Last Updated on 4th February 2021 by Sophie Nadeau
A light bright interior is filled with potted plants and beautifully appointed furniture. Situated on the fringe of the historic Haga district of the city (one of the only spots in Gothenburg so have escaped the great fires which ravaged through the wooden buildings in centuries past), welcome to Kafe Magasinet, a destination which is likely the most Instagrammable coffee shop in Gothenburg…
Kafe Magasinet Address | Tredje Långgatan 9, 413 03 Göteborg, Sweden
Wander into the ever-so-trendy (as well as cosy- the concept of being cosy or lagom “just right” is very important to the Swedish) lunch spot and brunch location at any given moment and you can expect to find friendly service, picture perfect decor, and a mouth-watering menu. One of the best locations in Gothenburg in which to find vegetarian and vegan food, the café can be found down a little corridor.
Once inside, there are two seating areas to choose from. There’s the indoor cosy seating area (which is also home to the counter where you’ll order food), as well as the incredibly bright conservatory area. Both places are well heated and there’s ample seating throughout. Even when visiting for brunch on a Sunday, Kafe Magasinet was not too busy, easily making it one of the best eateries in Gothenburg!
Kafe Magasinet food and drink review
Of course, the most important aspect of any eatery experience is the produce served! Coffee is organic and is ground on a nearby island in the Gothenburg archipelago, while the food menu is quite extensive.
There are bagels, salads, fika sized bites (you can’t visit Sweden and not experience the art of Fika), and numerous pizzas. For those non-meat eaters, there’s a tofu salad (highly recommended!), spicy vegan bowl, and even a vegan pizza.
When it comes to sweets, desserts certainly don’t disappoint either. There’s a gluten-free option, several vegan treats, and my personal favourite, the Dammsugare. Others with dietary requirements will be happy to learn that there’s lactose-free milk and oat milk available on request.
‘Dammsugare’ can quite literally be translated as the ‘vacuum cleaner’. This yummy dessert is also known as the ‘punsch-roll’ thanks to its filling of a punsch liqueur (an alcoholic beverage flavoured with spices and often referred to as the ‘National Drink of Sweden’) soaked sponge wrapped in marzipan. It’s thought that this sweet originated from the use of old cake fillings being used to create new desserts the next day.
Things to see and do close to Magasinet Café
Enjoy the view from Skansen Kronan
If the weather is pleasant during your stay and you wish to get a bird’s eye view of the city from above, then you must ascend the steep slope to Skansen Kronan. The historic fort dates back to the 17th-century and offers unparalleled views of Gothenburg and is a must-see on any visit to Gothenburg.
Wander around the Haga District
Truth be told, one of the must-see areas of Gothenburg is the Haga District. One of the oldest areas of this city, Haga was once a suburb of the second largest city in Sweden. Today, Haga can be found in the heart of the city but retains a historic ambience none the less and is home to a wonderful Christmas Market in the winter time.
See the Feskekôrka (Fish Church)
The architect of the Gothenburg fish market decided that the fishing industry and cuisine was so important to this area of Sweden that the market should be designed like a Neo-Gothic church. Constructed in the 19th-century, today it’s filled with all manner of sea-inspired stores and restaurants. For another look at the city, consider embarking on this free and self-guided walking tour.
I visited Kafé Magasinet on a press trip with Göteborg & Co. However, all opinions, words, photos (and recommendations!) are my own.