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Malmö is a coastal town in Sweden with 300,000 inhabitants, making it Sweden’s 3rd largest city. The city has a young at heart atmosphere with a booming cultural and foodie scene! I was invited by Malmö Town on a press trip to explore the city on a weekend during the month of December. The visit was my first trip to Sweden and I’m quite happy it was to a smaller town like Malmö, which left me with positive impressions of not only the city but the friendly locals and entertainment
How to get there
Malmö is a short train ride away from Copenhagen, Denmark. It is closer to Denmark than to Stockholm, the Swedish capital if you are flying into a major airport. Although Malmö does have its own airport, the direct flights from major European cities are few and far between, making Copenhagen the ideal option if you fly in from Europe.
Upon arrival to Copenhagen Airport, we headed downstairs to the train station as you can get to Malmö directly from the airport without having to go to the city centre. You don’t need to book tickets in advance, as there are several ticket machines available upon arrival. The ticket costs around 12-13 euros per person and the railway track (1) is located downstairs. The trip itself is quite short and you’ll get to Malmö in less than 30 minutes with about 2 stops in between. There is a passport and document control, however, so make sure to have your ID with you when travelling by train.
Where to Stay
You may or may not know that I absolutely love hotel experiences and generally spend hours researching a property before booking. I was so excited to stay at MJ’s Hotel in Malmö after seeing their absolute stunning interior, unique decor and the fact that the hotel becomes a cool lounge bar by night! In fact, we didn’t think of reserving a table beforehand and found the place completely booked for the entire weekend (it was easy to understand why it is so popular!)
MJ’s is located right in the historical centre of Malmö. It is a four star boutique property, and although it may be small, it was super cozy! The moment you step into the reception area you feel the warmth of a fireplace and are surrounded by books and a gorgeous bar and seating area. The room was quite spacious and had both antique and modern decor with a great view of the streets below.
The staff were extremely helpful and friendly and were able to recommend some great places to eat in the city. If you decide to stay at MJ’s, I highly suggest not only taking advantage of the breakfast option but to stay for lunch or drinks as well.
What to Visit
My favourite part of Malmö was definitely the historical centre as we were there in December when the city was decorated with Christmas decorations. If you head to Malmö at any time during the year, you can’t miss these spots:
Gamla Väster is part of Malmö’s old town. Here you’ll find picturesque homes painted in different colours that not only house local residents but also cafes, advertising agencies, small hotels and art galleries. If you are a fan of photography you’ll definitely want to capture this part of town.
E. Apoteket Lejonet is a pharmacy that caught my eye the moment we walked by it. It is Malmö’s oldest pharmacy founded by John Tesch in 1571 and built in Neo-Renaissance style in 1898. The building has the characteristic features of Northern European architecture and a gorgeous interior
Lilla Torg is a little square surrounded by cafes and restaurants and is a popular meeting spot. If you visit Malmö during the warmer months, you can have a bite to eat or enjoy a drink here as most locations have outdoor seating, allowing you to enjoy the bustle of the city in this romantic square.
Malmö Football Stadium is the perfect visit for any football fan like myself. If you are familiar with the sport you will know that Malmö is home to Zlatan Ibrahimovic, one of the most talented players in modern football. As the star comes from Malmö, you’ll find a bronze statue of Zlatan behind the stadium as well as other fans lining up to take a photo!
Slottsparken is a spacious and green park that is a must visit in the city. Malmö is known as the City of Parks and this was my favourite! In the park you’ll find the Slottsmöllan, a Dutch style windmill and the public library and castle only a short walk away.
Malmö city library was an absolute surprise during our visit! The library is absolutely stunning with a white spacious photogenic interior, multi-level bookshelves, a café and a ton of events for families.
Where to Eat
Malmö has international and local cuisine options and a great variety of cafes, bars and restaurants that seem to get fully packed on the weekends! You will not be disappointed with the food options in Malmö during your stay!
Spoonery – This small yet beautifully decorated spot was where we decided to have lunch in order to try some local Swedish cuisine. The restaurant itself is quite small and has only a few tables but it also offers takeout options. We had the Swedish meatballs, with potatoes, cucumbers and berries and it was delicious!
Bastard – If you decide to stay at MJ’s hotel you’ll find Bastard restaurant right next door. It has great bar service, creative cocktails and a changing menu based on the fresh ingredients of the day. Make sure to reserve beforehand as it fills up pretty quick!
Kitchen & Table – This restaurant and lounge bar is found on the 25th floor of Clarion hotel and boasts a full city view panorama that is beautiful both during sunset and in the late evening. If you are looking for a good meal paired with city views, this is the ideal option in Malmö
MJ’s Hotel – Our hotel also happened to be a popular hotspot for dinner and drinks on weekends with both dinner and cocktail options for guests.
Malmö is a great option for travellers looking to getaway for a weekend without the chaos of a big city. It combines small town charm with plenty of entertainment for couples, solo travellers and families.