Karlstad is a wonderfully compact Swedish city, built on a grid pattern with wide, tree-lined streets, avenues, promenades and squares. Karlstad has a "big city" feel, with many quality hotel and other accommodation options, with the advantage that Karlstad’s many attractions are just a short walk away: shopping streets, malls and arcades, culture, historical sites, urban nature activities, parks, transport and amenities. Don’t forget that this is child-friendly Sweden and children are welcome everywhere in Karlstad.
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Värmlands museum

A cultural highpoint of visiting Karlstad is a visit to Värmlands Museum in Sandgrund Park. Not only for the superb and comprehensive permanent and temporary exhibitions of Värmland and other Swedish artists work, but also for the unique architectural experience of Cyrillushuset.

​Address: Sandgrundsudden​Phone: +46 54 701 19 00​Website: http://www.varmlandsmuseum.se​Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.00 - 18.00, Wednesday 10.00 - 20.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00 - 16.00

The mother of all parks in Karlstad is Mariebergsskogen; part park and part open-air museum down by the shores of Lake Vänern. You could easily spend a day here enjoying its various environs; ancient forest, glades, old buildings, beach and bathing spots and Naturum Värmland – a wonderful building in which the nature of the province is presented. Stop for a cup of coffee or visit the gift shop.

​Address: Treffenbergsvägen​Phone: +46 54 540 27 50​Website: http://www.mariebergsskogen.se/en​Opening hours: The park is open everyday 07.00 - 22.00, Naturum Värmland Tuesday-Sunday 11.00 - 17.00
Sundstabadet adventure pool

The kids will love this. You’re kids will love you for taking them here. What kid doesn’t love waterslides, climbing walls, heated pools and even a very own kid’s pool. And it's just a short stroll from the town centre. Sundstabadet has a fully equipped gym, relax section and a 25-metre long pool for doing laps. Sundstabadet has two differences water slider, Black Hole and Magic Hole. The differences between them is that kids (and perhaps a co-pilot) fire down the latter in a single or double ring that decides whether they achieve warp-speed – or not. The Black Hole is not quite as fast, as the point here is to collect points by skimming over the illuminated points inside the slide. If your kids get bored of the slides (and how could they?) point them in the direction of the climbing wall that they climb up…and then fall off, usually in quick succession, into the heated pool below. There are also two heated pools for the smallest water babes. All this calorie sapping activity means the kids are going to get hungry. The café here serves Fairtrade coffee and all the dairy products are ecological. Sandwiches, snacks, cakes, biscuits and most importantly coffee are all on the menu. The café opens on to the kid’s section so you can order 'pool side'.

​Address: Drottning Kristinas väg 3​Phone: +46 54 540 24 60​Website: http://www.sundstabadet.se​Opening hours: Monday-Friday 10.00 - 20.00, Saturday-Sunday 10.00 - 18.00
Sandgrund Lars Lerin art gallery

Lars Lerin is one of Scandinavias most famous artists. Lerin is hugely popular in Sweden and is fast approaching "national treasure" status. The content of the exhibition contains watercolours and oils, collages, graphic art and photographs.

​Address: Västra torggatan 28​Phone: +46 54 10 07 80​Website: http://www.sandgrund.org​Opening hours: Tuesday-Sunday 12.00 - 16.00
Alsters herrgård

Alsters Herrgård is the countryside estate where Gustaf Fröding, one of Sweden’s most beloved national poets, was born in 1850. The estate consists of a 19th century new-classical style mansion house and several other earlier buildings set in the lush Värmland countryside. It lies 8 km east of Karlstad and is easy to get to by car, local and regional buses and even by bicycle. If you don't have a bike can you always rent one from Solacykeln in Karlstad.

​Address: Alsters herrgårdsväg 3​Phone: +46 54 540 23 50​Website: http://www.karlstad.se/alstersherrgard​Opening hours: May-August daily 11.00 - 18.00, September weekends 12.00 - 16.00
Nöjesfabriken - Leklandet

Leklandet, or "play land" in English. If your kids love thrills, spills, jumping and climbing – and let’s face it, they all do - then this is the place to come. Some of the highlights of Leklandet include an 8-metre high drop slide, trampolines, a 'ball canon', giant climbing frames, a mini racetrack and much, much more. There are play areas for infants (0-1 year) and toddlers (1-3 year) after that it is a free-for-all.

