Gothenburg – Hear It From Locals | ThatSwedishTraveller

Travel guide Gothenburg Sweden

Good news if you’re traveling to the west coast in Sweden! I have just done an interview with the travel site Hear It From Locals. The finished piece on Gothenburg is now live for you to enjoy.

Avenyn. Photocredit; avenyn.se

Read my best tips on food, activities and daytrips in and around the Gothenburg area HERE.

Even though I am from Stockholm I have been living in Gothenburg since 2014 and I’m proud to be considered a local. Don’t miss out on my best recommendations in this lovely city!

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Food Guide: Ristoria, Gothenburg/Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Try an Italian brunch in Gothenburg

If you are looking for a great brunch in a nice setting with an Italian vibe, Ristoria is just the place for you!

I spent about 3 hours at this hip place today with my friend and fellow travel blogger Victoria and we left more than happy!

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The setting

Ristoria is located in direct connection to the famous hotel Gothia Towers by Korsvägen in Gothenburg.

Think Italy, think modern art and many rare details. The restaurant offers seating in several different spaces, all with their own twist. It’s a very cozy atmosphere and walking from the table to the buffet is like a journey through different interior styles!

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The food

Wow! So much food, so little time.

Ristoria offers both a cold and a warm buffet and a dessert table filled with sweets, and of course, tiramisu! The food is more of a lunch, so expect no yoghurt, fresh fruit or sandwiches. We’re talking pizza, salads, fresh pasta, cheese and Italian charcuterie. Don’t miss out on the mushroom cannelloni, absolutely gorgeous!

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Blogger shoots

Well, we couldn’t leave without taking some shots in these hip settings. And to finish it off – a glass of bubbly! Arrivederci until next time!

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Ristoria

📍Mässans gata 16, Gothenburg.

🕰 Monday-Thursday 11.30-23.00. Friday 11.30-00.00. Saturday 12.00-00.00. Sunday 12.00-16.00.

*Disclaimer: Some of these photos were taken by Victoria (and edited by me), visit her for more amazing travel and food photos HERE

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Find me on Romanian tv | ThatSwedishTraveller

ThatSwedishTraveller on Stirile ProTV

It’s been a month since the press trip with Experience Bucharest and little did I know that my face would turn up on Romanian national tv, but that is the case! See the whole clip HERE!

They took a lot of my content from my Instagram stories – and that’s fine by me! Im glad to reach out and I take this as a great compliment for making good content in Bucharest. If you didn’t see the video yet, CLICK HERE.

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10 Instagram spots in Bucharest | ThatSwedishTraveller

10 Instagram friendly spots in Bucharest, Romania

Are you looking for the perfect photo spots in Bucharest? Here are some places you must visit for an Instagram friendly photo shoot.

  1. The English Passage  – Pasajul Englez

The history of this place dates back to 1855. A jeweler from Vienna arrived in 1837 and built the Resch House on Calea Victoriei. The house was sold and turned into the “English Hotel” (a hotel for the English merchants). The passage was built to have more hotel rooms.

The passage was a hotel for only a few years. It was later on transformed into a large luxury brothel. The brothel functioned until 1947, then it was closed and converted into apartments by the communist authorities, which banned prostitution.

The atmosphere at the passage today is quite hostile. Romanian people live in these old apartments and they are not very fond of tourists staying there for too long. So if you’re having a photo shoot here – make sure to be quiet and quick!

2. The Bookshop – Cărturești Carusel

This amazing book shop is located in the Old Town of Bucharest. The staff is very friendly and they are also used to the photo shoots in the shop. The store is 4 stories high and hosts a great café. The name of the place makes sense when you arrive – it looks like a carousel with swirling architecture!

3. Arcul de Triumf

As Bucharest is known as “Little Paris” it’s only fair that they have their own version of Arc de Triomphe. The arc is located in the middle of a roundabout in the middle of the way between the airport and the city centre. To get to the arc you have to walk on a special lined road for pedestrians. It’s 27 m high and the architecture is stunning!

4. The Umbrella Passage – Pasajul Victoria

Probably the most instagrammed place in Bucharest! Enjoy a great meal at the pizzeria in the passage or visit the hidden underground café (it’s in a closed down underground station).

5. The Parisian passages – Pasajul Vilacrosse and Pasajul Macca

These two passages are amazing! They meet where I stand in the picture below and the passages are both inspired by Paris with detailed architecture. This area is known for its sisha bars. Come here for a great photo shoot and enjoy a sweet smelling sisha afterwards.

