Must-see restaurants in Sweden

  • Roasters


    This perpetually popular cafe on Storgatan serves some of the town's best coffee, salads, sandwiches and a dish-of-the-day lunch, and segues into an after…

  • Folkets Kebab


    For a late-night after-bar soaker-upper, it's hard to beat the buffet at Folkets Kebab. The kebabs on the regular menu are also good value. Don't expect…

  • Fiket


    The pick of Gränna’s eateries is this time-warp bakery-cafe, complete with retro jukebox, chequered floor and record-clad walls. Tackle tasty grilled…

  • Thai Kitchen


    This is a bit of a go-to for budget travellers, but don’t let the plastic tablecloths fool you – this informal joint cooks up excellent Thai dishes,…

  • Jalla


    Get your fix of cheap and (relatively) healthy felafel, kebabs and meze platters at this efficient fast-food joint right on the main square, with some…

  • Bagarstugan


    This stylish, floorboarded bakery-bistro sells freshly baked cookies, cinnamon buns, muffins and scones, as well as salubrious salads, sandwiches and…

  • Pacos


    OK, maybe Tex-Mex isn’t exactly what you expected to be eating in the middle of Sweden, but the fun decor and chirpy music at Pacos, a small Swedish chain…

  • Phil's Burger


    This popular burger joint is slowly expanding its footprint in Central Sweden and is a great alternative to the big name fast food franchises when you're…

  • Hellmanska Garden Cafe

    Central Sweden

    A charming cafe with a boutique shop attached, 'Hellmans' is a nice spot for lunch, with soups, salads, lasagne and focaccia, complimented by decent…

  • Yellow Fellow


    Overlooking the main square and making a change from the ubiquitous cafes, this unfortunately named Thai restaurant is great for a cold beer and a spicy…

  • Vattentornet Café & Bistro


    On the ground floor of the splendid 58m-high water tower (1912), selling sandwiches, cakes and other yummy snacks; snag an outdoor table in the fabulous…

  • Lennarths Konditori

    Southern Sweden

    Old-school bakery with a fantastic tubular retro ceiling, two outdoor terraces, and calorific treats. Try the delectable (if unfortunately named) munk;…

  • Thai Dan Sai


    The lovely proprietor from northern Thailand has been winning many local and visiting fans with her fiery curries, stir-fried dishes and oodles of noodles…

  • Café Miro


    This cafe at the Regionmuseet Kristianstad complex serves great snacks using organic ingredients and herbs and flowers picked from the owner's garden.

  • Koppi


    This hip cafe-microroastery is your best bet for top-notch coffee. The savvy young owners sell their own roasted beans, alongside scrumptious edibles like…

  • Bro Burger Bar

    The Bothnian Coast

    Head here, just opposite the station, to get your burger fix, with 15 types of burger on offer. There are also about 25 beer options, plus fried chicken,…

  • Sälens Bageri & Konditori


    This surprisingly chic cafe is located inside the SälenGallerian shopping centre and serves up pizzas (89kr to 115kr), light lunches and a simple daily…

  • Hot Chilli

    The Bothnian Coast

    Bustling, informal waterfront joint specialising in stir-fry and noodle dishes of a Chinese/Thai persuasion, the latter packing some welcome heat. The…

  • Mora Kaffestuga

    Lake Siljan

    For a quick lunch – such as basic salads, quiches and sandwiches – or a coffee-and-pastry break, head to this popular, stylish little coffee shop. It has…

  • Pizzeria Linda

    Southeastern Sweden

    Overlooking Mörbylånga's main (albeit modest) square with a cosy stone-clad dining room, flower-flanked terrace and grassy seating out back; the pizzas…

  • Café Kaka

    Central Sweden

    Popular Café Kaka is a funky, upbeat cafe and meeting place, serving sandwiches, wraps, and big, filling salads, with the occasional crooner or live DJ to…

  • Rost Mat & Kaffe

    The Bothnian Coast

    Fresh, imaginative salads, dish-of-the-day lunches with a Mediterranean lean, some of the best coffee in town and scrumptious cakes await at this popular…

  • Wienerkonditoriet

    Central Sweden

    This homey cafe on the main drag serving hot coffee and home-baked cakes and pastries feels like an auntie’s living room, complete with family portraits…

  • Nya Hembageriet

    Central Sweden

    This tiny bakery in an old wooden building on a side street has a broad range of baked goodies, decadent pastries and hearty rustic breads to take away.

  • Arctic Lunch & Grill


    The only place to chow down in Karesuando, west of the tourist office and near the petrol station. Burgers or Asian-style fry-up: the choice is yours.

  • Helmers Konditori

    Lake Siljan

    This popular bakery-cafe on the main pedestrian street draws a devoted local crowd with plenty of homemade bread, sandwiches and delicious pastries.

  • Tropikhuset


    Grab a slice of cake and park yourself under a palm tree inside the pyramid greenhouse, or enjoy the outdoor tables overlooking this gorgeous park.

  • Jolla Choklad & Dessert


    Head to this chocolate shop–cafe for exquisite homemade ice cream and chocolates (try the namesake Jolla with cognac, orange and lime).

  • Smyge Fiskrökeri


    Packs people like sardines into its tiny shop. The smokehouse’s salmon baguettes and crayfish cakes on brown bread are worth the crush.

  • Cafe Stadsparken

    Central Sweden

    This bright little cafe in the town park serves sandwiches, snacks, light lunches and makes a mean cup o' Joe.

  • Lilla Caféet


    You'll find decadent cakes and good coffee at this quaint cafe on Norra Storgatan.

  • ICA


    This is a conveniently central grocery store recommended for self-caterers.

  • Hemköp

    Central Sweden

    This supermarket is handy for self-caterers.

  • 7 Kryddor

    The Bothnian Coast

    The (Mediterranean) Force is strong with this one: besides the well-conceived platters of meze, there's hummus, saksuka and grilled veg to tempt non…

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