Malmo Town Hall at Stortorget Square credit AdobeStock

April 2024

Malmö: a pocket guide to Sweden’s city of culture

Lola Akinmade Akerstrom
Lola Akinmade Åkerström


As Malmö warms up for the world’s biggest song and dance extravaganza next month, we ask one savvy Swede to guide to the way... 

Easily Sweden’s most diverse, multicultural city, with its distinct small-town feel, Malmö is hosting Eurovision for good reason. Chances are every participating country is already represented in a cross-section of its resident population. Known for its international flair, rich culinary landscape and seaside access, Malmö is lovely in May – the perfect time to experience it in all its technicolour glory, with spring in full bloom around the Skåne region. 

Where to stay
From budget options to luxury digs, you can bed down in style at canal front Duxiana in branded beds made by DUX, hang with the cool crowd at eclectic boutique MJ’s, with its lush courtyard, vibrantly chic rooms, and lively bar scene, or enjoy affordable Scandinavian minimalism at Scandic Stortorget right in the heart of town.


The Saluhall photographed by André-Pihl / Wingårdhs

Where to eat
The Skåne region has arguably the finest organic produce in Sweden, so Malmö’s culinary scene focuses on locally sourced slow gastronomy. In the Möllan district, cosy tasting bar and restaurant Lyran, with its open kitchen and signature green tiles, offers a changing tasting menu using seasonal ingredients such as scallops, parsley root and sea lettuce, to name a few. Or you can sample the world at local indoor food hall Malmö Saluhall - from seafood and cheese to charcuterie and meatballs.

Don’t leave town without trying Malmö’s unofficial signature dish - falafel - and enjoying its Middle Eastern influences. Grab fresh shawarmas at Syrian restaurant Shamiat or try a falafel-topped hummus bowl at Hummusson.

Where to find nature
Close to Malmö’s architectural marvel The Turning Torso - an iconic residential building – you’ll find Ribberborgsstranden sand beach and park with superb views of the Öresund Bridge. Try the nearby sauna and spa Ribersborgs Kallbadhus for relaxing self-care and take a dip afterwards in the nippy waters of Öresund Strait.

If you only do one thing 
Rent a bike, wander Malmö’s narrow streets, and explore its nooks and crannies in old town Gamla Stan. Stop along the way for quintessential Swedish fika - coffee breaks with cinnamon buns. The city is dotted with boutique cafés for coffee and tea lovers alike. Try coffee tasting at local roastery Lilla Kafferosteriet located in an ochre-colored 17th-century building. Or relax with a cup of tea surrounded by flowers and lush shrubs at Slottsträdgårdens Kafé in the gardens of the city’s oldest park, Kungsparken.

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