In the middle of August, Ed and I had four sun-flooded days in Gothenburg for Way Out West festival. It was the first of our several trips to Scandinavia this summer and we just had the best time. The weather was perfect. The city is awesome and totally walkable. The people are seriously stylish and inspiring. Our hotel was glorious. And Way Out West was spot on— Caribou, Axel Boman and Daphni all so much fun!
In between the tunes and endless Aperol Spritz, we loved walking around the city, stopping at the cool interiors shops and chic Scandi boutiques, all with Acne Studios in plentiful supply! Magasinsgatan was the neighbourhood we kept going back to, you could easily spend a whole day around there. We joined the crowds in the courtyard on Saturday morning to queue up for Strömmingslucken— the locals' favourite street food trader who dishes up fried herring with creamy mash and logenberry sauce. The simple dish is...incredible. Unbelievably tasty. We stupidly shared a portion then planned to go back the next day for one each, only to find he's not there on Sundays!! Don't make the same mistake if you're in Gothenburg. Get one whole portion — maybe even two and save one for later. Big, big regrets there, and Ed hasn't let me forget it.
We also found a great al fresco Mexican spot on our way up to Slottsskogen (the park where Way Out West is held). I can't remember what it's called but it's in a sunny courtyard just off Tredje Langgatan in the Haga neighbourhood, and does great margs and fish tacos!
We stayed at Hotel Pigalle and honestly couldn't have chosen anything better. It's one of coolest and quirkiest hotels I've stayed at in while. Garish Moulin Rouge-esque artworks cover the walls of the central staircase, and contrast hugely to the elegant, chinoiserie-style wallpaper in the light and airy guestrooms. The juxtaposition is fun! The bathrooms are also Pinterest-worthy with their rainfall-head showers, copper taps, and pristine ceramic white tiles. If you stay there, you'll get to experience the fantastic breakfast room and restaurant on the rooftop, but even if you're not, head up there for a cocktail - it feels so secret but not pretentious at all, and on a hot day it's a sun trap!