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Copenhagen Food Guide

Copenhagen and food might as well be synonymous. Because, in case you weren’t already aware, Copenhagen is a foodie’s dream city. It would take you weeks – maybe even months – to properly eat your way through the city. And I by no means am claiming to be an expert.

BUT, I have spent a ton of time in Copenhagen. And the foodie in me as been (eagerly) waiting to write this point until I felt that I could aptly do the Copenhagen food scene justice.

Well, I think that time has come. I have had easily some of the best meals of my life in this city, and I can’t wait to share with you all the best restaurants in Copenhagen – including everything from classic nordic tasting menus to international eats. 

So, here is (in My opinion) one of my mOST exciting posts ever:

A foodie's guide to the best restaurants in copenhagen

BEST BRUNCH IN COPENHAGEN

MAD & KAFFE

I am obsessed with with spot. Dare I say, it’s one of my favourite brunches ever. As a self-proclaimed brunch connoisseur, this is a HUGE statement… So hear me out.

What’s the biggest dilemma you face when you’re out for breakfast for brunch? Well, if you’re like me, it’s the impossible choice between having something savory OR sweet.

Mad & Kaffe makes this choice easy with BREAKFAST TAPAS.

Yes, you heard that right. It isn’t just that the food here is good (although it is very good). But, I love this concept of choosing three, five or, if you’re feeling reeeeal hungry, seven small plates and getting the best of both worlds.

Price: $$ (mid-range)
Mad & Kaffe Copenhagen

BEST INTERNATIONAL EATS IN COPENHAGEN

SMUSHI

Smushi offers an interesting concept that combines the classic Danish open-faced sandwiches and sushi – it is a delicious, fun experience! 

Please note: I just discovered that this place has closed. However, word on the street is that they will be reopening. Check out this link to their website for up-to-date info.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

La Neta Nørrebro

La Neta Nørrebro serves up classic Mexican cuisine in one of Copenhagen’s trendiest neighbourhoods. The interior is super cute, the margaritas are strong, and their taco game is on point.

If you’re in Vesterbro, you can also check out the location there.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

BEST PIZZA IN COPENHAGEN

NEIGHBOURHOOD

Neighbourhood is a popular pizza spot in Copenhagen, and after visiting (and going back a second time), I can completely understand why it’s so popular. The pizza is creative and delicious. 

There are two locations in Copenhagen: Istegade and Frederiksborggade. I’ve been to both, and have absolutely zero preference of one versus the other. However, the advantage of going to the Frederiksborggade location is that they take reservations, whereas Istegade does not. This spot is popular, so booking ahead is strongly advised, especially on the weekends.

Price: $$ (mid-range)

BEST STREET FOOD IN COPENHAGEN

REFFEN

Reffen, Copenhagen’s top street food spot, is an item that cannot be missed on any Copenhagen itinerary. Do as the locals do, rent a bike, and escape the outskirts of Copenhagen to Reffen (and make some stops along the way, because this area of the city is so cool). 

Here you can sit along the water, indulge in street food eats at some of the best restaurants in Copenhagen (at the biggest street food market in the Nordics with 41 stalls), shop as the stores scattered throughout the market, listen to live music, and take lots of pictures (because it’s very insta-worthy).

Opening Hours: Reffen is outdoors, and therefore only open in the warmer months (from April until October). Check out their website to confirm their opening hours before visiting.

See Also: My complete city guide to Copenhagen where I dish the details on all my favourite off-the-beaten-path Copenhagen spots, including this place.

Price: $ (cheap eats)
Reffen, Copenhagen
Reffen, Copenhagen

BEST "scandi-inspired" food IN COPENHAGEN

H15

If I could refer to H15 in any way, it would be a “scandi trendy cafeteria.” And while I know that isn’t a thing, it should be – because the food here is great. And the atmosphere is too!

Located in one of my favourite Copenhagen neighbourhoods, The Meatpacking District, is this cosy, casual cafeteria-style spot that makes delicious and affordable dishes with Nordic-inspired and seasonable farm-to-table ingredients (think white bean “mac and cheese” topped with pumpkin and roasted kale, or marinated herring with beetroot).

The menu looks a bit weird at first glace, but trust me when I say the food is SO GOOD. And is the perfect spot for lunch (or dinner).

Price: $$ (mid-range)
H15 Copenhagen

BEST nordic food IN COPENHAGEN

108

If you’re after a premium, authentic Nordic tasting menu, look no further than 108 to satisfy your taste buds because this is easily one of the best restaurants in Copenhagen. The head chef, Kristian Baumann, apprenticed under the famous René Redzepi (head chef at Noma, aka “the best restaurant in the world” – which is also in Copenhagen).

While it is surely a bit easier to get a reservation here than Noma, 108 also offers a premium Nordic dining experience, with all ingredients being locally-sourced. We were in the mood to splurge  on the 10-course tasting menu with wine pairing and it was easily the most extraordinary dining experience of my life. However, if you aren’t in the mood to “go all out,” you can opt for the regular dinner menu, and still have the opportunity to experience top-notch Nordic cuisine.

Price: $$$$ (PREMIUM FINE DINING)
108 Copenhagen

Marv & Ben

If 108 is a out of the budget, Marv & Ben is another outstanding option if you’re looking for an exceptional Nordic meal. Similar to 108, all menu items are locally-sourced and the food is also some of the best I’ve ever had.

