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crayfish party along Göta Kanal

Photographer: Tina Stafren


There’s not much to beat good food in good company. If you add in a charming or unusual setting for your meal, it can often turn into something extra special. We have put together a list of venues that all offer something out of the ordinary. We call it a unique dining experience. A memorable experience, quite simply.

Lilla Björkö – Mariestad

In a charming little garden in Lugnås stands Lilla Björkö, a garden pub in the country beautifully complemented by cosy lighting. You can simply come as you are to enjoy a warm summer’s evening. They serve up genuine food, well-thought-out drinks and a good atmosphere. Keeping things down-to-earth! Lilla Björkö will very shortly be moving to the historic old Svaneberg train station, a stone’s throw from its current location. 

Photographer: Lars W Toll

Mandy’s Diner – Töreboda

When you come through the doors at Mandy’s Diner, it’s like stepping into an authentic American diner. The period interior with its chequered floor automatically conjures up a 1950s & 60s vibe. You will find American icons on the walls, a jukebox in the corner, jumbo milkshakes and burgers named after car models on the menu. 

Luripompa – Karlsborg

Welcome to Luripompa, the most enjoyable restaurant you can imagine in the heart of Tiveden. The menu features “forest food”, craft beers and fine wines. The meat is local and the fish comes direct from Tiveden’s lakes. A truly charming spot for those who appreciate tasty, locally produced fare in a relaxed and rural bar setting. 

Falbygdens Osteria – Falköping

A paradise for lovers of cheese and other delicatessen products. A venue that has been attracting visitors for pleasurable dining experiences since 1878. You can enjoy cheese tastings and guided tours and browse the Osteria shop with its array of products from both local producers and carefully selected suppliers from other parts of the world. 

Photographer: Tuana Fridén

Lago E Collina – Lidköping

If you like wood-fired pizza, there’s no question about it – you simply have to try this. Lago E Collina is the Lidköping-based mobile pizzeria that pops up throughout Skaraborg. Keep an eye on their social media to see where they will be showing up next.

Snickaretorpet – Skara

How about a quaint trattoria offering wood-fired pizzas in a rural setting? That is exactly what is on offer at Snickaretorpet. They bake authentic Italian sourdough pizzas in a handmade Italian wood-fired oven, and in their shop you can also purchase products direct from Sicily. 

VinContoret – Tidaholm

VinContoret is housed in a carefully restored building on an island in the middle of the River Tidan. As you cross the bridge to VinContoret, you enter another world. You can enjoy delicious dining in the restaurant, participate in a variety of tasting experiences, including wine, whisky and chocolate, or an entertaining game of WineJeopardy. The restaurant also hosts guest chefs from time to time. A fantastic venue well worth a visit.

Laxhall Hamnkrog – Mariestad

At the furthest tip of the island of Torsö is the summer idyll of Laxhall with its restaurant, relaxation area, cottages, campervan site and guest harbour. The restaurant serves delicious dishes made from local and Swedish ingredients, that come with views over the waters of Brommösund in this picturesque and relaxing archipelago setting.

Krogen i skogen – Karlsborg

Experience a unique and relaxed inn amidst the enchanting forests of Tiveden. Enjoy classic Swedish/French cuisine featuring meat, fish, starters and desserts on the menu. An authentic dining experience out in the heart of nature. 

Wrågården – Falköping

At the heart of Wrågården elk, bison and fallow deer park stands a restaurant of the same name, serving expertly prepared dishes featuring Swedish meat and quality ingredients. You can also purchase a barbecue hamper to prepare you own meal. The farm is home to a unique elk hotel where you can wake up in cottages shaped like elk and bison.

Herrtorps Qvarn – Skara

Amidst a picturesque water and garden landscape beside the River Flian you will find the traditional Herrtorps Qvarn. You can stroll around the leafy garden before sitting down to dine on dishes made with organic ingredients. Enjoy crunchy early spring vegetables, fruity summer flavours or autumn delicacies from the fields. You can also enjoy a good night’s sleep in a charming mill setting, hire canoes or join a guided beaver safari. 

Photographer: Jörgen Larsson

Cesarstugan – Falköping

Tucked away in one of the most picturesque parts of the Falbygden district is Cesarstugan, a restaurant and events venue built in an olde-worlde style with hand-painted wallpaper and attractive wall and ceiling features. The farm also includes a charming bakery that supplies all the catering for the café and Cesarstugan restaurant. In addition to all the delicious sweet treats, they also make their very own sourdough bread.You can also visit the unique “Bondens år” (The Farmer’s Year) exhibition, and the stunning setting offers fantastic views towards Lake Hornborgasjön.


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