Looking to visit the most picturesque places in Sweden? Take a tip from the #olivetravels experts and read on for 10 of the best spots to post from in Skåne.
The jar-framed sign in the window of Sweden’s first packaging-free grocery shop makes a striking photo-ready display. Inside there are glass bottles of kombucha, cylinders of all sorts of textured grains and boxes of jewelled broken chocolate, beautiful in its imperfection. Take your own jar and fill it with produce from Skåne’s rich larder.
Hörte Brygga, Skivarp
This seaside restaurant is a one-off – walk over a footbridge to reach it then bag a spot on its patio, where sea buckthorn gently sways in the breeze. Inside, join the queue for the lunchtime basket special – your pot-luck cut of meat, fresh from the on-site smokehouse, could be anything from pork belly to lamb shoulder, packed with pickles, local salad leaves and bread from Söderberg and Sara.
Those pickles are no afterthought; the restaurant gets through 100 kilos of them per week and jars of multicoloured ferments, drinking vinegars and herbal teas are crammed into every nook of Hörte Brygga’s tiny succession of rooms, alongside vintage vinyl and knobbly candlesticks.
The current go-to spot for trendy Malmöites, portside restaurant Saltimporten is set in a former salt warehouse where stripped-back simplicity prevails. Brushed-oak tables span the width of the concrete room, a wall of glass gives views out over the water, while another wall is dominated by a concrete counter where you slice fresh sourdough while waiting in line to order from a choice of two daily lunch dishes – one meat, one veggie.
Whichever you choose, both will turn out to be Instagram-ready plates packed with eye-catching flavours and textures – fine slices of pork neck over vibrant red peppers, bean sprouts and crunchy pork crackling crumb, perhaps, or a striking, almost monochrome, assembly of pale celeriac ribbons and beansprouts with black quinoa and sesame.
For one of the most memorable fika experiences in Sweden, drive through Österlen’s picturesque countryside to track down this rural café. Inside an ivy-covered barn, rows of velvet cinema seats, a chandelier made from old-school glass bottles and a piano that doubles as a dressing table give a museum-of-curiosities vibe. As does a kitsch canister that decants filter coffee into flowery tea cups. If you’re into retro bathroom décor, this one gleams with hues of yellow, from a pale lemon sink to sunshine-hued tiles.
If the weather’s playing ball, take a squidgy spelt bun out into the garden and eat it sitting beneath the orchard’s trees, swinging on a dainty wrought-iron swing chair, or standing beside a ladder lined with colourful pots and plants.
Hällåkra Vingård, Anderslöv
This vineyard makes the most of Skåne’s unique terroir, among rolling hills close to the Baltic Sea, to produce crisp and fruity Swedish wines. In the summer months it plays host to a lunchtime restaurant and occasional themed wine tastings. The restaurant is a colourful, Insta-ready oasis with gingham tablecloths, a pergola festooned with bunches of grapes and angel statues keeping watch over blossoming flower beds.
Venture even further into the garden and you’ll find a greenhouse complete with baskets of freshly picked plums and pink apples from the adjacent trees. Continue down a small ravine and on up the other side and you’re met with miles of picturesque rolling hills.
Far i Hatten, Malmö
The whole of Folkets Park (People’s Park) is a hotspot for quirky Instagram shots, from the Mikeller Bar residency in the park’s oriental-style pavilion to a striking fountain where water cascades from the blush-coloured petals of a giant rose.
If you’re after more than just a splash of colour for your feed, however, head to Far i Hatten, a quirky restaurant and bar in the centre of the park. A gingerbread-style cottage, built in 1892, houses the main restaurant, brightly coloured chairs fill the vast outdoor patio, and the indoor-outdoor restaurant space is vintage-chic heaven, with frilly curtains at the windows, pale-pink velvet chairs and trailing ivy overhead.
Food is equally close-up ready: think crushed pistachios studding a courgette and goat’s cheese wood-fired pizza bianca, or raw aztec broccoli, sliced and drizzled with broccoli pesto.
Byvägen 35, Österlen
Cool and casual Mati has got the whole family involved in the running of his bakery. After a stint in Copenhagen, he’s returned to his hometown of Sankt Olof, in the Skåne countryside, to cook up some of the best bakes around.
Cinnamon buns are rested for 48 hours before baking to give a unique sour edge, while the devil’s loaf is a fluffy mix of durum wheat, roast potato and an array of seeds (nigella, pumpkin, sunflower and black sesame).
You can try both at the on-site café, as well as savoury options such as pizza. For the most Instagrammable shots, head out onto the terrace and sit beneath one of its pretty white parasols – stylish blankets keep you cosy if temperatures drop.
Pasta Fabriken, Österlen
The latest venture from the baker trio behind Malmö’s Söderberg and Sara bakery and Hedvigsdal pizza spot, Pasta Fabriken is the friends’ take on pasta, having already cornered an eager market for bread and pizza. An old tractor repair hall in the middle of the countryside in eastern Skåne, this funky space now hosts a small pasta factory producing all sorts of shapes and sizes (hello dinosaur pasta!).
Visit and you can watch the team create trays of fresh pasta from ancient Swedish grains, make sauces such as guanciale and wild boar ragu, and whizz up comforting broths such as porcini mushroom and celery root.
The owners are fans of Eastern European wines (try the Serbian Maurer Furmint), so take a bottle out to enjoy on the patio and have a potter around the kitchen garden, taking shots of kohlrabi, kale, celery and artichokes in the southern Swedish sunshine.
Madamilen, Hven Island
Madamilen’s self-guided food tours are an Instagrammer’s heaven. Taking place in various destinations across Skåne, including Malmö, Lund and Ångelholm, on each one (they take place on certain dates of the year, so check out the website to coincide your trip) avid foodie Lotta Ranert curates eight foodie stops for punters to cycle or walk between, with plenty of samples to taste. It’s an ideal way to get beneath the skin of a city, area or town without breaking the bank or bursting your belt.
We recommend the tour around Hven, a little island between Sweden and Denmark. Pick up cardamom buns from a hatch in a thatched cottage, mackerel from a little red hut at the end of a pier and honeyed whisky at the island’s distillery (with views out over durum wheat fields). The island’s Tuna Krog restaurant is particularly pretty, with lightbulbs strung from gnarled trees over its ivy-covered veranda. Prop your iconic yellow hire bike against the fence and sip American pale ale from Hven Bryggeri.
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If you’re lucky enough to be in Sweden during a @madamilen food walk – JOIN IT! This time we got the ferry to Hven island and cycled through fields of wheat and along the coast to try small bites of smoked mackerel, cinnamon buns, lumpfish roe and pigeon buns. There’s even a distillery on the island producing gin, vodka and whisky ?
Flamingos and flowers adorn the floors and furniture of this striking urban hotel. The lobby doubles up as a cocktail bar where little alcoves are given a cosy feel with floral fabrics, squishy chairs and well-stocked bookshelves while the restaurant and breakfast atrium have a tropical vibe with peachy-pink walls, lush plants and pretty parasols. In the atrium look up, beyond the parasols and palms, to admire the greenery garlanding the glass roof.
Written by Alex Crossley