​Address: Karlagatan 42​Phone: +46 54 22 22 00​Website: http://www.nojesfabriken.se/lekland​Opening hours: Wednesday-Friday 14.00 - 19.00, Saturday-Sunday 10.00 - 18.00

The 90 km railway embankment coated with asphalt. Klarälvsbanan is a disused railway embankment, where the rails have now been removed and motor traffic is strictly prohibited. An outdoor experience that will lead you through the landscapes of Värmland, from Karlstad in the south to Hagfors in the north.

​Phone: +46 563 54 10 81​Website: http://www.klaralvsbanan.se/en
Art at Sliperiet

Sliperiet is a modern art and culture centre in Värmland´s countryside, just 40 km outside of Karlstad. It offers the best of two worlds. A wonderful exhibition of contemporary art and a fantastic atmosphere as well. Sliperiet won the 'Newcomer of the year' tourism award in Värmland 2012. At Sliperiet you can also enjoy an unforgettable taste experience in Major Larssons café & wine bar.

​Address: Gamla Landsvägen 6, Borgvik​Phone: +46 705 555 174​Website: http://sliperietborgvik.se​Opening hours: May Thursday-Sunday 12.00 - 17.00, June-August open everyday 11.00 - 18.00, September Friday-Sunday 12.00 - 16.00
The Brigade Museum

The museum shows Sweden in the Shadow of the Cold War", via original and well-preserved military and civilian objects, artifacts and accurate settings stretching from the 1940s to the present day. All-in-all, the museum provides you with fascinating snapshots of daily life in Sweden from the 1940s to the 1990s, covering such events as the building of the Berlin Wall, the Vietnam war, the affluent Swedish society of the 1950’s and others. How good of a shot are you? Try one of the simulators here; one lets you take part in military target practice with a 1942 automatic rifle and the other puts you in charge of a tank in a tank battle. Inside the museum and outside in the courtyard are some pieces of military technology and hardware, including tanks and guns that will interest military historians, but this is a museum for the whole family. And, of course, you’re going to work up an appetite at the museum. Pay a visit to the museum café called Café Kaviar for homemade eats and refreshments and then have a browse of the museum shop.

​Address: Sandbäcksgatan 31​Phone: + 46 54 15 80 60​Website: http://www.brigadmuseum.se​Opening hours: Tuesday-Friday 10.00 - 16.00, Saturday-Sunday 11.00 - 16.00
Karlstad City Park

In many Swedish cities during the mid 19th century there were ambitions to build parks. They were inspired by parks on the continent. The ambition was not any different in Karlstad and in the 1860´s the work began to lay out a city park. In the early history of the park there were a school for gardeners and a nursery here. After a fire in the old restaurant in 1959 the Karlstad City Park lay fallow until 1993. Today the park has a great selection of trees, bushes and flowers. You can also find many rhododendrons and around forty magnolias here. The Karlstad City Park is really worth a visit for all of you who are interested in flowers.

​Address: Trädgårdsgatan/Köpmannagatan
How about some fresh Vänern smoked salmon, or maybe even homemade meatballs with tangy, zesty lingo berry. Ever tried pea soup and pancakes (only eaten on Thursdays in Sweden)? Traditional Swedish food is called husmanskost in Swedish, and is typically simple, hearty fare of beef, pork, fish (pickled herring anyone) and other, locally sourced ingredients. It differs by region, but if you get the chance, go for moose, reindeer, raw spiced salmon and different types of herring. You can enjoy all of them here in Karlstad.
Almars Krog

Almars krog is located not far from Karlstad, in an old barn that previously housed a Countryside Bistro. Now it has opened under new management. Almars krog is quite small, but is furnished tastefully and cozy.

​Address: Almars Gård 443​Phone: +46 54 53 47 32​Website: http://www.almarskrog.se
Br. Olssons Elektriska

A people-friendly bistro-brasserie built on a delicate electrical-engineering nostalgia. A restaurant that promises beautiful and simple dining and which also is based on a slightly different and exciting history, which really sparkles. Lunch menu on weekdays, excluding the summer months.

​Address: Drottninggatan 21​Phone: +46 54 15 64 54​Website: http://olssonselektriska.se/
Pitcher´s Karlstad

In the restaurant you can choose from various appetizers, sandwiches, salads, classic dishes, snacks and desserts. They also serve a large number of draft beers and malt whiskey. Live sports will be shown on the big screen in a comfortable level so that the sports, food and drink becomes a part of the experience.

