Murboannas is a small dairy located a 10-minute car ride south of Borlänge, Dalarna. It is a small family-run business that also runs a shop and café. Murboannas’ philosophy is to serve fresh locally-produced food in a beautiful rural setting. Their cheese is made on the premises, with milk from a neighbouring farm. The whole environment is so peaceful it looks straight out of a fairytale. This is the place to enjoy afternoon tea in Dalarna.
A short detour from the main road following a road sign that reads “Murboannas ost”, that is to say Murboanna’s cheese, takes you a lovely wooden house set in the middle of a beautiful meadow. The house is obviously painted red, and four cows graze nearby. The shop is located on the ground floor. Stop there to try a sample of their cheese offer. The cheese lab is located just behind and you can get a glimpse of it through the large window to the right. The shop offers much more than cheese. Various local products, including meat, eggs, preserves, jams, drinks and breads are sold there.
The café is located upstairs. All the food served at the café is home-made and the ingredients either come from local producers or are organic. Murboanna’s café might be Dalarna’s cosiest place for fika. You can sit on a sofa, indulge on coffee or tea and home-made cake and just look out the huge windows over the meadows. From spring till autumn is when you get to see their adorable cows roaming around the fields. During the winter the scenery is no less spectacular, as it’s all covered in snow. This is the perfect setting for afternoon tea, and that is exactly what you can get there.
Afternoon tea at Murboannas
Afternoon tea at Murboannas is a special experience, as English afternoon tea meets Swedish fika. The vibe is that of a perfect fika: you sit down and enjoy some quality time spent over a hot drink and cake. Only, instead of filter coffee and cinnamon buns – the staples of the Swedish fika – you get to drink tea from beautiful porcelain cups and eat scones, sandwiches and mini-pastries. That’s not all. Afternoon tea customers have access to Murboannas’ exquisite cheese buffet, so you also get to sample Murboannas’ wonderful house cheeses along with various jams and pickled onions.
Murboannas really tried to give their own signature to afternoon tea. All the pastries and scones are baked in house with local ingredients. The breads are the same used on the larger open sandwiches sold at the café, and come from a local bakery. The signature sandwich served with afternoon tea is made with ostrich paté from the ostrich farm Sahlins Struts (the same where I had a delicious ostrich burger back in the summer). The whole cheese offer is not something you’d get at a regular afternoon tea, but it is an unmissable opportunity to make your own sandwiches with your cheese of choice.
The cows at Murboannas
The cows are, obviously, the stars of the dairy. They are so important that they even have their own dedicated page on Murboannas’ website. This summer the house cows Hjärtrud, Flora and Törnrosa were joined by the brown cow Hulda. Meeting those four beauties is definitely one of my favourite aspects of visiting Murboannas. They spent all summer peacefully soaking up the sun in the long summer days on the fields surrounding the property. Now it’s getting colder and soon they will return to the stall for the winter season. Not before I took a chance to photograph them in the stunning autumn colours.
You can experience all of this just a short ride away from Borlänge. Seeing the cows graze from ample windows, enjoying delicious cheese and scones and tea on comfy sofas, and overall taking in the beauty and peace of such a rural setting. Is Murboannas the cosiest café in Dalarna? Well it certainly is the perfect place to have afternoon tea!