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Christmas in Sweden 2023: The best julbord in the Gothenburg area

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Christmas in Sweden 2023: The best julbord in the Gothenburg area
Whether you want to eat in Gothia Towers (centre) or at Liseberg (far-left), Gothenburg is chock-a-block with fabulous options for your Christmas buffet. Photo: Per Pixel Petersson/

Whether you're a Swedish Christmas newbie or a seasoned julbord connoisseur, here's The Local's selection of some of the best (often slightly fishy) festive meals in the Gothenburg area this winter. Feel free to share other tips in the comments!


The Swedish julbord is an extensive spread that has evolved from a variety of traditions and today consists of an elaborate buffet of typical Christmas food. It is popular not only to sit down for a julbord on Christmas Eve with family, but also to go out for a special julbord meal at a restaurant in the run-up to Christmas – with family, friends or work colleagues.

See here for the low-down on the Swedish julbord.

Reflecting the city's fishing industry heritage, many of the julbord spreads on offer in Gothenburg are a bit heavier on the seafood than what you might find in and around other Swedish cities, such as Malmö (see our Malmö Julbord guide here) and Stockholm (see our Stockholm Julbord guide here). 

Here are the best julbord spreads we can find in Gothenburg: 

All prices listed are per person, unless otherwise stated.

Source: Fiskekrogen


This charming and very classy restaurant, based in an old 1920s Grand Café, gets a mention in the Michelin Guide and is an outstanding place for a high-end julbord. 

The restaurant promises to serve up "all the tasty classics which we've always made", with "a wonderful combination of tastes both old and new with inspiration from the delicacies of the sea". You can book it here

When: November 24th-December 25th (lunch from November 29th).

Price: 945 kronor for lunch, 1,195 kronor on evenings and weekends


Hotel Eggers 

This 19th century hotel by Gothenburg's central station promises a julbord that is "one of the most atmospheric and cosy" in Gothenburg, and it leans heavily on classic and traditional dishes such as Jansson's Temptation, meatballs, herring, cabbage, and ribs. Glögg and coffee are included. You can book it here.

When: November 23th-December 20th (some days already fully booked)

Price: 675 kronor for lunch, and 850 kronor for adults (300 kronor at all times for children up to 12)

Onboard a boat in the archipelago

Strömma line

You can have a julbord buffet at sea on one of two vessels operated by Strömma, Gothenburg's main operator of ferries to the islands in the archipelago. The company has buffets on two of its boats, the early 20th century M/S Göteborg and the more modern M/S Carl Michael Bellman. 

On the former, the chef Lotta Bäckström promises to "mix up classic Christmas favourites with new dishes and exciting flavours", with dishes on offer including saffron pears, bilberry herring, and green pepper salmon with orange, as well as the classics like Jansson's temptation. Book here

On the latter, you can eat to the sounds of a singer who will regale you with Christmas favourites. 

When: November 11th to December 21st

Price: Lunch from 750 kronor. Dinner from 830 kronor with children from 6-15 years old half price.  



The rival Skärgårdslinjen ferry service is offering a julbord with a Christmas show on board two of its cruisers. 

"Forget sausage and meatballs, here we serve up the delicacies of the sea," the company declares, promising langoustine, prawns, mussels, fish and lobster soup.  Book here

When: November 15th to December 19th

Price: Between 995-1095 kronor for adults. Children 295 kronor

The Hamnkrogen restaurant in Liseberg is a popular place for julbord. Photo: Goteborg & Co

At the Liseberg theme park 

The Liseberg theme park might not seem like the most atmospheric place to have a Christmas buffet, but it is home to two restaurants which do offer that experience: Hamnkrogen and 1923. 

Bear in mind with these two julbord offerings that you will also have to pay entrance to the theme park, with prices ranging from 125-355 kronor depending on age, date, and whether you want to go on Liseberg's rides or not. Children under 110cm in height go free.

Hamnkrogen supplies a julbord along the same seafood-centred lines as at Fiskekrogen, with shellfish and fish dishes, although they also promise traditional julbord favourites and "a large selection of vegan dishes". Book here

When: November 18th to December 22nd

Price: 750 kronor evenings and 550 kronor for lunch and weekends. Entry to Liseberg included.

The julbord at 1923 is absolutely traditional, with no additional emphasis on seafood and comes slightly cheaper. Book here

When: November 18th to December 19th

Price: Weekdays: 500 kronor for lunch or 750 kronor in the evening. Saturdays 750 kronor and Sundays 625 kronor. Children aged 2-6 pay 125 kronor and children aged 7-12 pay 150 kronor. Entry to Liseberg included.


Gothia Towers 

The Imagine restaurant on the 29th floor of Gothia Towers offers a julbord with a view across Gothenburg and beyond. It's a reliable rather than flashy spread of all the classic dishes. 

Gothia Towers has been surpassed as Gothenburg's tallest building by the new Karlatornet, but that doesn't do anything to detract from the view. Book here.

When: November 17th-December 24th (selected dates)

Price: Wednesdays and Sundays 845 kronor, Thursdays 895 kronor, and Saturdays 945 kronor. Free for kids under 2, 95 kronor for 3-6 year olds and 225 kronor for 7-12 year olds. One child per adult goes free all Sundays in December (apart from the 24th).

Långedrag Värdehus 

If you head out of the busy centre to the coast, Långedrag Värdehus offers what they call "a classic julbord inspired by the sea with all the Christmas delicacies". And you get a sea view. Book a place here

When: November 17th to December 23nd 

Price: Weekends and evenings 945 kronor, weekday lunches 1,095 kronor. 225 kronor for kids aged 3-6 and 445 kronor for kids aged 7-12

Gunnebo Slott offers an organic Christmas buffet in beautiful surroundings. Photo: Gunnebo Slott


If you're willing to go even further afield, the Tullhuset restaurant on the island of Honö out in the archipelago offers "a pure fish and shellfish" julbord, which promises culinary "creativity", but "neither ham nor meatballs". There are, however, vegetarian and vegan options. You can book here

When: November 17th to December 21st 

Price: Friday and Saturday evenings 795 kronor, Sunday-Thursday 725 kronor. Children under 13 years old, 350 kronor. 

Blackbird offers all the Christmas favourites in "veganised" form. Photo: Blackbird


While vegans might feel deprived at some of the other restaurants in Gothenburg, they won't at Blackbird, which promises to "veganise Christmas dishes such as herring, ham, sausage and Jansson's Temptation", while also focusing on all the vegetables which are in season. You can book here

When: November 29th to December 22nd

Price: Monday-Thursday: 510 kronor. Friday, Saturday, Sunday: 545 kronor. Kids under 4 eat free. Kids 5-12 pay 225 kronor.


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