​Address: Kungsgatan 12​Phone: +46 54 180300​Website: http://www.pitchers.se/karlstad
Cava 42

A spanish boqueria at Nöjesfabriken in Karlstad. Cava 42 is Nöjesfabrikens latest addition. Here you can have spanish tapas with a touch of Värmland.

​Address: Karlagatan 42​Phone: +46 54 22 22 10​Website: http://www.nojesfabriken.se/cava-42
Kitchen & Table

The Clarion Hotel Plaza's restaurant Kitchen & Table, adds flavors from Manhattan combined with Swedish ingredients that together creates a new experience. The concept is called Fun Dining, an easier and more pleasant alternative to Fine Dining. Karlstad embraces Manhattan, but the local cuisine is also important. With locally produced food and chef Daniel homemade lemonade on the menu, you can taste Karlstad in a whole new way.

​Address: Västra Torggatan 2​Phone: +46 54 100230​Website: http://www.kitchenandtable.se/karlstad

The name gives it away really, Båten, or 'the Boat', which is exactly what this, thankfully, floating restaurant and bar. Båten is berthed on the Klara river and you’d guess that fish dishes figure big on its menu. And they do. Ingredients are sourced locally and preferably ecologically at this lunch and a la carte menu eatery. Great food, great scenery; a great evening out.

​Address: Älvgatan 4 ​Phone: +46 54 10 11 63​Website: http://www.baten.wordpress.com

Kungsgatan in the middle of town is packed with good restaurants and one of them is Blå. The restaurant has recieved many great reviews, especially about the five-course tasting menu, the Vänern white roe from a local fish smokery and the moose.

​Address: Kungsgatan 14 ​Phone: +46 54 10 18 15​Website: http://www.bla.nu

Tiffanys is located at Västra Torggatan 19. This is one of Karlstad’s most beautifully and stylishly decorated eateries and it has its own veranda in the summer. One of the picks from the menu is fillet of Vänern pike-perch with lobster sauce, scallop Saint-Jacques and a vegetable fricassee.

​Address: Västra Torggatan 19​Phone: +46 54 15 33 83​Website: http://www.tiffanys.se
Nya Via Appia

Nya Via Appia on Järnvägsgatan 14 in the city is so central that you can’t miss it, and you shouldn’t. Here we’re talking a heavy Scandi-Mediterannean mix of taste and influences. You can dine inside, outside and atop this fine 3-tiered eatery as it opens its roof-top dining and bar area in the summertime. One not to be missed when you’re in Karlstad.

​Address: Järnvägsgatan 14​Phone: +46 54 24 06 00​Website: http://www.nyaviaappia.se
Ristorante Alfie

Italian restaurant with à la carte menu as well as pizza. They also have take away pizza.

​Address: Västra Torggatan 19​Phone: +46 54 216262
Scandic Karlstad City restaurant

The restaurant at the hotel Scandic City offers breakfast, lunch and dinner. They also serve brunch on saturdays.

​Address: Drottninggatan 4​Phone: +46 54 770 55 00
Scandic Klarälven restaurant

In the restaurant you can enjoy a delicious breakfast, lunch and dinner. On evenings an à la carte menue is served with Swedish modern classic and the kids have their own children's menu. The restaurant overlooks Klarälven and during the summer you can sit down on the terrace and enjoy the food and drink outside.

​Address: Sandbäcksgatan 6​Phone: +46 54 776 45 00
Scandic Winn restaurant

Here you can have breakfast, lunch and a la carte. The chef serves Swedish classics and international favorites. In summer, enjoy the good food on the patio.

​Address: Norra Strandgatan 9-11​Phone: +46 54 776 47 00
Carli Choklad

Carli Choklad is a café near the train station in the middle of Karlstad. The family-owned business make their own chocolates by hand, various chocolate products and Italian gelato. In the cozy café you can also enjoy really good coffee or your favorite among the wide range of tea.

​Address: Järnvägsgatan 3​Phone: +46 54 15 02 40​Website: http://www.carlichoklad.se

A café at the roasting house of the coffee company Löfbergs. Find your own favorite coffee by trying different beans and blends. You are of course welcome even if you prefer a cup of tea instead. You can choose between white, green, red and black teas from around the world, all with different flavours and ingredients. There is an assortment of chocolates and buns from local suppliers as well. Furthermore you are also able to purchase everything in the café, from coffee beans and grinders to trays and coffee mugs.

