As a expat living in Malmö, I have curated this Malmö Sweden city guide to help you get the most out of your time in my new hometown. Since I am still new to the city, I don’t claim to be a Malmö expert [yet]. However, I have been doing a lot of exploring and already have so many recommendations to share.
Malmö is so incredibly underrated, and is so much more than just a day trip from Copenhagen [although it absolutely can be if you’re short on time]. I am so excited to share with you all my favourite things in this Malmö Sweden City Guide!
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THINGS TO DO IN MALMÖ
Gamla Staden [The Old Town]
Gamla Staden is undoubtedly the most charming neighbourhood in Malmö. Narrow streets lined with beautiful old buildings, you’ll find yourself transported back in time and dreaming of what once-was.
You’ll find the most picture-perfect alleyways and cobblestone streets in Gamla Väster, specifically on Jakob Nilsgatan and Jöns Filsgatan.
Lilla Torg [Little Square]
Located in Gamla Staden, Lilla Torg is a picturesque square surrounded by restaurants – and when the weather is nice – patios. This is my favourite spot to grab a drink when the sun in shining, or take in one of Malmö’s many local festivals. Möllevångstorget
Another perfect spot to grab a patio drink, this square is located in the centre of the trendy Möllan neighbourhood. It also features a great farmers market during the afternoon, where you can pick up fresh produce.
Västra Hamnen [The Western Harbor]
Västra Hamnen, or the Western Harbor, is a new development in Malmö and is home to the cities most recognizable landmark: The Turning Torso. This uniquely designed skyscraper cascades over Malmö and really can’t be missed when you’re exploring the city.
While walking from the train station to the Västra hamnen district, you can’t miss the old lighthouse in the harbor at the head of the canal. This is a great place to watch the sunrise and sunset.
The waterfront in Västra Hamnen is beautiful! Take some time to walk along the water-side parks, including Daniaparken and Scaniaparken to take in beautiful waterfront views. On a clear day, you can even see the iconic Øresund Bridge in the distance. This is also the perfect place to watch the beautiful Malmö sunset.
Ribersborgsstranden [Ribersborg Beach]
Ribersborgsstranden also offers some incredible waterfront park space and beaches, and is a great place to go for a swim in the summer months!
Here, you’ll also find Ribersborgs kallbadhus, which is a convenient local option if you’re looking cold baths and saunas. It also features a restaurant and patio, with spectacular views of the Øresund Bridge and the Turning Torso.
I haven’t personally experienced Ribersborgs kallbadhus, but I have heard good things. However, if you’re looking for the best local Scandinavian spa experience, take a look at the “Days Trips” section below where I spill the details on my favourite local spa.
Malmö Saluhall is a food hall located in the city centre. It features many traditional market stalls, and well as some great local restaurants, including the best ramen I’ve had in the city [Pink Noodle Bar], as well as my favourite local bakery [St. Jakob’s].
TIP: Try the cardamom buns at St. Jakob’s – they will change your life. And if you’re looking for a traditional Swedish treat, opt for the Semla. Two words: SO GOOD.
BEST RESTAURANTS IN MALMÖ
I am only featuring restaurants that I have been to, and loved, so far. Stay tuned for more updates [I have so many places that I’m waiting to try out].
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 breakfast platters, filled with everything from a yogurt parfait, to cheese and fresh bread (and don’t forget the bottomless coffee!).
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: I wrote about this food hall in my “Things to Do” section. It 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!
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!
Best Dinner in Malmö
Bastard: Often referred to as the best restaurant in Malmö, Bastard did not disappoint. 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.
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.
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.
Mineral: This is a perfect little wine bar in Malmö with tapas-style food. I’m also obsessed with their pretty outdoor patio space.
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: I mentioned this one before, but I am going to mention it again because you must try their cardamom buns. St. Jakob’s offers many locations scattered throughout Malmö, but my favourite is their new location in Davidshall on Södra Förstadsgatan.
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.
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!
GETTING TO MALMÖ
Getting to Malmö is easy. Most people access the city from Copenhagen, Denmark, which is a short train ride away [about 30 minutes from Copenhagen Airport or 45 minutes from the Copenhagen city centre].
You can also fly into Malmö Airport from select cities. However, based on the location of the airport, it is often more convenient [and cost effective] to fly into Copenhagen.
If you are coming into Malmö from anywhere else in Scandinavia, both train and plane options should be available for a reasonable price.
For more details on train prices and times, download the Skånetrafiken app.
GETTING AROUND MALMÖ
Malmö is an incredibly accessible city, with a bunch of transportation options available.
By Foot: One of the reasons I love this city is because you can get virtually anywhere you need to go by foot within 30-40 minutes.
By Bike: Get around the city the way the locals do – by bike! In fact, Malmö is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world, and is very easy to navigate, even for a novice rider. For more information bike rentals, visit Malmö by Bike.
By Scooter: There are no shortage of electric scooters available for rent in the city – they are seriously everywhere. Just make sure you download the Voi and/or Lime apps ahead of time, and finding a scooter is a breeze.
Public Transit: Malmö is extremely accessible by bus, or train. The buses run frequently and cover a significant portion of the city. Just download the Skånetrafiken app to easy view schedules, buy tickets, and more.
DAY TRIPS FROM MALMÖ
If you’re looking for an incredible Scandinavian spa experience near Malmö, look no further than Ystad Saltsjöbad. Offering the most beautiful indoor/outdoor spa and hotel, this is a must-visit if you’re looking for a day trip from Malmö. We spent a night here last year and I truly can’t wait to go back!
To make the most out of your time, I would recommend staying at least one night at the spa to make sure you have enough time to use the facilities. I would also recommend ‘The Creek Experience,’ a completely immersive two-hour guided experience. Staying the night also allows you to enjoy dinner at their fantastic restaurant.
And don’t forget to take a plunge into the Baltic Sea [I did in December!].
If you have time, make sure you stop to explore the town of Ystad. It is a charming little medieval town where it feels like time stands still. The narrow cobblestone streets are absolutely worth roaming.
This charming little beach community is located about 30 minutes from Malmö by car (about an hour by bus) and is the perfect spot for a beachfront day trip.
Along the waterfront in Skanör, you’ll find rows of little beach huts, which the locals use to store their personal belongings in the summer months. It seriously looks like a postcard. The pier in Skanör is also home to restaurants and a marina.
Head down the beach to Falsterbo for more beachfront real estate, and a pier you can jump off into the water (or in true Scandinavian fashion, do an ice cold plunge from in the winter months).
Here’s a little pro tip you should know about the Falsterbo pier. If you see a set of clogs are the entrance to the pier, do not walk out there. Instead, wait for the person on the pier to finish their swim. This often means that they are doing a quick plunge in the nude, and placing clogs at the entrance to the pier is the local signal of asking for privacy.
Another beach town located just north of Malmö, Lomma offers a long sandy beachfront with shallow waters, which makes it the perfect spot for a family swim.
If you’re in Lomma, make sure you stop for ice cream at Glassfabrik for some locally made ice cream. Then, take your ice cream down to the dock and watch the boats float in and out of the harbour.
I hope you have enjoyed my Malmö City Guide!
I can’t wait to continue to continue to update this guide and share more of my favourite things about this pretty little city as I continue to settle in and make it my home.
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