Sweden’s second city is a low-key collision of café culture and student life, with an exquisite archipelago backdrop, hype-worthy hangouts – minus the crowds – and cheaper prices than its neighbours. Boats on the River Gota sweep under low bridges through the old shipyards, now home to the futuristic, multi-coloured ‘Kuggen’ building.
10% of Gothenburg consists of parks and greenery.
On long midsummer nights the city’s parks spring into step with dance music festivals, while trams rattle off to southern archipelago islands, like car-free Styrsö. Trendies squeeze into Nudie Jeans on Vallgatan, or try the vintage boutiques along Magasinsgatan for size. Thrillseekers head for the antique wooden rollercoaster at Liseberg Park or Universeum science museum, with its hands-on forensics lab and astronaut simulator. Wrap up the day with a 'fika' – gossip with coffee and a bun – at Café Husaran, in the dense, cobbled mazes of Haga.