Arts, Crafts & Shopping
Here you will find destinations which offer or show different kinds of arts & crafts as well as boutiques selling mostly Swedish quality products.
Ann-Charlotte Thörn startade med sina silversmycken för 5 år sedan. Hon har gått i lära hos mäster Ove Johansson och är för övrigt självlärd.
Hennes smycken med handsågade hjärtan och kvinnomärken har blivit mycket populära. Alla smycken är handgjorda och görs ett och ett, så inget är helt det andra likt.
Dyrön - Tjörn
There are several well marked paths on Dyrön. The scenery is irresistibly beautiful and constantly changing.
From the highest view points you can see the picturesque small island Åstol and as far as the island Marstrand with Carlstens Fortress. On Dyrön you will find for example two ports, café, a well known silversmith/jewellry designer, a gallery and two restaurants.
Hofsnäs Herrgård - Borås
The manor is situated in a beautiful nature reserve, next to a lake. The first mention of Hofsnäs Manor is dated back to 1488!
On the estate one can find, a café bistro, there is a beach, grazing cattle and severatl paths.
But the main attractions apart from the manor is the absolute charming "Lilla Saluhallen, a small marketplace in an old barn and "Gammelgården" where artists offer their beautiful works.
Lights in Alingsås
Under oktober blir Alingsås Sveriges ljusaste stad! Mer än 80 000 besökare går varje år den spektakulära slingan eller deltar i alla de aktiviteter som erbjuds.
Få lär vandra oberörda under årets upplaga av Lights in Alingsås.
Sex kraftfulla ljusteam från hela världen har uppdraget att maxa installationerna med ljud och ljus.
Marstrand - Kungälv
Marstrand was founded in the beginning of the 13th century! The island offers historic sights, shopping, culture, cafées, arts & crafts, bars, restaurants - and of course, in summer, a flourishing marina with beautiful boats of all sizes.There are also several paths on the island, of different lengths, with breathtaking views over the sea!
The most famous spot on Marstrand is probably Carlstens Fortress which also gives Marstrand it's famous silhouette.
Nääs Slott med omgivning - Lerum
Nääs Castle has probably the most complete 19th century interior - which has not been altered at all. One can trace the owners of the castle all the way back to the 16th century. The oldest parts of the present castle is from the 17th century.
Next to the castle there is a park, a café and restaurant. On the estate is a naturereserve, a nice small beach and several unique beautiful houses. In one of them, you will find the gallery, café and shop Nääs Arts & Crafts.
Sasioglu Design Jewelry - Tjuvkil
Eva Sasioglu is a well established jewellry designer /artist. She only makes jewellry designed by herself.
Organic forms are put together with pearls and gems. Often combined with an unique attractive detail.
Eva mostly works with silver, but sometimes gold as well. She has her working studio and nice small shop in Tjuvkil, on the way to the famous island Marstrand.
Spinneriet i Lindome
Spinneriet is a historic building, a former spinning factory from 19th century.
Today designers, photographers, interior decorators, bloggers and other kinds of creators make this a house full of fantastic atmosphere.
You will find inspiration and the shops offer unique design, fashion, interior decorations, arts & crafts - and much more! The restaurant called Lilla Spinneriet is well known for it's delicious food.
Konstnärer och hantverkare har lyckats återskapa miljöer både från bruket och från det samhälle som var så intimt förknippat med glastillverkningen. Här kan du uppleva svensk industrihistoria och bruksmiljö.
Här finns även ett charmigt litet kafé, museishop och utställningshall med tillfälliga utställningar med intressant konst och konsthantverk.
Visste du att Cola-flaskans fader, Alexander Samuelsson, arbetade här?
Tjolöholms Slott - Kungsbacka
The building of the castle was completed in 1904 and it's the premiere Arts & Crafts establishment in Scandinavia. Meaning a sincere love for high quality materials and crafts.
The castle is beautifully situated close to the sea and a nature reserve. And has it's own beach (feel free to take a swim!) On the premises you will also find a small church and museums.
Furthermore, the shop offers beautiful gifts, souvenirs and confectionery.
Torpa Stenhus - Sydost om Borås
This is where the famous Swedish king Gustav Vasa in the 16th century first met the 16 year old Miss Stenbock, who became his third and last wife!