Price: $$$ (FINE DINING)
Marv & Ben Copenhagen

Vækst

Another great Nordic dinner spot with the most beautifully greenery-accented interior. I was invited by COFOCO to dine at Vækst earlier this year and it was a great evening. You can read more about that here.

Price: $$-$$$ (Mid-RangE/FINE DINING)

BEST COCKTAIL BARS IN COPENHAGEN

Ruby

I love Ruby so much. Not only do they make high quality cocktails, but their space is so chic, with beautifully lit-up wall-to-wall liquor cabinets, velvet and leather seating, and a dim light that makes you feel like you’re in a 1920s bar. Ruby is popular, but good news – they take reservations. Book your reservation here

Ruby Copenhagen

Duck & Cover

Another speakeasy style spot, Duck & Cover is another easy favourite with a cosy hygge atmosphere, great cocktails, and a fabulous staff.

Brønnum

A sister restaurant to Ruby, Brønnum is another one of my go-to cocktail spots in Copenhagen. A little more laid back then Ruby, I love this spot when I am looking to grab a high quality cocktail in the city centre. And they also take reservations!

1656 Cocktail bar

Ok, I know I’ve referred to “speakeasys” already in relation to other bars. But, if you’re looking for the ultimate speakeasy experience, this is your spot. This is simply based on the fact that it is very difficult to find this bar. We walked past the door a dozen times, convinced we had the wrong address, until we located it behind an very inconspicuous graffiti-filled door. But I promise, this spot is WORTH finding because the cocktails are perfection and the ambiance is plain cool. 

BEST spots for beer IN COPENHAGEN

Mikkeller Bar

There are Mikkeller Bar locations scattered all over Copenhagen, as one of Denmark’s most recognizable craft beer franchises. I particularly love this location in Vesterbro. But, if you’re interested in visiting their other spots, you can check out a list of Mikkeller locations here.

Below, you’ll see one of their pop-up locations at one of the Copenhagen Christmas markets.

Halmtovet 9

Halmtorvet 9 is located in the Meatpacking District and offers affordable drinks and a cool, rustic atmosphere. And while 150 DKK (approx. 20 euros) for a pitcher of beer may seem a bit steep for beer in almost any other country, this is cheap in a city as expensive as Copenhagen. Plus, they have an awesome outdoor courtyard space with space heaters in the winter for an added level of Danish cosiness.

BEST WINE BAR IN COPENHAGEN

nebbiolo Winebar

Nebbiolo Winebar is located in the heart of the city  and offers a really cosy hygge-esque atmosphere for enjoying a glass of vino. If you’re in the mood for a tasty snack, I’d also recommend opting for their cheese or charcuterie boards. They are both beautiful to look at, and tasty.

Nebbiolo Winebar

SEASONAL BONUS MATERIAL

EAT YOUR HEART OUT AT COPENHAGEN CHRISTMAS MARKETS

It’s no secret that I love Christmas markets. So much so, that I have planned entire vacations around seeing certain markets across Europe. This year, we’ll be staying closer to home and exploring some of Scandinavia’s best markets, starting with one of my favourites: Copenhagen’s Christmas Markets

Scattered throughout the city, the Christmas markets of Copenhagen are the perfect spot to find some cheap and delicious holiday eats – And drink all the gløgg your heart desires (warm Danish mulled wine).

Side Note: you love European Christmas markets, don’t forget to subscribe to my mailing list for more Christmas Market content coming your way over the next few weeks!

READY TO EAT your heart out IN ONE OF THE WORlD'S beST FOODIE CITIES?

Copenhagen has it all when it comes to food, and is truly a foodie’s paradise. I hope you feel equipped to experience everything this amazing city has to offer and visit the best restaurants in Copenhagen. And if I missed anything, feel free to add it in the comments below. I’m always eager to try new spots.

If you liked this guide, don’t forget to check out my complete city guide to Copenhagen by clicking here.

If you’re heading over to Malmö, don’t forget to check out: The Best Spots Eat and Drink in Malmö Sweden and A Complete City Guide to Malmö.

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Simrishamn Beach in October

WOW. Nine months. I’ve officially spent nine months living in Sweden. But seriously… where has the time gone?

Before we dive into this I want to start by saying that I love Canada with all my heart. I am
forever grateful for the ultimate lottery of being born in one of the world’s
best countries. And for the endless opportunities growing up in Canada, and
being a Canadian, has provided me.

But, even though Canada is great (and still #1 in my heart)…

I’m convinced that other countries could learn a thing or
two from the Swedes. Life in Sweden is a bit slower, a bit more balanced, a bit
more “lagom” (if you’re like whaaaat is that?… I explain it a bit more about
it below).

And after living in Sweden, I have some takeaways. Here are the best things about living in Sweden.


1. LAGOM

You probably have heard the Danish concept of “hygge,” which has become synonymous with Danish lifestyle, and is being emulated around the world. Similarly, the Swedish concept of “lagom” is something that has been hyped internationally (I mean, even Vogue was talking about it). However, I had a difficult time actually understanding this concept until I began to immerse myself in Swedish culture.

Lagom |là:gom|: Neither too little, or too much; just right. Doing, being, and having just enough.

This principle is truly indicative of the Swedish lifestyle.
Simple, balanced, and, above all else, contentment. It is about living life in
moderation, and appreciating what you have in that very moment.

I think the outside world has this view of hygge or lagom as a bunch of Scandinavian’s sitting around cozy fireplaces eating kanelbullar (cinnamon buns) – this isn’t true. It is a principle that is ingrained in the culture of the locals, and not something that, in my opinion, can easily be mimicked.

