This post is a paid collaboration with Malmö Town. All opinions are as always, my own.
I’ve been to Malmö many times, but have never really explored the city so I was super excited when Malmö Town reached out to me and asked if I wanted to spend a few days there to create a guide to Malmö. I think you know what my answer was.
There are so many things I love about Malmö, like its’ perfect location – 1 1/2 hours by train from where I live, 20-25 minutes by train from Copenhagen, the many, many fantastic cafées and restaurants, how it’s a very dog friendly city, the relaxed atmosphere and the location right on the southwest coast of Sweden. Malmö is Sweden’s third biggest city and yet it’s the perfect size to explore the city by foot, or even better, by bike! I stayed at Oh Boy Bicycle hotel so a bike was included in my room. Perfect!
Because my trip was very.. let’s say, food based, I didn’t get to try everything that I wanted to. I was SO full most of the time! But I’m blown away by what Malmö has to offer food wise. There are still many amazing spots that I didn’t have time to visit, perhaps there will be a part two in this series?! So now I’d like to know, have you ever been to Malmö? Or are you planning to? Let’s get started with some of my favorite spots…
This restaurant is one of my Malmö favorites! Located in the St. Knut area, Mineral offers an all vegan, seasonal menu, natural wines, beers and ciders. Chef David Kjellstenius is incredibly talented, the staff is super nice and knowledgeable and the venue is super beautiful too (there is literally no angle that doesn’t look good!). The dish with cauliflower, sugarsnaps, pickled green tomatoes, fermented lemon and marigold – SO good and so beautiful (just look at the colors!) ! The food is a feast for the eyes too. The chef made a soup from leftover veggies and it was the best soup I’ve ever tasted. And don’t even get me started on the dessert!
Address: Sankt Knuts väg 13
Gram is Sweden’s first package-free food store where you can bring your own jars and containers and buy spices, dry goods, oils, fruit and vegetables and more, in bulk! I got some great glass containers that I’ve been eyeing for a while. I wish there were more places like this! Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area.
Address: Mäster Danielsgatan 3
Mat- och Chokladstudion
Mat- och Chokladstudion by pastry chef Joel Lindqvist. Super nice little pastry shop that serves amazing pastries and lunch. We stopped by for coffee and I had two tartlets, one with Italian meringue, passion fruit jam and white chocolate ganache and the other one with white chocolate ganache, cardamom, elderflower, lemon and strawberry meringue. Need I say more? They also offered some vegan alternatives which looked out of this world!
Address: Amiralsgatan 18
Atrium is a beautiful café located in the Slottsstaden area of Malmö. Their poppy seed cake with a dollop of cream was SO good, exactly what I needed that day! I’ll come back for lunch here next time I’m in Malmö as it looked amazing. They also have a lovely terrace with lots of seating.
Address: Skvadronsgatan 13
St. Jacobs Stenugnsbageri
Right across the street from Atrium is this beautiful, classic bakery with the most delicious cardamom and cinnamon buns – St. Jakobs. At that point, I was so full, but I did bring two buns with me that I ate later that day. So good and with LOTS of cardamom, just the way I like it.
Address: Skvadronsgatan 16
Bageri Leve was one of the first spots I visited! I tried the vegan danish and a vegan chocolate caramel hazelnut tart and they were both SO good. The danish was incredibly flaky and the tart was one of the best I’ve tried, super balanced with a good amount of salt, just the way I like it. We also stopped here for lunch one day and I had an amazing rye bread sandwich with corn cream, radishes, pointed cabbage with dill and hazelnuts. Delicious! They have freshly baked bread in the afternoon too, unlike so many other bakeries!
Address: Östra Rönneholmsvägen 6
Florista is one of the places I had been eyeing for quite a while, it’s just the most beautiful flower shop ever! I had the pleasure of meeting the sweet owner Sophie and her adorable dog Farfar (meaning paternal grandfather in Swedish). Florista’s focus is locally sourced flowers with more of a natural and wild, which is exactly what I love. Sophie also hosts workshops every now and then and I’m definitely signing up for her next one!
