Gothenburg is Sweden’s second-largest city, that said, Gothenburg is a small coastal town, located on the west of the country, home to approximately 500,000 happy Swedes. The city is small enough to walk through and is actually starting to get more and more attention within the vegan community worldwide, thanks to its growing vegan options becoming more available throughout the small city.
My Swedish friends had always told me that there were vegan options galore in their homeland, but I have to admit – I was skeptical. After all, I had called the neighboring nation of Norway home for five years and let me tell you – it certainly was not vegan-friendly! (Side note – Norway now has countless vegan options woohoo!)
Gothenburg Vegan Restaurants
So on my recent trip to Gothenburg, I decided to truly put Swedish vegan cuisine to the test, both in terms of quality, and quantity of options available, and spoiler alert, I was not disappointed!
Which meals are catered for
- Breakfast: typically 09:00-12:00
- Lunch: typically 12:00-16:00
- Dinner: typically 19:00-23:00
A rough price range (based on prices of mains)
- Cheap: up to €10
- Moderate: €10-15
- Expensive: €15+
The Green Room
lunch & dinner / expensive
Located in the magical and joyous Liseberg theme park, the green room is an entirely vegetarian restaurant offering buffet style eating with many vegan choices.
After a quick count up, I’d say that at least one-third of the dishes on offer were vegan – and thankfully they were all very clearly marked, so it was easy to navigate, even if you don’t speak the language.
We tried out the vegan oriental noodles, and I’m happy to report that it tastes like something you could find at a decent Chinese restaurant. Well-seasoned, a good texture – and plenty of veggies in the mix.
My boyfriend who happens to be allergic to wheat and soy tried a few of the other dishes, including their cabbage slaw, sweet potato kale salad, lentil curry, and chickpea salad! The potato salad and cabbage slaw were the best of the bunch, but the lentil curry and chickpea salad were also full of flavor and tasted very fresh.
- Address: Örgrytevägen 5, 402 22 Göteborg
dinner / moderate
An ambiance like no other, Blackbird is a vegan kitchen and bar in one. With live music, art covering the walls, and feel good menu items that you’d expect to find in your favorite hangout!
We headed there with a few friends one evening and decided to share their vegan cheese platter, served with four kinds of vegan cheese, three types of cheese biscuits, beetroot, walnuts, and a delightful vegan honey – we soon realized that we should have ordered more than one!
To make up for sharing our savory pick, we all opted for a dessert of our own. I picked the Apply Pie because in such a cozy bar that makes you feel at home you've got to go for that Grandma-esque dessert! Served with soy or rice ice cream, this pie was scrumptiously cinnamony, and just the perfect blend of tart and sweet.
David went all out and bought the snickers sundae with dark chocolate, ooey gooey caramel, peanuts, and two types of ice cream.
Planet Vega Food Truck
lunch / cheap
As we were working during the mornings while we were in Gothenburg, we chose Planet Vega as our conveniently located lunch stop pretty much every day. First of all, I have to say that their helpings are beyond generous and it’s worth skipping breakfast if you’re planning on having lunch here! Note that while Planet Vega is only a food truck, there is outdoor seating available.
On our first day eating here, we both ordered the Buddha bowl – this is a giant bowl filled to the brim with cauliflower rice, sweet potato and spinach salad, potato, carrot, ginger, cucumber, and probably other tasty things that I’m forgetting.
As we weren’t aware of the mega portions on day one – we also ordered a side of sweet potato fries to share. These came with a hella tasty vegan aioli!
Absolutely delicious, fresh, and healthy as can be is the best way that I can describe their buddha bowl, and once you try it for yourself – you’ll understand why we had this at least three times in one week!
But that’s not all that we tried at the Planet Vega food truck. On one especially cold day, I decided to try out their burger, with a rice patty, homemade brioche bun, aioli, tomato salsa and a mega helping of sprouts! I believe my reaction to my first bite of burger was “wow,” and that’s not an exaggeration, this burger was delicious, the perfect texture of soft bun with a slightly crispy patty, combined with flavourful salsa and aioli, mmmm – it’s making me incredibly hungry just writing about it.
Florida's Bubble Tea
lunch / moderate
While we were walking through Haga, an area of Gothenburg famed for its mom and pop stores, vintage-inspired barber shops, and thrift stores – we happened to stumble upon an incredible vegan find. And that was Forida’s Bubble tea!
With an abundance of vegan options, we tried their mango lemonade tea and their taro tea – and while I’m not one to quote Janice from Friends. Oh. My. God.
The taro tea has to be one of the most, if not THE most delicious beverage I have ever tasted. So, for the love of Ikea – if you’re ever in Gothenburg, head on over to buy yourself a taro tea. And seeing as you’re in the area – walk a hundred meters up the street and you’ll find a thrift store that’s a treasure trove of vintage finds!
Recommended Hotels in Gothenburg
There are many sites for apartment rentals including Airbnb and Vrbo. Prices are generally comparable to budget hotels, especially if you’re willing to get a room in a shared apartment.
Nadia is a jolly little vegan who loves nothing more than visiting new places and finding new vegan delights. She's currently traveling the world with her boyfriend in their 1969 VW bus on a mission to say yes to as many experiences as they can. If you want to find out more about their adventure and get some vegan vanlife tips, head over to their blog Saying Yes or Facebook, or if you're after some swoon-worthy travel shots, follow them on Instagram.