The grungy side of Gothenburg is changing fast with industrial units being transformed into vibrant cultural hubs. Röda Sten is a great example of this clash of old and new. An art gallery, exhibition space, café, bar and club rolled into one, it’s a great spot for relaxing and taking in the city – especially in the summer months.
Similarly, the district of Haga has been completely regenerated. Once rundown and rowdy, these streets are now buzzing with independent stores and cosy cafes. Nearby, you’ll find a hotchpotch of trendy bars and restaurants – just ask your concierge for what’s hitting the headlines right now.
The great outdoors
If you fancy some peace and quiet (and maybe even a spot of sunbathing), make a beeline for the Trädgårdsföreningen. Located just across the river from the sumptuous Dorsia Hotel & Restaurant, it’s one of Europe’s best preserved 19th century parks and home to a lively programme of concerts and events.
Of course, any visit to Gothenburg wouldn’t be complete without a trip to the archipelago. Dotted along the coast are hundreds of tiny islands, populated by quaint summer houses and their sun-loving residents. One of our favourite spots is Styrsö for its traditional villages, sandy beach and incredible views – but the world’s your oyster.
To really experience new wave’ Sweden at its most jet setting, venture 45 minutes up the coast to Marstrand. After exploring the island’s castle, cafes and cinnamon buns, hop aboard a yacht and take to the waves. There are hundreds of impossibly perfect spots to moor up and relax. And, if you’re lucky, you may even catch sight of a seal.
Whether you’ve been day tripping or dancing the night away, Gothenburg has some of Sweden’s best boutique hotels. For a city that effortlessly mixes old and new, Dorsia Hotel & Restaurant seems the perfect fit. Blending original art and antiques with palatial contemporary styling, it’s the perfect way to finish your Gothenburg getaway.