As a expat living in Malmo, I have curated this things to do in Malmo Sweden city guide to help you get the most out of your time in my new hometown.
Malmo 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 to in Malmo Sweden with this city guide!
THINGS TO DO IN MALMO
Gamla Staden [Malmo Old Town]
Gamla Staden, or Malmo Old Town in English, is undoubtedly the most charming neighbourhood in Malmo. 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 Vaster Malmo, specifically on Jakob Nilsgatan and Jöns Filsgatan.
Lilla Torg Malmo [Little Square Malmo]
Located in the Malmo old town, Lilla Torg is a picturesque square surrounded by restaurants – and when the weather is nice – patios. This is my one of my favourite spots to grab a drink when the sun in shining, or take in one of Malmo’s festivals.
Another perfect spot to grab a patio drink, this square is located in the centre of the trendy Mollan neighbourhood. It also features a great farmers market during the afternoon, where you can pick up fresh produce.
Vastra Hamnen [The Western Harbor Malmo]
Vastra Hamnen, or the Western Harbor, is a new development in Malmo and is home to the cities most recognizable landmark: The Turning Torso. This uniquely designed skyscraper cascades over Malmo and really can’t be missed when you’re exploring the city.
While walking from the train station to the Vastra 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 Vastra 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 Malmo-Copenhagen Oresund Bridge in the distance. This is also the perfect place to watch the beautiful Malmo sunset.
Ribersborgsstranden [Ribersborg Beach Malmo]
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 traditional Scandinavian baths and saunas in Malmo. It also features a restaurant and patio, with spectacular views of the Oresund 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
HOW TO GET TO MALMO
Copenhagen to Malmo: Most people access the city from Copenhagen, which is a short train ride away [about 30 minutes from Copenhagen Airport or 45 minutes from the Copenhagen city centre].
Malmo Airport: You can also fly into Malmo 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 Malmo 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.
Malmo is an incredibly accessible city, with a bunch of transportation options available.
Malmo 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.
Malmo bike: Get around the city the way the locals do – by bike! In fact, Malmo 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.
Hire a Malmo 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.
Bus and Train in Malmo: Malmo 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 Malmo 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 Malmo, 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 absolutely love living in Skåne country – there are truly endless things to do. To read more about my favourite towns in Skåne, including Mölle, Arild, and the Österlen region, click here.
You can also read about my post about one of Skåne’s most beautiful national parks, Stenshuvud National Park, here.
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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Are you looking for tips on how to move to Sweden? Read my post about getting a Swedish visa here. And if you’re roadtripping around Skåne, you can find more details about my favourite Skåne towns here.