Gothenburg, the ‘go to’ city break for foodies this spring

  • 27th January 2014

Stay in Sweden’s second city from £51.50 per person per night
Passion for Food Festival (28 February-2 March)

Fancy a ‘fika’? Go to Gothenburg with bmi regional from Birmingham this spring from just £82 one way and enjoy fresh seafood, discover local microbreweries and indulge in plenty of the Swedish tradition of fika: coffee or tea served with biscuits and cakes.

Sweden’s second city celebrates its Passion for Food from 28 February to 2 March with a weekend of local produce tastings and demonstrations of how to prepare dishes from West Sweden. The centrally-located and trendy First Hotel G is offering special rates from £51.50 per person per night, including breakfast and Wifi, and its Cristal Champagne Bar provides a hip hangout in which to start an evening of exploring Gothenburg’s vibrant culture and night scene.

Just two hours’ flying time from Birmingham, Gothenburg is emerging as a ‘must go’ destination for 2014 due to its fabulous food, eclectic culture and vibrant nightlife. Home to stylish boutiques and fashion labels including Nudie Jeans and Monki, the city also boasts the Haga district for vintage finds and several microbreweries such as Norda Bar & Grill and Dugges.

Colin Lewis of bmi regional said: “Sweden’s second city has become a popular destination for a short break from Birmingham and these exceptional hotel prices – combined with bmi regional fares that include 20kg of hold baggage, full in-flight bar and snack service and thirty-minute check in – makes Gothenburg a great value getaway for spring.”

bmi regional operates six flights each week (not Saturday) from Birmingham to Gothenburg, ideally timed for city break visitors to squeeze in as much in as possible: the flight from Birmingham (departs 5.55pm) touches down when the Gothenburg night is still young (8.55pm) so visitors can head out to the main boulevard, Avenyn, for some freshly caught lobster, prawns, oysters, mussels or crayfish before hitting the laid-back bars and clubs. The late afternoon return flight (departs 4.20pm) ensures a leisurely final day in Gothenburg with time for a late lunch.

A Gothenburg City Card – £29.50 per adult for 24 hours – enables travel on public transport and free admission to attractions including museums and galleries and the 175-hectare Gothenburg Botanical Garden. In between the sightseeing, it’s customary to have at least two stops for ‘fika’ to enjoy some people watching.

All bmi regional flights offer 20kg checked baggage, a full at-seat bar and snack service and – where possible – 30-minute check-in. In 2013 the airline won the prestigious accolade of Silver Airline of the Year at the European Regions Airline (ERA) Association in Salzburg, Austria.