Malmö City Guide



Malmö City Guide

— Food, fika and nature in Swedens cultural hub

We have spent a great deal of our holiday this year in Sweden. Our neighbouring country is one of my favourite destinations during summer; getting on a plane to melt away in Italy or Thailand seems a bit foolish during the few beautiful months we get a year in Scandinavia, so we usually stay in our home region, saving those plane emissions for when we really need the escape. And even though Malmö wasn't part of our original plan, we ended up having the best summer days here. I was contacted by the local tourist organization who asked if I wanted to come visit and share my view of the city with you, and together, we quickly agreed on a three-day stay just a few days later. It wasn't my first visit in Malmö, but it was the first time I spent the night here.

The city usually serves as a stop on the route to other parts of Sweden for us, not a destination in itself. However, this time I'd done my research, which meant that Malmö revealed itself in a new light to me. And I am truly glad Malmö Town reached out, because it feels as if I have discovered a new favourite place only an hour by train from Copenhagen. We explored new-to-us neighbourhoods—cosy and relaxed, with nice cafés and restaurants located on charming squares and cobbled stoned streets; beautiful parks with cool playgrounds (yes, this is also our new way of travelling!) and spent an afternoon on the beach bathing nude from the open air baths (you have to try this!). Below are my favourite spots collected in my city guide to Malmö.


Lunch restaurtant | Västra Hamnen


Offering two courses a day, a vegetarian option and one with fish or meat, both our tries (one with salmon, romaine and mustard seeds and one with pointed cabbage, kale and a soy dressing) were so very flavourful and accompanied by home baked sour dough bread, juices, lemonades or wine. I now understand the foodies, and would happily take the trip only to come here for lunch again.

Every self-respecting foodie in Copenhagen has hopped on the train to Malmö and ventured out to the industrial area around Saltimporten to enjoy a meal at Saltimporten Canteen. They're only open for lunch during 12-2pm on weekdays, and the place quickly gets busy with a young and hip crowd. Rightfully so; this meal was by far our best in Malmö. Fresh and simple, local and organic.


Hullkajen, Grimsbygatan 24



Seafood market | City centre


Located in the central part of Malmö towards Västra Hamnen is this old fish market that looks like something from the Swedish archipelago. The fish stalls were closed for the summer during our visit but usually, they sell freshly caught fish and seafood from local fishermen.

Some specialities are salmon and eel, and even if you're not looking to buy fresh fish on your holiday, the beautiful wooden houses surrounded by small fishing boats on the water is worth a visit. Close by you will find the Malmö Museum as well as the cosy Kommendanthusets Kafé.





Café | Slottsstaden


If I lived in Malmö, this would probably be my hangout café. A relaxed neighbourhood vibe, pretty interiors, great food and coffee. With a plant shop next door and large windows overlooking the street, Atrium invites you to hang out for hours. On sunny days, locals fill up in the cosy backyard sitting on communal tables or in the little park outside that also has several tables lined up.

A local friend of mine was quick to comment 'best café in Malmö!' when I shared a Story from here on Instagram, and despite not having been to them all, I think he might be right. Enjoy a wholesome salmon salad, eggs benedict, home baked cakes, or the breakfast ensemble, and take a scroll in the charming area afterwards.


Skvadronsgatan 13
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Restaurant | S:t Knuts Torg


Located in the hip area around S:t Knuts Torg, this beautiful vegan restaurant offers a simple evening menu and a wine list of about twenty natural wines. Get a table outside under the cherry trees (booking beforehand is recommended) and enjoy dishes such as roasted parsnip with zucchini, ricotta made from cashew (again; everything is 100% plant-based) and cucumber salsa with dill.


The area around S:t Knuts Torg offers a good handful of cafés and restaurants, so make sure to stop by Café No. 6, or Uggla Kaffebar for coffee, and for the best sour dough bread and kanelbullar in town, Söderberg & Sara is just a few meters away.  


Sankt Knuts väg 13



Open air bath | Ribersborgs Beach


Despite the fact that we have several open baths along the Copenhagen coasts, I have never actually taken a swim from one. Don't ask me why, perhaps I have found the idea of purchasing a membership to jump in the exact same water as everyone else on the beach a bit silly. However, in my media kit from Malmö Town two entrance tickets to the Ribersborgs public baths were included. And as someone was napping in his pushchair under shadowy trees, we decided take turns and visit the baths.

I now feel converted, and if it weren't for crazy long wait lists, I'd probably join the club here in Copenhagen. The feeling of jumping nude into the waters from the dock (swim wear is not allowed!), swimming to another dock and then getting into the sauna overlooking the sea.. I wish I could do that everyday. This place is a must! A ticket is 65SEK and you can rent or buy towels as well as enjoy a coffee in the cafe afterwards.


Limhamnsvägen, Brygga 1


Public library | Hästhagen


Danish architects Henning Larsen have designed this beautiful extension to the Malmö City Library, which is said to be an almanac of the seasons with light and the changing colours of the trees just outside those huge windows.

Built in 1999 with the original building from 1946, the library also holds a beautiful garden with a lake, and is definitely worth a visit if you're interested in architecture.


— Our stay in Malmö was sponsored by Malmö Town, and I have recieved payment for this assignment —