Since moving to Sweden, if I’ve learned one thing, it’s that Swedes really love their coffee. I wasn’t a huge coffee drinker until I moved to Malmö – and now, well, you could argue my coffee intake has gotten a bit carried away. It’s hard not to fall for the Scandinavian coffee culture when you have some of the best cafes in Malmö minutes away from your apartment.
Sweden’s culture is so coffee-centric, they’ve developed a verb to describe a coffee break: fika.
What is fika? Well it loosely translates to “having coffee and a sweet with friends or family.” And while it may seem like a bit of novelty, it really isn’t. Colleagues will suggest we take a “fika break” at the office, friends will often “meet for a fika” after work or in their spare time. It is a moment to pause and enjoy time with the people you care about. Pretty special, eh?
With that being said, there is absolutely no shortage of spots to have a fika in Malmö. I’ve been sharing some of these on my Malmö food guide, but as this post gets longer and longer, I thought my favourite cafes deserved their own place to shine.
I’ve been to a lot of cafes in the city, and in this post I’ll be rounding the best cafes in Malmö – let’s go!
What to try for fika in Malmö?
Chokladboll: A chocolate ball (roughly the size of a golf ball) made of oats, sugar, and cocoa, and coated in coconut.
Kanelbullar: The cinnamon bun is arguably the most popular “Swedish” dessert. The local take on the cinnamon bun is different than the version with icing found in many other countries. It is simply dough rolled up with a cinnamon and sugar filling.
Kardemummabullar: Made in a similar way to the cinnamon bun, this one is filled with cardamom. It is my personal favourite Swedish fika treat.
Semla: This is most commonly eaten on Shrove Tuesday, but you can find it in cafes all year. It is a cardamom-spiced sweet roll with the centre carved out, and it is filled with almond paste and topped with whipped cream.
Kladdkaka: This is more commonly known as mud cake in English, and is a thin sticky chocolate cake topped with icing sugar, and typically some type of berries, like raspberry.
Lussebullar: Around the Christmas holidays, you will see these swirled saffron buns everywhere. Traditionally they are topped with raisins, but more trendy versions include vanilla or cardamom fillings.
An easy choice for fika, brunch, or lunch, Atrium is a bright cafe with tons of greenery serving sweets, and a variety of brunch and lunch options. I love the ambiance here, and they have a wonderful garden patio in the warmer months.
Must Try: They make a fantastic golden milk latte.
Solde Kaffebar & Kafferosteri
The best coffee in Malmö? You’ll find it at Solde. This specialty coffe shop roasts their own beans and is the best place to go if you want to buy local coffee beans in Malmö. We brew almost exclusively Solde coffee at home, and love to go here for fika too.
Must Try: Their “Mästers Kaffe” blend is an easy favourite for me, but you’re looking for a lighter coffee, the “Brors Kaffe” blend is a favourite of many.
If you aren’t local, you can also order their coffee beans online.
St. jakobs stenugnsbageri
St. Jakob’s is a super popular bakery that offers many locations scattered throughout Malmö. My favourite is their newest location in Davidshall on Södra Förstadsgatan – where you can sit on a lovely bistro-style terrace alongside the pedestrian-only street.
Must Try: Cardamom buns (especially the saffron cardamom buns that they make during the Christmas holidays).
Söderberg & Sara
This is my favourite bakery for bread in Malmo! They make the best bread I have tried in the city, and it has become a bit of a tradition for us to pick up a fresh loaf there on weekend mornings.
Must try: Their sour dough bread, grilled cheese sandwiches – they are also known for sourcing some unique coffee roasts!
Looking for the best vegan bakery in Malmö? This is it … especially if you’re in the mood for donuts! Every Friday they have a “donut of the day” and locals queue for them – they are that good!
Must Try: As I mentioned, the donuts. But I also highly recommend the fresh-baked focaccia (and really any other of their baked goods).
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. In the summer months, you can head across the street to their bistro setup in the middle of St. Knut’s Square.
Must Try: I love their matcha lattes.
This central spot located in the beautiful old town is a great spot for a patio fika. Sit outside with a coffee, watch the bikes zoom by, and I swear you’ll feel like you’re on a terrace in Paris.
Must Try: Coffee – and they make a lovely avocado toast!
This central cafe has great coffee and an assortment of cakes and pastries. In the warmer months, head outside to the backyard terrace. It is the the perfect spot to soak in the afternoon sun.
Must Try: The employees are coffee experts, so I’d stick with a regular coffee here. And they always have a big selection of sweets.
Cafe No. 6
If you’re looking for a cosy fika spot in St. Knut’s, this is another great option. Across the street from the cafe, they have a lovely garden to take your fika outside.
Must Try: Coffee paired with biscotti.
AB Småland is more than just a cafe – it is a full lifestyle and Scandinavian concept store. Browse through the trendy shop full of Scandi goods, and then grab a fika in the cafe.
Must Try: This is my favourite golden milk latte in the city.
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 while people shop at the farmer’s market in the square.
Must Try: Coffee!
Jord, which translates to “earth” in English, is a vegan cafe and breakfast spot. I really love the ambiance of this cosy cafe, and their food is really good if you’re looking for vegan food in Malmö.
Must Try: The vegan breakfast food is SO good. I particularly love their seasonal oat bowls.
This French-style patisserie serves many traditional French pastries, and has of the best courtyard patios in the city. If you’re looking for a French-inspired fika, this is your spot.
Must Try: The macarons and crepes.
Located in the middle of the beautiful Slottsparken, this cafe is a popular patio spot in Malmö. After you’ve had your fika, make sure to head next door to Slottsträdgården to admire the beautiful gardens, and the iconic Malmö windmill.
Must Try: They always have a variety of sweets – but this is a great spot for lunch, too.
Djäkne Kaffebar is a trendy, cental coffee bar and co-working space in Malmö. If you’re looking for wifi and a spot to get work done, this is a great spot to do it. Keep in mind, they are only open on weekdays.
Must Try: I love their cappucino.