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Gothenburg, SE

“I’m not a late night party person at the moment having a two-year-old, but back in the days when I was, Gothenburg was famous for its great variety of ‘svartfester’(i.e. secret unofficial parties, ‘black parties’). They started to disappear a few years back but are said to have emerged again which sounds lovely. A good ‘svartfest’ is where you want to be — a really inexpensive, loud, awful club (of which there are plenty of in Gothenburg).” —El Perro Del Mar

Curated by: El Perro Del Mar, jj, Jose Gonzalez, Laleh, Little Dragon

city guide:
Gothenburg, SE
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Bar Centro
Small cafe and bar in the middle of Gothenburg serving coffee all day with wine and Italian fare in the evenings.
Kyrkogatan 31, Gothenburg, Sweden
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FOLK
Hip vegetarian restaurant and organic wine bar serving dishes inspired by traditional European cuisines, located in the foyer of the Folketeatret theater.
Olof Palmes plats 413 04, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Gothenburg Museum of Art
The Gothenburg Museum of Art is home to the world's largest collection of 19th century Nordic art, as well as an impressive collection of contemporary and classical works from around the globe.
Götaplatsen 6, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Bar Kino
Hip hangout with extensive craft beer selection on tap and fine vegetarian dining with a large patio area.
Linnégatan 19, 413 04 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Gothenburg Botanical Garden
The Gothenburg Botanical Garden is one of the largest of its kind in Europe, and is much loved by visitors for its secluded groves and gorgeous walking paths.
Carl Skottsbergs gata 22A, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Gothenburg Concert Hall
The Gothenburg Concert Hall was built in 1935 and has hosted countless international touring artists.  The acoustics of the Guthenburg Concert Hall are internationally lauded and a number of significant live albums have been recorded there.
Götaplatsen 8, 412 56 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Bengans
This classic record store has been the number one destination for music lovers in Gothenburg for over 30 years.  Offering CDs, LPs, books, merchandise, and live performances, Bengans is a mandatory stop for die-hard collectors and casual fans alike.
Bengans Skivbutik, Stigbergstorget, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Dirty Records
Little independent record shop with a diverse selection of new and vintage records, CDs, and DVDs, plus live music performances every Friday night.
Andra långgatan 4, 413 03 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Hotel Eggers
Hotel Eggers is one of the oldest hotels still in operation in Sweden.  Located in the heart of Gothenburg, this classic hotel features traditional rooms with antique furniture, fine dining, and conference facilities.
Drottningtorget 2-4, 411 03 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Emmaus Björkå
Second hand store operated by the Emmaus Björkå charitable organization, committed to combating poverty through activism and advocacy work.
Ångpannegatan 6, 417 05 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Sejdeln Pub
Cozy neighborhood bar, perfect for avoiding sports fans and hipsters with a cold beer and simple eats.
Andra långgatan 28, Gothenburg, Sweden
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jj
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Slottsskogen
This English-style park in central Gothenburg includes a zoo, a pond, a Swedish heritage area, and various sports facilities across its 137 hectares of forests and lawns.
Slottskogspromenaden 414 76, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Masthugg Church
Masthuggskyrkan, or Masthugg Church, was built in 1914 in the National Romantic style of Nordic architecture.  Its position on a hill makes it a striking sight, and the views of the city and accompanying sunsets make it a popular destination for visitors.
Mimergatan 5, 417 64 Göteborg, Sweden
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jj
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Kaffebaren
Hip, intimate bar with oldschool atmosphere offers up coffee and mixed drinks, plus live DJs spinning Hip Hop and R&B.
Yaki-Da, Storgatan, Gothenburg, Sweden
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jj
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Pustervik
Performance venue attracting local and international acts with an on-site cafe/bar and restaurant.
Järntorgsgatan 12, 413 01 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Yaki-Da
Eclectic space featuring dance floors, live music venues, a bar, and fine eateries.
Storgatan 47, 411 38 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Avocado Swedish Catering
Small, unassuming eatery offering delicious breakfast and brunch buffets at unbeatable prices.
Linnégatan 74, 413 08 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Mornington Hotel
The Mornington Hotel Stravaganza Göteborg is a high-end, British-inspired hotel in the center of Gothenburg, conveniently located near the city's tourist attractions and shopping and entertainment districts.
Kungsportsavenyen 6, 411 36 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Shelta
Hip streetwear and sneaker shop located in the center of Gothenburg
Andra långgatan 21, 413 28 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Sincerely Yours