Torpa Stenhus is a private owned estate, beautifully situated at the southern shore of Lake Åsunden. The first part of the castle was built around 1470. With its unique architecture and beautiful interiors Torpa Stenhus counts among the best preserved medieval castles of the nation.
Äskhults By - Kungsbacka
An untouched small village with roots in the 17th and 18th centuries. There are several findings telling us that people have lived here in several thousands of years! The four farms are not painted at all and shimmer in beautiful silver grey shades.
When land consolidation was done, these houses were not separated -which is unique in Sweden. In "Bengt's coffeecottage" you can enjoy very tasty cakes, cookies and sandwiches.
Abecita Museum of Modern art - Borås
Abecita Museum of modern art shows mainly graphical art and photography from Europe and USA - and awarded Nordic Textile Art.
With it's approx. 500 pieces it is unique in Europe and is being represented by about 30 artists work, from 1961 until present date.
Abecita Museum of art shows their collection on three floors on a total amount of 2400 m²!
Gunnebo slott & Trädgårdar - Mölndal
One of Sweden's most well kept 18th century establishments. The castle was built as a summer villa by one of the wealthiest men in the country.
You will find gardens, parks and paths, a small farm, a shop selling high quality gifts and souvenirs, a restaurant and café - serving delicious organic food.
The most known project now is the building of the conservatory, in the accordance with old craftmanship.
Inlands Bryggeri -
Inland is the name of the region that once covered all of south Bohuslän. A landscape filled with beautiful scenery, farming areas and a thriving archipelago.
The very interesting history in the area inspires the brewery when producing the beer. The bottles tell about exciting stories, events and people of passed times.
Manu Factus Ullförädling - Orust
Beautifully situated 3 m from the sea in former Allmags Shipyard, we will find Manu Factus. In the workshop they process high quality Swedish wool, with much respect for the environment.
They have a 6 tons heavy carding machine in their workshop.
The shop offers wool in various colours and qualities, packages of material and handcrafted woolen products.
Nordiska Akvarellmuseet - Tjörn
The Nordic Watercolour Museum is situated extremely beautiful almost on the sea, in the small city Skärhamn, which is on the westcoast of the island Tjörn.With a wonderful view over the sea and cliffs they show world class exhibitions.
In their "open studio", you can realize your artistic dreams. Here you find watercolor paper, brushes and paint and personnel from the museum that you can ask for help.
Orust - Nordväst om Göteborg
Orust is the fourth largest island in Sweden and has approx. 15 000 inhabitants. In summertime the population doubles, as the owners of summerhouses and tourists head for the west coast of Sweden.
Orust is known for their building of boats, farming and fishing. The island has much to offer; genuine fishing villages, lovely bath areas, producers of handicraft and organic food of many kinds. The scenery is beautiful and vary from sea and cliffs to forest and lakes.
Silverwijk - Tjörn
Wijks Jewelry & Silverware, is owned by silversmith Emelie Wijk Lundberg, who is well known for doing fantastic articles in silver. She also works with other materials; gold, glass and copper.
Next to her charming working studio on Tjörn, she has a boutique. You will not only find jewelry here, but also lovely products for your home.
Her products are also available in her shop at Sundsby Manor.
Stora Holm Säteri -
The manor has during the years transformed from being the largest farm on Hisingen, with a large settlement of cows and horses, to nowadays being a much liked destination for excursions.
The Manor has some unique shops selling high quality products, the Restaurant Franska Skafferiet (The French Pantry). They also arrange for example markets and exhibitions.
Tavlebords Lanthandel - Orust
The popular Tavlebords Lanthandel, which perhaps could be called a markethall, is situated in the centre of Orustn next to Tavlebords Honeyfarm.
Local producers sell their items. The variety of things to buy here is large - something for all tastes!
They offer tasty food, clothing, ceramics, jewelry, vegetables, lambskins, candles, herbes, toys ... and much more!
Tjörn - Nordväst om Göteborg
TheTjörn community consists of more than 1500 smaller islands and islets. The inhabitants are approx. 16000 - during summer the population doubles as thousands of people flock to the west coast of Sweden!
In central town Skärhamn you will find the famous Nordic Watercolour Museum, a lively port, arts & crafts, restaurants and cafés.Tjörn is also known for their bath areas, Pilane Sculpture Park, Sundsby Manor, beautiful scenery and fishing villages.
Töllås Fårgård - Orust
This sheepfarm has a charming shop tempting us with lot's of delicious food, such as sausages, chutneys, herbes, marmalades, woolen products, lambskins.
