Malmö is a calm city located by the sea in the Skåne region, and it’s a awesome place to stop by when you’re in Scandinavia. It’s the third largest city in Sweden and it can be reached by boat or by the train that crosses the Öresund Bridge, which just 15 minutes from the Danish capital, Copenhagen.
In Malmö you can feel the Danish “Hygge” (the quality of “coziness and comfortable conviviality”) together with the Swedish “Lagom” (“just the right amount”) and spend a great day (or more) enjoying the best things in life.
We travelled to Malmö to spend a weekend and we loved it! It really fits our lifestyle. There were people cycling in the streets, smiling and enjoying the warm summer weather; parks were full of people relaxing and doing Fika and there were lots of summer activities going on aswell! The Swedes really seem to be happy and friendly people. And, unlike the other European cities, Malmö isn’t filled by tourists.
So here it is our favourite things to do in Malmö:
1 – Fika
Fika is a Swedish word you must learn! It basically means “to have coffee”, which is often accompanied by pastries. It’s a ritual that everyone takes seriously in Sweden. For us the real Fika needs to have a Kanelbulle! They are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!
2 – Kungsparken
This is the oldest park in Malmö and it’s situated in the center of the city. Here you can go for a walk or do some exercise, relax in the sun, do a picnic or rent a boat and enjoy the little canals that surround the park.
📍Slottsgatan 33, 211 33 Malmö, Sweden
3 – Turning Torso
Turning Torso is a neo-futurisit building in Sweden and is the tallest skyscraper in Scandinavia. It has 54 floors and is 190 meters high. It was designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatrava and its construction was completed in 2005. You can admire the building from different angles – our favourite is from Ribersborgsstraden.
📍Lilla Varvsgatan 14, 211 15 Malmö, Sweden
4 – Gamla Staden
Gamla Staden literally means “old city”. Here you can see historical buildings, colourful and picturesque squares and streets. Take your time to explore Lilla Torg and Stortorget.
5 – Emporia
Emporia is a shopping center with 230 shops and restaurants, located near Malmö (Hyllie station). But is not because of the stores that we choose it – it’s because of the awesome architecture of the building! It looks like an Opera house or art gallery.
📍Hyllie Boulevard 19, 215 32 Malmö, Sweden
Some of you may think that Malmö is not a safe place to travel since the city has welcomed many refugies in the last 20 years. We didn’t feel insecure in the city center but we didn’t go to the so-called “no-go zones”. We were as careful as we are in Portugal and everything was fine.
Hope you enjoyed this post and decide to visit Malmö soon. If you already visited, what did you think? What are your favourite things about it?