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The winter is coming and here’s what not to miss at the leading Scandinavian ski destination

”It is definitely Sweden’s best place for skiing and snowboarding and the food scene is really good, especially considering the size of the village.”

Words: Johan Magnusson

Since the opening of Boqueria in Stockholm in 2012, it’s been one of Sweden’s most popular Spanish restaurants. Next Wednesday, they expand to Åre and Culinary Director Fredrik Larsson is full of anticipation.

— Åre is an amazing place. You will find plenty of nice restaurants, bars and nightlife. With plenty of tourists in the winter season, the mood is quite relaxed and festive. That is why we want to be part of the Åre scene.

What’s not to miss?

— When I am up in the mountain, I usually go to Hummelstugan for lunch. It is located at 883 meters above sea level with beautiful views over Åresjön miles wide of mountains. If you are in to dancing in your ski boots, Fjällgården is my favorite place for après-ski. When it comes to dining, there are a lot of restaurants to recommend; Werséns, Broken and Supper are all really good.

Any hidden gems?

— Not so hidden, but Åre Chokladfabrik is worth a visit with its hand made chocolates and caramel bars. I admire the craftsmanship behind the product.

What will you add to the Åre offering?

— Our take on tapas and pinchos in a warm and friendly atmosphere where anyone can feel welcome, right in the middle of the village. Friends of our Stockholm restaurant will recognize parts of the menu, but there will be some local adaptations. A lot of focus will be put on the bar where we will serve quality cocktails and entertainment from established DJs and live acts. We are launching our very own gin together with Stockholm Bränneri. It is infused with mushrooms and mixes great with tonic water. Definitely a must for all Gin & Tonic connoisseurs visiting Åre. If you are more of a beer person, we will also have a special beer brewed by Åre Bryggcompagni.

What will be the highlight of this season?

— I am really looking forward to Åre Gastronomy Week at the first week of February. That is a big food festival that attracts foodies from all over the world. The village fills up with chefs, restaurateurs, bartenders and industry people with an interest in Åre’s gastronomic culture. We are planning some really cool guest appearances from other chefs that week, that no one would want to miss.

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