However, I still think that many other countries can learn a bit from the Swedish lagom principle about being content with what you have, and being a little more selfless. Because, ultimately, the reason Sweden has been coined such a great place to live is because they focus on the common good, where hierarchy and status is not important, and everyone is living their own definition of “lagom.”


2. FIKA

Surely you’ve heard of the Swedish concept of fika. It is easily one of the most famous Swedish concepts. But what does it really mean?

Fika |fi:ka|: a Swedish concept meaning “to have coffee” or “coffee with friends,” is typically coffee accompanied by a sweet treat, and is a moment to slow down, and appreciate the good things in life.

Before I moved here, I was aware of the concept. But I was
certain it was just a fun gimmick. Boy, was a wrong.

Fika is a way of life in Sweden. We have “Fredagskaka” or “Friday cake” at work. We get together with friends and family for afternoon fika on the weekend (or even after work). It is a concept dating back to the 19th century and is an integral part of Swedish culture.

And while I love a good cup of coffee and a sweet treat, fika is so much more than that. It is an opportunity to take a break from the nuances of your day to just be with the people closest with you. To catch up. To bond. To tell stories… and laugh. And I mean, how special is that?

See Also: My favourite spots in Malmö for fika.


3. SOMMARSEMESTER

Or, in English, summer holidays.

Taking time for yourself – and enjoying time with your families – is important. That’s why 5-6 weeks of paid vacation is standard in Sweden.

And to add to that, Swedes believe that vacation should be enjoyed for longer than one or two weeks at a time. In fact, in Sweden it is normal to take up to four or five weeks of vacation straight, especially during the summer.

After working at a global Swedish-owned company, I can confirm that Swedes live by the principle that work is important – but that in order to be the best employee, you need take care of yourself (and your family). And that means taking time off without questions or feelings of judgement, whether it be to take a mental break, spend time with family and friends, or see the world. And this is something that I think that countries around the world could learn from.


4. “DET FINNS INGET DÅLIGT VÄDER, BADA DÅLIGA KLÄDER”

Translation: There is no bad weather, there are only bad clothes.

This is easily one of my favourite Swedish sayings. Despite living in the north, Swede’s love to be outside.

In Sweden, the number of summer days a year is limited. Most
days hover around 20 degrees, however it is not unusual for it to be 15 degrees
and rainy in July. And let’s not even get started on the cold, dark winters.

What does this mean for the locals? They make the most of every single sunny day – and spend lots of time outside, even if it’s a bit chilly (or rainy… and it can be very rainy in Malmö). During the summer, it is not unusual, or frowned upon to leave the office early just because it is nice outside. The reason why: nice days are limited, and should be enjoyed. Especially when it is light out until 10:30 pm. As far as Swede’s are concerned, they can make up for it at the office during the cold, dark winter.

However, that doesn’t mean Swedes don’t make the most out of every day. It is not unusual to see Swedes bundled up on a sunny day in March, outside on a patio, having fika with friends (likely with a baby bundled up in a stroller next to them – because yes, the stereotypes are reeeeal. And on that note, the stereotype of fathers on a solo stroller walks with their babies are true too).

See Also: A photo diary of autumn in Skåne, Sweden.


5. SWEDE’S ARE MULTI-LINGUAL

Jag talar Svenska (“I speak Swedish”).

Okay, no I don’t. But I swear I’m working on it. However, learning Swedish is proving to be quite the challenge, because in order to live in Sweden, you really don’t have to speak Swedish.

Did you know that Scandinavian countries are home to some of the best English-as-a-second-language speakers in the world? I mean, after years of cheering on the Detroit Red Wings and their Swedish roster with perfect English, I already knew this. But I didn’t realize that there is some crazy statistic like more than 95% of the population is fluent in English.

This makes it very difficult for an expat like me to learn to speak Swedish – because locals love to practice their English with native speakers.

With that being said, many of the Swedes I’ve met speak more than two languages. They are taught English in school and movies and TV shows are not dubbed (which means they are also expert subtitle readers). Because of this, they have this inherent interest in learning new languages.

Needless to say, I’m totally inspired. And am hoping that in
due time, I can add “proficient in Swedish” to my CV (but I am not getting to
eager yet, because this learning Swedish thing is no joke).


6. YOU DON’T NEED A CAR

Living in Sweden? No car required.

Locals that live in the city almost exclusively travel by
bike. In fact, Malmö is littered with bike lanes and is often considered one of
the most bike-friendly cities in the world.

Alternatively, you can take public transit. You can get virtually anywhere you need to go by bus and/or train – even rural villages. And the public transit operates at nearly all hours of the day, which means you always have an option to get where you need to be.

After living for most of my life in a city where you need a car, never could I have imagined have a 30 minute walk/bus ride to work everyday. But, truthfully, I love my commute. It is a time to get fresh air and listen to my favourite podcasts – all while helping reduce the carbon footprint. Which brings me to my next point…


7. ENVIRONMENTALLY-FRIENDLY

Surely, at this point, everyone in the world has heard of Greta Thunberg (but in case you’ve been living under a rock, she’s the Swedish teenage environmental activist who has been actively advocating around the world for climate change).

However, after living in Sweden, it doesn’t surprise me that this young environmental trailblazer is a Swedish native – because Swedes are very conscious of the environment.

