Tea for you and me

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Röhsska Museet cafe

Vasagatan 37-39, Göteborg, Sweden

Tea at the cafe in the Rohsska Museet

Tea at the cafe in the Rohsska Museet

My favourite museum in the whole world (bearing in mind that I haven’t visited many outside of England) is the V&A museum in London. It’s a museum of design and has a wide range of collections from hats to wrought iron. When I read in my tourist information booklet that there was a design museum in Göteborg I had to go visit.

The Röhsska Museet had some things in English and one of the first things the English stuff said was that it was modelled on the V&A. I felt at home right away. It’s a great museum and if you’re ever in Göteborg you should go.

The tea was hot and in a glass again, with a tea egg thing. The cafe was long and large with wallpaper hung from the ceiling and pop art with two faces on that I don’t know but that were on books and magazines while I was in Sweden. A prize for anyone that can tell me!

Teapot? No.
Leaf tea? Yes, in one of those egg things.
Milk jug? No milk with this tea.
Price? 22 krona.
Cake? Not that much but some.
Go again? Yes.


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Cafe hamngatan

Göteborgs Stadtmuseum, Norra Hamngatan 12, 411 14 Göteborg, Sweden

Tea and a view of the river and a tram at Cafe hamngatan

Tea and a view of the river and a tram at Cafe hamngatan

I was heading to the art museum when I walked past the city museum and saw a guy drinking a coffee on the outside tables in the bright sunshine. It looked inviting. I went into the museum and went round it as it looked interesting, but only briefly. One of the best things about being an adult is looking round a gallery or museum and only looking at what you want to look at, without having to fill out any worksheets!

I paid for my tea and then helped myself to a mug and saucer and hot water. I think the mug and saucer were intended for coffee as next to the hot water were glasses, but I was feeling rebellious. Among the many pots of loose leaf tea I found one called ‘Dream lovers tea’ and popped that into my tea spoon egg thing. It was black tea with flowers and very refreshing.

The cafe was light and airy but I went outside to the tables on the pavement as the sunshine was so bright. It was a Sunday morning when I went here and very quiet in the cafe and on the road outside.

Teapot? No.
Leaf tea? Yes, in one of those egg things.
Milk jug? No milk with this tea.
Price? 22 krona.
Cake? Yes and pastries and things.
Go again? Yes.


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Åhléns City

Ahlens City, Nordstan Shopping Centre, Göteborg

Tea and pie and vanilla sauce at Ahlens City

Tea and pie and vanilla sauce at Åhléns City

I’d just arrived in Göteborg (Gothenburg) and was very tired from the day before, I needed some tea. The bus station led into a shopping centre and this is where I looked for tea. I tried the first place that looked like it might have a good selection: Åhléns City. This is a big department store that has many floors and a supermarket in the basement. The cafe looked like a bar more than a cafe and had a narrow selection of tea and cake, I think probably because it was almost lunchtime. I sat on the balcony as it was lighter and took a photo looking over the shopping centre but you can’t really see the scale of it.

I chose a pie tart thing with berries and they offered it hot with vanilla sauce which I accepted. Vanilla sauce is a strange thing, when I asked the people we were staying with they said it was custard, but it’s not custard. Not as we understand it anyway. It tasted like whipped melted ice cream and I loved it. It went perfectly with the tart flavour of the berries.

The tea was normal European tea, in a glass in a tea egg thing. I missed milk and strong black tea.

Teapot? No.
Leaf tea? Yes, in one of those egg things.
Milk jug? No milk with this tea.
Price? Tea and pie came to 45 krona.
Cake? Some.
Go again? No.