Gothenburg
Photo Courtesy of Swedish Institute and Visit Sweden
You can find most cuisines and food trends in Gothenburg, though not necessarily in their most refined forms. Traditional Swedish foods like pickled herring, meatballs, and cured salmon can be somewhat heavy, with large portions and cream sauces, but are always good in a grandma’s comfort food kind of way. Much of the fish sold in Sweden passes through the fish market in Gothenburg’s harbor, so this is the perfect place to indulge in all the ocean’s delicacies. A Nordic take on sushi is popular, where the fish is fresh from the Atlantic and local flavors blend with traditional Japanese. In fact, there’s an eclectic mix of Asian cuisine in general, as well as more and more vegan and vegetarian options. Swedes travel a lot, and it shows in the restaurant scene. The city also has a few Michelin-starred restaurants, if you’re looking to splurge on the finest of dining.