As I mentioned before, it is not unusual for locals to rely on bikes and public transportation (especially with the price of gas). Additionally, simple initiatives like recycling and composting are made very easy. And don’t even think about buying a disposable water bottle, or using a plastic bag, because you’ll surely be judged. And besides, Swedish drinking water is some of the cleanest (and tastiest) in the world!


8. HIGH TAXES, HIGH REWARDS

Daycare? Free. University? Free. Cleaning services? Subsidized. Healthcare? Mostly free (you’ll never pay more than 1,000 SEK or roughly 100 EUR per year). I could go on and on about all the fantastic government-incentivized programs.

And let’s not forget the parental leave. 480 work days, which is often shared by both parents (yes, you heard that right, it isn’t weird for new dads to take parental leave; in fact, 90 days are required to be used exclusively by the father). This parental leave can also be used until the child is eight years old, which means it also isn’t uncommon for parents to only work four days a week or take extended summer holidays to spend with their families.

Of course, these programs come with the stigma of being costly. And although some of that is true, my income taxes certainly aren’t any higher than they were in Canada (although, sales taxes are a hefty 25%). Despite the stereotype that the Nordic countries are expensive, I don’t feel like my cost of living is higher here than it would be in Canada.

With many basic everyday bills, like cellphones, internet, and education being very affordable, the only thing that is expensive are the “luxuries” like entertainment (going out to eat, or going to the movies), cars, and gas. And really, I’m happy to reallocate that 90% savings on my monthly cellphone bill to a night out with friends, anyways.

See Also: You can read more about my favourite spots for a night out in Malmo here.


9. JANTELAGEN

I know, another word you likely can’t pronounce. This is a
Scandinavian principle that guides how Swedes choose to act, particularly in
the workplace.

Jantelagen |jantɛˌlɑːɡɛn|: You are not to think you’re anyone special or that you’re better than anyone else.

Don’t boast. Don’t brag. Stay humble and grounded. Never
make anyone else feel inferior to you. No one needs to know about your rank in
the hierarchy of your company. Or your new, expensive car.

That, in a nutshell, is Jantelagen.


10. PROXIMITY TO THE REST OF EUROPE

For a travel bug like me, this is easily one of the best things about living in Sweden. I can travel, door-to-door, to Copenhagen Airport in 30 minutes. And Malmö Airport, also nearby, offers budget connections to many European cities for cheap weekend getaways.

Not to mention, there are so many cities accessible by train, including some incredible cities within Sweden (for example, you can get from Malmö to Stockholm in four hours by train, or 50 minutes by flights … which I’ll be doing in a few weeks, so stay tuned for that story!).


And those are, in my opinion at least, the absolute best things about living in Sweden.

Is there anything I missed? If so, add it to the comments below! And if you’re considering moving to Sweden, I’ve wrote all about the Swedish visa process here. You can also read more about expat life in Sweden here.


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Kronovalls slott in October

Autumn in Skåne is beautiful.

The cool, crisp temperatures. The changing colours. The prettiest little towns that look like they are straight out of an Astrid Lindgren fairytale (in case you’re like WHO? … she’s the famous Swedish author of Pippi Longstocking).

Over the past few weeks, I have spent my weekends exploring the Skåne region, which is the southernmost Swedish county that Malmö resides in. And it’s safe to say I’ve seen some of the prettiest landscapes since I moved to Sweden.


Here are some of my favourite autumn in Skåne photos.


ARILD

If I didn’t know better, I’d think I was walking around a movie set in Arild. It is so charming, that Travel & Leisure named this quaint fishing village it one of their “Top 25 Secret European Villages.” And for good reason – just look at how perfect it is.

Can’t Miss: If you’re in Arild, make sure to make a pitstop at Flickorna Lundgren. This spot is located in the countryside outside of Arild and was named Sweden’s best fika by Vogue. Here, you’ll be served their famous sweets and coffee while you sit in the most perfect garden setting. However, keep in mind that this spot typically closes for the season at the end of September, so make sure you check out their opening hours on their website.

After fika, don’t forget to head into the town of Arild to roam around the narrow cobblestone streets and admire the cutest little houses.


MÖLLE

Another picturesque fishing village, Mölle is a popular summer destination for both locals and Europeans, but it quiets down in the autumn months. This makes it the perfect time to visit, when you can enjoy the crisp fall weather without any crowds.


HÖGANÄS

Höganäs is home to Sweden’s famous BBQ spot: Holy Smoke. Situated again in middle-of-nowhere Swedish countryside, this BBQ spot is very popular amongst locals. They serve authentic southern BBQ that will surely make you feel like you’ve been transported to the American south, in the cosiest outdoor setting. At the end of the meal, you can even sit campfire-side and roast marshmallows.

Similar to many other places in this region, Holy Smoke isn’t open all autumn. Take a look at their website for their seasonal hours.

See Also: My guide to where to eat and drink in Malmö.


ÖSTERLEN

Österlen is a region in southwest corner of Skåne, comprised of all kinds of charming country villages. One Saturday during autumn in Skåne, we took a little trip around Österlen. We didn’t really have an itinerary, and we stumbled across some of the coolest sights.

First, was this Österlenchocklad, a little chocolate factory located in the middle of one of Österlen’s small towns. As we were driving by, we noticed the sign and made a split second decision to pull into the parking lot. And let’s just say, I am so happy we did because in this little award-winning chocolate shop, I had the best hot chocolate of my life (and lots of tasty chocolate, too!).

