Student life in Göteborg # 2 – Hanging out

Hanging out with friends : Fika time and afterwork

Are you finally done with your assignments? Perfect, it is time to meet your friends for a Fika.  Fika is a key Swedish word, an institution, untranslatable in English.

Fika is just taking a break in your day (no matter what time is it) to share pastries and coffee with your friends or colleagues. And trust me, it is as sacred than the English “tea time”.

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Haga, the perfect place for Fika

There is an infinite number of places where you can go to have Fika with your friends but the best one from my point of view is the Guldhedstornets Café, on top of a water tower, nearby the biology faculty, which offer an amazing panoramic view of the city. Haga, my favorite district, is also known for its cafés offering giant “kanelbullar” (cinnamon buns) which are for me the best part of Sweden. And the panoramic view from the Kronan worth climbing the stairs.

When it gets late, you can walk from Haga to Jarntorget and Andra Långgatan (“the second long street”) where you will find lots of different bars to have drinks or an afterwork (unlimited food buffé usually on Friday from 5pm to 7pm) with your friends.

 

It is the weekend and it is now time to visit the city !

The city of Göteborg has a large number of museums, theaters and one opera. Most of the museums can be visited with a pass (40 SEK/year) and lot of them are free for people under 25.

Lot of different shows are offered with students/youth discounts at the theaters and the opera. Slightly more expensive, the Universeum worth the visit with its rain forest, aquarium, vivarium, space themed exhibition and an area with a lot of interesting experiments to test… and not only for children =).

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An idea of Swedish nature : Landscape from the island Vrannö

If you are lucky with the weather, the city of Göteborg can also be appreciated for its connection with nature, lot of parks can be visited such as Slottskogen (with a zoo and an amazing hidden panoramic view), the Botanical garden (Botaniska), Ramberget hill, Delsjön lake… Don’t hesitate to bring with you your “one use barbecue” (“engångsgrill”), one of the best inventions ever ! And if the sun is high then you definitely have to take the ferry in Saltholmen (regular city bus ticket) to visit the Archipelago.

Finally, you cannot leave Göteborg without going to Liseberg, the attraction park with the highest free fall tower in Europe, and to say “Hej” to the Kanin (“Rabbit”).

Hope you will enjoy this amazing city,

Emy

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