Address: Kärleksgatan 4
A•VO•KA•DO Great place to grab lunch! I had the avocado toast with beet hummus and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a more beautiful avocado toast. So good too, with lots of plant based options.
Address: Holmgatan 4
I was so pleasantly surprised by this beautiful park in the middle of the city! I can’t believe I’ve been to Malmö so many times and have missed this gem. This park is huge too! There’s a lovely café (part of it pictured in the photo below) in the middle of the park, we didn’t have time to sit down for coffee because we had dinner reservations but I’ll go there next time for sure. There were lots of different gardens in the park, for example a dahlia garden which was blooming at the time. So lucky!
Picnic in Slottsträdgården
When I saw the canal I knew we had to stop for a picnic in the park the next day. So we took our bikes to Malmö food hall and bought some things for our picnic. We found a pretty perfect spot, watching all the boats go by in the canal. Pretty great for dog watching too 😉
I’m usually not a huge fan of food halls but Malmö Saluhall is so beautiful with a great selection of baked goods, artisan cheese, ice cream etc. We stopped here to get some things for our picnic, and some ice cream too (with vegan options of course). Definitely worth a visit!
Address: Gibraltargatan 6
Sometimes I really crave sitting on the ground, I don’t know if that sounds weird but it’s true! This was one of those times so when we passed by Ivar on our way to Malmö Saluhall I knew we had to sit down here for a drink. So nice with the view of the canal. They also have a restaurant, with chairs 😉 .
Address: Malmöhusvägen 1
Kitchen & Table Malmö/Skybar
We went up to the Kitchen and table skybar on the 25th floor for cocktails and a fantastic view of Malmö. There’s also a restaurant which we didn’t have time to try, but the cocktails were delicious and they were even made with aquafaba instead of egg whites!
Address: Dag Hammarskjölds Torg 2
Soldäcket, Västra Hamnen
Malmö is such a vibrant city, and this place is no exception! People were hanging out everywhere along the water even though it was a very chilly summer evening. A beautiful place to enjoy the sunset or take a quick dip in the water. Also close to the Turning Torso which is one of Malmö’s most famous landmarks and also Sweden’s tallest building!
I stopped by Noir for a quick breakfast and I’m so glad I did! The coffee is delicious and the breakfast bowl I had with yoghurt and ricotta, grilled nectarines, toasted almonds, honey and mint was spot on. Yum. The café is located in a super cozy street in Gamla Väster. A great place for people watching!
Address: Engelbrektsgatan 6
Julie is a cozy wine bar/cheese shop located in my favorite area in Malmö, Gamla Väster. We went here for lunch one day and it was delicious! What I especially love about this place is that it feels so inviting, like you’re a guest in someone’s apartment or house. Their outdoor seating area is super cozy too!
Address: Tegelgårdsgatan 9
AB Småland is one of my favorite shops in Malmö. I could easily spend hours and hours here! They have pretty much everything I love – vintage furniture, plants & flowers, ceramics, a coffee shop.. what else could one need? Be sure to bring a big suitcase if you’re going to this shop!
Address: Södra Förstadsgatan 25-27
Opopoppa is cool little spot focusing on pizza slices and natural wines. We stopped by this place twice and their slices are so good! Perfect too if you’re just grabbing a quick lunch and you’re not up for chowing down a whole pizza. Located in the Möllan area.
Address: Simrishamnsgatan 3
I’m a little spontaneous so I never got a table at Dubbel Dubbel, it’s definitely a good idea to book in advance. We did however sit down for a drink here and it’s super cozy. Located in the Möllan area.
Address: Simrishamnsgatan 14
Sájvva is an Asian fusion restaurant located in the Slussen area. Definitely one of my favorite meals during this trip! The restaurant is super cozy and the staff is super nice.
Address: Östra Förstadsgatan 29
Far i hatten
Far i hatten is located in the middle of Folkets park, I’ve been here a couple of times before and have tried their awesome pizza. The food is delicious and the atmosphere is relaxed, and the location in the middle of a park is hard to beat!