Österlenchocklad: The best chocolate store in Skane

Another stumble-upon location we made a quick decision to pull into was Kronovall Castle. This spot was tucked into the woods, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. It featured the most beautiful castle, including acres of grounds with hiking trails and historic buildings, like a blacksmiths shop! And with the leaves being the perfect shade of orange, this place was purely magical.


KIVIK

Kivik, the famous apple region of Skåne, is home to acres and acres of apple orchards. The most famous spple orchard is Kiviksmusteri. Kiviksmusteri produces all kinds of different apple juice and cider, and other apple goods. We loved roaming around the groups, visiting the apple trees, and taking home lots of apple goodies.


SIMRISHAMN

Simrishamn is another community in Österlen. It is located on the water and home to the most beautiful beach (with sand that a really unique shade of orange). The town itself is charming and quaint, with zig-zagging cobblestone alleyways lined with beautiful historical homes.

My only regret is that we didn’t come here in the summer to take a dip at the beautiful beach.


MALMÖ

If you haven’t caught on yet, I love living in Malmö. And Malmö during the autumn season is no exception. As the colours of the seasons continue to change, I find myself non-stop snapping pictures. And can you blame me?

See Also: My full guide to Malmö Sweden.


I told you that autumn in Skåne is beautiful. I’m feeling pretty darn thankful to be living in this picturesque county, where these quaint towns and incredible views are only a short drive away.

Travelling the world is wonderful. But with all these special spots in my very own backyard, I’m feeling really content with staying home for a while. And with so much more to discover, stay tuned for more Swedish road trips coming at ya soon!


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And if you’re living in, or visiting, Skåne, make sure you check out my Malmö Sweden City Guide.

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Indulging in a cardamom bun from St. Jakob's.

The most common question I get about the Malmö food scene is easily: What even is Scandinavian food?

And truthfully, before moving here, I had no clue what it was either.

While I’ve spent nearly eight months in Sweden, and consumed a lot of delicious Swedish farm-to-table fare, I can say that Scandinavian food isn’t the only thing Malmö does well. When I talk about Malmö with family and friends, the conversation typically starts – and ends with – me raving about all the best restaurants in Malmö. And trust me, there are a lot of good ones.

I mean, me talking about food is pretty predictable – I am a self-proclaimed foodie after all. And after spending so much time exploring the food scene in this city, I’m excited to share with you all my favourite hotspots, and hidden gems. So here it is, everything you need to know about to where to eat in Malmö Sweden.

See Also: Visiting Malmö? Read my ultimate guide of all the things to do in Malmö.


BEST RESTAURANTS IN MALMÖ


Best Brunch in Malmö

Kärleksgatan 3: Tucked away in Davidshall, this tiny little brunch spot offers great food, coffee, and the most adorable interior [I mean, just look at this pastel tiled floor!].

Atrium: Atrium is the perfect cafe to grab brunch, and is absolutely one of my favourite brunches in the city. The ambiance is perfection, and I am obsessed with their very affordable breakfast platters, filled with everything from a yogurt parfait, to cheese and fresh bread (and don’t forget the bottomless coffee!).

Nam Do: Okay – so this isn’t really traditional brunch. Served on Saturday and Sunday from 11-4, Nam Do offers a Vietnamese “brunch,” which includes a full buffet spread of alllll your Vietnamese favourites, coffee, tea, and oter assorted drinks.

Cafe Grannen: Looking for vegan brunch in Malmö? This breakfast buffet is served everyday in the cutest little cafe. The spread includes an assortment of homemade pies, breads, and other treats. And the best part? At only 79 SEK on weekdays, it is surely the most affordable brunch you’ll find in the city.


Best Lunch in Malmö

Noir Kaffekultur: This place is so much more than just coffee. The avocado toast paired with a kaffe latte is my go-to, preferably outside on their perfect little Parisien-inspired patio.

Malmö Saluhall: The local “salluhall” or “food hall” offers a variety of restaurants in a cool indoor market setting, and is a great spot to grab lunch if you’re exploring the city. Plus, their diverse food offerings mean that there is guaranteed to be something for everyone. [must try: raman at Pink Head Noodle Bar].

AB Småland: This lifestyle concept store not only carries the most beautiful home goods, but it also offers a great vegan buffet lunch and coffee shop.

Far i Hatten: Located in the middle of one of Malmö’s coolest parks, Folkets Park, this is the perfect spot to grab a patio beer and pizza.

Spoonery: Offering a variety of different different bowls, with a rotating seasonal menu, Spoonery is a great lunch spot. If you’re in the mood to try a Scandinavian classic, opt for the meatballs!

Fiskehoddorna: Also known as Malmö’s fish market, this spot lines the street with colourful huts. Here, you can pick up the local catch-of-the-day to bring home and cook, or you can opt to eat to eat on their back patio. You won’t find better fish ‘n chips in Malmö, trust me.

Slottsrädgårdens Kafé: Nestled in the middle of Kungsparken, a park located in the centre of the city, you’ll find this cafe. This is the perfect summer patio spot for lunch or fika in the sun. [must try: the hummus plate!]


Best Dinner in Malmö

Bastard: Often referred to as the best restaurant in Malmö, Bastard is a premium food experience. Using high-quality, locally-sourced ingredients, the chefs at Bastard deliver incredible Scandinavian cuisine. We opted for the tasting menu, and I couldn’t recommend it more. However, if you’re looking for something a bit more casual, you can opt for pizza in their courtyard in the warmer months.

