If you fancy a cup of coffee in an old-fashioned and traditional setting, you must head for Emelí’s on the Limtorget square in central Lidköping. This cosy little coffee shop is located in a beautiful building in the oldest part of Lidköping. Everything you eat here is served on gold-rimmed china from classic Swedish manufacturers like Rörstrands, ALP, Hackefors, Karlskrona and Gefle.
Café Limtorget is run by Emeli Gustafson, Lidköping’s Queen of Cakes, who has built up a ‘cake empire’ with her three cafés. She owns Emelí’s – a price-winning confectionary in Lidköping – whose awards include the Western Gastronomic Academy’s Diploma, Sweden’s Best Tables and Confectionaries, and first price in the baking competition ‘Birgersbakelsen’. Emeli Gustafson also runs Emelí´s Café in Spiken Fishing Harbour. All three are listed among Sweden’s best cafés in the White Guide Café 2014. A traditional range of bakery items are on offer, including buns, French pastries, cakes, and gateaux.
– I am passionate about delicious flavours and enjoyable coffee breaks. Everything we bake here is baked with love, care and real ingredients, says Emeli Gustafson.
Which ingredients make you especially happy, Emeli?
Fresh fruit and berries, preferably in season, and chocolate.
What should people look out for when they visit your cafe?
What a difficult question!! Our selection varies greatly and there are new favourites on offer almost every day. However, I can recommend our popular caramel and walnut pie, our white chocolate, pear and citrus cheesecake, and our new seeded crisp-bread.
Describe how you work at Emelí’s.
Our bakery is innovative and offers different items based on the baker’s mood.
What is your vision?
To bake with love and invent new, slightly unusual products, so that our guests can enjoy new taste experiences.
This lovely café is located in ‘Mjölnarens villa’ (the Miller’s House) on the Limtorget square. The building dates back to the late 19th century and it seems both fitting and amusing that it is now home to this type of operation. The café comprises a number of small, cosy rooms and coffee is served at your table, in proper coffee pots. Espresso is also available. If the weather is nice, you can enjoy your coffee in the large outdoor seating area. In the summer months, plenty of events and entertainment are on offer both in the square and at the Hantverksgården arts & crafts centre. Café Limtorget is open all year round and accepts bookings for individual tables, meeting rooms, birthday celebrations and other functions.
Limtorget is the oldest part of Lidköping and contains a number of medieval buildings. The old entrance to Lidköping from Skara and Götene/Kinnekulle runs through Limtorget. The name probably dates back to the time when the residents of Kinnekulle used to come here to sell quicklime, then used as cement, which was known as ‘lim’.
Hantverksgården Arts & Crafts is next to Limtorget and housed in farm buildings from the later part of the 19th century. The building-style is unique to Lidköping. Most Swedish towns do not have a farm of this type. In the early 20th century, Hantverksgården contained homes, a horse-haulier, and a smithy. Today, the old buildings are home to craftsmen, artists, museums, a gallery, a smithy and a coffee shop.