Restaurant Gabriel, Gothenburg, Sweden

Stepping into the fish market, I wish I had put more effort into my hair and makeup. Sure, people come here to buy fish—but this is Scandinavia. And as I’m discovering, they do things differently here. Feskekorka literally means “fish church” in Swedish. Built in 1874, this market was designed to look like a Norwegian stave church, with slanted eaves and arched windows—a testament to the importance of fishing in the port city of Gothenburg. But stepping into feskekorka isn’t exactly a trip back in time. With its clean lines and white-painted wood, it reflects the Scandinavian sense of modern, minimalist cool.

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