Travel Guide to Malmo
This travel guide to Malmo will be shorter than my usual travel guides. It will be similar to my Sintra, Portugal travel guide. This is because we went on a day trip to Malmo, Sweden during our time in Copenhagen. We spent an entire day there, and we felt like we were able to see most of Malmo, Sweden. It’s not a big city but it is the third largest city in Sweden.
Malmo seemed to be so much calmer and less touristy than Copenhagen. There were times when we were walking around that it felt like it was just Tre and I walking. CNN Traveler voted it as the top 10 places to visit in Sweden!
Getting to Malmo, Sweden
Malmo, Sweden is about a 30 minute train ride from Copenhagen. So if you are in Copenhagen, you will head to the Copenhagen Central Train Station to take the train there. Several trains frequently run to Sweden and it is common for locals to commute back and forth between Copenhagen and Malmo. The train ticket didn’t cost that much either.
They randomly check for passports, so I highly recommend bringing it. We ended up not getting our passport checked, but we didn’t want to risk it. Even the people working at the train station warned us that you have to make sure your passports are with you because technically we were heading to another country.
Things To Know
Unlike Copenhagen, Sweden participates in Frika. Frika is a swedish break that happens in the afternoon. The purpose of the Frika is to be able to relax from a busy day (morning) and enjoy spending time with with friends while having a cup of coffee and Swedish pastries. Therefore, there are lots of bakeries! Highly recommend trying the Kanelbular and Spattekaka.
Kanelbular is a Swedish version of the cinnamon roll. Very similar to the Danish kanelsnegl. Tre had this growing up because his childhood friend is Swedish. So when he saw these in Malmo, he knew he had to get some!
Spettekaka is another Swedish dessert. It’s basically a cake on a spit. The look of it is unique and people usually have it with coffee. It does pair really well with coffee!
What to Do and See
- Davidshall Neighborhood
This neighborhood is so cute and quaint and it is known for shops, trendy boutiques, coffee shops, and architecture.
- Galma Staden Neighborhood
It is a neighborhood that has three well known squares. The squares are Stortorget, Gustav Adolf Torg, and Lilla Torg.
- Jakob Nilsgatan
This is a street in the Galma Staden neighborhood. This area is so cute. It is exactly what I pictured traditional Swedish houses looked like. So much charm, character, and color!
- St. Peter’s Church
It is a church from the 14th century and will not be hard to miss! It was known as “the main Gothic monument within church architecture in Skane”.
- Turning Torso
It is the tallest tower in Scandinavia. The name basically describes the building. It looks twisted! It is the only skyscraper in Malmo and without a doubt you will see it.
- Salongsgatan Street
This area is known as “new Malmo”. The houses there are very cute.
- Malmo Castle – Scandinavia’s oldest surviving Renaissance castle. It’s very affordable to check out and there are so many exhibits to see.
- Fishing Village – It’s a cute little area known as the fishing village. You’ll notice cute little fish houses and boats. You can buy fresh fish and seafood. We went on a Sunday so unfortunately they were closed. Things to note for next time!
- Ribersborg Beach – It’s a beach where you can also get a good view of the Turning Torso.
- Slottsgarden – This is a park where the giant windmill is located.
- Kungsparken – This is the oldest park in Malmo. Basically a Swedish Central Park (in NYC). We walked through it and it is such a pretty site. There’s a cute pond and so many places to sit and people watch. We followed the canal through the park.
Where to Eat
Since we were only there for a day, we didn’t get a chance to eat at several places. Most of the ones we went to are cafes and we definitely took advantage of Frika!
- Gustav Adolf – This is where we had brunch. They had a brunch buffet which gave us the opportunity to try all the different types of Swedish foods. We really enjoyed it and it seemed like a popular place. It was one of the most crowded restaurants in Malmo.
- Lite Off Cafe – It is a cute cafe in the Davidshall neighborhood. It has a very hipster feel to it.
- Coffee Factory – This is another cafe/ coffeeshop we went to. It faces the Galma Staden square. Love the decor! It has cute book shelves and cozy nooks.
Where to Stay
Since we decided last minute to check out Malmo, we did not have the opportunity to spend the night there. Originally, when we thought we could be out there much longer we were thinking we would spend 2 days and 1 night in Malmo. As I mentioned earlier, one day was sufficient. Maybe an extra day would be nice so we could hang out at the beach or explore more of “new Malmo”. If you are planning to stay there, here were a few places we were considering.
Hope you all enjoyed this travel guide to Malmo. I highly recommend taking a day trip here especially if you are visiting Copenhagen.