As the summer season arrives, enjoying a meal outdoors with a spectacular view becomes an essential experience. While delicious food remains crucial, the atmosphere, surrounding attractions, and picturesque vistas truly set the scene. Here are Marina Georgescu’s top 10 recommendations.
Nestled in the Stiftsgården area, Isboden is a hidden gem. This restaurant/café offers a diverse menu, including a mix of salads, sandwiches, and desserts. You can enjoy your meal in the peaceful and beautiful garden, which overlooks serene green grass and an impressive view of the Skellefeå’s Land Church (Landskyrkan). Nearby is also the red wooden bridge Lejonströmsbron, the oldest wooden bridge in Sweden, completed in 1737. You can also take a short walk to Bonnstan (the Church Town) to learn more about Skellefteå’s history.
Alhems Trädgård is one of the best pizzerias in town, with barely a mention of kebab meat or hamburgers in sight, also serving delicious Italian gelato to cool you down during hot summer days. The eclectic and cozy decor adds to the eating experience, and the restaurant’s beautiful garden makes it a favorite for both young and old.
Since its opening, Rustique has been a popular destination during the summer. Even with a fantastic view of the river, the prices are surprisingly reasonable. Nearby is a fun water fountain and a playground where children can play, making it ideal for families. The seafood platter is a must-try during summer, with a nice variety of different flavors, accompanied by a cold glass of champagne or a delicious non-alcoholic vita vinbär drink. You can enjoy the sun on their outdoor terraces while taking in the beautiful view.
The Corner offers the coldest beer in town, with a view of the main square and the majestic Sara kulturhus. They update their menu in summer, but a very good choice is their “moules frites” You will not be disappointed!
Mandel Restaurant offers good food, and last year was the first time they opened their terrace. It’s a nice place to have a drink and enjoy some tapas with a stunning view of the main square and city. When you look up, the beautiful glass facade of Sara, Sweden’s tallest wooden building, is very impressive!
If you have a car and are willing to travel 60kms outside Skellefteå city, this place is a must! The beautiful hike, with breathtaking scenery, leads to a lighthouse that you can even book to stay in. At the foot of the lighthouse walkway is a cozy café with good quality Swedish dishes. The sculpture of ”The Mermaid” (Sjöjungfrun), a nearby landmark – a good photo opp. Finally, one of the best beaches in Skellefteå kommun, Storsand (see our feature ‘Discover Skellefteå’s scenic swim spots’), is nearby, making this the perfect destination for a day trip. bjuroklubb.se/cafe-fyren
Furuögrunds Hamncafé (via Byske)
Furuögrunds Hamncafé offers great shrimp sandwiches with a fantastic view of the sea and the marina. You can also explore the area’s history and nearby beaches, such as Byske havsbad, for example.
Kurjovikens Sjökrog has long been known for its excellent food, with several tasting menus inspired by themes and Norrland ingredients. Although the restaurant has recently changed ownership, it still offers a beautiful view of the sea. It’s a great place to have a drink and enjoy the view since it’s very near Skellefteå, halfway to Skelleftehamn. It’s worth exploring and forming your own opinion about this place.
Skråmträsk Kvarn is a renovated 1940s’ mill turned café. They bake everything themselves and have been in the iconic White Guide since 2016. You can enjoy organic fine bakery goods and products, including organic flour produced in a mini-mill. The café only opens during the summer season (June 24th to August 13th). Across the street, you can check out beautiful handmade shoes with a unique design at the shoe shop. It’s a great day trip destination close to town, being only 20kms away, along the scenic Skråmträsk road..