Looking for the best foodie hotels in Sweden? Here are the best hotels for food lovers in Sweden’s southern region, Skåne, from seaside shacks to countryside retreats and city pads…
Mellby is what Swedes call a smultronställe (wild strawberry place) – a little gem that you would really rather keep to yourself. Newly renovated in a romantic and charmingly bohemian way, this b&b opens its seven individually decorated rooms (think painted wooden floorboards, splashes of colour and pattern and fleamarket finds) only in the summer months.
Guests can also enjoy Mellby’s magical garden, full of secret spots for drinking freshly brewed espresso and day dreaming. Breakfasts are simple and delicious (and largely organic and local), with many of the fruit, vegetables and herbs served grown in the garden.
Breakfast in the conservatory at Mellby Klockargård. Photograph by Carolina Romare
Karlaby Kro ticks all the right boxes when it comes to a luxurious country hotel experience: rows of green wellies available to borrow, spoiling spa treatments, clogs and fluffy bathrobes in the romantic bedrooms, roaring fires, and top-notch food. Seasonal produce leads the way with a typical three-course set menu (there are also five-course and à la carte options) including 64-degree egg with parsley and trout roe, wild duck with artichoke and elderberries and hazelnut fromage with apple and watercress.
The breakfast buffet – a mix of traditional favourites and hipster options (smashed avocado toast, algae drinks…) is well worth getting up for. Borrow a bike and visit nearby Mandelmanns Trädgårdar organic gardens or Kinbageri for freshly baked sourdough.
The cosy living room at Karlaby Kro. Photograph by Lobster and Swan
Blåsingsborg is just outside Kivik, a small town famous for its apple orchards, and the hotel can arrange juice- and cider-tasting trips to local producer Kiviks Musteri as well as whisky tastings on site, should you fancy something stronger. Housed in a classic skånegård (a four-sided farmhouse built around a cobbled inner courtyard), the hotel is friendly and family owned. Stylish bedrooms retain their rustic farmhouse feel with exposed beams and tiled floors.
Owners Karin and Henrik cook and serve a three-course set dinner that changes daily and is based around the best ingredients available – a starter of own-cured monkfish with cauliflower purée, for example, followed by local beef fillet with beetroot – and a vegetarian option is always available.
Wanås Restaurant Hotel
This family-owned castle and estate is famous for the world-class sculpture park in its grounds, and the boutique hotel it opened in former cowsheds in 2017 maintains the same exacting standards. Work up an appetite wandering in the adjacent forest and exploring the cutting-edge art installations before settling down in front of a fire with a pre-dinner cocktail.
The 11 bedrooms are luxurious, in an elegant and restrained Nordic style, and much of the food served comes from the estate’s own organic farm and surrounding forests. Try Wanås tartare if it’s on the menu – raw Wanås dry-aged beef with pickled artichokes, cheese, wild garlic cream, fried nettles and roasted rye.
All hands on deck in the Wanås kitchen. Photograph by Mickael Tannus
This mid-19th century whitewashed farmhouse has been converted into a stylish b&b with elegant bedrooms and fantastic food; menus have a modern edge and international influences (head chef Matan Levy is Chicago-born and Israeli-raised).
Owners Charlotte and Kristofer are Italophiles and run their own wine import business as well as organising wine tastings for guests. Wines are exclusively Italian and are knowledgeably matched with the kitchen’s seasonal menus. A five-course autumn dinner might kick off with some farm cheese, charcuterie, boquerones, homemade pickles, cultured butter and sourdough bread, and finish with a dessert of chocolate, pear, hazelnuts, toffee and black pepper.
Österlen, with its gently rolling countryside and unique light, is often referred to as the Tuscany of Sweden, so it’s not surprising that many of the area’s restaurants include Italian influences. At Talldungen the four-course evening set menu might include rustic crowdpleasers such as porchetta with local Fagraslätt lentils and salsa verde or cod with beans and aïoli, while wines come mainly from France and are all organic or biodynamic.
The hotel has its own micro-brewery on site (handily producing yeast for the delicious homemade bread served at breakfast) and bedrooms are as comforting as the food.
The indulgent breakfast buffet at Talldungen Gårdshotell. Photograph by Carolina Romare
En Gaffel Kort På Maritim
When the fish restaurant En Gaffel Kort moved into Hotel Maritim’s distinctive blue building a few years ago it became a must-visit restaurant-with-rooms. What better place to eat seafood than on the terrace overlooking Simrishamn’s idyllic harbour on a long summer evening?
Food is unpretentious, hearty and delicious – fish dishes such as whole grilled plaice with beetroot, capers and horseradish, or red snapper with salt-baked jerusalem artichokes, mussel broth and crispy cabbage are what many come for but the kitchen also does a mean slow-aged beef with trimmings for two. Walk off pudding (milk chocolate cream with dried strawberries and rhubarb and basil sorbet, anyone?) with a stroll along the harbour before rolling into one the hotel’s 14 bedrooms, many of them with sea views.
Just 20 minutes from Malmö but in peaceful country surroundings, Ängavallen is an uncompromisingly organic oasis (even bedlinen in the cosy bedrooms is organic). Almost all the food Ängavallen serves is grown on site, from ethically reared cows, sheep and pigs to organically cultivated vegetables and herbs. An on-site dairy, bakery and farm shop means you can pick up a round of Vita (a brie-like cheese) or some charcuterie to take home with you.
If you happen to be staying in November, this is the place to enjoy Sweden’s only 100% organic gåsamiddag – a Scånian gut-busting goose feast which uses all parts of the goose and kicks off with svartsoppa, a sweet-and-sour black soup made from bird blood and broth.
The chocolate box Ängavallen estate
Hotellet & Co
Hotellet & Co is a charming boutique hotel on the harbour of Höganäs. If you can drag yourself away from your chic, sea-view room, work up an appetite exploring the beautiful Kullaberg peninsula, or enjoy a bracing swim in the Öresund, followed by a sauna in the open-air bathhouse.
The hotel serves traditional Scånian and Swedish home-cooking at lunchtimes (try the skånsk äggakaka – a local twist on tortilla), before converting to Osteria il Gusto in the evenings. Dinner menus include classic Italian dishes such as vitello tonnato and ossobuco alla milanese, accompanied by northern Italian wines, grappa and prosecco.
The hotel is also perfectly placed for visiting two of the area’s most exciting foodie destinations – Holy Smoke BBQ, a barbecue shack serving finger-licking brisket, short ribs and pulled pork, and Garage, a biker bar with live music and classic American comfort food, including what many aficionados deem to be Sweden’s best burgers.
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Written by Tatty Good