Welcome to Malmö, Sweden!
Once only known as “the place on the other side of The Bridge from TV”, Malmö is far more than that. Copenhagen’s smaller, edgier, Swedish sibling is one of the world’s top five cities for cycling, a haven for jazz lovers, and a genuinely underrated and overlooked pearl, perched precariously on the Øresund at the very edge of Sweden. It’s easy to access via the Copenhagen to Malmö train, so there’s no excuse to pass it by!
Tourists know the well-known attractions, but a worldwide local knows how to experience it best. This is an insider’s guide of some of Malmö’s finest spots. Malmö is a small city, easy to navigate, and particularly friendly for cyclists. It can sometimes be a little tricky to find the gems in this small town, but this guide will direct you on how to make the most of your stay.
Start at the Heart of the City
The Möllevången District, or Möllan, as the locals call it, is the answer to Copenhagen’s Nørrebro. Spreading out from Möllevångstorget Square, Möllan is incredibly diverse, bursting with life, and the best place to find food, bars, and nightlife. It is also home to Folkets Park, the oldest people’s park in Sweden, and it hosts an unbelievable variety of free open air events. Some of these events are flea markets, festivals, concerts, and theatre. Situated within walking distance of Triangeln Station, Möllan is a great spot to start your journey through the city.
Worldwide Local Tip: As the heart of culturally diverse Malmö, Möllevångstorget is THE place to eat, drink, and be merry. Take advantage of the strong Middle Eastern influence of the city’s cuisine with falafel, or try one of Malmö’s newest pizza joints, Opopoppa. It serves up freshly baked pizza by the slice, an impressive beer, cocktail and wine selection, and DJs spinning tunes well into the night.
Malmö is small enough to be explored on foot, and the pretty cobbled streets of the Gamla Staden (Old Town) are well worth an afternoon of slow wandering. However, with over 250 miles of bike paths criss-crossing the city, hiring a bicycle is a fantastic plan, giving you the chance to see the whole city in just one day. Biking is a fantastic way to enjoy the Malmö weather while seeing the sights.
Worldwide Local Tip: The local public cycle hire scheme offers 24hr or a three day rental, as well as, an annual pass. Buy a jojo card at the Skanetrafiken shop, at the main train station, and charge it with a bike subscription to get cycling.
Music in Malmö
Malmö is known as a jazz lovers paradise. The city is bursting with music venues, gig spaces, and acoustic sets, in cafes and bars. Many of the most well known bars are in the Gamla Staden, but it’s worth venturing further afield as well. If you want a chiller vibe, pop into a sports bar to chat with the locals about the popular Malmö FC.
Worldwide Local Tip: Drottninggatan 6, in the Rörsjöstaden neighborhood, is a free-jazz venue, radical library, bookstore, and art space, aiming to be the little sister to Stockholm’s Rönnells Antikvariat bookstore. Get down there, grab a book, and see some of the best music Malmö has to offer.
Ribersborgs Park is where Malmö locals go to get active, and its setting overlooking the Øresund makes it a fantastic place to stroll and soak up the view. It also boasts the Ribban, a shallow man-made beach, running along the coast, referred to (with tongue firmly in cheek) as Malmö’s Copacabana!
Worldwide Local Tip: Don’t miss the Ribersborgs Kalbadhuset, a wonderful, art deco sauna complex, at the end of a pier sticking out in the Øresund. Alternate between sauna steam room and a plunge in the sea to feel more alive than ever. Remember, this is Scandinavia, so bathing suits are a strict no-no!
Enjoy Your Stay!
Malmö has many more reasons to visit than just the curiosity inspired by the Scandi-noir vibes of The Bridge TV series. Roaming the city as a worldwide local will grant you unparalleled access to its amazing sights and fascinating sounds.