Open Landscapes and Hearty stops in Skåne
The province of Skåne in the southernmost part of Sweden serves up a smörgåsbord of choices for herbivores. We spent a few days exploring the northwest and the southeast of “The Provence of Sweden”.
I didn’t have to think twice before saying yes to a road trip in Skåne. As a Stockholm-born swede I was curious to feel the soul of this part of Sweden, known for open landscapes, good food and rural charm. We spent a few days in Malmö, the vegan friendly capital of the region before we hit the road. Use this guide as a road map and go to visitskåne.com for more exciting stops in Skåne. All the suggestions are selected and veggie approved by me.
Genuine sea side cottages and hiking trails
A lovely budget stay. Folksy Vejbystrand is a sea side destination strategically situated for exploring the Northwest corner of Skåne.
We stayed in Villa Sigrid, a cute little cottage just a few minutes walk from the sea, a perfect spot for nature lovers. We picnicked, swam and watched the sunset by the beautiful sandy beaches. Our host Vejbystrand Vandrarhem had gifted us local local cheese, jams, bread and slow drip coffee which we enjoyed for breakfast on the porch of our little cottage, we loved how homey it felt, so genuine and Swedish! The region has many small local food producers, pick up your food from the next stop, Höganäs Saluhall.
Vegan options on the menu.
A restaurant and food hall with organic, local and international food. Höganäs Saluhall is situated in a converted warehouse with with an old industrial age atmosphere adding to its charm.We opted for the vegan lunch plate which was a beautiful light vegetable stew with North African flavours. All the dishes we enjoyed were cooked with love and quality ingredients. The delicious sides were no exception and the beetroot crisp breads and fresh salad choices left us feeling happy and nourished.
Green eating: The restaurant serves a vegan lunch daily.
Bruksgatan 36Z, 263 39, Höganäs
Gardens and brilliant local food
Norrvikens Trädgårdar is a dreamy garden museum situated on the edge of the sea. The alley leading up to mansion is flanked by alley of apple trees, growing to the sound of classical music, and what follows is a botanical show of elegans. Wander through the lush gardens before enjoying a meal in the Green house cooked by one Swedens finest chefs Tobias Millqvist. Our lunch at Norrviken was spectacular, beautifully plated using local ingrediens. We left with the feeling that we had just experienced something complete and wonderful. Needless to say I recommend that you visit this place if you are in the region.
Vego: Norrviken serves a vegetarian or vegan option every day.
Ceramics and wood fired pizzas
The little fishing town of Mölle in the midst of Kullabergs Nature Reserve turned out to the hub of many good things in the Northwest. A perfect spot for hiking, canoeing, and climbing or to enjoy good food and fika. Brandstation serves classic Swedish cafe food like cinnamon rolls and pastries, fresh lunch salads and breads.
Vego: There’s always vegetarian options
Ceramics and wood fired pizzas
We absolutely loved the local pottery shop that doubled as Neapolitan style pizzeria, run by a lovely Swedish family! We chrushed so much on their best selling mushroom pizzas that we had to come back for it again the next day. Try some of the locally brewed beverages and if you’re lucky you might be popping in during one of the mini food or jazz festivals.
Vego:The pizzas menu is has great vegetarian choices. The mushroom pizza is considered the best pizza of the house.
Kullaberg Nature Reserve
Rocks, woods, and water adventures
The local adventure guides offer a range of experiences from the ports of such as cave walking or abseiling from cliffs from Kullaberg. We joined a whale safari from the harbour of Mölle. The waves were high and we were soaked with salt water as our boat speeded towards deep water. I spotted three porpoises, which are small dolphine looking whales before we returned to the mainland. Experiencing the sea from a boat is a refreshing experience and it gives the opportunity to sea the beautiful coastline in its rough majesty.
There’s more art and adventures to discover in Kullaberg. We hiked to Nimis, a fascinating artwork created by the controversial artist Lars Wilks who declared his drift wood buildings to be an independent state with its own queen and president. Kullabergsguiderna offers a tour by boat to see Nimis from the sea. We hiked through the woods through steep paths bumping into free spirits and art lovers along the way. I wouldn’t recommend that you hike to Nimis with small children or if you are if you re in other ways not fit for climbing.
