Sweden's food scene continues to heat up | Photo courtesy of PM & Vänner
Stockholm may have the most Michelin restaurants in Sweden but the rest of the country is nipping at the capital city’s heels. Restaurants in small towns, mountain villages, and bigger cities like Gothenburg and Malmö, are proving they too know how to serve world-class cuisine. Here’s your guide to some of the best Micheline restaurants across Sweden.
PM & Vänner
Restaurant, Swedish, European, $$$
Located in the small city of Växjö in the heart of Småland, PM & Vänner has been attracting foodies from far and wide since 1992, with its philosophy of ‘forest, lake, and meadow’, which means exactly what you think: locally sourced produce that doesn’t just shine the spotlight on the raw ingredients, but also highlights the unique culinary traditions of Småland, updating them while still remaining true to their roots.
Fäviken is the first restaurant outside of Sweden’s three big cities to receive two Michelin stars, and those who have experienced it know why. Located in the ski resort area of Åre, the restaurant has been delighting diners with locally sourced food that has been strong on the New Nordic Food Manifesto since 2008. And it’s not just Michelin that has recognised Fäviken; it was named one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants in 2012 and one of the top ten restaurants in the world by Zagat in 2013. There are just 16 seats and reservations must be made months in advance. If you want to enjoy lunch, you must stay overnight – which isn’t a big hardship, as the huge estate and surrounding area is absolutely stunning.
Enjoy consistently impressive dishes and a fine wine cellar | Photo courtesy of Hotell Borgholm
In 2016, the restaurant at Hotell Borgholm joined PM & Vänner in becoming two of the only restaurants outside big Swedish cities to be awarded a coveted Michelin star. It was a proud moment for the restaurant, which has had the same owners and chef since the ’70s. It seems this consistency finally paid off: located on the island of Öland, Hotell Borgholm is dedicated to letting the wild abundance of local resources from both land and sea shine, while pairing up the wonderfully prepared meals with wine from a world-class cellar.
Discover fine dining farm-to-table | Photo courtesy of Daniel Berlin
While Daniel Berlin Krog is dedicated to local produce, this is not your average farm-to-table restaurant, despite the garden just out back. Daniel Berlin is both the name of the restaurant and the name of the chef, and this place is something of a family affair, with his father serving as sommelier and his mother working the front of the house and in the garden. However, it is the food – which has been described as ‘exquisite’ by endless visitors – that earned Berlin its Michelin star, despite it being tucked away deep in the cosy Skåne town of Tomelilla. To say that the drive is well worth sitting at one of the 25 seats would be an understatement. And the bonus? It’s also pairs things culturally, with plenty to appeal to your other senses, particularly some amazing art.