​Address: Tolagsgatan 1​Phone: +46 54 14 01 00​Website: http://rosterietkarlstad.se
Espresso House

Espresso House is a café who offers a selection of coffe, baked goods, sandwiches and salads in the center of Karlstad.

​Address: Drottninggatan 22​Phone: +46 10 510 11 97​Website: http://www.espressohouse.com
Swenströmskas Stenugnsbageri

Here you can enjoy breakfast rolls, sourdough bread, buns, wheat bread and pastries from their own bakery.

​Address: Östra Torggatan 16​Phone: +46 54 18 44 53​Website: http://www.swenstromskas.se
Artisan Bread

Artisan Bread is a modern bakery which serves freshly made bread, pastries and coffee. Gustav Fagerman and Mattias Dröschmeister from Kristinehamn have opened a bakery on Kasernhöjden in Karlstad. At Artisan Bread you can eat both bread and pastries, all inspired by french traditions.

​Address: Kasernhöjden 13B​Phone: +46 54 153200
King Creole Shop & Café

In Haga, a few minutes walk from the center of Karlstad, you can enjoy coffee in the spirit of Elvis.

​Address: Nygatan 8​Phone: +46 70 682 14 91
Naturum Kaféet

The café is located in the Naturum Värmland building in Mariebergsskogen, together with exhibition and shop. Here you will find homebaked bread, baked goods, sandwiches, soup and sweets. The coffee is fair-trade.

​Address: Mariebergsskogen​Phone: +46 54 540 27 60 ​Website: http://www.mariebergsskogen.se/natturrum-varmland
Wayne´s Coffee

The café offers coffee by Wayne's Coffee's own brand, pastries from their own bakery and food with natural ingredients of the highest quality. Wayne's is also available at Tingvallagatan 8 and in Mitt i City.

​Address: Västra Torggatan 10​Phone: +46 54 15 61 10​Website: http://www.waynescoffee.se
Café August

Café August is a café and restaurant with baked goods, sandwiches, ice cream and à la carte menu. With about 90 seating’s indoor and 350 out in the garden. Some evenings with musical entertainment. Views overlooking the lake Vänern. Mainly open in the summer.

​Address: Kanikenäsbanken 16​Phone: +46 54 21 77 47​Website: http://www.cafeaugust.se
House of Melker

Café in the shopping center Duvan in the center of Karlstad. Here you can enjoy delicious lunches or a relaxing coffee break with homemade bread and coffee from Zoéga.

​Address: Järnvägsgatan 2​Phone: +46 54 15 19 20

Coffee and lunch near the city center. Homebaked sandwiches and cookies as well as a tasty lunch menu everyday.

​Address: Västra Torggatan 26​Phone: +46 54 540 69 03
Café Slusswakten

Café right by the river with baked goods, sandwiches, salads, lunch and ice cream. The café is situated in a house that earlier was used by the lock guard.

​Address: Västra kanalgatan 2 ​Phone: +46 54 18 70 50
Molly´s café

A french café with a big variety of pastries and cakes.

​Address: Järnvägsgatan 11​Phone: +46 54 21 15 95​Website: http://www.facebook.com/mollyscafekarlstad/info

Tempel is a restaurant, bar and nightclub with endless opportunities for you as a guest! Modern design and cozy environment imbues Temple premises, which are located in the center of Karlstad. The nightclub has three dance floors with different themes, four bars and a stage spread over two floors.

​Address: Kungsgatan 18​Phone: +46 54 14 01 00​Website: http://www.tempelkarlstad.se

The Swedish word Nöjesfabriken translates literally as "the entertainment factory". Given that it is housed in an old factory, it’s a pretty good name. An entertainment palace with a great pulse right in the middle of Karlstad. You can listen to concerts with international artists or play disco bowling. If you want to lower the tempo, there is both a restaurant and a bar here.

​Address: Karlagatan 42​Phone: +46 54 22 22 00​Website: http://www.nojesfabriken.se
Röda rummet

You will find Röda Rummet (the Red Room) nightclub at Pitcher’s sports bar on Kungsgatan in the Karlstad town centre. Röda Rummet is a small, cozy nightclub for the connoisseur. It has an small dancefloor and groups of comfortable seats. At Röda Rummet the guest is always in the spotlight. The nightclub opens on Friday evenings, when you can groove to a mix of the latest party hits and retro classics. Saturday night is for Dance night, which means you can boogie down to the latest club hits, house classics, R'n'B hits and more. Age limit: 23.

