LAURA'S GUIDE TO MALMÖ
This city guide was actually supposed to launch earlier this spring, but when COVID hit, traveling and city guides were the last things on anyone's mind.
Now months later, I believe it's more important than ever to stay hopeful about the future and look forward to better and brighter days. It's been almost a year since I've been back to Sweden, and although I miss it immensely, I know it will make things that much sweeter when I'm finally able to visit again.
Which leads us to the Malmö city guide! Malmö is a lovely coastal city in southern Sweden. It's the third largest city in the country and is also one of the cities in Sweden that I used to live in.
Malmö is a fun blend of traditional history and modern innovation. From skyscrapers to cozy boutiques, the city offers a variety of attractions waiting to be explored, not to mention its medley of cultural cuisine from the finest Nordic dishes to the tastiest street foods.
PLACES TO VISITLilla Torg
A historic and cozy square in central Malmö. When we lived there, I loved walking through the cobblestone streets and admiring the gorgeous buildings, quaint bars, and charming restaurants.
A neo-futurist residential skyscraper on Västra Hamnen that is also the tallest building in Scandinavia. The Turning Torso gets its name thanks to the asymmetrical shapes and intricate designs, resembling a twisting tower. One hundred percent of the energy consumed in the building is renewable, coming from hydro, solar, wind, and geothermal sources. Witness this architectural phenomenon, and you might even see it glow in various colors at night.
An ultramodern district with a beautiful shoreline. Fancy a night swim? Västra Hamnen is the perfect spot on a sunny and warm summer evening. It also offers bathing spots, green spaces, skateparks, picnic areas, and seafront esplanades. Along the seafront you'll find lots of wonderful cafés and restaurants.
A neighborhood with the perfect blend of traditional and trendy. You'll find amazing vintage shops, coffee houses, alternative fashion stores, and modern eateries. This was one of my favorite areas to spend time in, especially during spring and fall.
Throwback to 2011 blonde Laura in Davidshallstorg
A lively multicultural area that is a mecca for all food lovers. With a concentration of authentic ethnic restaurants, Möllevången (referred to by locals as Möllan) embraces its diverse collection. Be sure to stop by the fruit and vegetable market, open almost every day, while you’re in town.
St. Peter's Church
The oldest building in Malmö (built in the 1300s), St. Peter’s Church is definitely worth marveling at. The grand brick exterior is surrounded by stone carvings while the interior features white walls with ornate features.
Photo cred: First Hotel
A medium-size port on the coast of Sweden, Limhamns Småbåtshamn is an ideal destination for relaxing on the marina with a drink in hand. From the water’s edge, you can also spot the Öresund bridge, a combined railway and motorway bridge connecting Sweden and Denmark.
Check out Copenhagen
I know this is a Malmö city guide, but one of the best parts of living in Malmö is how close it is to Copenhagen. Hop on a short train ride, and you can be in two countries in one day! When I lived in Malmö, I'd often make day trips to Copenhagen to visit friends or do a bit of shopping. I'm sure your next question is, "Will there be a Copenhagen city guide?" It's already in the works :)
Delectable sweets with classic architecture
A charismatic cafe with a variety of pastries and sandwiches. You’ll be entranced by the heavenly smell from the bakery. Simple sit inside among the lovely decor or outside in the courtyard.
Perfect for people watching
Holy cheesecake! This coffee shop is in the little square of Lilla Torg with to-die-for desserts. Enjoy a cup of coffee with a generous slice of cheesecake and embrace the Swedish "fika" culture. It’s a great starting point or last stop to your shopping day.
Gelato with a view
Bar Italia is located on Västra Hamnen and is the perfect spot to bask in the sun and enjoy life's simple moments. Gaze at the Öresund bridge and the beautiful water with a cup of coffee + gelato.
Modern Scandinavian cuisine
A formal yet relaxed restaurant, Atmosfär serves well-crafted dishes with fresh seasonal Swedish produce. With a philosophy of cooperating with local producers, this fine dining restaurant cultivates the best of Swedish culture.
Photo cred: Atmosfär
The Raw Kitchen
Vegan food everyone will love
A raw vegan restaurant serving creative dishes such as raw vegan pizzas and a cheese platter with house-made fermented nut cheeses. Their dishes are bursting with delicious and complex flavors. Your tastebuds will thank you!
The best of French & European
Located in the Savoy Hotel across the canal, this exquisite and classic European eatery offers delectable cuisine and a lovely view of the canal and central station. Choices of different steaks, seafood, and soups are offered, always served with an impeccable presentation.
WHERE TO STAYElite Hotel Savoy
Overlooking central Malmö, Elite Hotel Savoy offers a lovely atmosphere with elegantly designed rooms. This eco-friendly hotel features a sauna, a fitness center, a restaurant, and a bar/lounge where guests can unwind with a drink.
Mayfair Hotel Tunneln
An award-winning hotel that is highly touted by the Guide Michelin. Mayfair Hotel Tunneln is centrally located in a cultural heritage building with a rich history of Danish and Swedish kings.
Photo cred: Mayfair Hotel
Hotel Scandic Kramer is the perfect balance of modern renovation and traditional preservation. It embodies the 1800s charm with a French neo-Renaissance style and inspiration from French castles. Located in the heart of the city and only a 5 minute walk from the Malmö Central Station.
I hope you enjoyed reading this Malmö city guide! I'm planning to make this blog more active again, so stay tuned for new posts. And if you have any suggestions for future topics, please send them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
As always, thank you for your continued support of Henné! Much love + light to each and every one of you.