Visit Visby off season
In winter, the medieval Hanseatic town of Visby is atmospheric, tranquil, and cozy, the perfect location for a weekend break where the range of restaurants and cafés is almost as good as in the summer – and it’s far easier to book a table. Champagne bars, high-class restaurants, charming cafés, and local design make Visby perfect for a relaxing weekend.
The sense of history feels even more prominent when the charming cobbled streets, magnificent ruins, and beautiful medieval houses gain a bit of breathing space from the summer throngs.
Visby is a unique place at any time of year, but when the botanical garden is clad in winter white and a stormy sea rages beyond the city walls, it is a travel destination you will never forget.
H10 is a creative meeting place for the best of modern Visby. Here you will find design company G.A.D. and Nordic fashion at the H10 Market, open-plan office space at Rent a Desk and the delightful H10 bar and café that serves everything from lunch with wine to afternoon coffee with views over the pedestrianized Hästgatan. Every Friday from September to May it is time for Aperitivo, where beer, wine, and bubbles are served in an after-work atmosphere.
H10, Hästgatan 10
If you want to experience an authentic traditional Visby restaurant, lunch at seafood restaurant Bakfickan is a must. This relaxed eatery serves fantastic fish dishes with a Gotland twist, and most things on the menu are organic. The charming interior design in this old cured-meat establishment has blossomed since the early 1990s, and the atmosphere is always friendly. Don’t forget to buy some delicacies from the fish counter to take home with you.
Bakfickan, Stora torget 1
Repet has become much talked since Jonas Jonasson, author of The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared, bought the hotel two years ago. The apartment concept with seven newly renovated studios is a modern kind of hotel without a reception desk. The hotel does not serve meals either, although bedding, cleaning, and Wi-Fi are included. It is in the best possible location, within a stone’s throw of Hästbacken Saluhall & Bar and other wonderful local restaurants nearby. Accommodation with a little extra.
Hotell Repet, Hästgatan 20
A beautiful restaurant with a neighborhood brasserie feel, cozy atmosphere, and friendly, knowledgeable personnel. The menu is French-inspired with a Gotland twist in the form of local ingredients plus a wine and champagne bar that also serves oysters, cheese, and cold cuts. At the back is a small shop where you can buy the same beautiful glassware and cutlery used in the restaurant. It is very popular with the local islanders, and if you can’t bear to tear yourself away, you can always ask if there are any rooms available upstairs.
Bolaget, Stora Torget 16
Crêperie & Logi
A visit to the “Iron,” as this charming little house is known to the locals, is a bit of a challenge in summer when the queue can stretch right down the street. It is easier in winter to enjoy the delightful crêpes and galettes accompanied by a delectable dry cider in cozy surroundings. If you read the menu carefully, you will also find the rate for the only (yet fantastic) hotel room available at Crêperie & Logi.
Crêperie & Logi, Wallers Plats 3
Text: Emma Aspelin & Maria Soxbo
Find your way around a wintery Visby with this interactive map
Published: February 22, 2016