12 delightful café terraces and beer gardens
Ask any Halmstad resident what they are most looking forward to when the summer arrives and they are likely to reply “eating alfresco”, sitting outside one of the city’s many cafés and restaurants enjoying good food and cold drinks as the sun warms their face. That’s a very special feeling.
For many of Halmstad’s restaurants, 1 April marks the beginning of the alfresco dining season. This is when tables and chairs come out of storage and take their place on the city’s pavements and squares, where they will remain into the autumn and sometimes throughout the winter. Here are a few tips for a pleasant alfresco dining experience. Enjoy!
Halmstad’s largest restaurant terrace can be found at The Bulls (Swe) on Lilla Torg. From spring until autumn, the square Lilla Torg is filled with palm trees, bars and great places to eat and drink alfresco. The Bulls has an international character, offering well-cooked, rustic fare in a convivial atmosphere. Get there early though, as the tables soon fill up!
A brasserie with Swedish roots, Harrys (Swe) is located on Storgatan. Here, you will be greeted by a relaxed atmosphere that effortlessly unites food, drink and people. Take a seat on the popular terrace and order the famous chicken wings. You won’t be disappointed!
Looking for Halmstad’s sunniest alfresco dining experience? Your quest is over. Cortado Coffee Shop is on Norre Torg, next door to the historic statue 91:an Karlsson and Norre Port, the old northern city gates. Coffee is the main act here, but the menu also includes various food options throughout the day. Sit in the sun and observe Halmstad’s street life from a front-row seat.
il grillo – wine & tales
Italy comes to Halmstad: il grillo (Swe) is a familiar, authentic wine and cocktail bar that places at least as much emphasis on the food. Enjoy Italian cuisine prepared from the heart with sophisticated cocktails, or sample your way through the extensive range of Italian wines. During the summer, you can either sit on the veranda that runs along bustling Storgatan or on the more intimate courtyard. Which do you prefer?
The kitchen at quintessential Halmstad restaurant Fridolfs Krog (Swe) turns out classic dishes such as Kvibille-packed Swedish pork tenderloin, a firm favourite with the city’s residents and visitors alike. Lined with citrus and olive trees, the restaurant’s splendidly atmospheric terrace dining area is enclosed by the homely brick walls of the surrounding buildings. In fine weather you can sit beneath the stars, while when it rains you can listen to the pitter-patter of raindrops on the sheltering awnings. Either way, you will be treated to a Continental-style alfresco dining experience.
Söderpiren (Swe), or the South Pier, is located next to the marina at Västra Stranden. Enjoy an invigorating lunch or refreshments in a glorious seaside environment. Relax in the outdoor seating area when the sun is shining or shelter indoors on windy days and enjoy the sight of the waves crashing on the shore. The view across Laholm Bay adds that extra spice.
Neighbourhood restaurant Bistro Jarlen (Swe) is nextdoor to the Halmstad Theatre. Bistro Jarlen serves good food influenced by both Swedish and French cuisine and the restaurant’s passion for both the culinary arts and wine is unmistakable. Enjoy your meal among olive trees on the cosy, atmospherically lit veranda. The restaurant’s boules court is a big plus and the perfect summer activity!
At Stationsgatan 44 (Swe), southern European cuisine flirts with Scandinavian influences in a delicious range of sharing platters. In addition to the food sharing concept, it is of course possible to create your own meal from the thoughtfully compiled menu. During the summer, there is also a wide selection of tapas available to be enjoyed on the cosy terrace. How wonderful does that sound?
Summer restaurant Hamngatan 43 (Swe) offers alfresco dining in a beautiful location on the bank of the Nissan River. The perfect venue for a pleasant summer evening spent in good company. The eclectic menu offers everything from sushi to burgers and sirloin steaks.
Hummër Grill & Bar
The Hummër Grill & Bar (Swe) on Storgatan welcomes you with a pleasant terrace on which you can sit equally comfortably in the early spring as on a warm summer evening. The menu combines top-class meat, lobster and seafood dishes and sides, all made from scratch. Order the classic Surf & Turf, or perhaps a delicious charcuterie board, and settle down to watch the world pass by.
Welcome to Lilla Torg’s latest and sunniest alfresco dining experience. The terrace opens as the spring sun begins to warm up and remains an obvious place to enjoy some rays throughout the summer months, when the sun blazes down from early in the day. During the evening, the restaurant and bar serve classic pub dishes and drinks of all colours.
Punch Restaurang & Bar
The menu of this popular neighbourhood restaurant in Tylösand offers both magical pizzas and Scandinavian dishes from the à la carte menu. During the summer, the area is teeming with people and the outdoor tables fill up quickly, while sportingly inclined guests gravitate to the adjacent miniature golf course. Punch Restaurang & Bar (Swe) is the perfect place for anyone looking for good food in combination with a little exercise!
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Most of Halmstad’s restaurants and cafés have outdoor tables. You can find more tips for pleasant alfresco dining on the pages below.
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