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The best places to eat in Gothenburg

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We'll be honest with you, our knowledge of Swedish cuisine goes as far as meatballs and cinnamon buns. So when we discovered Sweden's food capital was Gothenburg, like valiant hungry troopers we headed over the North Sea to taste what it had to offer. Thankfully, on no occasion did the food come with a rage-inducing flat-pack wardrobe.

Kock and Vin

This is one of four restaurants in Gothenburg which boasts a Michelin star. The restaurant's decor is unfussy and the waiters are extremely knowledgeable and are sure to impress even the most dedicated foodie. The cuisine is traditionally Swedish and the majority of dishes are locally sourced. Even the butter, which they make themselves, is delicious. Although the menu changes according to season, the unbelievably tasty creamed chicken skin (sounds grim, actually amazing) and the slow-cooked pork with a root vegetable ash were just some of the menu highlights.

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Sjomagasinet

Located a ferry ride away from the city centre, this place is worth visiting for its nautical surroundings as well as its food. Opt for the uncomplicated buffet and you won't be disappointed (we're not talking a cheap pile-your-plate-high version, here). Choose from a selection of Swedish dishes, such as fish mousse as well as the traditional varieties like smoked salmon and cod.

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Fiskekrogen

Perfect for any fish fanatic, Fiskekrogen offers a smörgåsbord of seafood. Although the choice is somewhat limited to shellfish and salmon, it is all incredibly fresh. Before going up to get a plate, you will also be served with a fantastic seafood broth. While the setting could only be described as pirate chic (Johnny Depp's got nothing on this place), it is known as one of the finest around. Knowing how to crack a crab is a must, mind.

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Fond

When you do order from the menu instead of going for a buffet (they do love a good buffet), here's when Sweden really comes into its own. Fond offers a seven course dinner if you can muster up enough energy to eat it all and even the salt and fennel seed crackers are delicious. From ceviche to rare roe, most of the food is sourced from small local producers where possible. The other great bit about this place is that it's located in the square next to the theatre, perfect for people watching.

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Norda

Norda at the Clarion Post hotel is run by Swedish chef Marcus Samuelsson who is something of a legend in his adopted home of New York, where he runs Aquavit. This is much less formal and is perfect for a lunch overlooking the Gothenburg canal. Choose the hamburger, which comes with homemade crisps, or try the open sandwich which comes with mounds of prawns to satiate any seafood lover.

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