6. Fabrica

This pub is located a bit outside of town, but is absolutely worth the travel. It’s a beer garden with amazing street art, and the building is an old fabric.

7. Palace of the Patriarchate – Palatul Patriarhiei

A building with neo-classical style facade and a lot of history during the communist regime. The building is surrounded by an old church and other buildings forming “The Vatican” of Bucharest. Add some gold to your Insta feed!

8. The Art Tower in Pantelimon

You can find this old water tower in the suburban area called Pantelimon. Its surrounded with great street art and the tower is a cool addition to your feed.

9. Carol Park – Parcul Carol

This park is perfect for an outside shoot. Here you’ll find the Mausoleum, (Mausoleul din Parcul Carol), known during the Communist régime as the “Monument of the Heroes for the Freedom of the People and of the Motherland, for Socialism”, which is now a Military Museum. The boulevard in the park is perfect for OOTD pics.

10. Romanian Athenaeum – Ateneul Român

This is a magnificent concert hall and a landmark of the Romanian capital city. The architecture is stunning and this will also add som royal vibes to your feed.

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Disclaimer: This blogpost was written in collaboration with #ExperienceBucharest, through a sponsored press trip with ExperienceBucharest, ExperienceRomania and AMPT – Administrația Monumentelor și Patrimoniului Turistic București.

All opinions and recommendations are as always my own.

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Travel Guide: 3 days in Bucharest Romania | ThatSwedishTraveller

Experience Bucharest – 72 hours in the capital of Romania

Have you ever been to Bucharest, Romania? No? This lively city should definitely be your next destination. If you are interested in exploring one of the most underestimated capitals in Europe this is the travel guide for you. I’m sure you’ll be looking at flights after reading this guide!

I spent 72 hours exploring Bucharest and I will share with you the ultimate city guide. You can do this trip over a weekend but since the city is very much alive it’s also great to travel here during the weekdays (which is normally cheaper too!). 

Bucharest is a city full of old history and new ideas. It’s shown everywhere – from the architecture to the friendly people. I’ll guide you through what to eat, see and do in Bucharest and even where you find the most Instagrammable spots!

But first, a quick bit of Bucharest history and facts;

  • Bucharest (București) is the capital and largest city of Romania, which was formed in 1859 and gained independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1877. 
  • Bucharest is also called “Little Paris” or “Paris of the East” (Micul Paris) because of the French influences commonly shown in the architecture.
  • Bucharest is the sixth-largest city in the European Union (by population within the city limits). 1,8 million people live in Bucharest.

And a bit of Romanian facts;

  • Population: 20 million people
  • Currency: RON – Romanian Leu
  • Language: Romanian
  • Share boarders with: Ukraine, Hungary, Moldavia, Bulgaria and Serbia
  • Time zone: Summer = UTC +3 EEST. Winter = UTC +2 EET.
  • Most common religion: Christian ortodox

What to see in Bucharest

Palace of the Patriarchate – Palatul Patriarhiei

Address: Strada Patriarhiei

An amazing building with neo-classical style facade with a lot of history during the communist regime. The building is surrounded by an old church and other buildings forming “The Vatican” of Bucharest.

Romanian Athenaeum – Ateneul Român

Address: Strada Benjamin Franklin 1-3

A magnificent concert hall and a landmark of the Romanian capital city.

Carol Park – Parcul Carol

Address: Bulevardul Mărășești

This beautiful park is perfect for a stroll or a picnic. There you will also find the Mausoleum, (Mausoleul din Parcul Carol), known during the Communist régime as the “Monument of the Heroes for the Freedom of the People and of the Motherland, for Socialism”, which is now a Military Museum.

Memorial of Rebirth – Memorialul Renaşterii

Address: Piața Revoluției

A memorial that commemorates the struggles and victims of the Romanian Revolution of 1989. Its also known as the potato on a stick, the egg, the impaled potato and the nest. Apparently not even the Romanian people knows the name or understands this piece of art, therefore it’s now mostly tagged with graffiti and skaters use the area below it to skate and do tricks.

The red dots

These dots can be found on over 300 buildings in Bucharest and the signs explains that these buildings are in real danger to collapse if an earthquake would appear. Bucharest is the European capital that has the most earthquakes. Many people still live in these houses and apartments, while some are entirely empty.

The Arch of Triumph – Arcul de Triumf din București

Address: Piața Arcul de Triumf

As Bucharest is known as “Little Paris” of course there is a mini version of the Arch of Triumph. It’s not so small actually, it’s 27 m to the top and it’s not yet opened to the public. Rumours has it that it will open in 2019 to the public – let’s cross our fingers that it’s true! The arch is situated in the middle of a big roundabout so make sure to be careful when crossing over to this beautiful landmark.

