From langoustines to lobsters, Sweden’s west coast serves up fine seafood in picture-perfect fishing villages. Words: Tamsin Wressell
Start at this 100 year old boathouse on the shores of the town of Grebbestad, and set off on an oyster and lobster safari. Learn to catch, shuck and cook seafood, then bathe in a wood burning barrel on the jetty before staying in a guesthouse built on stilts.
SMÖGEN FISH AUCTION
Smögen is an idyllic coastal stop-off point, with a long wooden jetty and colourful boathouses. It’s here you’ll find one of Sweden’s few fish auctions, where boats unload at the harbour before the fresh fish and shellfish can be bought by customers.
While the restaurant at this hotel doesn’t have an a la carte menu, it dishes up an incredibly creamy fish and seafood soup well worth stopping by for. Walk it off along the pink granite rock formations that dot the coastline here.
Head over to this pint-sized restaurant in the heart of Grebbestad. Decor is simple but it’s all about the food, with a menu consisting of just two options: meat or fish of the day. It’s self-service for the salad, dessert and drinks, with the chef himself serving up the mains.
NORRA HAMNEN 5
This restaurant overlooking the sea sources its ingredients locally and sustainably. The result? Fresh and delicious fare — opt for the scallops with pumpkin sauce, or crayfish with horseradish syrup. Grab a seat on the outdoor terrace and watch the sun go down.
Pull up in Lysekil, a pretty coastal town known for its excellent seafood restaurants. Visitors can also get up close with other sea life at Havets Hus, a saltwater aquarium committed to saving endangered species along the West Sweden coast (reopens May 2019).