​Address: Kungsgatan 12​Phone: +46 54 18 03 00​Website: http://www.pitchers.se/karlstad/nattklubb-roda-rummet
Koriander Bar & Deli

Tastefully furnished club and restaurant. Their ambition is to give their guests that little extra and in addition to a well put-together menu there is a delicious delicatessen stand to browse through. Take a seat in the bar and enjoy a drink or get in the groove with one of the live bands that often play here.

​Address: Västra torggatan 10​Phone: +46 54 21 00 54​Website: http://www.korianderkarlstad.se

Restaurant, pub and nightclub. Here you can have a pub menu as well as three course menus. Outdoor seating in summer.

​Address: Kungsgatan 16​Phone: +46 54 10 20 20

Bar and nightclub in the center of Karlstad. Two dance floors, a stage for live performances and a 10 meter long bar. The open and bright bar area invites to relaxed conversation with friends.

​Address: Kungsgatan 14​Phone: +46 54 18 00 72
The Leprechaun Pub

Irish restaurant and pub with á la carte. Some nights there are music entertainment. After work on fridays. They also offer whiskytasting.

​Address: Östra torggatan 4​Phone: +46 54 18 25 50

Sports bar in the center of Karlstad. Watch sports and enjoy American style food.

​Address: Drottninggatan 14​Phone: +46 54 21 85 00

At Tables, billiards is the key word. The restaurant has 11 pool tables which you can either pre-order or book when you're there. On the menu you will find classic pub food and there's a large assortment of both beer and wine as well as cocktails.

​Address: Västra Torggatan 15​Phone: +46 54 10 11 25

A bar that specializes in beer, wine and delicacies. The menu at the pub is designed to complement the large assortment of beer and wine, you will for example find dishes like roe toast, oysters and several kinds of deli trays.

​Address: Östra Torggatan 15​Phone: +46 54 10 15 00
The Bishop's Arms

The Bishop's Arms doesn’t sound very Swedish does it? Not to worry, this clone of a British pub is at least as good as the original with a huge and quality selection of international beers, ales, wines and spirits (250 different kinds of whiskey). And a good selection of hearty fare including fish and chips and home-grown Värmland beef. The location isn’t bad either; the pub sits just a few metres from Klarälven. Enjoy.

​Address: Kungsgatan 22 ​Phone: +46 54 29 30 20 ​Website: http://www.bishopsarms.com
Shopping is a breeze in Karlstad. The brilliant thing about shopping in Karlstad is that all the shops are within walking distance in the city. And the biggest shopping centre in Karlstad and the Ikea store outside the city are just a short bus ride or drive away.
City centre

In Karlstad city centre you’ll find all the big, established Swedish retail brands like H&M, Lindex (womenswear), Åhléns (department store), all with their own stores. In the smaller stores and boutiques you’ll also find rising stars of the international and Swedish fashion scenes such as Odd Molly, Filippa K, Whyred, J. Lindberg, Nudie Jeans and Cheap Monday jeans. And as for legendary Swedish art glass, crystal and tableware, look no further than Kosta and Orrefors which you’ll find in stores on the streets that criss-cross Järnvägsgatan and Drottninggatan. Still in the city, you can also shop at "Mitt i City", "Duvanhuset", "15-huset", shopping centres in the centre of Karlstad that sell Swedish and international goods and products, as well as restaurants and cafés.

Bergvik shopping centre

Why not visit Ikea on its home turf? We won’t bother telling you what to look out for at Ikea, you probably live close to one. Ikea lies beside Bergvik Köpcentrum (shopping centre) just outside town. Bergvik was awarded 'shopping centre of the year' in Sweden in 2008, with its 68 shops, restaurants and cafés. All the big Swedish names are here and look out in particular for Swedish-design clothes and accessories, outdoor wear, household goods, glassware, textiles and kitchenware.

​Address: Frykmansväg 1​Website: http://www.bergvik.se

Welcome to Välsviken. Here you can find ICA Kvantum, Elgiganten MegaStore, Jula, Lager 157, Stadium Outlet and XXL Sport. Välsviken is 8 km east from Karlstad city center. Free parking.

​Website: http://valsviken.com
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