Unique cooking techniques, traditional Swedish cuisine and beautiful lakefront views are what dining in Västerås is all about. Whether in the mood for seafood, pizza, grilled meats, Asian cuisines or fresh baked bread, there’s something for every taste. Here’s our guide to 10 of the best restaurants in Västerås.
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Located in one of the oldest neighborhoods in Västerås, Nya Hattfabriken stands where a hat factory once stood, and values the tradition and history of the neighborhood. The current building was constructed in the 1800s, but the vaults below are believed to date back to the middle ages. At Nya Hattfabriken,traditional Swedish cuisine is cooked to perfection. The relaxed atmosphere and friendly staff combined with the delicious food make it a must visit.
Varda strives to make visitors feel at home. This restaurant offers a la carte dining, business lunches, dinner service, a bar, club, lounge and a wine bar all in the same place, so it is a great spot for any occasion. The menu is a mix of Swedish classics and international cuisine. The goal is to offer dishes that are familiar, yet surprising. The light and comfortable interior creates a relaxed atmosphere that is perfect for grabbing a bite to eat with friends or a business lunch with colleagues.
Kajplats 9 specializes in all things seafood. Fresh and seasonal fish, shrimp, mussels and more are available, as well as a large selection of rums at this fisherman-themed restaurant. Specials include a weekly meat, fish, salad and classic selection. The market hall presents the opportunity to buy fresh seafood to have at home and a range of pre-cooked food boxes can be picked up to go. Inspiration for the interior of the restaurant comes from hunting, market halls and travel, and in the summer months guests can enjoy a tasty meal on the terrace overlooking Lake Mälaren.
When dining at Frank, guests have the option to order a la carte, or select the exciting ‘Frank Rules’ menu, a blind four course menu. With this option, a meat, fish or vegetarian main course is chosen, the waiter asks each guest about their taste preferences and then the chef prepares a meal specifically designed for that person. A wine package can be selected so that the meal comes with a perfectly paired wine. The relaxed mood of the restaurant and surprise menu make for a thrilling dining out experience. The unique concept makes Frank a very popular spot, so be sure to make reservations in advance.
At Systrarna Ericsson, the bread is baked in a traditional, artisanal way using pure, natural ingredients. The bakery was originally launched in 1930 by two sisters, and over eighty year later is still being operated by two sisters who uphold the tradition and demand for quality of the original owners. The cakes are beautiful works of art, with delightful sandwich cakes also available for order. Those searching for local, healthy, traditionally baked bread and cakes need look no further than Systrarna Ericsson.
Misto of Italy was the first wood oven pizzeria opened in Sweden. Quality is of the upmost importance at this establishment, where traditional recipes and cooking methods are employed to ensure excellence every time. The wood burning stove used in the restaurant has been shipped in from Italy, giving the pizza the flavor and crispness that only a wood burning stove can create. For a casual dining experience and delicious taste of Italy, Misto of Italy is a must.
Bill & Bob’s Krog is a cozy, elegant place to meet with friends for a delicious dinner. What sets it apart is the ‘Black Rock Grill’ style of cooking. Guests are presented with 440 degree Fahrenheit hot stone slabs, on which they are able to grill vegetables, potatoes and a selection of meats. The food never gets cold and visitors are able to enjoy each sizzle and scent as their meal cooks to perfection in front of their eyes.
YumYum combines traditional Asian cuisine with modern influences, creating a unique menu representing a taste of the Far East. Both large and small portion dishes are available, making it easy to find something suitable for every appetite. Vegetarians should be aware that the majority of the dishes include meat but there are a few tasty options available. With a modern twist on Asian classics, this Asian fusion restaurant manages to bring out flavors that will satisfy any craving.
AGrill is a carnivore’s paradise. The menu features a large selection of top quality meats, all charcoal grilled to perfection. Each selection can be paired with a variety of sides and sauces, making the possibilities endless. Thanks to its prime location, AGrill is a great place to grab lunch or dinner, and a walk along the lovely Lake Mälaren afterwards. The cool ambiance and sizzling dishes are sure to delight every meat enthusiast that walks through the door.
Located next to the stunning Lake Mälaren, visitors to Kajens Cafe get the chance to enjoy great food with a fantastic view. The restaurant specializes in gourmet pizzas, using only the freshest and highest quality ingredients. The build-your-own salad bar is great for those looking for a lighter meal. Kajens Cafe is perfect for a delightful meal with a view.