Have you heard of ‘fika’? In Sweden, it’s encouraged to take a 4pm coffee break to catch up with friends and family, also known as fika. Alongside the famous ‘hygge’ (a feeling relating to cosiness and relaxation), the Swedes know how to do life right. So for the best bit of ‘fika’ and ‘hygge’, I found the best cafes in Gothenburg to lose a few hours in.
Skanstorget 1, 411 22 Göteborg, Sweden
Tucked away from the main town, TheKitchen is on the road leading down to the famous Slottsskogen Park. The cosy cafe has no more than 10 tables, both at the front and upstairs with kitsch white furniture and bunting. They have the usual salads and snacks, but I recommend their smoothie bowl to accompany your morning coffee. Sweet, cinnamony and filling, it’s a fresh breakfast to start the day with and looks oh so delectable. And with super friendly staff who are happy to chat, where better than a morning spent?
Haga Nygata 5E, 413 01 Göteborg, Sweden
The usual nordic buffet breakfast is done slightly differently here. Whilst giving the great options of tea/coffee/orange juice and standard cheese roll, they have an amazing muesli porridge with the choice of apple sauce or fruit jam. The nutty texture is a welcome change and is another cafe that is lovingly dated with dark wooden interior. And also a choice of outdoor sitting for prime people watching).
3. Le Petit Cafe
Whilst slightly reluctant to add this due to the rude reception, it’s hard to ignore the popularity of the cafe. The buffet breakfast comes with a tea or coffee, berry smoothie, bread roll, the usual delicious blueberry scone and yoghurt which you can add on with fruit, muesli, nuts and seeds. At weekends they bump prices up but the quirky decorations and heart shaped bowl make this place one to visit.
4. Vallgatan 12
Vallgatan 12, 411 16 Göteborg, Sweden
If you need a coffee, some body lotion and a chic new outfit all in one then Vallgatan 12 is the one to go to. With a wall and ceiling completely decorated with plant-life, it feels less coffee shop and more greenhouse. And with kind baristas who let me off with being a couple of kroner short and a deliciously brewed coffee, you can have a drink whilst browsing some chic fashion and interior labels alongside.
5. Kale’i cafe
Kyrkogatan 13, 411 15 Göteborg, Sweden
As my favourite stop along the way, Kale’i is in the main city yet tucked down a side street. It’s open doors and brickwork make it an Instagram dream, with cacti and copper detailing galore. What really amazed me was the coffee they prided themselves on. Their milk was locally sourced, they weighed out all of their coffee, and had beautiful latte art. Even if mine didn’t, but it was a trainee so could hardly be mad. However it’s the blackberry crumble in the authentic ceramic pots that need to be tried to be believed. Despite just having breakfast, it barely touched the side with the vanilla pod ice cream being a welcome addition.
6. Da Matteo
Södra Larmgatan 14, 411 16 Göteborg, Sweden
This coffee chain is scattered throughout the city, with the larger one looking out onto the main square in the shopping district. However it was the friendliest cafes, talking about where I was from and why I was in Gothenburg. As well as giving a varied selection of coffees and cinnamon treats (judging by the smells from behind the counter). Inside it has a gorgeous interior; all brickwork and metallic industrial machines. It’s best to head outside into the courtyard for some sun and people watching.
+ Rada Gelato
Landsvägsgatan 36, 413 04 Göteborg, Sweden
So it’s not a coffee but this delectable ice cream shop is a treat not to be missed. Starting from 30kr for two scoops, they have fun flavours such as cheesecake, rhubarb or peanut butter. My rich chocolate and pistachio was creamy enough that you won’t be hesitating to go up for a second one. Just don’t be too late in the day or they’ll have nothing left!