During our recent weekend visit to Gothenburg, we found ourselves drawn to the charming district of Haga, one of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods. Located within walking distance of the city centre, the heart of the neighbourhood is the pedestrian street Haga Nygata which is lined with traditional wooden houses, which have been preserved since as early as the 1870s, and which now house the many independent boutiques and cafes that Haga Nygata is known for.
A surprisingly varied selection of stores, including fashion, interiors, antiques, chocolates and spices, makes for some excellent shopping. A raft of cafes also provide numerous choices when it comes to deciding where to stop and enjoy a fika break. Any excuse for coffee and cake!
Café Husaren came highly recommended as the place to go in Haga to enjoy the local practice of fika, an afternoon coffee break accompanied by a pastry or cake. Despite an amazing display offering almost every cake and pastry variety imaginable, we resisted temptation and decided to stick with the traditional fika accompaniment, the cinnamon bun. The hagabullen is a specialty at Café Husaren – the giant cinnamon bun gave us just the fuel we needed to conquer the next item on our Haga itinerary – the Skansen Kronan fortress.
It’s hard to miss the seemingly endless stairway jutting up from the streets of Haga. Although we had no idea where it led, our curiosity urged us up every step to the top where we reached the Skansen Kronan, an old fortification offering amazing views of the Haga district and the city of Gothenburg beyond. Surrounded by tourists, we wondered how we’d missed this on our list of sites to see in Gothenburg. Feeling pretty pleased with ourselves, we agreed that the views definitely made it worth the climb. Now to make our way back down…