5 Things to do in Malmö
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5–Explore the Gamla Stan
Begin by exploring the Gamla Stan (old town) of Malmö including Stortorget, Lilla Torg, Gustav Adolfs Torg. Take your time meandering down Södra Förstaden, a pedestrian street filled with cafes, restaurants and shops. Be sure to stop for the traditional Swedish fika at Lilla Kafferosteriet. Fika is the Swedish tradition of taking a break each day to enjoy a coffee and sweet baked good. Lilla Kafferosteriet is the perfect place to enjoy your first fika. One of the oldest buildings in Malmö, Lilla Kafferosteriet is steeped in atmosphere and it is located just off of Gustav Adolf’s Torg. It oozes charm and offers Swedish mysig (the perfect mood of cozy happiness). This cafe is a great place to rest and rejuvenate.
4–Do as The Swedes Do – Spend The Day Outside
Start your morning, viewing Malmö from a new perspective, the water. Malmö offers both self-guided and guided tours along the canals.
A guided tour takes you through the old town, Kungsparken (The King’s Park) and past the Malmö Castle and provides you with the history of Malmö. Tours are offered in English and for a super sweet added bonus, the guided tours leave from a dock with a cafeteria that serves pancakes and coffee before you head out.
If you prefer a self-guided tour, you can rent a power boat across the canal from the Malmö Live conference center. One can also rent paddle boats.
After your canal tour, find a city bike or scooter to rent. Visit Möllanstorget for some fresh fruit and be sure to stop at Möllans Öst for out of this world cheese, crackers and specialty meats to shore up an outstanding picnic. Möllans Öst is the best cheese shop in Malmö.
Ride through Kungsparken to the über hip Västra Hamnen neighborhood and the Turning Torso for some Instagram worthy photos. Continue along the beach called Ribban and take in the view of the famed Öresund Bridge.
You can picnic at any of these stops along the way.
Malmö has a burgeoning food scene and you can find everything from incredible street food to Michelin starred restaurants. Some favorite restaurants to check out
Vollmers–A Michelin starred restaurant focusing on seasonal Swedish food.
Bastard–Offering fantastic food with an emphasis on using the entire animal.
Esmeralda’s Tex Mex–Authentic Tex Mex food so popular that the owners have had to relocate to a bigger location 2 times.
Malmö Saluhall–a food market offering shops and restaurants with a wide variety of cuisines.
Köpenhamns Falafel–fantastic falafel, kebab and perfect fries served by friendly staff at a great price.
Köld–Organic, unusual ice cream flavors like Gorgonzola Cheese & Fig Ripple with Walnut & Cognac or Goat Cheese, Roasted Hazelnuts, Honey and Cloudberry Ripple. I know it sounds crazy, but somehow the flavors work.
If you are feeling particularly adventurous, you can try some of the world’s most unusual foods at The Disgusting Food Museum. Here you can taste everything from grubs, worms, cheeses and fish that is so pungent the museum’s lease requires that they open the cans outside.
End your day with a sunset cocktail and spectacular views at the top of Malmö Live in the Sky Room.
If you really want to experience Sweden, grab your towel and make your way to Ribersborg Kallbadhuset, a Swedish bathhouse on the sea. Notice I said grab your towel. I did not mention your swimsuit as Swedes do not use them at the bathhouse. And bring 2 towels. One for sitting on in the sauna and one for drying off after your sojourn into the sea.
Kallsbadhuset can be found at the end of a wooden pier stretching out into the Sea. Kallsbadhuset has been in operation since 1892 and is one of the oldest bathhouses in Scandinavia.
Kallsbadhuset is divided by gender and one goes into the sauna to heat up, then jumps into the sea to cool down. Swedes believe that moving between the hot and cold forces the body to produce endorphins which have a positive medical effect. This practice is alleged to help depression, chronic pain, and blood pressure to name a few. And Swedes practice this sauna/sea exchange all year round. Even in the dead of winter, so if you happening to visiting in the colder months, don’t let that stop you from getting your Sweden on.
There is also a masseuse on site as well as a restaurant. You could easily spend at least half a day here.
1–Explore the Swedish Countryside
Trolley Cycle Through The Lush Skåne Countryside. Sweden is very committed to recycling and reusing whenever possible. To that end, the Skåne region where Malmö is located decided to repurpose old abandoned railway tracks as tourist cycling paths. Ride through the lush Swedish countryside, farms, rapeseed fields, forest and lots and lots of animals. The cycles are made to ride the rails and they are sturdy and safe. Each cycle can fit 2 adults and one child. It is an activity accessible to all ages and there are many different routes of varying lengths to choose from.
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Also thank you to Maria Eklind for the photo of Kallbadhuset.