Elin from Malmö says
Loved your guide! So nice pictures 🙂 I can also recommend these places for your next visit: Lyran (very innovative restaurant, not having any menu, but doing magic with local, seasonal ingredients), Söderberg & Sara (my favourite bakery), Gustavino (very nice place for an apperitivo), L’enoteca (cosy wine bar with a nice outdoor area in the summer), MJ’s (super cool hotel that also serves amazing food), Mastio (ok, this is in Limhamn, but the pizzas here are definitely worth the ride!).
Thank you Elin!! Ah yess, Söderberg & Sara was on my list and I wanted to go to Mastio too. And I went to MJ’s right before heading home but didn’t have time to sit down. I had never heard of the other places, they sounds awesome! Thank you so much for your recommendations, I’ll be sure to visit them next time! 🙂
Kan instämma med Lyran. Var där senast förra veckan och det är enligt mig bästa restaurangen i Malmö. Kan också slå ett slag för restaurangen Que på Värnhem. Asiatisk fusion fine dining (kocken har jobbat på Noma).
Kul med cred till staden! Det finns så mycket fint här
//Samuel (boende i Malmö)
Earl Williams says
What a beautiful city and such great food so well captured by your superior photography. Every photograph is a work of art. Very, very special.
And now I want to visit Malmo. Thank you for introducing us to this wonderful city.
Thank you so much for your kind words, Earl! That’s so kind of you, completely made my day 🙂
Vilken fantastisk guide! Får bli ett besök till Malmö snart ? Och som alltid otroliga bilder! ??❤️
Men taack Julie! Ja, så himla kul att upptäcka alla dessa fantastiska ställen <3 Stor kram till dig och er!
What made you write that Malmö is “a very dog-friendly city”?
In my experience a lot of restaurants and cafées are ok with you bringing your dog 🙂 But perhaps it depends to what places you go to.
what a great post! I love all the photos. Great places you describe, I want to go now 🙂
Thank you so much Iris! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂
Som malmöbo blir jag nästan lite nyförälskad i min egen stad när jag ser dina (som alltid) fantastiska bilder!
Åh, vad roligt att höra! Det gör mig så himla glad 🙂 Malmö är en fantastisk stad!
Åh, Malmö!!! Hade inte varit där i hela mitt liv och sen blev det så att jag åkte dit sex gånger inom loppet av ett år pga jobb. Så jag hann upptäcka staden och dessutom få se det under olika årstider. Blir jättesugen på att åka tillbaks nu efter din guide. Förutom dina excellenta tips kan jag tillägga:
– Blomsterpigan, Hamngatan 4, blomsterhandel
-Konditori Katarina, cafékedja med vacker, gammaldags inredning
– Patisserie David, Östergatan 7, stort utbud av vackra och goda bakverk
-Kärleksgatan 3, instagramvänligt lunchställe med goda mackor och sallader, gott kaffe!
-Namu, Landbygatan 5, restaurang inom det koreanska köket med Michelinstjärna
-Zakkasine, Adelgatan 19, japansk design- och inredningsbutik med bl.a. vackert porslin
-Stadsbiblioteket, fantastisk arkitektur!! Ett måste! Gå in och förundras.
-Malmö museer, för ynka 40 kr får man tillgång till fem museer, bl.a konstmuseet och slottet.
Har inte hunnit besöka operan och stadsteatern än, men kan tänka mig att det är värt ett stopp. Annars bara strosa runt i staden och beundra konstrasterna i arkitekturen, alla söta, färgglada hus och hypermoderna byggen. Och framförallt fika! Har aldrig stött på så många mysiga caféer man skulle vilja besöka!
Heej! Åh tack för alla dina fina tips, ska definitivt spana in dem nästa gång jag är i Malmö!! xx
These images are breathtaking and it makes me want to hop on a plane and go there right now!
This is such a lovely post! Every single thing sounds delicious and your photos are absolutely stunning! Malmo has just jumped to the top of my places to visit list!
Yaaay! So glad to hear that, Vicki!