What to eat in Bucharest

Have you ever tried Romanian food? No? Well, it’s time to book a full dinner because there is plenty of great food from the Romanian kitchen. And don’t worry if you want food from other places too, Bucharest is full of tasty restaurants that will keep you full and ready to explore more.

Romanian food tour with My Secret Romania

Address: Strada Pitar Moș 23

Visit the traditional restaurant “La Copac” and eat amazing food from Romania. While dining you learn about Romanian history and if you’re lucky you even get to know what the patterns on the traditional blouses mean. I recommend to book a food tour to really get to know the history about the traditional Romanian kitchen.

Bread and mashed beans

Sausages and potatoes in basil, with red onions

Our guide explaining the patterns

Manuc’s Inn – Hanul lui Manuc

Address: Hanul lui Manuc

A traditional restaurant that offers both set menus and an a la carte in Romanian food. Dine in a big and open space and be surprised when music suddenly starts playing and the staff suddenly comes out wearing traditional clothes and starts to show you different dances from all around Romania. Pro tip: try the Romanian red wine, it’s very good!

When in Romania you need to try “Telemea” – a cheese similar to feta cheese, but in my opinion – even better! Try both the salty and the sweet options.

Traditional dish “Sarmale” – Cabbage rolls filled with meat or vegetables, served with polenta and sour cream.

NOMAD SkyBar

Address: Etaj 1, Strada Smârdan 30

Eat, drink and dance. Visit this restaurant and bar for great drinks and food from all over the world – do a nomadic culinary trip. The skybar gives you a great view of the city center. NOMAD is located in Old Town and to enter the restaurant you have to take an elevator straight from the street up to the restaurant.

Taqueria El Torito

Address: Strada Apolodor 3

Visit an authentic Mexican restaurant for the best margaritas in town and amazing tacos. There are two restaurants by El Torito and we visited the one with the address above. This restaurant offers you great food and a great Mexican vibe – the staff is also very friendly and will help you find the best dishes for you on the menu. If you come during warm months their decorated patio is open, a very nice place to dine.

Hop Garden

Address: Splaiul Unirii 225

Great food, great beer and a of course – a great time! Hop Garden won’t leave you disappointed – and definatly not hungry! Just look at the size of that burger! The kitchen is a mix of burgers, pastas, Romanian food and Mexican. Pro tip: order a dish with grilled meat or chicken, it’s really good!

Where to stay in Bucharest

Wondering where you should stay in Bucharest? I have two tips for you – one more luxurious and one more affordable. Both bringing you the best of the city!

Radisson Blu Bucharest

Address: Calea Victoriei 63-81

Price range: Upper

If you’re looking for something extra, this is really where you should stay. The five star hotel is several stories high and inside you’ll find 4 restaurants, 3 bars, a spa area and a swimming pool. The breakfast is a breakfast foodies dream, filled with extra details such as a Bloody Mary mixing station and a personal chef to cook you your omelet. And besides that, the hotel is located near the city center and close to the Instagrammable spots Passaje Victorlei and Passaje Englez.

Pura Vida Sky

Address: Strada Smârdan 7

Price range: Lower

This hostel is a two building delight in the middle of Old Town. At Pura Vida you’ll find hostel rooms and chill out areas and at Pura Vida Sky you’ll find more hostel rooms and also the famous Sky Bar with an amazing view over the city. Even if you’re not staying at the hostel you’re welcome to take a drink at the sky bar or work at the new co-working space.

Photos by Pura Vida Sky

Experience the nightlife in Bucharest

The nightlife in Bucharest is famous for being crazy and happening every single night! I can assure you that there is always something going on in Old Town or in the city centre. The following tips are just a few of my favourites from the bubbling night life in Bucharest!

Baru cu Bere

Address: Strada Stavropoleos 5

Visit Bucharest’s oldest beer garden and experience a magical evening. The beer garden outside is spacious and inside you’ll find amazing architecture and beer halls filled with people. Take the swing door in to another world.

Fratelli

Address: Strada Glodeni

A night club with clowns, popcorn, cotton candy and dancing on carousels? Yes, all of this can you experience at Bucharest’s craziest nightclub called Fratelli. You never know what to expect at this club. The night I was there it was carnival! The themes might change at this club but I’m sure they will all be crazy and make you step into a fantasy world!

Fabrica Club

Address: Strada 11 Iunie 50

This cool place is found a little bit outside the city center but is definitely worth a visit. Chill with a beer outside in the beer garden or dance all night inside this old fabric.

