Where to Shop in Gothenburg
Gothenburg has a good selection of local designers, so why not bring home something you can wear? As well as in individual boutiques, you’ll find work by designers like Maria Westerlind (lovely dresses) and Maska (soft knitwear) in larger department stores. Gothenburg is also a great destination for browsing vinyl, and you can visit a clogs manufacturer that has been making the traditional shoes for nearly a century.
Vallgatan 15, 411 16 Göteborg, Sweden
What better souvenir than something you can wear every day—and for a very long time. The renowned jeans company Nudie has its headquarters in Gothenburg and makes jeans out of 100% organic cotton. The jeans are made to last, and sustainability has always been a core value, so Nudie offers free repairs of their jeans until it’s totally impossible—and then they can be recycled in the Nudie recycling program. Visit their flagship store and explore everything they have available.
If stylish Stockholm brand Acne had a laid-back little brother, it might be Gothenburg brand Velour. Born in 1997 and predominantly a menswear label, Velour sports a casual yet sophisticated modern style in cotton, linen, or wool, and keeps sustainability at heart.
Vallgatan 4, 411 16 Göteborg, Sweden
Life on the small island of Käringön is at the heart of the work by designers Emma Landström and Malena Ostwald. Their clothes are often made of soft cotton incorporating prints inspired by the archipelago. They produce clothes for both women and men, and also a lovely collection of children’s clothes—which means the whole family can dress to match!
Nordenskiöldsgatan 7A, 413 09 Göteborg, Sweden
Designer AnnLouise Landelius makes beautiful handbags for city life under the brand name ALL. Having worked at H&M and the Swedish fashion brand Tiger, she wanted to do something of her own and so started her own studio. Her handbags are mostly in black and made from soft leather, and often make use of geometric shapes.
Haga Nygata 19A, 413 01 Göteborg, Sweden
The classic wooden clogs used to be the only summer shoe you would see in the 1970s. But then they went out of fashion, until the Swedish Hasbeens store resurrected them in 2006. But none of this has bothered Haga Trätoffelfabrik—the clogs manufacturer and seller has been going since 1933! You’ll find classic clogs in many colors, as well as more modern sandal-like versions that go well with summer dresses.
Monki has always been at the forefront when it comes to young and trendy fashion. Founded in Gothenburg, it is now part of the H&M family, but the headquarters is still in central Gothenburg and the focus remains the same. Monki wants its clothes to create new opportunities for the youth of today, and has always taken a progressive position when it comes to discussions on body ideals and gender issues. The women’s sportswear has a bold look that says you have a right to be who you are—and to wear trendy, comfortable clothes at the same time.
Magasinsgatan 19, 411 18 Göteborg, Sweden
This home decor shop has its own unique style. It’s not very cheap, but is always inspirational. The design aesthetic takes a kind of more is more approach—which is unusual for the normally restrained Nordic design tradition. Expect lots of dark colors, bronze and gold, glass paperweights, cushions, vases, and other beautiful objects from brands like Astier de Villatte, Broste Copenhague, Hay, and many more. Around the corner you’ll also find Artilleriet The Kitchen, a shop with everything you ever wanted for your kitchen.
Spinnmästarevägen 2, 437 34 Lindome, Sweden
Spinneriet Lindome, south of Gothenburg, is an enchanting destination for a weekend outing. The former spinning factory houses little shops and studios for artists, craftsmen, and designers, so this is heaven if you’re interested in interior decoration and design. Looking for something new for the baby’s room, textiles for your bedroom, or graphic art for your living room? You might find it here—and meet the designers behind the artwork at the same time. The shops are open to the public during weekends, mostly. If you are hungry, the restaurant Lilla Spinneriet serves excellent seasonal lunches.
Kyrkogatan 13, 411 15 Göteborg, Sweden
At the far end of a charming courtyard is this tiny café that is also a record store and a record label. So please don’t hesitate to comment on the music while ordering your coffee and homemade biscuits or enjoying your lunchtime soup. Sometimes Höga Nord arranges concerts with bands from their own label, Höga Nord Records. Expect psychedelic and Swedish prog rock. Sometimes the owners of Höga Nord can be found behind the DJ booth of restaurant Folk, which means unknown and unusual music like Serbian synth rock will be played that night.
Stigbergstorget 1-2, 414 63 Göteborg, Sweden
This record store is an iconic destination for music aficionados, and also a place where many artists have signings when their record is released. If you are looking for recent releases or vinyls of the more exclusive kind, this is the place to be. The front café with its stage is the first venue many Gothenburg bands ever play.
Andra Långgatan 4, 413 03 Göteborg, Sweden
This is a classic record store with a focus on vinyl and includes a small coffee shop that hosts occasional acoustic concerts. Local bands set up their instruments in a corner and play for the store and café visitors. It’s one of those places that feels like it has always been there.
Kaserntorget 9, 411 18 Göteborg, Sweden
This is a local favorite and the ultimate hangout for musicians in Gothenburg, a store where you can spend hours talking to owner Bruce Ems and browsing among the Hagström guitars and synthesizers. The name MUG on the sign is short for Musik Utan Gränser—Music Without Borders.