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.
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.
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.