Saiko: Step into this restaurant and I swear you’ll feel like you’ve teleported to Japan. To say I am obsessed with Saiko would be an understatement. This Japanese restaurant in Malmö offers small sharing plates, and recommend roughly three plates per person, which means you can virtually try the entire menu. And don’t forget to wash it down with a glass of sake.

Casual Street Food: Looking for the best burger in Malmö? Look no further. The high quality burgers here blew me away (this coming from someone who doesn’t even really burgers…).

Nam Do: If you love Vietnamese food as much as I do, this is the place to go. The ambiance is cool, the food is delicious, and portions are very generous. I have tried other options, and in my opinion, this is best Vietnamese restaurant in Malmö.

Eatery Social: If you’re looking for Mexican, look no further than Eatery Social, which is located in the Clarion Malmö Live Hotel. They offer a great selection of unique tacos [I personally loved the pork tacos], and the chocolate chilli sponge cake is to die for.

Syltan: Premium pub fare and drinks. This is the perfect place for a night out with friends or if you’re looking for a casual, delicious meal in a pub setting.

Green Mango: This is your spot for the best Thai food in Malmö. With an extensive, high-quality menu and perfect little patio space, this has become one of my favourite spots in the city.

Malmö Brewing Co.: With a large selection of in-house and international beers, paired with some good old southern cooking (think mac & cheese, pulled pork, and creamed corn), this is a great spot for a casual bite.

See Also: My favourite Nordic dinner restaurant in Copenhagen.


BEST FIKA IN MALMÖ


To say fika is a way of life here would be an understatement. I swear, Swede’s entire day seems to revolve around fika. With that being said, there is no shortage of amazing coffee spots in Malmö [you can read my thoughts about Swedish coffee here]. Here are a few of my favourites.


St. Jakobs Stenugnsbageri: This place is, in my opinion, the best fika in Malmö. St. Jakob’s offers many locations scattered throughout Malmö, but my favourite is their newest location in Davidshall on Södra Förstadsgatan. And you must try their cardamom buns.

Uggla Kaffebar: I absolutely love this cute little coffee spot. It’s located very close to my apartment, which obviously makes me a regular. And they serve good coffee and the perfect fika sweets.

Noir Kaffekultur: I mentioned this place in my lunch recommendations, but they also offer some of the best coffee in the city. Sit outside on their patio, watch the bikes zoom by, and I swear you’ll feel like you’re on a terrace in Paris.

Lilla Kafferosteriet: Amazing coffee and an assortment of pastries. This is a fika favourite in the city, and it’s clear why. I suggest you opt for seating on the backyard terrace, if weather permits. It is the the perfect spot to soak in the afternoon sun.

Kaffebaren på Möllan: Great coffee and atmosphere in the trendy Möllan neighbourhood. In the summer months, I suggest taking your coffee out front and people watching in the square.

AB Småland: This was also featured in my lunch recos, but I have to include it here as well because they have a great little coffee shop. If you’re looking for something different, try their golden milk latte – yum!

EIDA: A super cutesy cafe in the old town. I personally love sitting on the big comfy couches outside in the summer and enjoying the bustling streets with a coffee in hand.


BEST BARS IN MALMÖ


Best Brewery in Malmö

Malmö Brewing Co.: With a large selection of both in-house craft beers, and featured international beers, this is the best brewery in Malmö.

Mikkeller Pop Up: The popular Danish craft beer brand hosted the coolest popup right in the middle of Folket’s Park this year. Now, it’s closed for the winter, but I am including it because I really hope it’ll be back next summer because the Wednesday night jazz nights because a staple in our summertime routine in Malmö.


Best Cocktail Bars in Malmö

Care/Of: This is my favourite cocktail bar in Malmö for high quality cocktails. It also has a perfectly intimate and cosy vibe.

MJs: To say I am obsessed with the aesthetic here would quite frankly be an understatement. And the cocktails are great too!

Side Note: If afternoon tea is your thing, MJs hosts the cutest afternoon tea I’ve ever seen with savoury small plates, tons of sweets, cotton candy, and – of course – lots and lots of tea. Seriously, everyone needs to have afternoon tea at Mjs on their list of things to do in Malmö.


Best Wine Bar in Malmö

Mineral: This is a perfect little wine bar in Malmö with tapas-style food. I’m also obsessed with their pretty outdoor patio space.

Mineral Wine Bar
Mineral Wine Bar

Julie: Julie is the perfect intimate wine bar in the middle of the old town and offers a very extensive wine selection. The staff at Julie definitely knows their wines, so prepare for a top notch experience.

L’enoteca: Full disclosure, I have never been to the restaurant itself (I’ve heard it’s great!). However, the hosted the most amazing wine garden down the street this summer and it quickly became one of my favourite go to summer spots to enjoy a glass of wine with the girls.


BEST FALAFAL IN MALMÖ


Did you know that falafel is basically the unofficial food of Malmö? You’ll find it everywhere and it is easily the cheapest food you can buy for only 30-40 SEK. There are many awesome falafel restaurants in Malmö, with arguably the most iconic being Jalla Jalla. However, if you were to ask me where to find the best falafel in Malmö, my answer would easily be Värnhem’s Falafel. Not only is the falafel tasty, but they actually make you a fresh pita right in front of you. And really, it doesn’t get better than that.


