Summer on Gotland
Updated 26 Aug 2021
Are you heading to Gotland this summer? Summer visitors have long been drawn to this Baltic island for its long beaches and magical countryside, but it's also home to excellent restaurants, clubs, cafés and charming places to stay. Fly or take the ferry from Stockholm for a mini-break or spend the whole summer exploring Gotland's culinary gems and beautiful oases, in the capital Visby and beyond. In this guide we've shared our best Gotland tips, guiding you to some of Gotland's best restaurants, clubs and hotels - from the medieval alleyways of Visby to idyllic spots along the coast.
Novi Beach Club by Pontus FrithiofS:t Göransgatan 31, Visby
The riviera meets Gotland
The French and Italian riviera meet Gotland at the Novi Beach Club, by the sea in Visby. With restaurateur Pontus Frithiof at the helm, local ingredients take centre stage on the summer menu.
KasaiHästgatan 17, Visby
Three-floor dinner club
This Japanese dinner-club concept started in Stockholm and in July 2021 they opened a sister restaurant on Hästgatan in Visby. There are three floors with a restaurant, nightclub and lounge, as well as a roof terrace at the top of the building.
Tuppens KrogAdelsgatan 38, Visby
Oasis at historic address
Following the success of Gula Hönan in Ronehamn, the restaurateur family Qwiberg-Enderborg opened up this sister restaurant in Visby in summer 2018. The restaurant is open all year round, serving seasonal dishes in historic surroundings. Don't miss the courtyard at the back, which transforms into a leafy alfresco oasis during the summer months.
SurfersSödrakyrkogatan 1, Visby
Hyped flavours from Sichuan
This popular Chinese restaurant also has a Stockholm branch. In addition to gastronomic small dishes inspired by Sichuan cuisine, Surfers is also well known for their fruity, generous cocktails. A visit to Surfers can easily become a major night out. Don't forget to book a table in good time if you want to eat here.
Vår FruS:t Hansgatan 24, Visby
From sourdough waffles to natural wines
Vår Fru is run by actress Lia Boysen and the founder of Fotografiska, Per Broman, who have converted an old framing workshop into a charming restaurant and bar. The menu includes everything from organic sourdough waffles, both sweet and savoury, to cocktails and natural wines. You can also eat in the beautiful old orangery in the garden.
Crêperie & LogiWallérs Plats 3, Visby
This cosy crêperie, housed in the distinctive Strykjärnshuset building among Visby's narrow alleyways, serves sweet crêpes and substantial savoury galettes. Toppings are creative and in the summer months you can enjoy your meal al fresco.
BolagetStora Torget 6, Visby
Dependable wine bar
In the mood for a glass of wine? Head to Stora torget and this reliable wine bar. Combine a glass of wine with French food and desserts, either indoors or outside on the sunny outdoor dining area.
BakfickanStora Torget 1, Visby
Fish and shellfish on the menu
Bakfickan has been on Stora torget since the Nineties and they're seafood pros. Come by to eat classics such as Toast Skagen, fried herring, fish soup and smoked prawns - or to buy delicacies over the counter to take home with you.
Café Gula HusetTranhusgatan 2, Visby
Coffee in the garden
A charming little garden full of flowers and masses of homemade cakes and pastries make Gula Huset a favourite coffee stop among Gotlanders and summer guests alike. Try their saffron pancake with salmberry jam, a Gotlandic specialty.
KallisStrandvägen 2, Visby
During the summer months Kallis, or Kallbadhuset to give it its official name, draws in thousands of fun-seekers with its events, parties and concerts. The major party week on Gotland is in Week 29 (also known as Stockholm Week) and Kallis beach club is the place to be.
South and southeast Gotland
MajstreSundre Majstre 190
Right out at the most southerly tip of the island, this restaurant, bar and café boasts panoramic views over the sea and large alfresco dining areas. Majstre is open for both lunch and dinner and serves everything from classic dishes and cocktails to buns, ice cream and sandwiches.
Gula HönanRonehamnsväg 40-42
This much-lauded restaurant is housed in a charming yellow wooden villa in Ronehamn in southeast Gotland. Foodies make the detour here to enjoy excellent cooking based on produce grown in their own vegetable garden. If you want to stay the night, Gula Hönan ("The Yellow Hen") also has a cosy b&b.
