Simson: Eat on deck
In good weather, you can eat on deck and get a wonderful view of town and of people hurrying out to the archipelago in their little boats for the weekend. Sit along the railing and you will also see the odd fish jumping below you. Life at its best! I have never tried it during the music festival but then it will probably be quite packed and loud as it is next to the castle ruin where the festival takes place...
Favorite Dish: A vegetarian mix with chanterelles, creamy potato gratin and other yummy things.
Värdshuset den Gröna Tuppen: Country station house
This restaurang has managed to survive almost in the middle of nowhere and become so successful it is in most Swedish food guides thanks to its food. The restaurant is in the old wooden station house at Fårhult which is along the narrow gauge railway between Västervik and Hultsfred - a tourist attraction in itself. If you arrive by train, the landlady will greet you with the red flag!
- Food and Dining
Båtsmansgränds Kaffestuga: Herbal garden café
Båtsmansstugorna are the old, very low seamens' cottages which you can see in a separate coverage under "musts". Their gardens are full of herbs and flowers and in the middle of it is a little café with typical Swedish buns and biscuits. Very often live folk music on the little stage too.
- Historical Travel
Kulbackens restaurang & café: Family friendly town view
The restaurant is a bit on the dear side (but serves Swedish crayfish when in season in August!) but try the nextdoor café. Excellent after a visit to Kulbacken and even when you enjoy a drink outside you can admire the view amongst the pine trees but this time towards the bay instead of the archipelago. There used to be a mini golf course here too which might become active again. Despite its expensive food, the place very much welcomes children and has a sandpit with toys near the tables on the café side which lets you rest in peace for a while if you bring small children.
Favorite Dish: Cinnamon buns