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Top Choice Fusion in Gävle

Matildas

The menu at this small, stylish bistro is short, sweet and seasonal, with a real depth of flavour to the dishes, wonderful attention to presentation and a relaxed ambience. Feast on lobster tacos, oysters paired wit…
Top Choice Distillery in Gävle

Mackmyra Whisky

Mackmyra Svensk Whisky, established in 1999 as the first Scandinavian malt-whisky distillery, offers tasting sessions that must be booked in advance via the website. You'll find the distillery, warehouse, and visito…
Italian in Gävle

Cafe Pazzo

This self-styled 'bistro' cooks up large portions of pizza and pasta as well as lighter bites (foccacia, salads, grilled sandwiches). There's nice outside seating for when things have warmed up.
Museum in Gävle

Sveriges Järnvägsmuseet

Inside Gävle’s former engine shed, this excellent museum traces the history of the railway in Sweden through seriously hands-on displays. Besides numerous old locomotives and carriages that you can clamber inside (i…
Tex-Mex in Gävle

Church Street Saloon

Locals stampede this Wild West–themed saloon, encrusted with cowboy kitsch, looking to rustle up some Tex-Mex. The steaks (including the 900g ribeye!), enchiladas, ribs, buffalo wings and Macho Nachos arrive on plat…
Historic Site in Gävle

Gamla Gefle

A fire in 1869 wiped out most of the old wooden buildings that formed the town’s core. Today the little cluster that survived the fire is preserved in the rickety area that is Gamla Gefle, just south of the river. T…
Museum in Gävle

Länsmuseum Gävleborg

The county museum, Länsmuseum Gävleborg, has beautifully designed exhibitions on regional culture through the ages, from prehistory to the ‘golden era’ (mid-19th century) to modern times, with the life stories of ke…
Church in Gävle

Heliga Trefaldighets kyrka

The oldest church in Gävle has an 11th-century rune stone inside, as well as incredible woodcrafted decoration – the work of German artisan Ewardt Friis. The tower, completed in 1781, leans by about half a metre. Th…
Museum in Gävle

Joe Hillgården

One of the old houses in Gamla Gefle is a museum marking the birthplace of Joel Hägglund, who moved to the USA, changed his name to Joe Hill and became a legendary labour-union organiser. Hill was wrongly convicted …
Museum in Gävle

Sveriges Fängelse Museum

Duck into underground dungeons, check out ye olde instruments of retribution, peer into the windowless 'punishment' cells and enjoy the tableaux of slatterns and miscreants getting merry inside one of Sweden's first…