Independent record label founded by electronic music duo The Tough Alliance in 2005.  Beyond their normal music products (usually pressed on vinyl LPs), Sincerely Yours periodically releases various high end products, ranging from shirts to wine to bulletproof vests, always in very limited quantities.
Fjällgatan 3B, 413 17 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Mshop
Mshop is a high end boutique sex shop in headquartered in Gothenburg, offering sex toys, lingerie, and other accouterments in a classy, well-lit environment with helpful and knowledgeable staff.
Andra långgatan 3, 413 03 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Dugges Brewery
This local favorite craft brewery has been producing delicious ales since 2002 and offers tours of their brewery facilities.
Östra Björrödsvägen 12, 438 93 Landvetter, Sweden
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Archipelago of Gothenburg
The Archipelago of Gothenburg comprises two large groups of islands off the west coast of Sweden.  Daily fairies and walking bridges allow visitors to enjoy the history and natural beauty of the archipelagos.
Archipelago of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Cigarren
Authentic, oldschool cafe and cigar lounge.  Serves up top notch coffee and a offers a wide selection of cigars, cigarillos, and cigarettes by the piece.
Järntorget 6, 413 04 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Creperiet
No frills crepe stand serves sweet and savory favorites late into the night.
Linnégatan 32, 413 04 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Flora Hotel
Family-run, 4-star boutique hotel, much loved by visitors for its convenient location, friendly staff, and delicious breakfasts.
Grönsakstorget 2, 411 17 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Myrorna
Second hand clothing, shoes, and accessories in a large, 4-story department store.  Also offers a selection of books, records, and home goods.
Järntorgsgatan 10, 413 01 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Stigbergets Brewery
Swedish microbrewery active since 2012 that caught the attention of the international craft beer scene at Gothenburg Beer Week with their IPA made specifically for the event.
Gamla Varvsgatan 1, 414 59 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Garden Society of Gothenburg
The Garden Society of Gothenburg (Trädgårdsföreningen) is a park and horticultural garden in central Gothenburg.  Come for the flowers, stay for the delicious food and drink at the cafe.
Slussgatan 1, 411 06 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Nefertiti Jazz Club
Cozy jazz bar with intimate live performances by blues and jazz artists from around the globe.
Hvitfeldtsplatsen 6, 411 20 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Gothia Towers
Modern, high-end hotel just outside downtown Gothenburg, with luxurious amenities and multiple fine dining experiences.
Mässans gata 24, 412 51 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Liseberg Amusement Park
Liseberg is an amusement park located in Gothenburg that opened in 1923.  Its numerous rides and attractions make it one of the most visited amusement parks in Scandinavia.
Liseberg, Örgrytevägen, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Elite Park Avenue Hotel
Chic hotel in Gothenburg with a pub and nightclub.
Kungsportsavenyen 36, 411 36 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Elite Plaza Hotel
Stylish traditional hotel built in 1889, offering fine dining experiences and two classy bars.
Elite Plaza Hotel, Västra Hamngatan, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Strömmingsluckan
Popular food truck in the trendy Magsinsgatan district serves up traditional Swedish street food like fried herring and mashed potatoes with lingonberries.
Magasinsgatan 17, 411 18 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Saltholmen
Popular swimming area off the coast of one of the islands in the Gothenburg Archipelago.
Saltholmen, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Feskekôrka
Large, long-running market with a wide variety of seafood and prepared foods, plus two restaurants.
Feskekôrka, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Scout Monument
Monument located in Slottsskogen and built in honor of Ebbe Lieberath, founder of the Swedish Scout Movement.
Slottsskogen, Gothenburg, Sweden
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Plankan
Cozy neighborhood joint serves up a wide selection of beers and simple pub food.
Kommendörsgatan 12, 414 60 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Andra Långgatans Skivhandel
Oldschool music shop carrying, CDs, LPs, DVDs, and various merchandise, frequented by music lovers for its diverse selection and knowledgeable staff.
Andra långgatan 33, 413 27 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Hotel Dorsia
Oppulent hotel in central Gothenburg with luxurious interiors, fine dining, and a lounge bar.
Trädgårdsgatan 6, 411 08 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Sandqvist
Sandqvist make simple yet functional bags and accessories.  Designed for urban life, inspired by the sights of Nordic nature.
Andra långgatan 22, 413 28 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Lester
Long running boutique in central Gothenburg specializing in high quality boots and leather goods.
Vallgatan 14, 411 16 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Grandpa
Trendy shop  sells Scandinavian and international fashion, gadgets, books, and furniture, both new and vintage.
Vallgatan 3, 411 16 Gothenburg, Sweden
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Habagion Cafe
Hipster hangout that serves local craft beers and ambitious vegetarian dishes.
Linnégatan 21, 413 04 Gothenburg, Sweden
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