Are you going to travel to Växjö for just one day, or weekend? Here are my top recommendations for a great time in Växjö, if you want to …
- go for a walk or run,
- eat delicious food,
- enjoy sightseeing,
- go on a date,
- have a drink with a friend or
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To do in Växjö – in one day
For my top 5 Växjö tips in diverse categories: hotels, restaurants, bar, sightseeing etc. check out my Växjö Travel Guide.
These are my recommendations, if you only stay one day (or weekend) in Växjö:
Start with the most iconic building of Växjö – the domkyrka, Växjö cathedral. First, enjoy the view from the outside, then inside.
Time: 15-30 minutes
Cost: 0 SEK
Stroll or run around lake Växjösjön
Smålands Museum/Glass Museum/House of Emigrants
Depending on your interest or walking speed, choose one or more of these museums to get some food for the brain and discover essential details of the history of Småland. Opening hours and entrance fees.
Time: 1-2 hours
Cost: entrance fee around 100 SEK adults, free for children (up to 19 years)
Time for lunch in the city. For a great avocado pizza, go to the Italian restaurant Bella Lanterna. A bit more classy Italian food can be ordered at Massimo. Fancy a restaurant awarded with a Michelin star? Go to PM & Friends. Something quick? Asian? Check out Spice & Rice or Foodie.
After lunch, let's do some shopping in the city center of Växjö. The shopping street runs from the market square Stortorget in the east to the square Oxtorget in the west.
Unique stores in Växjö:
- Hantverket – Swedish handcraft and souvenirs
- Växjö elektriska – if you love lamps and artful illumination
- Tyg & Design – textiles like curtains, pillow cases etc. with popular Swedish designs
- Cenino Donna/Lexinton or Nordlunds – stores with popular Swedish fashion brands
Shopping bags filled? Maybe it's time for a …
Fika – Swedish coffee break
Having a fika is an essential part of Swedish culture. For a typical Swedish fika go to the idyllic Askelyckan or old style Broqvist konditori. Choose a kanelbulle (cinnamon bun), dammsugare (green marcipan roll) or a chocolate ball. And don't forget to draw a number from the ticket dispenser before you order at the counter.
If you have access to a car:
Drive to the ruins of the Kronobergs castle “Kronobergs slottsruin“.
Right after that cross the little bridge and park your car in the norther tip of the island Hissö. Go for a walk and enjoy taking selfies while standing on top of rocks at the shoreline.
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After having taken pictures of the beautiful lake, let's take a route to the next fika place, Toftastrand Hotell & Konditori. On your way there, your GPS will tell you to drive along Evedalsvägen. Have a look at the typical Swedish houses and idyllic homes along Evedalsvägen between Hissö and Evedal vandrarhem (hostel).
Enjoy the view!
Then, continue to Toftastrand Hotell & Kontitori, where you can relax and enjoy pastries and small snacks in a cozy ambient, with a view over the lake.
Two alternatives for a snack or fika, a little outside of Växjö, within 10-15 minutes by car:
- Svenska tantens trädgårdscafé
- Systrarna Skogströms lantcafé (also called Öhrs lantcafé)
Now, back to the hotel to get prepared for the evening…
- For a high quality dinner, book a table at PM & Friends.
- You find excellent asian food at Izakaya Moshi, where it's probably a good idea to check for a table in advance, too.
- Italian: Try Massimo.
- Burgers: Umamy Monkey
- Stunning view over Växjö: Skai
Thirsty for a tea, beer or cocktail? First stop: Kafé Deluxe. You find a relaxed atmosphere in this unique pub. Occasionally you there is a nightclub, music or stand up events in the basement.
Up for a beer, a special one? Beer connoisseurs can choose from a wide selection of tapped and bottled beer from all over the world in Chapter House.
Finish your day in Växjö with a cocktail or good night drink in the classy roof bar of PM Bar and enjoy view over the city that you have discovered during the day.
- Swedish culture and traditions
- Reasons to love Växjö
- Travel tips (Växjö Co) – official tourist site of Växjö