SO, NOW YOU KNOW WHERE TO EAT IN MALMÖ SWEDEN

I know I’m personally feeling pretty hungry after compiling this list of where to eat in Malmö Sweden. And I bet you are too! Sooooo… get eating!

Are there any spots I missed? Do you have any recommendations? If so, add them in the comments below.

Don’t forget to check out my Things to Do in Malmö for a complete guide of what to do in Malmö. And check out some of my favourite little towns in Skåne with my Autumn in Skåne post.


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The city of Porto is seriously cool. It’s gritty. Charming. Inviting. And perfectly imperfect in every single way.

Coincidently, I would use all these same adjectives to describe one of my favourite hotels, ever: ZERO Box Lodge.

This spot is definitely not your typical hotel, and quickly challenged all my expectations of what I typically expect from a hotel: because it is so much more than just a hotel. A trendy hub in the centre of Porto where you can sleep, eat, drink – and be amazed (seriously, this hotel was definitely designed with Instagram in mind).


ABOUT ZERO BOX LODGE

ZERO Box Lodge describes their hotel design as a new way of sleeping. And suggests that their model could be the future of tourism.

The hotel was the brain child of Gonçalo Carvalho, who had a vision to transform an old t-shirt factory from the 1800s into a revolutionary hotel concept. It was a one-stop-shop where visitors could feel like they have entered a different world.

In short, in every single way this place is the complete opposite of an ordinary hotel. ZERO Box Lodge is…


A PLACE TO REST

The room concept at ZERO Box Lodge was inspired by the Japanese “capsule hotel” and features rows of simple wooden boxes with plenty of room to move around, stand, and sleep. Each of these boxes features it’s own private, very modern bathroom.

Although the rooms were small, we rarely spend time in our hotel room when travelling. And found it was spacious enough to relax after a long day, with a very comfy bed and a large welcoming bathroom and shower (with huge towels, which I find are ALL TOO RARE when travelling – it’s all about the little things, you know?).


A PLACE TO EAT

Would you believe me if I said that the best dinner we had in Porto was at our hotel?

I never eat at hotel restaurants. I typically find them generic, overpriced, and lacking any sort of culinary creativity. O Carniceiro at ZERO Box Lodge challenged every single one of those opinions.

The concept was simple: look inside the glass refrigerator, pick a cut or two of meat, and they will prepare it for you. Pick a side dish (or two or three). And ENJOY.

We opted to share a couple different cuts of beef (they do have veggie/fish options if meat isn’t your thing). Indulged in two sides. And were totally blown away.

I was so full, but the food was SO good I knew I had to get dessert. And the sweet/spicy mix of the blackberry and green pepper chocolate cake was easily one of the best desserts I’ve had in awhile.

And the best part: this meal was so affordable.

See Also: The Best Food Tour in Porto


A PLACE TO DRINK

Why leave the hotel when you have one of the coolest bars in the city onsite? The Big Bad Bank Bar not only looked cool, but the cocktails were so on point. We enjoyed our pre-dinner cocktails so much on our first night in Porto, that we returned for another drink before our dinner at Big Bad Bank Bar the following night.


A PLACE TO BE AMAZED

Bank Vault

Inside Big Bad Bank Bar, they have designed their very own bank vault, complete with thousands of bills behind bars and traditional Portuguese tile patterns. It is easily the most Insta-worthy spot in the hotel.

Free Room

Yes, you heard that right – FREE HOTEL ROOM. This unique feature helps you answer the question: how far would you go for free accommodations?

Located in a highly visible location between the reception and bar is a glass-enclosed “free room.” The catch – zero privacy. And I mean literally zero. In fact, when we were going to breakfast in the morning we walked by the room to witness the occupant passed out in the midst of all the commotion around him. And we came home from a busy day in the city to see him playing video games in the room.

Personally, I’m adventurous, but not THAT adventurous. However, if you are ready to put yourself on display, this is the perfect opportunity to stay in Porto for free!


A PLACE THAT HAS IT ALL

Welcome Beer

Cold beer? Yes please. When I walked into the hotel and was offered a cold beer, I knew were in for a special stay. And the hospitality didn’t stop throughout our stay. The staff was friendly, helpful, and really rounded out the whole experience.

Breakfast

We also opted for the breakfast, which was served at O Carneceiro in the mornings. For only 8 euros per person, you were given a choice of four breakfast options, which included coffee and freshly squeezed juice. The portions were generous, making this option an incredible value and one I would absolutely opt for so you get up and start exploring early.

Watertank & Sauna

The “watertank,” or rooftop pool, wasn’t opened yet when we visited in April, and it still says that this feature is “coming soon” on the hotel website. But, once it is opened it will be a fantastic amenity with views overlooking Porto; it’s something that I can’t wait to return to try.


LOCATION

ZERO Box Lodge is located in a fabulous location, right in the city centre. Porto is a small city, and virtually everything is accessible by foot. This spot is perfectly situated to help you make the most of your city exploration.


PRICES & BOOKING

ZERO Box Lodge is super affordable, and offers an incredible value for your money. Check out the latest prices and book your stay: click here.


In short: ZERO Box Lodge is JUST PLAIN COOL & if you’re visiting Porto, you NEED TO STAY HERE.

I really couldn’t recommend this spot enough. The concept was so unique, and absolutely contributed to making our stay in Porto that much more special. And if sleeping in a box isn’t your thing, you can still stop by and enjoy the bar and restaurant. Because this spot is so much more than just a hotel.

