Walk along Gothenburg: Stora Saluhallen & Feskekörka – how Swedes solved the problem of illegal markets


It was 1876, when municipal authorities of Gothenburg city decided to organize trade markets. Just think, how was it looked like if the trade stall where located along the river. Especially in such beautifully designed by the Dutch city, as Gothenburg.

That year the city decided where different goods should be sold: Järntorget was the place where wood and furniture were sold, Fisktorget was the place where fish was sold, fruits and vegetables could be bought on Grönsaktorget, Drotningstorget was authorised as a place where hay, straw and planks were sold, farm products (such as meat, flour, dairy) were sold in Kungstorget, Drotningstorget was authorised as a place where hay, straw and planks were sold. If you look at the map, you’ll see that the places, listed in the above order, are arranged in trade route. Today, you won’t find any trade market in some of those places, but there are still two of them, that didn’t change much from the 19th century.

Stora Saluhallen, Göteborg
Stora Saluhallen, Göteborg

Market place in Kungstorget was very successfull, what had an impact on the further commercialization of market hall, that was built in this location. Traders had to take part in the real battle 🙂 to win the tender for conducting business in new trading hall. Construction of Stora Saluhallen has started in 1888 and one year later (1st of February 1889) was opened to the public. Today, this huge building with a semicircular roof, built with stone, and also iron and glass, still stands out from the neighboring tenements. During last few years the interior was renovated, but the atmosphere of the 19th century trading hall was preserved. You can still enjoy beautifull flooring, carved fronts of the trading stands and advertising signs, that are kept in the same style. And, just like a hundred years ago, you can still buy best quality of meat products, cheese, dairy or vegetables. Besides the local products, you can buy here goods from other Europe countries and enjoy hot lunch during the day. Inside Stora Saluhallen, you can really feel a smell and taste of food from around the world.

Stoisko z serami / stand with cheese, Stora Saluhallen, Göteborg
Stoisko z serami / stand with cheese, Stora Saluhallen, Göteborg

Fish market building, just like Stora Saluhallen, doesn’t look like a standard 19th century building and draws the attention of passers. Why? Because this brick building with sloping roof and stained-glass windows, looks like a church. The architect of Feskekörka was inspired by Norwegian and Gothic churches and this inspiration you can see today in fish market building. It was a futuristic building in the 19th century, that doesn’t have any pillars and partition walls inside. Feskekörka was built in 1874. Today, the main fish market has a different location, but still you can buy here fresh fish and seafood delicacies. Apart of the fish stalls you can find there restaurants serving sea food. It is very popular place during lunch time and everyone find something for oneself – there is an elegant restaurant inside, as well as you can order open-faced shrimp salad sandwich and eat outside, on the one of the wooden tables in front of the Feskekörka.

Feskekörka, Göteborg
Feskekörka, Göteborg

Both of those two places, Stora Saluhallen and Feskekörka, are gems on the tourist map of Gothenburg, that are distinguished by interesting and unconventional architecture as weel as local taste. Perfect planned sightseeing should include visiting one of those places during lunch time. It won’t be a cheap lunch, as we know Sweden is not a cheap tourist destination, but it is worth it. If you have to choose one, I reccomend Feskekörka where you have to try one of the swedish classics: shrimp salad, open-faced shrimp salad sandwich or fried herring with mashed potato.




Stora Saluhallen:
– architect: Hans Hedlund
– 1985 r. – Stora Saluhallen was made a listed building

– architect: Viktor von Gegerfelt


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