Photo by Marie Oskarsson
A Tribute to the Fish
Feskekörka means "the fish church" and is a fitting name for the indoor fish market, built in 1874, that houses all the glimmering delicacies of the sea. (The name is also an example of typical Gothenburg humor—playing with words and with lighthearted disrespect towards authority.) Inside you'll find stalls packed with fresh fish and seafood, as well as stalls for lunch. Visit the restaurant Gabriel up on the balcony. The owner, Johan Malm, is a multiple-time oyster opening champion, so he can tell you everything you need to know about the briny bivalve.
Shop for fresh seafood at the "fish church"
Feskekorka is local dialect for "Fish Church", and in fact the building was designed to look an awful lot like a church, especially from the outside. On the inside, you'll find a huge interior with high ceilings reminiscent of a church, but it's filled with fish stalls and restaurants, rather than pews and altars. Stroll up and down the main hall of the market and pick out fresh fish and seafood to cook up for your dinner that night. Or, let somebody else cook for you, and eat at one of the on-site restaurants (there is seating both outside and inside). The Fish Church is right next to the river, so you get a magnificent view if you sit outside. Don't miss the funny statue outside of a dog watching hopefully as fishermen scale their catch.
By Amy Knauff, AFAR Local Expert
Something's fishy in Gothenburg
An architectural experiment when it was built, Gothenburg's Feskekörkan, or Fish Church, quickly became a city landmark and remains high on a visitor's list. It is aptly named, too--Its vendors serve up the freshest fish around; and it looks a lot like a church! Inside, West Coast specialties like lobster, prawns, oysters, mussels and crayfish take street food up a notch. choose from seafood stalls for a take-out picnic, or settle in at one of the two restaurants for a sit-down lunch. My choice at Feskekörkan is Gabriel, popular with locals and tourists alike. A father-and-son operation, the menu has featured the same dishes since its founding more than 25 years ago. Amiable Chef Johan Malm, a former World Oyster Opening Champion, will treat you to the catch of the day, or a selection of the best seafood from the stalls downstairs. Gabriel and the Fish Church have been around a long time, and are fixtures in the Gothenburg culinary landscape. Don't miss a chance to experience both!