What to do in Bucharest

There is plenty of things to do in Bucharest. Here is a few of my favourite tips for you to explore!

RetroBuzz Romania

Do you have a drivers license? Perfect, then you can hire this cool retro bus to travel the city. You can even rent it to travel around Romania for a longer time, complete with a bed and kitchen in the van. What are you waiting for? Time to live the American van life in Romania!

Walking tours

During my visit in Bucharest I went on several walking tours. Listed below are a few that I recommend to get to know the city better. And the best part? Most of them are free!

Walkabout Free Tours – The Story of Bucharest

Good Living Bucharest – How Bucharest Became the “Little Paris”

Open Doors Travel – Real life in the neighbourhoods of Giants

Walkabout Free Tours – The Royal Century

BTrip Bucharest – Old Town legends and stories

The pictures below are from the “Real life”-tour in the suburban neighbourhood Pantelimon. This is an old water tower now turned into street art by the community.

5 Instagram friendly spots in Bucharest

Bucharest is the perfect place for great Instagram photos! Everyday I visited a new place that blew me away, and sure will blow your followers away too! Check out these 5 Instagram friendly spots in Bucharest.

  1. The English Passage  – Pasajul Englez

2. The Bookshop – Cărturești Carusel

3. Arcul de Triumf

4. The Umbrella Passage – Pasajul Victoria

5. The Parisian passages – Pasajul Vilacrosse and Pasajul Macca

WANT MORE INSTAGRAM SPOTS?

READ MY GUIDE TO 10 INSTAGRAM SPOTS IN BUCHAREST

All these places are amazing Instagram spots as you can see and there are plenty more around town! Amazing buildings and street art is everywhere and there are plenty of cute shops and cafes that are picture perfect too. Make sure to be attentive when walking on the streets of Bucharest – there is always something new and beautiful to see!

Short summary of my 72 h Bucharest visit

To sum up my experience in Bucharest I must say that 3 days was not enough. I came here during the colorful autumn and I sure want to be back for the parties in the streets in summertime and for the Christmas markets in the winter. Bucharest is a perfect all year around destination – for a weekend or as I would recommend – an even longer stay. 

Let me know if you have more tips on Bucharest or if I can help you during your planning for your next Bucharest visit!

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Disclaimer: This blogpost was written in collaboration with #ExperienceBucharest, through a sponsored press trip with ExperienceBucharest, ExperienceRomania and AMPT – Administrația Monumentelor și Patrimoniului Turistic București.

All opinions and recommendations are as always my own.

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Influencers of Sweden – Fall workation in Örebro | ThatSwedishTraveller

What is a workation?

It’s a mix between work and vacation! A few weekends ago I met up with about 20 other Swedish bloggers to work, workshop, network and enjoy a great vacation in Örebro, Sweden.

Saturday – Hotel breakfasts and workshops

I traveled early on the Saturday morning from Gothenburg to Örebro and arrived just in time for the hotel breakfast at Clarion Hotel Borgen. After we all had a welcome meeting during the breakfast we joined the hotel manager for a tour around the amazing suites at the hotel.

How beautiful is this hotel? And old bank turned into luxurious hotel.

After the tour we had a workshop with blogger and photographer Caroline Frankesjö about Lightroom editing. I’ve used different apps to edit my photos so it was nice to learn more about Lightroom and experimenting with it.

After the first workshop we had an amazing lunch at the hotel. Salmon with mashed potatoes! And how about that dining set up, just for us.

After lunch we had two workshops at Kulturhuset, one about film production and one about influencer marketing within politics. After that we had some time to mingle and get ready at our hotel rooms. After our short rest it was time for bubbles and a nice dinner together!

Caught in action by blogger Ulrica – Från tekopp till bergstopp

Of course I had to try the local beer from Örebro. It was called “Borgen Red IPA” and as you can see it’s the hotel on the bottle etiquette!

Later in the evening we all walked to Örebro castle to join a ghost tour.. We learned a lot about the towns history and it was really creepy visiting the attic and the cellars of this old castle.

Sunday – morning yoga, more workshops and photo shoots

On the Sunday morning we first met up for a 45 min yoga session and then we came back to the hotel breakfast buffet! Such a nice start of the day!

After breakfast we all walked up to the castle again for two more workshops, one about working effectively by Linda “Resa Medvetet” Engström and one about SEO by Elin “Teknifik” Häggberg. The day was finished off with a nice lunch together.

