Cheap and tasty food in Gothenburg
The cost of eating out in Gothenburg can add up; particularly if you add wine to a meal. But there are ways to enjoy eating out without blowing a hole in your budget (and it does not involve eating a Whopper-Mc-Shite-Meal). Below are my five best tips to eat cheap in Gothenburg:
Take advantage of weekday lunches
No doubt, the best food deals in Gothenburg happen around lunch. That can start as early as 11.30 am for a Gothenburger with most places quieter (possibly closing) around 14.00. Daily (“dagens”) lunch menus generally offer bread, a salad buffet, main course, coffee and biscuits, all for less than 100 SEK. You have limited menu options to choose from, but at that value, you can’t complain!
When I’m ready to eat my own body weight, the Gothenburg Wok all-you-can-eat buffet is superb value. Here, you select the raw ingredients for your wok, then watch it get cooked in front of you. Kind of fun, but less time for a good chat at the table. Vegetarians should definitely check out Andrum, just down the road from the Wok. They have an amazing value, self-service buffet which includes plenty of vegan dishes too. Finally, if I’m in the mood for something a little more fancy, the Ritz is a personal favourite for lunch at 120 SEK.
Eat for free
When I say “free”, remember that “nothing in life is free”. This “free” will cost you a drink, but even that’s likely to be discounted during “After work” hours, typically 17-19:00 on weekdays. Among the best value food I’ve had in Gothenburg was at Condeco where, at a Friday evening “After Work”, I ate (too much!) free pizza with a glass of well-priced wine. Yaki-Da offer something similar, Lilla London too. You can’t expect fine dining, but you can certainly fill a stomach. Just search “After Work Buffet” and see the many other options.
Gothenburg is a foodie city and so it’s no surprise to find the Food Truck trend alive and well here. There are always Trucks at Magasinsgatan, often at Gustav Adolfs Square too. Here you can buy restaurant style lunches in a box, so there’s no frills and often no seat either! There are a whole variety of cuisines to sample, from artisan swedish food to asian fusion cooking.
Then, pre-dating the food trucks are Gatukök street kitchens. They are fast food joints selling decent thai, sausage, falafel or pizza for 55-80 SEK; you’ll find them peppered throughout Gothenburg.
Affordable and high quality meals are available Monday-Saturday from 11-6pm in Stora Saluhallen. The cheapest eats, around 60-70 SEK, tend to be found inside the hall itself, rather than in one of the restaurants found on the outside of the market hall. However, don't expect the added extras (bread, sallad buffet, coffee etc.) of a restaurant-style lunch menu. With around forty restaurants and delicatessens housed in the impressive, late-19th Century building, it’s fun to wander round and see which menu draws you in. With much of the eating done at bars, rather than tables, it works really well if you’re eating alone.
Find yourself a Tullen
A place I often find myself eating at is Ölstugan Tullen. It's a local chain that's quickly and recently spread around the city – not all are shown in the map below, it'd simply take over! – you can find a full list of locations here. Open from 15:00 on weekdays, and 13:00 at weekends, almost everything on their menu costs 100 SEK. For this you can expect healthy portions of honest, seasonal food. You’re guaranteed at least one veggie and often a vegan option too. And although the food here won’t win any culinary prizes; it won’t fail to please a hungry stomach or your bank balance!
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