Our incredible trip to Gothenburg finished with delicious foods
The next morning we went to a cute little café in the area of town where my friend lived. It looked almost like a house, but when we walked inside there was a glass case filled with pastries and cakes. There were wooden tables all around, and we sat in chairs by the huge windows, despite the fact that there was not much to look at on the street in front of us. And, after browsing the menu we decided that the perfect brunch idea would be to have “chocolate breakfast” and skip lunch due to our early dinner plans. So we ordered a piece of chocolate tart and a mocha latte. The breakfast was delicious, and we left the café happy and ready to begin our day.
We didn´t get very far, however, because right down the street from this hidden café was a strange little shoe shop. My friend told me she had found some great things in this store, and that I had to go in just to look. Ironically, I found a great pair of shoes that were white with different colors in a kind of neo-paisley print. They were very unique, and the truth is I´ve worn them many times and continue to love them. From a little shop in a tiny neighborhood of Göteborg- who´d have believed it!
We took the tram to the Göteborg Science Museum where my friend and I had an amazing time with all the interactive exhibits. This museum really is worth the visit. When we entered, the first thing we did was go straight to the top floor in order to work our way down. They had exhibits with the arctic, the rain forest, the ocean, the human body, animals, almost any topic you could think of that is science related. There were also tons of interactive exhibits for kids and adults alike. It was really fun, and of course, we took silly photos of ourselves visiting the museum. I think my favorite part was the sound exhibit where you could play with electronic musical instruments.
After the museum we returned to my friend´s apartment to get ready for her birthday dinner at a restaurant in the neighborhood and then a night of modern dance at the Göteborg Opera House. The place we went for dinner was great- cozy, and fancy without requiring you to be overly dressed up. It was just right for enjoying a dish that I could not leave Sweden without trying: salmon! The salmon came with asparagus and potatoes along with a special sauce. Everything was absolutely delicious!
After we ate, we made our way downtown on the tram to the Opera House. It is a modern building that was inaugurated in 1994 and is located next to Göteborg Harbor. When we went inside the building, I was impressed by how modern and at the same time traditional everything appeared. The seats were covered in red velveteen and there were gold accents in the main hall. We had brought with us a small bag of candies which, of course, included Swedish Fish! The same red gummy candies that I used to buy at the swimming pool snack bar each summer in the actual country of Sweden! We checked our coats and found our seats, although I wasn´t exactly sure what we were about to see. My friend had chosen to come see an experimental modern dance interpretation, and the work was divided into parts with different story lines, and different dancers paired with some dialogue to help tell the story. Of course, the dialogue was in Swedish, so we spent a good half hour after the performance trying to figure out exactly what was going on in the story. Regardless, the performance was great, and I was impressed by the fact that a more experimental dance piece was being celebrated in the traditional looking Opera House.
After the Opera we went to have a birthday dessert with my friend and the other people who had come with us to the theater. We went in a café that was located close by that had a variety of different cakes to choose from. It was a cute little place with wrought iron chairs and tables that were too small to hold everyone´s plates. I chose a type of berry cake that came with white chocolate sauce along with a decaf latte. We continued our conversation about the theater and one of the Swedish girls who had come with us tried to explain what we had missed about the story.
The next morning my flight left around noon, but we had time for a special breakfast before it was time for me to leave. My friend had just the spot. We went to a French restaurant located downtown near the cathedral called Le Pain Français. My friend had been telling me about their amazing brunch menu which was kind of a fusion of French and Swedish cuisines. We ordered the full breakfast which included a croissant, cheese, a roll with butter, cucumbers (the idea was that you made your own little cheese and cucumber sandwich) a hard boiled egg, yogurt if you chose to have it, coffee and orange juice.
This was all served with gorgeous presentation and the restaurant itself was like the brasseries I had visited in Paris with wooden floors and a warm cosmopolitan atmosphere with small café tables. We arrived Just as they were opening, as we were on a limited time schedule. It was the perfect way to end my visit to Göteborg. I would ruskommend a visit to Göteborg with 5 boquerones. This was a city that surprised me and left me completely charmed with its uniqueness, its food, and its culture.