My train didn’t leave until later that afternoon so I took a stroll in Örebro town. Such a cozy place and the parks were filled with fantastic autumn colours! Johanna “Last Stitch” and Sandra “SandraCallermo.se” also joined to take some photos. Örebro was filled with really cool street art. Check out the pictures below!

I also want to thank everyone involved in this workation, it was a truly giving and fun way to meet other bloggers and new friends!

The whole workation group! Photo by Caroline Frankesjö.

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Halloween outfit 2018 | ThatSwedishTraveller

Happy Halloween

Every year I always host or go to a Halloween party. And trust me, I always go all in with my Halloween outfit. This year I decided to dress up as a zombie circus director! I went to a Halloween party with my classmates and the theme was “blood”. I figured that a zombie look would work, what do you think?!

Me & Lina as Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show!

Would you dare to join this circus? 🤡🎪

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Food Guide: Spice Sushi, Gothenburg/Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

The most colourful sushi in town

Okay, this is no joke. This is the most colourful sushi in town. And it’s also delicious! Don’t do the nigiri at this place, it’s all about the Spice maki rolls (the fried tempura rolls). Fried sushi is AMAZING!

Sushi and Sake

Try different maki rolls with yakiniku, tuna, fried shrimp or pork. Yes, inside the sushi roll. And don’t forget the edamame beans on the side! The rolls come in 8 pieces (whole, 189/199 SEK) or 4 pieces (half, 95/99 SEK) and I recommend you to order 4 pieces of many different rolls, so you can try many! My personal favourite was the shrimp tempura with Swedish skagenröra on top. Simply amazing.

The interior

As you can see the interior is awesome! The place is small, so book a table, at least if you are a big group or are going on the weekend. The staff was great but keep in mind that the food might take a while if you order the fried rolls!

Of course, the meal is finished of with fortune cookies. I reckon that you already are in great luck if you had a meal at this place!

Spice Sushi

📍Linnégatan 44, Gothenburg

🕰 Monday – closed. Tuesday – Thursday 17.00 – 21.30. Friday – 17.00 – 22.30. Saturday – 16.00 – 22.30. Sunday – 16.00 – 21.30

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Food Guide: LE GBG, Gothenburg/Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Gothenburg´s best smoothie bowl

Are you a brunch lover? Because I sure am. This pretty newly opened place in Gothenburg is one of a kind. Friendly staff, amazing food and cute seating. Be in time tho, because there are only a few seats inside and there’s usually a queue out the door. And that’s no wonder with those delicious smoothie bowls!

The menu at LE GBG

The restaurant serves breakfast, brunch and lunch. The menu consist of smoothie bowls, avo/salmon toast, pancakes, banana bread, salad bowls and smoothies. I tried the avo toast (95 SEK) and the banana bread (55 SEK). I think the pricing is good compared to all the tasty food you get! I love all the colors and the variation of the greens and fruits.

Try the cappucino

The coffee was also on point at LE. The only thing that struck me negatively was the lack of seats, since the place is really small. But I guess that’s part of the charm too.

Go get your fresh breakfast or weekly brunch at LE GBG, you won’t be sorry. My personal suggestion is to go togehter and order a bit of everything and share between you!

LE GBG

📍Lilla Risåsgatan 25, Gothenburg

🕰 Tue – Fri 09.00 – 17.00. Sat – Sun 10.00 – 16.00

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A long city walk in Stockholm/Sweden | ThatSwedishTraveller

Where to take a walk in Stockholm

As you might have seen on Instagram I spent the past weekend in Stockholm. I gathered some pictures for you from one of my many walks around the city. I love taking photos of buildings and street art.

If you want to visit the colorful houses below they are located near Karlaplan. The brickhouse is actually the Embassy of Uruguay. These buildings are also close to Humlegården which is a perfect place to take a stroll in.

Discover Stockholm

I think the best way to discover a new city is to walk and walk and walk. I usually look things up on Tripadvisor or so, but sometimes I think it’s even better to discover the city without any expectations. This is usually how I find cool spots! On this particular walk I found this pretty bike and loads of street art. Even if I’m from Stockholm I walked around in awe. If you want to tourist in your own city, make sure you go to places you’ve never been or hardly ever been to!

Street art in Stockholm

There is a lot of street art in Stockholm. It’s hard to tell you where to go tho since the art usually is removed and new art appear all the time! My best tip is simply to walk and keep your eyes wide open!

If you have any questions about Stockholm – where to walk, or anything else, feel free to ask! Since I’m born and raised in Stockholm I can help you wih pretty much anything! If you want a tip for a great coffee house, for instance, I recommend Drop Coffee!

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