Go out to eat or go out to eat that is the question...
Going out to eat has two different meanings in Luleå. Treat yourself and visit one of the local gourmet restaurants, where skilled chefs cook local ingredients, offering you a taste palette from Swedish Lapland. You simply have to eat the delicious, nutritious game from reindeer and elk that have lived in the wild. Enjoy fish that have swum in pure, clear waters and let yourself be seduced by blueberries, cloudberries, arctic raspberries and lingonberries that have ripened in the midnight sun.
To eat out also has a different, more literal meaning here in Luleå – when the food is served outside. Nothing tastes quite as good as a meal cooked over an open fire, especially when it rounds off a day of great outdoor activities. A muurikka, a large griddle pan, is often used to cook suovas (smoked reindeer meat) or palt (Swedish potato dumplings). And be sure to drink pot boiled coffee. The pot boiled coffee is something of a specialty and a signature beverage in the region. It is served hot in a wooden cup, strong and black it will warm you and sharpen your senses.
A food culture rooted in history
You can eat food from every corner of the world in Luleå, flavours from Eritrea to South Korea have found a place in our dining rooms. However, this lively culinary culture may well be rooted in the centuries old, strong food traditions preserved by the people of Luleå. Our restaurants serve traditional food from local producers and our customers are fascinated by the cuisine of Swedish Lapland.
Elk carpaccio or smoked, rimmed arctic char. Grilled deer sirloin and homemade, lightly smoked deer sausage or a pâté made with self-caught pike. This is just a small selection of the items on the menus of our award winning restaurants. But how did Luleå become such a foodie paradise? The answer is simpler than you might think. The truth is that Luleå hasn’t reinvented the wheel, nor any dishes. Sure, many of the fancy items listed above are modern takes on our cuisine – but they are rooted in a time when it was nearly impossible to grow anything for large parts of the year. The ice and the snow forced the people of Arctic Europe to be creative – salted and pickled ingredients became common, and to this day they remain staples enjoyed by Luleå’s locals and proudly served by the city’s restaurants. The success of Luleå’s restaurant scene lies in the fact that people managed to find their way back to the roots of the city, to unique and locally produced ingredients.
Luleå's white guide options
Luleå has a wide, exciting and steadily expanding range of restaurants and cafés. Here you will find everything from local Swedish Lapland delicacies to international food from all over the world often based on local ingredients from the nearby wilderness and farms. Luleå offers all of six white guide restaurants to choose from. Read more about Luleå's White Guide options HERE.
Luleå offers something for everyone
If you’d rather enjoy a latte in a café setting, sit back and feel the city pulse, you have come to the right place. There are number of nice cafés and patisseries to choose from. You can even take a walk on the ice track that circles the city and enjoy a Swedish waffle and hot chocolat on the island of Gråsjälören. Enjoy the archipelago and the city, at the same time.
One thing is for sure: good food and good company are two important parts of the Luleå experience. Welcome to the table!