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The best Christmas Buffets in Gothenburg

The Christmas Buffet is an integral part of Christmas in Sweden. Here are six of the best to choose from in the run up to Christmas in Gothenburg. Whether you're looking for traditional, vegan or something a bit different, you’ll find exactly what you're looking for in Sweden’s second city.

If you're looking for a classic Swedish Christmas Buffet - this is the place for you.

Original and traditional

Villa Belparc in beautiful Slottskogen city park is designed in the functionalist style. For the fourth year in a row, top Swedish chef Crister Svantesson is putting together a classic and inspirational Christmas Buffet with something for everyone. In addition to Svantesson’s celebrated mustard herring, you can find their own cheese, organic ham and brown cabbage with Valrhona chocolate in the Christmas Buffet. Here, you can pick and choose from dishes that offer extra everything. Naturally, vegan guests can also leave the restaurant full to bursting at the end of the meal.

Villa Belparc

A O Elliots Väg 10, Göteborg

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The Christmas Buffet is served from 22 November – 21 December, from 6pm Mon-Sat.

Start at the popular Christmas fair before you hit the buffet.

Christmas Market, Christmas Spirit and Christmas Buffet all in the same place

The winter weather in Gothenburg often leaves much to be desired. Which means it's fortunate that Liseberg Amusement Park exists. Christmas is rarely as atmospheric as here. Start with a visit to the popular Christmas Market and go for a ride on the Liseberg Wheel that offers the best views over the city. Then head to Hamnkrogen, a restaurant with a classic Christmas Buffet. Here, Christmas favorites jostle for space along with seafood delicacies and vegan options. If you book the Christmas Buffet in advance, entrance to the Liseberg is included. Christmas hygge in spades, in other words.

Hamnkrogen Liseberg

Liseberg, Göteborg

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The Christmas Buffet is served from 15 November – 22 December during Liseberg opening hours.

When the journey is just as important as your destination

If your company has booked all the different Christmas Buffets over the years, maybe it's time to try something new and head out into the beautiful Gothenburg archipelago. You can hire the M/S Göteborg via Strömma Kanalbolaget. It offers an atmospheric voyage for larger parties. Mulled wine is served as soon as the vessel casts off before it’s time to take your seats at the table. A classic Christmas Buffet is presented in the dining room and a pianist provides entertainment. The several hour trip offers an opportunity to inhale the spectacular archipelago nature together with colleagues and you’ll definitely feel richer for the experience when you step back onshore.

Strömma Kanalbolaget

Lilla Bommen, Göteborge

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The Christmas Buffet is served from 15 November – 22 December, from midday to 9pm on the various cruises Strömma offers.

At Boulebar Rosenlund the Christmas food is French-inspired.

Christmas-inspired French fine dining

The popular Boulebar is located in the moat by Feskekörka Fish Market. If you've had your fill of Swedish holiday food, you can enjoy a French Christmas meal instead. With specialties such as roast breast of duck and crème brûlée, guests can enjoy waiter service rather than heading to a buffet. And if you want to get your competitive juices flowing and further escape Christmas, why not challenge the rest of your party to a game of boules in this delightfully relaxed restaurant with delicious food.

Boulebar Rosenlund

Rosenlundsgatan 8, Göteborg

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Served 25 November – 31 December 3–10.30pm.

Vegan favorite

Vegans have been heading to Stigbergsliden for years. However, you need to be quick out of the blocks, as the place gets fully booked faster than you can say eggplant. For vegans in Gothenburg, it's almost a sin to miss Blackbird’s magnificent Christmas Buffet. They serve all the Swedish classic dishes except without using any animal products at all. And under no circumstances, must you miss the dessert buffet.

Blackbird Vegankök & bar

Stigbergsliden 3, Göteborg

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The Christmas Buffet is served from 27 November – 22 December, Mon-Fri 6-9pm, Sat 5-9pm & Sun 5-8pm.

At Salt & Sill the focus is on the delicacies from the sea. Photo: Salt & Sill

Focus on seafood specialties

If you love pickled herrings, we recommend you head to idyllic Klädesholmen. Between the historic and still active herring factories, you’ll find the delightful Salt & Sill. Here, you can enjoy a Christmas Buffet revolving around spectacular seafood while enjoying stunning views over south Skagerrak. If you never want the evening to end, you can book a room at the associated floating hotel close by. You can also warm yourself up in a floating sauna aboard the S/S Silla before your meal.

Salt & Sill

Rytterholmen 1, Klädesholmen

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The Salt & Sill Christmas Buffet is served Wednesdays – Sundays from: 28 November – 21 December 2019 from midday to 7pm.

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