For many, prawn sandwiches are synonymous with a visit to Gothenburg - if you're in town, you've got to eat at least one prawn sandwich. Opinions vary widely on how the perfect prawn sandwich should taste. Most agree on the basics - hand-peeled prawns, egg and mayonnaise - but after that it's a free for all. Traditional or with a modern twist? How much mayo? Salad or not? Classic rye bread or something lighter? We won't be drawn into that debate, but follow our guide to Gothenburg's best prawn sandwiches to help you find your particular favourite.
Where to find Gothenburg's best prawn sandwich
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The best shrimp sandwich in Gothenburg
- Heaven 23 – Sweden's best-known prawn sandwich
- Röda Rummet – Innovative sandwich
- Sjömagasinet – Historic favourite
- Swedish Taste – Winning sandwich
- Hemma Hos – Classic spot in Haga
- Hedlunds Havsbar – Unclassic classic
- Cuckoo's Nest – Quirky and creative
- Fiskbar 17 – An homage to Gothenburg harbour
- Avalon – A classic in the heart of town
- At Park – Modern twist on the sandwich
- Norda – Posthotellet's own version
- Mr Cake – Mr Prawn Sandwich
- Junggrens – Nostalgic vibes and great prices
The best shrimp sandwich in Gothenburg
Sweden's best-known prawn sandwich
What may just be the most famous prawn sandwich in the country goes by the name of King Size and it's served high above the ground at Heaven 23. As the name suggests, it's on the large side - some 200 grams of hand-peeled Arctic prawns cover this celebrity sandwich. Since they opened in 1984, Heaven 23 has served more than two million prawn sandwiches and their popularity shows no signs of waning.
Röda Rummet combines a bakery and bar and, naturally, prawn sandwiches are on the menu. But theirs is no classic prawn sandwich, instead they serve their own unique version with chili mayo and crisps on top of all the goodness. The trendy sandwich took home first place in Thatsup's major prawn sandwich taste test in 2023.
At Klippan on Södra älvstranden is Sjömagasinet, a Gothenburg institution that's been frequented by celebrities such as the Rolling Stones and Bruce Springsteen over the years. The menu includes that perennial favourite, the prawn sandwich, made here in the classic way.
Swedish Taste makes a really classic prawn sandwich, with masses of hand-peeled prawns, creamy egg, lemon and mayo. Pickled red onion and fish roe also make an appearance. As beautiful as they are delicious, they managed to win first place in Thatsup's major prawn sandwich taste test in 2022.
Classic spot in Haga
Prawn sandwiches aren't hard to come by in the picturesque Haga neighbourhood. But if there was a competition for Haga's largest prawn sandwich, Hemma Hos would definitely bag first place. Their prawn sandwiches are substantial and classic. Why not grab a spot outdoors and enjoy a prawn sandwich as you watch the world go by?
Inside Gothenburg's indoor food hall, Hedlunds serves up a range of fish and shellfish favourites for both lunch and dinner. One of the classics is of course their prawn sandwich, which is given a slightly unusual twist. It's made with herb mayo, egg yolk cream and crispy quinoa and this new take has proved to be a winning concept.
Quirky and creative
Cuckoo's Nest walks the fine line between geniality and craziness - hence the name. But their prawn sandwich is sacred, so they make it in a traditional way with hand-peeled prawns, rye bread, egg, mayonnaise, cucumber, tomato and lemon. If you want to luxe it up a little, you can also add some bleak roe.
An homage to Gothenburg harbour
Fiskbar 17 isn't just a restaurant - it's a loving homage to Gothenburg. Spankingly fresh prawns are joined by top-notch bread and other classic accompaniments. All you need to do is decide between a full or half sandwich.
A classic in the heart of town
Avalon is famous for having a pool built into the hotel's roof, but also for serving a superior prawn sandwich. The hotel and restaurant on Kungstorget draws in Gothenburgers and tourists alike and lots of people come just for the sandwich, which consists of 160 grams of hand-peeled prawns on homemade malt bread with egg, mayo and lemon.
Modern twist on the sandwich
Gothenburgers have been gathering for delightful dinners at At Park for many years, even if the restaurant has changed name and form a few times over the years. During the warmer months the sunny outdoor dining area quickly fills up with people. Their prawn sandwich is a favourite for many and it's served here with a modern twist - on toasted brioche with mayo, egg, horseradish and lemon.
Posthotellet's own version
The building that used to be the city's main post office now houses the Clarion Post hotel and its restaurant Norda. A well-chosen selection of seafood takes centre stage on Norda's menu and naturally this includes prawn sandwiches. Norda's version is next level and served with levain bread and vendace roe.
Mr Prawn Sandwich
Cakes take centre stage at popular Mr Cake but the food menu includes a seriously good prawn sandwich. The restaurant calls it "prawn sandwich 2.0" and it's made from brioche bread, egg mayo, hand-peeled prawns, tart chili vinaigrette, shaved cucumber and pickled red onion. Its location by Stenpiren means you can enjoy sea views if you eat in.
Nostalgic vibes and great prices
Junggrens on Avenyn is a classic, old-school café. They make their prawn sandwich to a traditional, no-frills recipe. "Jungans" are famous for making substantial prawn sandwiches at wallet-friendly prices and they always have a special price for a prawn sandwich and a glass of wine - a classic combo.