Haga, The Old Town, Gothenburg
There’s one thing I noticed on arriving in Gothenburg, and that’s the amount of coffee shops lining the streets; the Swedes are big coffee drinkers and they’ve even got a name for it: Fika. Fika means meeting friends for a social get together for cup of coffee and of course something sweet to go with it. Some of the nicest Fika spots are found in my favourite place in Gothenburg, the Haga district, a quaint little area that’s one of the oldest and historic parts of the city. One of the most famous cafes is Cafe Kringlan, where they serve the most massive Cinnamon buns, which are at least a foot in circumference!
Watching the world go by outside the Cafe Kringlan
Inside the Cafe Husaren were also massive mounds of Cinnamon Buns, as big as a baby’s head. The smell was amazing.
Another adorable cafe is Le Petit Cafe, which is totally full of vintage flower prints, gold framed pictures, comfy seating, farmhouse style tables and chairs, hanging chandeliers, kitchen paraphernalia, and of course full of gorgeous cakes.
Haga is a walk or a tram ride out of the main center of Gothenborg and I only found it by walking alongside the river and just happened upon it. It’s also quite insignificant, there’s not a great deal to see in the way of sights, but it has a really nice vibe about it, with plenty of independent and individual shops lining the cobblestone streets and a lot of vintage and bric-a-brac shops amidst the original architecture. But it wasn’t always this nice; it used to be quite rundown up until the mid-80s when the Haga district had a major renovation and became the very cool area that it is today. I love the bunting across the streets.