If you think Swedish food is all about meatballs and open sandwiches, it's probably time to take a trip to Gothenburg, which is widely considered to be home to some of the best restaurants in the country. With cheap flights to Gothenburg readily available and a flight time of around two hours from the UK, it's fast becoming one of the must-see places for European food lovers. Situated where the Kattegat meets the Göta älv, you will find delicious fresh fish dishes in the city's many restaurants and there is even a renowned fish market selling the catches of the day.
When in Sweden, do as the Swedes do. If you're in Gothenburg, dine at the restaurants that offer the best of Swedish cuisine, such as Kock & Vin. The menu respects Swedish tradition by adapting to whatever locally sourced produce is in season. For example, one of its popular dishes is pork jowls served with ramp butter, made from in-season local ramps and handmade butter. With a Michelin star to its name, making a reservation long before you visit is recommended.
Although seafood is well represented, there are many places that serve savoury meat selections and vegetarian cuisine. A long-established vegetarian restaurant in the old suburb of Haga, Restaurang Solrosen has a modern bohemian atmosphere offering home-cooked and locally sourced food, including at least one dish a day that is catering to vegans. With generous portions and a wide range of tasty options, the customer base is not entirely vegetarian, but also includes meat eaters looking for something a little different.
With flights to Gothenburg available to bring you close to a wide variety of excellent restaurants, bars and shops, there's no reason why you shouldn't go and find out what Swedish cuisine has to offer.