See Also: The Chicest Boutique Hotel in Lisbon


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Porto Sardines

Without a doubt, experiencing different food cultures is one of my favourite parts of travelling [if you ask my boyfriend, Sebastian, he would say that it is his favourite part of travelling]. With that being said, we often spend a lot time prior to our travels researching restaurants, polling our friends, scouring the internet, and making reservations at all the best places to eat in the cities that we’re visiting. As you can imagine, this process takes a lot of time – which is why it is sometimes easier, and more fun, to let the locals guide you to those decades-old, hole-in-the-wall treasures that many tourists will never find.

Cue: SECRET FOOD TOURS PORTO.

Before I travelled to Portugal, I was so excited to try Portuguese food and wanted to make sure I got the very best experience. So, when I heard about Secret Food Tours Porto, it sounded like a great opportunity to explore some of Porto’s hidden food gems.


ABOUT SECRET FOOD TOURS

Secret Food Tours is an award-winning company that hosts food tours in cities all over the world. They employ local foodie enthusiasts that guide you to all the best spots to eat, drink, and indulge.


SECRET FOOD TOURS PORTO

After having unparalleled successes in many other cities around the world, Secret Food Tours has recently added the northern Portuguese city of Porto to its tour offerings, and they invited us along to taste our way through Porto.

It was our first day in Portugal and we met our tour guide, Alexandra, bright and early, eager to start tasting. Alexandra, a Porto native who has lived all over Europe, greeted us with a warm smile and was excited to show us all her favourite spots in her hometown.

First stop: breakfast. And most critically, coffee. Alexandra explained that the typical coffee culture in Portugal involves a small cup of espresso in the morning [often with an entire package of sugar poured into it]. We partook in this Portuguese tradition, and got to know our guide over coffee and a traditional Portuguese sponge cake in a small intimate café.

Portuguese Sponge Cake and Espresso
Portuguese Sponge Cake and Espresso

Next, we headed out to a popular indoor market, both with locals and tourists, to try a Portuguese delicacy: canned sardines. When I was first told that this would be the second stop of the day, I admittedly hesitated. However, the sardines were, dare I say it, TASTY. They were perfectly salty, paired with fresh local bread, all washed down with a big glass of local Portuguese ‘green wine’ [don’t let the name fool you – the colour of the wine is white]. Not to mention, the sardines were packaged in the most beautiful, colourful cans.

After lunch we explored the market, bought some local bread, and headed to our third stop for a Portuguese sandwich, called a bifana. This sandwich is made with thinly sliced pork, marinated in a chili sauce, and according to Alexandra, this small local restaurant has the best bifana in Porto! Let’s just say I could have easily eaten five of them, they were so darn good.

After the bifana, I was already beginning to feel full, but there was SO MUCH more to eat. Thankfully, I was able to walk off some of the food between restaurants. Along the way, we made stops at some of the most popular spots in Porto and Alexandra told us stories about Porto’s culture and history.

Bifana
Bifana with Local Pineapple and Orange Juices

Our fourth stop was a plant-lovers dream, with a terrace covered floor-to-ceiling in greenery. Here, we tried another popular Portuguese dish called francesinha, which is a sandwich stuffed with a variety of meats, coated in cheese, toasted, and covered in sauce – also known as a heart attack on a plate. We washed this down with Super Bock, a local beer that you will find everywhere in Portugal. Again, we were reassured that we had just indulged in the best francesinha in Porto. And I totally believe it.

Okay, after that cheesy-meaty goodness I was seriously getting full. But, little did I know, that we were about to have our biggest meal yet. We ventured to a small local restaurant on the most unsuspecting street and feasted on a traditional Portuguese white bean stew, complete with a ‘secret’ ingredient that you must taste for yourself. It is something I would have never tried on my own, and again was a bit hesitant to try, but the flavours were incredible.

Last stop: port tasting. This is absolutely one of the me popular things to do in Porto [and Portugal in general] and something we did a lot of through the entire trip. Port wine is native to the Porto region, and the tasting featured port samples from local wineries. Here, we learned more about the different types of port wines, and heard the origin stories of this type of wine in Portugal. It was absolutely the perfect way to cap off a perfect day with Secret Food Tours Porto.

Port Tasting in Porto
Port Tasting with Dried Figs

HOW MUCH WILL THIS TOUR COST ME?

The best part of this tour: the incredible value. You can spend four hours stuffing your face on the best Porto food and drinks tour for only 64 euros per person. And, if you’re in the mood to drink your way through Porto, you can add the “Upgraded Drink Package,” which includes three extra drinks, in addition to the ones I already mentioned, for only 7 euros more per person.


FEELIN’ HUNGRY YET?

I want to disclaim that in the interest of not spoiling some of the ‘secrets’ of this experience, I’ve been asked not to include all details. However, I want to add that what makes this tour so special and fun is not only the places we visited, and the dishes we ate, but the local guide who massively contributed to my love for the city of Porto, its history, and its food culture.

I’ve taken food tours in a many cities and let me tell you, this tour was among the best. I can’t recommend Secret Food Tours Porto enough, and based on this experience I would feel so confident spending another day with Secret Food Tours wherever my travels lead me next. It is an experience I will never forget.

As one final note, I must warn you: be prepared to EAT A LOT. This Porto foodie experience is worth every single bite.

If you’re ready to book your trip with Secret Food Tours Porto, click here.

See Also: The trendiest hotel in Porto.

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