SOUTH EAST SKÅNE
Taste Celebration Residence
Vegan Dining and rooms
Isabel Brummer the daughter of a famous restaurant family in Skåne runs this vegan restaurant in an old country house. We were served a flawless five course tasting meny, with creative triumphs such a buckwheat caviar, black sesame roasted cauliflower and a sublime radish ceviche. Taste Celebration lets you stay for a dreamy breakfast if you book one of their four hotel rooms. A must for vegans and foodies visiting the area.
Vego: An all vegan menu through and through.
Design Hotel with Artisan Pizza and Ice Cream, a Garden Boutique and Flowers hop
Österlens most beautiful minimalist luxury hotel with sooth your eyes and soul with beautiful interiors with a distinct nordic flair. Örum collaborates with some of Swedens finest designers like Nirvan Richter of Norrgavel and even the smallest detail in the hotel has a simple and timeless quality. We slept like kittens in our sombre room and loved perusing art and photography books in the library, with a stately open fire adding warmth and cosiness. The hotel serves a perfect Scandinavian breakfast and lunch and dinner can be enjoyed in the Italian style artisan pizzeria. For a sweet treat try Örums delicious own brand of ice cream, Frusen Glädje. And if you love gardening and design, don’t miss adjoint garden shop Blå Spaden thats stocked with with the dreamiest selection of handmade new and vintage pots, Japanese garden tools, the coolest work wear jackets from Vetra and large collection of pelargoniums in the green house. A highly recommended stay.
Vego: Delicious Vegetarian pizzas on the menu.
Ecological farm, Cafe and Shop
The Mandelman family and their sustainable farm will inspire visitors with their beautiful crops, fika pastry and back to basics way of life. Except an abundance of DIY charm. Walk around the premises for some garden envy and have an almond or cinnamon scroll under the trees, and leave with a bag of fresh vegetables for dinner from the shop.
Vego: Organic food with excellent vegetarian options on the menu.
A must stop for vegetarians and vegans alike. Byvägen 35 is inconspicuous situated in a small village but by no means invisible to foodies and food critics in Sweden. This hip and cosy place serves stone oven baked bread and pastry, lovely vegetarian lunches and its easy to park on the spacious grounds.
Greeness: Serves only vegetarian and vegan food.
272 95 Simrishamn N
Hidden paradise beach
The most beautiful beach in Skåne lies beneath Lilla Heden, a small moor behind Knäbäckshusen, a historical village with old style houses and plenty of roses that is worth a stroll alone. Quite spectacularly, there’s pine trees on the sandy beach hanging like exotic palm trees giving shadow and privacy to sunbathers. Knäbäckshusen is also a popular spot for outdoor weddings with a small wooden chapel facing the sea, a truly romantic hideaway.
The Stone ship Ale stenar
Food for thought. This astounding ancient megalithic stone site sits on the edge of the baltic sea on a majestic hill! During sunset and sunrise the stones appear extra magical casting long shadows on the grounds. The site dates back to the nordic iron age ) ca 1400 ago and it’s still a mystery to archaeologists why the 69 stones were once erected.
Ale stenar, 271 78 Löderup
Slow dining with smokey notes
Hörte brygga is one of the most exciting restaurants in the south of Sweden. By a simple harbour-side building, local and nordic cuisine is prepared with simple but powerful techniques such as smoking and pickling. The restaurant employs a zero waste vision.
This was one of our top experiences during or holiday in Skåne. A dining experience at Hörte Brygga is relaxed and personal as you pick up each course from the kitchen. The chefs will prepare and chat about the meal while you’re waiting and the sommelier will guide you through locally brewed refreshments. An absolute must for dedicated foodies.
Vego: There’s always a vegetarian option on the menu. Call ahead for vegan dining.
Sea side spa and luxury resort
If you feel the need to pamper yourself with saunas and wellness treatments head to Ystad Saltsjöbad. The resort has soothed and soaked guests for more than 110 years and is an institution in the region. The spa is more classic preppy beach house than buddha bar chill, expect an exclusive but inviting sphere. Retreat to the outdoor sun beds with a good novel facing the sea or spoil yourself with a yoga class or massage between sauna and swimming. Book a room or come for the day.
Vego: vegetarian options on the menu.
Saltsjöbadsvägen 15, 271 39 Ystad