Few restaurants in Sweden feel quite as formal as Årstiderna. Down in the vaulted basement of a gorgeous 16th-Century building off Stortorget, Malmö’s main square, it offers seasonal Swedish dishes in very smart surroundings.
This is a moody, dimly lit space where the white tablecloths look freshly starched and the smartly dressed staff wear jet-black aprons. There’s a good wine list and the menu is bursting with local flavours.
All of this makes Årstiderna a popular choice for business lunches and romantic dinners. Dishes include everything from local duck with chanterelle mushrooms to herb-baked fillets of reindeer.
Unsurprisingly it’s not cheap to eat here: visit in the evening and you can expect to pay around 300 SEK for a main course before you even get on to drinks. Lunches, however, are less than half the price.
If you’re in town in November, then Årstiderna is a good place to try a traditional goose dinner. Once popular across Sweden, this tradition is only really celebrated in the southernmost part of the country (the area known as Skåne). The meal traditionally starts with a bowl of ‘black soup’ – made primarily from goose blood – and finishes with a slice of apple cake.
Frans Suellsgatan 3
+46 402 309 10
Mon–Fri 11.30–midnight, Sat 5pm–midnight
Last updated: September 2014