Merryn Johns is Editor of Curve, a leading publication for lesbian and bi-women, based in New York. She adores Sweden and recently travelled to Gothenburg.

On food:
“I’m basically pescetarian so Gothenburg delighted me with its fresh-off-the-boat dining options. The mussel safari at Lyckorna (just 50 mins drive from the city) with Musselbaren is a must-do. I absolutely loved the “Fish Church” or Feskekôrka—an indoor fish and shellfish market where you can sample the coast’s fresh catch, quite easily the place to try seafood in the city centre.”

On design:

“The Swedes are crazy about design: preserving landmark civic buildings and transforming them into the coolest places to be; reviving hidden gems such as the boutique Hotel Pigalle and decorating the rooms with beaux arts vintage chic; or the many boutiques and stores throughout the city displaying the latest examples of Scandinavian design with its unique combination of simplicity, elegance and functionality.”

On places to stay:

“The Clarion Hotel Post is an impressive refurbishment of the old Main Post Office from the 1920s, boasting 500 rooms with sweeping city views and good amenities including a rooftop pool, an innovative spa, and the cool Norda Bar & Grill by chef Marcus Samuelsson. One hour out of town, Lådfabriken is a seaside gay-owned B & B with an eclectic modern design sensibility.”

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