The café offer home baked cakes and pies - which you enjoy either outside among flowers and trees or inside in the nice former henhouse.
In the yard you will meet several ducks, and closeby the pigs root around in the soil - all being watched by the dog!
Moriks Sheepfarm is like an oasis with happily grazing sheeps, a cock and his hens strolling in the yard while the dog watches them all - with a view over the meadows and in the distance the lovely sea.
The farm, that is situated on the southwest coast of Tjörn, has recently opened a very cosy farmshop. They offer for example beautiful handicrafts, locally produced delicacies, lambskins
Hamra gård - Kungsbacka
The first HamraGård was situated on this estate in the 17th century. The animals are raised with much love here! The farm sell lamb- and pork meat, charcuteries and some real tasty homemade accessories.
Of course the farm also sells beautiful lambskins, yarn, woolen products.
You will also find beautiful craft and other local products such as flour, juices, herbals, chutneys, bread and cookies. .
Jonsereds Trädgårdar - Partille
The garden is a free interpretation of the 19th century garden that was once situated here next to the Jonsered's Manor. The garden has four quarters with different themes and plantations.
The manor is beautifully situated next to the lake Aspen.
2015 Jonsered's Gardens won the award "Sweden's most inspiring park", in the category newly founded parks and gardens.
Marketa Keramik - Kungälv
Potter Marketa Schätzova has a cosy shop/gallery and studio in Tjuvkil close to the coast.
”My recent pottery is wood fired and salt glazed. It is very much connected to the West Coast of Sweden. In its colors and ingrediens of my glazes.
Most of the glazes are mixed from ashes of the local trees like birch, apple, chestnut and others, grown in the local environment on the West Coast."
Nääs Fabriker - Lerum
The spinning machine and the mechanical looms were just invented when Mr Peter Wilhelm Berg in the year of 1833 started the Cotton Spinning factory. For more than 130 years the family successfully expanded and improved the factory.
Today you can enjoy several shops offering high quality products such as fashion, interior design, jewellry, delicacies and exhibitions. Of course there is also a cosy café!
Pilane Skulpturpark & Gravfält - Tjörn
Nominated as one of Europe’s 10 best sculpture parks! Around the grave field, a sculpture exhibition has been displaying art works by leading artists from round the globe since 2007. There are new works of art each summer. There are sheeps grazing among the sculptures and there are no trails.
4500 years old traces of settlement have been found here. You can still see parts of graves and the stone circles known as “judges’ rings”. They are dated to 500 years B.C.
Skärhamn - Tjörn
In the central town of Tjörn community, you will find a thriving harbour, for both fishing vessels and private boats of all kinds. Here are several shops tempting you with arts & crafts, interior decorations and clothing. And of course real nice restaurants and cafés.
Skärhamn has 3500 inhabitants, but in summer the population doubles as there are many tourists and summerguests who love the islands in the west coast archipelago.
Sundsby Säteri - Tjörn
The name Sundsby was mentioned in writings dated to1388! In todays main building, which was built in 1787, is a cosy old fashioned café and restaurant.
In one of the wings is a small museum telling the story of Margareta Huitfeldt,
the famous owner of the manor also known as "The queen of Bohuslän".
You will find charming shops selling arts & crafts, a bakery and lovely kitchen gardens. In the nearby naturereserve there are beautiful walking trails.
The collections of the museum are Sweden's most important source for knowledge regarding the textile industry from the 1870's until today.
Also historic and mordern textiles, fashion, handicraft and art are among all their items. The museum is internationally known and is the only place in Europe where the exhibition "Balenciaga - Master of Couture" is shown - from Victoria and Albert Museum in London! (Last day 21 April).
Tofta Herrgård, Magasinet - Kungälv
Wonderful café and shop in the old grain storage on the estate of Tofta Manor. You will find lot's of arts & crafts and other locally produced articles. The history of Tofta Manor goes all the way back to the 15th century.
Zanzibar Café & Rökeri - Tjuvkil
Such an invigorating mix of café, smokery, farmshop - and exhibition of photographs by the owner and proffessional photographer Annelie Utter. The atmosphere is laid back - with influences from Africa.
In the yard lot's of hens, chickens and ducks are strolling around. Zanzibar has an old fashioned smokery, famous for their delicious salmon, smoked shrimps and homemaid aioli and sauce of cloudberries.