Malmö City Guide
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Malmö City Guide
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.
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.