid storm they have a constant flow of regulars. Gerd opens early for the before work coffee drinkers at 7 am until 5 pm during the week and 8 am on weekends.
It’s a family affair with their mother making some of their Swedish cakes and the flakey croissants and cardamom buns (like croissants) are locally made. and their uncle assisting with the boring bookwork, so they can focus on the fun stuff, serving the customers
If they're busy inside, there is lots of funky bench seating outside and don’t worry if you feel cold there are cosy blankets and cushions to keep you warm.
Where to find Gerd?
Address: Linnégatan 7, 413 04 Göteborg, Sweden
Ph:+4676 021 90 40
Open: Monday to Friday 7am to 5pm & weekends 8am to 5pm
You could follow them in Instagram.
Italian Style Cafe in Linné, Gothenburg
Are you looking for Italian style coffee, pastries and food, then pop by Bar Italia Prinsgatan 7, Gothenburg? Pop into Bar Italia where you are greeted with friendly service and a buzz of activity in this lively Italian style cafe.
At Bar Italia they have daily specials for lunch that change each day. When I visited I ordered the Caprese Salad (see below) which was amazing. Be early for breakfast or lunch as they have limited seating inside, however, there is extra outdoor seating; bring your coat in winter.
Where to find Bar Italia?
Address: Prinsgatan 7, 413 05 Göteborg, Sweden
Open: Saturday to Thursday 8am to 6pm, Friday until 11pm
Where to find a Gluten-free Bakery in Linné, Gothenburg?
Gluten-free Bakery: A Healthy Choice
A nutritious, paleo-focused cafe in Linné, a quiet place to sit and enjoy a coffee and a gluten-free pastry and buy some gluten-free bread to take home.
Where to find a Healthy Choice?
Address: Prinsgatan 3, 413 05 Göteborg, Sweden
Hours: Tuesday to Friday 10am to 4pm, Saturday 10am to 2pm, closed Sunday & Monday.
Other Places to Eat in Linné District
Next time you're visiting Gothenburg, I would strongly suggest to book a table at Blackbird as they are super popular and you will need to book in advance. Don't fret if you can't speak Swedish most places the staff can understand and speak a little english.
For a delicious homemade vegan experience you must try Blackbird. This was marked in my maps to try for a few years. We finally visited and we were not disappointed. For starters we shared the delicious Chili cheese Four homemade fried cheese balls with hot jalapeño. For mains I tried the gluten-free tofu curry called no butter, no chicken which was beautifully presented and the tofu was semi crispy with a gently spiced curry sauce. Mr P devoured the Chimichanga burrito, also presented with creative touches. We couldn't leave without trying their desserts. (which I totally forgot to photograph). I couldn't pass up trying the flakey cinnamon apple pie (like a mini hand pie) with Blackbird's homemade vanilla soy ice cream was creamy and amazing and Mr P enjoyed the Vegall; Blackbird's own variant of Pigall (a Swedish chocolate bar), with creamy nougat, crispy rice puffs, roasted hazelnut and dark chocolate.
Where to find Blackbird?
Address: Stigbergsliden 3, 414 63 Göteborg, Sweden
Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 5pm to 9pm, Friday & Saturday 5pm to 11:30pm, closed Sunday & Monday.
Thai: Bangkok Kitchen
For a healthy quick dinner Thai is always good. Bangkok Kitchen offers friendly service, tasty food, with vegetarian and vegan options.
Where to find Bangkok Kitchen?
Service options: Dine-in, Takeaway or Delivery
Address: Andra Långgatan 21, 413 28 Göteborg, Sweden`
Hours: Monday to Thursday 11am to 9pm, Friday 11am to 10pm, Sunday 12pm to 9pm.
Reservation: bkgbg.se, thefork.se
Mexican: Holy Moly
For a relaxed fun taco place, try Holy Moly. Holy Moly has a small menu but very tasty nachos and vegetarian options for tacos. We ate their Monday night and didn't book and were able to get a table. It may get busier on the weekends. Apparently they have live music on the weekends.
Where to find Holy Moly?
Address: Andra Långgatan 31, 413 27 Göteborg, Sweden
Hours: Sunday to Friday 4pm to 1am, closed Saturday
If you are looking for fresh and tasty Vietnamese we have been recommended to try (still on my wish list) Veitnamese at Saulhall Briggen (meaning old firestation hall)
Where to find Vietnamhaket?
Address: Saluhall Briggen, Nordhemsgatan 28, 413 06 Göteborg, Sweden
Hours: Monday to Saturday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm and Sunday closed.
Hagabion Cinema in Linné
From their website:
Hagabion is an independent cinema located inside the great Viktoriahuset along Linnégatan, near Järntorget in Gothenburg city.
The cinema is part of the classical Folkets Bio Movement (”The People’s Cinema”). A network consisting of 20 cinemas in about the same size, spread all over the country, all of them working towards the same goal ever since the national organization of Folkets Bio was established back 1973: promoting non-commercial movies, alternative expressions and new perspectives in the art of cinema. Creating an opportunity for those voices who normally don’t reach out to a broader audience by offering a unique platform for filmmakers and distribution of their films.
There's also a great cafe inside called Hagabionscafe. We ate here on a previous visit and enjoy the lively vibe. The menu changes daily and is rather small but interesting.
Where to find Hagabion?
Address: Linnégatan 21, 413 04 Göteborg, Sweden
Autumn Hours: Lunch Wednesday to Friday 11:30am & weekend from 12:00 and supper from 5pm every day. Yes in Sweden they like to eat early, fine by me!
Where are the local supermarkets in Linné?
When we stayed in Fjärde Långgatan, Linné, Gothenburg my favourite and closest supermarkets was the large Hemköp Masthuggstorget 3 A, 413 27 Göteborg, Sweden. There's also a smaller Hemköp on Linnégatan, Gothenburg, Sweden, but I found the range quite small.
There's also a coop that is close by, I find coop easy to navigate around coop. I like the way they merchandise and display their items and the fruit and vegetables are fresh.
Address: Andra Långgatan 26, 413 27 Göteborg, Sweden
A Beautiful Florist in Prinsgatan
Where to find Blosteraffär?
Address: Prinsgatan 8, 413 05 Göteborg, Sweden
Hours: Monday to Friday 10am to 6pm, Saturday 10am to 3pm & closed Sunday.
Transfer and Transport tips when visiting in Gothenburg
One of the easiest way to get from Gothenburg Landvetter airport into Central Gothenburg is to catch the Flybussarna bus. You can buy tickets online or buy at the machine near the exit doors.
Getting Around Gothenburg
Public transport around Gothenburg is made easy with the phone app. Vasttrafik ToGo or go to download the website Vasttrafik to plan your journey.
It is super easy to buy you ticket on your phone once you have downloaded the app. Buy your ticket wherever and whenever you like with the Västtrafik To Go app. You can buy single tickets, period tickets and day tickets and travel throughout Västra Götaland. Get started straight away – you don’t need to register to buy a ticket in the app.