Kapten GroggRonehamnsvägen 1
Beer and burgers
Fancy a beer and a homemade burger? Head along to Kapten Grogg, Gula Hönan's popular sister restaurant in Ronehamn harbour. The walls are covered with the family's vinyl collection and there are live music performances and quizzes during the summer months.
Smakrike Krog & LogiClaudelins väg 1
Smakrike Krog & Logi in idyllic Ljugarn serves exciting set menus based on local, seasonal ingredients. You can also stop by for a few simple dishes at the bar, on the veranda or out in the garden. If you want to stay over there are several individually decorated double rooms and a suite.
Ljugarns StrandcaféStrandvägen 6
Summery beach hangout
This friendly beach café in Ljugarn serves international dishes and homemade cakes. Cool off with a glass of rosé, eat ice cream and play minigolf or beach volleyball. Regular live music and DJ sets.
Grå GåsenHoburgsvägen 3
Home from home
Grå Gåsen in Burgsvik is housed in a charming villa which feels like a private home. Stop by for a coffee, cocktail, or something to eat, or stay the night in one of their individually-decorated rooms. Don't miss the barn restaurant, open during the summer months.
East, northeast and north Gotland
KrakasKräklingbo Kräklings 223, Östergarn
Fine dining in the countryside
In Kräklingbo, deep in the countryside, you'll find the award-winning Krakas Krog, which focuses on small-scale production, sustainability and good animal welfare. Innovative cooking combines with a passion for wine. Why not stay on after dinner and check in to one of the rooms above the restaurant?
Katthammarsviks RökeriHamnen, Katthammarsvik, Östergarn
Smokery, restaurant and shop
Fish fanatics will adore Katthammarsviks Rökeri, beautifully situated on the waterfront and run by the same family for three generations. Eat classic fish dishes or put together a platter with various seafood delicacies. You can also buy smoked and fresh seafood to take home with you in the shop.
Bungenäs MatsalBungenäs, Fårösund
Bungenäs matsal is next to a former limestone quarry in northeast Gotland and the restaurant is housed in what used to be a workers' canteen from the Forties. Eat and drink in unique surroundings. You can't drive in the area so walk or borrow one of the bikes from the car park.
Gothems Cantina y CasitasGothem Magnuse 278
If you're in the mood for Mexican streetfood, head to this popular restaurant in little Gothem, owned by a couple with Swedish and southern California Mexican roots. They serve tacos, burritos and other authentic dishes, as well as kick-ass Margaritas.
RotNorrlanda Mangsarve 169
Back to their roots
Restaurang Rot in little Norrlanda is run by award-winning chef Luqaz Ottosson, with an emphasis on local produce - from the ingredients to the interiors. The restaurant serves a set menu with dishes that change every day. Rot also collaborates with glass artist Jennie Olofsson.
Fabriken FurillenRute Furilden
The former limestone factory on the Furillen peninsula is now a starkly stylish design hotel, surrounded by the sea and dramatic scenery. Its often used as a backdrop for fashion shoots and films, and guests can explore the hotel's surroundings on bikes. During the summer months they dinner using local produce in the hotel restaurant.
Rute stenugnsbageriRute risungs 217
Summer bakery and wood-fired pizza
Fabrique's Gotlandic sister bakery is open during the summer months in a former smithy in northeast Gotland. Drop by to buy stone oven-baked bread, have a coffee in the garden or eat pizza - in the evenings the bakery becomes a wood-fired pizzeria.
Blue LagoonBlå lagunen, Lärbro
Take a break from sea swimming and restaurants for a while and head up to this flooded limestone quarry in northern Gotland, also known as the Blue Lagoon. Swim in beautful, azure-blue water and jump from the cliffs. It's extremely popular in high season so make sure you get there early.
Travel from Stockholm to Gotland
Ferries to Gotland go between Nynäshamn and Visby and take around three hours. Prices vary depending on the kind of ticket and time of day.
There are flights to Visby from both Arlanda and Bromma airports, taking around 40 minutes.