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Fiskekrogen 50 years

The world has changed since Fiskekrogen opened its doors for the first time in 1972, but we continue to serve the finest seafood to all our guests who visit us year after year.


An imposing stone building

The Utfall house was completed in 1689. City court judge Jakob V Utfall commissioned the building of a stone house on the site where Fiskekrogen stands today. Because its surrounding buildings consisted mostly of low, simple, red or yellow wooden houses, the three-storey house was a very imposing building.

Niclas Sahlgren moves in

During the 1760s, one of Sweden’s richest men, Niclas Sahlgren, moved into the house. He was a director of the Swedish East Indian Company and a philanthropist, donating large sums of money for, among other things, the construction of a hospital in Göteborg. In Amsterdam, Niclas Sahlgren got to know another wealthy man – Jonas Alströmer – who is today most famous for having brought the potato to Sweden.


Olof Wijk purchases the plot

In 1804, a fierce fire ravaged Gothenburg and the Utfallska house was also laid in ruins. The plot was deserted for over 50 years before Commerce Councilor Olof Wijk bought it at auction. He commissioned the same architect who designed the Fishing Church, Lieutenant Wictor von Gregerfelt, to design a four-storey house. Construction began in 1851 and was completed two years later. The house housed Olof Wijk’s office and a parade floor for representation, but also served as a home for the family and household staff. For over 70 years, the house was inherited by the Wijk family. In 1925, the last heir Hjalmar Wijk sold the property to an insurance company.


“Lively Commerce”

After the house was sold, it underwent extensive renovation. The ground floor was transformed into a restaurant and in 1929 Restaurant Café de Commerce moved to the property at Lilla Torget. Here, shipowners, directors and senior officials from the shipping companies, together with merchants, discussed business matters over a good supper. Many romances also began at the dance restaurant. Many older couples fondly remember the first time they met at the lively Commerce.

City’s first Chinese restaurant

In 1957, the city opened its first Chinese restaurant in the inner section of Commerce. The then owner caused a sensation by hiring Chinese chefs, something which was revolutionary at the time.

Time for fish

Following a small kitchen fire in 1971, a new restaurant was opened in 1972 with a completely new concept. Göteborg had gotten a true fish restaurant. After 15 years, Fiskekrogen was bought by restaurateurs Jan Pavel and Heinz Eisenbeisser who continued to run the restaurant under the same name.

Fish interest as a clear thread

On 11 March 1996, a new captain took the helm at Fiskekrogen – Lars Ahlström. After 20 years as owner of the fish wholesaler Allt i Fisk and owner of the Sjömagasinet restaurant, Lars Ahlström had found a new challenge.


Co-captain at the helm

Theodor Ahlström has since childhood been able to help at his father’s restaurant to fillet fish and roll cod buns. After studies and a few years at sea as a sea captain, Theodor decided in 2016 to change direction and chose to drive Fiskekrogen forward alongside his father. A new chapter in the restaurant’s history began.


Fêskens bar – EnjoyBar, simplicity at its best

In 2020, the idea of ​​something new was born. A food bar with a changing menu, smaller dishes and a good atmosphere – A EnjoyBar. In October 2020, the new bar was opened with a new concept and quickly became popular among Gothenburgers.


“The best from the sea” – Into the future

Ahlströmmarna continues to manage this historic restaurant that breathes Gothenburg and the sea, together with guests and staff. Classic dishes are mixed with innovative creations, of course with the best from the sea.

Lilla torget 1, 411 18 Gothenburg
Phone: 031-10 10 05


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