Gunnebo House and Gardens
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Fika at Gunnebo House
The Coffeehouse and Restaurant at Gunnebo House and Gardens is located in the former servant's quarters. Simple wooden tables and chairs, painted plank walls and a sideboard with blue ware provide a homely atmosphere. Meals are prepared using organically grown vegetables from the castle's kitchen garden. For me, though, the highlight was fika, that marvelous Swedish custom of coffee and cake--that gave me a chance to sample the great baked goods made on the premises. There were meringue-topped cupcakes, delicate macaroons and slices of fruit tart. It was gray and drizzling outside, but in the Gunnebo Coffeehouse, all was warm and bright. Lunch can be a bit of a scrum, but coffee time at Gunnebo hits all the right notes. Just beside the Coffeehouse, the Castle's nifty gift shop offers all manner of gardening mementos, as well as postcards and linens and other gift items based on the designs used in the big house. Lovely fika, lovely shop!
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