Visit Malmö – Our friendly neighbouring city
With the sun finally deciding to visit us here in Scandinavia, now is the perfect time for a day trip to the city over on the other side of the Öresund Bridge, Malmö!
Malmö is Sweden’s third largest city with approximately 300,000 people. Originally an industrial shipbuilding town, Malmö has vastly expanded since the year 2000 when the Öresund Bridge connected the city with Copenhagen. Today, an estimated twenty thousand people commute over the bridge.
So how do I get to Malmö?
The fastest way to get to Malmö is to take the Öresund trains that depart every 10-20 minutes from Nørreport, Copenhagen Central Station and the Airport. The train ride is approximately 35 minutes from København H to Malmö C. It costs approximately 150 DKK for a round-trip ticket and a plus is that you can use the ticket on the Malmö city buses as well.
So what is there to do there?
Malmö is a much smaller city than Copenhagen, however it does offer its own charm. Once a Danish territory, Malmö’s castle was built by the Danish King, Christian IX.
Malmö’s equivalent of Stroget is called Södra Förstadsgatan or as it more commonly known to the locals as Gågatan or the Walking Street. Gågatan stretches from Stortorget by the Central Station all the way down to the multi-cultural Möllevångtorget.
Gågatan is much like Strøget but offers some Swedish treats such as Åhlens (their own smaller version of Illum or Magasin), an H&M (can’t go to Sweden and not go to their biggest clothing success) as well as other named brands such as Filippa K, Tiger of Sweden and Whyred.
Lilla torg is another popular square with bars and restaurants with outdoor seating in the summer. It offers a great atmosphere but generally a little more expensive and often is 23+ on Saturday nights, which may not work for all of us younger students.
Malmö’s population is approximately 25 percent Muslim. Möllevångstorget is full of Arabic groceries and shops, so if you want to buy some baklava, kebab or a shisha, this is the place to hit up. Bergsgatan ,the adjacent street, and the area around Möllevångstorget (more commonly known as Möllan) is the primary location for Malmö’s young nightlife with many bars and clubs including the outdoor Debaser in Folket’s Park and Babel which is located in an old church.
Just a short bus ride from the city center, (Take bus 2 from the city center or central station towards Västra Hamnen) you can explore the architecture of Västra Hamnen. This area used to be where ships were built but was refurbished for an exhibit called Bo01 (Live01) where architects from around the world were invited to build homes. One of the most eco-friendly and sustainable living spaces in Malmö, the area features a boardwalk (with docks that you can swim from) and the tallest building in Northern Europe, the Turning Torso. Malmö’s beach, Ribersborg, is also just a short walk away. (Tip: If you are craving ice cream, hit up the Italian gelato place, Dolce Sicilia. It is amazing! http://www.dolcesicilia.se/)
Where to eat?
Lunch in Malmö is a must. While the main street offers all the big coffeehouse chains from Starbucks to Espresso House (Sweden’s equivalent to Barista), there are plenty of local treasures that are definitely worth trying.
Located just a street over from the Gustav Adolf’s torg, Njutbar offers great lunch food including quinoa salads, sandwiches with homemade bread and fantastic soups. Price range: 65 – 90 SEK/55 – 80 DKK
For those who are looking to try something a little different, Café Agnez is a vegan café in the old part of Malmö, Gamla Väster. The café was named Best Café in Malmö in 2011 and features an incredibly cozy courtyard.
Price range: 75 – 120 SEK/65 – 110 DKK
Located right off the walking street, on the street of love (Kärleksgatan), Café Grue is an intimate café that showcases local art. The café serves great sandwiches and sallads and just around the corner from Davidshallstorg where there are many small boutiques.
Price range: 65 – 90 SEK/55 – 80 DKK
If you are planning on staying in Malmö for dinner, some city favorites include:
Chill Out Sushi
A little outside the city center, Chill Out Sushi’s newest restaurant in Slottstaden, offers a loungey atmosphere and some of the best sushi in town. Every Friday and Saturday night they also have a DJ playing from 8 p.m. and onwards.
Price range: 350 SEK+/340 DKK+
Casual Street Food
For a more laid-back vibe, visit Casual Street Food located just off Bergsgatan and close to Möllan. A small, casual and modern American-style diner, they offer great burgers, fish tacos and an organic chocolate milkshake that is to die for!
Price range: 175 – 300 SEK/165 – 290 DKK
Free summer concerts
For a couple years now, Malmö city has been putting on free concerts in various locations through out the city. They include both local and international artists with a variety of music styles and performances. Concerts start June 14 and run throughout the summer until August 10. Locations include a cozy old courtyard in the city center (Hedmanska Gården) and an outdoor amphitheatre in Pildammsparken. Check out the line up on their website!
Outside the city
For those who don’t feel like venturing all the way into the center city, Emporia is Malmö newest (and Scandinavia’s largest shopping center). Located right by the first train station on the Swedish side of the bridge, Hyllie, Emporia features over 200 stores and a food court. It is also located right next to Malmö Arena where concerts including The Eurovision Song Contest 2013 will be held in a month.