Gothenburg, as you'll soon discover, is a great restaurant town. It may never compete with the sublime viands of Stockholm, but outside the capital it at least comes in number two in Sweden for fine dining. You can still find your grandmother's dishes here, but Gothenburgers today are on the cutting edge for cuisine in Northern Europe.

Picnic Fare -- Go to Saluhallen, Kungstorget, for the makings of an elegant picnic. This colorful indoor market was built in 1888 and sells meat, fruit, vegetables, delicatessen products, and everything in between. You can find quail, moose, and reindeer; fruits and vegetables from all over the world; and bread, coffee, olives, pâtés, and more. Much of the food is already cooked and will be packaged for you to take out. If you don't feel like venturing outside, there are four restaurants and a coffee bar in the building. The hall is open Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 6pm, Friday 8am to 6pm, and Saturday 8am to 1pm. Take tram no. 1, 4, 5, or 6 to Kungsportsplatsen.

Once you've packed your picnic basket with goodies, go to any of Gothenburg's major parks. Especially recommended is Trädgårdsföreningen, across from the Central Station, although there's a 100SEK ($20/£10) entrance fee. (It's free for ages 14 and under.)

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