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‘And twelve factors go to…. LOREEN’. Again in Might, the Swedish singer and songwriter gained the Eurovision Track Contest in entrance of162 million viewers worldwide. For Sweden this was large, firstly as a result of it was Loreen’s second win, and secondly as a result of I merely can not categorical simply how massive the Eurovision Track Contest is right here! Historically, the nation who wins the competition will get to host the occasion the next yr. And subsequent spring all eyes might be on Malmö, town chosen to host the Eurovision Track Contest 2024!
Having moved to Malmö in 2004 – I actually know a factor or two about this excellent metropolis and at this time, I will put the singing apart (apart from slightly karaoke in fact), to share a few of my favorite locations in Malmö with you, together with cafes, eating places, outlets, sculptures, architect, museums and galleries!
Prepared to find this Southern metropolis a brief hop from Copenhagen? Step this fashion for my native information!
Stroll by way of the previous cobbled streets and squares of Gamla Staden
Wander by way of Gamla Staden (the previous city) which incorporates Stortorget – the ‘massive sq.’ with its majestic buildings and fantastically restored promoting from 1900 and Lillatorg – the picturesque ‘small sq.’ buzzing with cafes and eating places. Take a while strolling across the cobbled residential lanes behind the primary websites too, there are rows of vibrant cottages to find!
Hold an eye fixed out for town’s structure, fountains and sculptures
Malmö is well-known for Turning Torso – a skyscraper designed by Santiago Calatrava, and naturally the magnificent Öresund bridge which spans the Öresund Strait. However be sure you preserve your eyes peeled across the metropolis for an unbelievable array of structure the place previous meets new. For an excellent architectue stroll, begin at Fiskehoddarna and make your manner alongside Citadellsvägen beside the canal passing Malmöhus slott (the citadel), Clarion reside and lots of different thrilling landmarks.
All through Gamla Staden and past you may discover many unbelievable fountains, sculptures and paintings. My favorite is ‘Det Svenska Tungsinnet’ by Marie-Louise Ekman – a crying man in bronze who’s all the time unhappy regardless of the great views over the canal!
Go to the museums and galleries
Cease for a fika (espresso and candy deal with)
Irrespective of the place you’re on the town, there might be a restaurant with first-class espresso and a fluffy cinnamon bun ready for you! Within the metropolis centre you may discover the likes of Noir, Solde and Konditori Katarina close to the station. However I additionally like to heading to St Knuts torg the place you may pull up a seat beside locals in Uggla kaffebar (above) or Söderberg & Sara (beneath).
You can also’t get extra native than Östra Kaffebaren in Värnhem (pictured beneath), why not make a morning of it and stroll by way of pretty Kungsgatan – passing Saint Paul’s Church on the best way.
For those who’re in Limhamn (not removed from Hyllie – the positioning of the Eurovision Track Contest 2024), head to Atelejen for a fika or brunch (beneath) – and choose up some ceramics made within the in-house workshop afterwards.
The excellent news is, in the case of Swedish fika, there are not any limits to the variety of occasions you may indulge your self in someday – so, why not check out all of those locations throughout your keep?
Looking for garments
Malmö city centre is crammed with the same old Swedish excessive avenue shops together with H&M, & Different tales, Lindex, Tiger of Sweden, Åhlens and so on. But when like me, you’re keen on to find smaller impartial shops, be sure you cease by at Meloa (pictured above) on Davidshallstorg, Miloii, Grandpa and AB Småland. You too can choose up second-hand finds at Rad Susie and Björk & Frihet.
Looking for design
Malmö has so many nice design shops! Nordiska Galleriet (above) not too long ago opened it is doorways and is crammed with Scandinavian design.
Tucked away on a stunning previous avenue in Gamla Staden you may additionally discover the impartial inside design retailer Pepperholm (beneath) – which focuses on Giclée prints on paper and linen tapestries printed in Sweden in addition to properly as lamps, ceramics, cushions and different small gadgets for the house (restricted opening hours).
Looking for vintage and second-hand homeware
Tucked away behind Davidshallstorg, you may discover a complete host of small impartial boutiques promoting every thing from antiques like Teddy’s Antikshop (pictured above and beneath) and books to mid-century furnishings and ceramics. Most have restricted opening occasions however almost all are open on Saturdays.
Whereas as regards to books, hunt down the ‘Dawit Isaac Biblioteket – the library of banned books, it is fascinating!
Eating places for lunch and dinner
There are such a lot of wonderful eating places in Malmö. I am going to begin with lunch spots! Davidshallstorg – a sq. within the city centre is teeming with little eating places all with the choice of indoor or outside seating. I significantly like Freja Cafe och Vinbar (above and beneath) which is open all day and serves a superb breakfast, fika, lunch or night meal. Different nice brunch and lunch choices embody Ruths (wonderful meals, nice ambiance), MJs restaurant and the relaxed meals corridor Malmö Saluhall. On a Friday, e-book a desk for lunch at common Västra Station.
In search of one thing extra hipster? Head to Möllevången.
Identified for its bohemian, edgy and hip vibe, Möllevången is filled with eating places serving every thing from Indian and Lebanese to Chinese language and Iranian. Final Sunday Per and I spent the afternoon within the afternoon sunshine at Ramen to Biiru – a well-liked Japanese restaurant which is all the time filled with locals for good purpose – the meals is great!
Close by you may discover Scandwich, one other favorite! You may’t make reservations at both of those locations so simply rock up and benefit from the ambiance when you wait to your desk!
Within the night, my favorite dinner locations are Bouchon, Occo (I like the decadence of this place and the scrumptious mezze, plus its nice for cocktails), Aster, Elsa, Atmosfär, Gustavino or Bise. For nice Asian meals head to Quan (massively common for good purpose – e-book properly upfront) Soho or Kin Lon, a chinese language restaurant with robotic service! In my thoughts, the very best Indian on the town is served at Kontrast, Ghee by the Sea overlooking the ocean and Öresund bridge – it is a Brantmark household favorite!
Is self-catering an choice throughout your keep? In that case, you are in luck! There are lots of supermarkets throughout city, however if you would like to buy native, head to the farmers markets at Drottningstorget or choose up fruit and veg on the market at Möllevångenstorget (most stalls choose money). Möllevången can be an excellent place to expertise Malmö’s unbelievable cultural range – and you should buy components for almost any dish!
For different impartial shops, Gram on St Knuts torg (pictured above) is a zero waste store promoting native, natural and sustainable merchandise. You too can purchase native eggs and freshly baked sourdough subsequent door at Söderberg & Sara. Whereas within the neighbourhood, take a stroll in Malmö Folkets Park – it provides a complete calendar of occasions in addition to a bunch of cafes and eating places and even a reptile centre!
Seafood on the menu? Choose up shellfish, salmon, herring, tuna steaks and lots of different delicacies from Malmö’s largest fish market Fiskehoddarna – a picturesque row of fishing huts by the canal (seen above and beneath) a stone’s throw from Malmöhus slott. I like to cease by for the catch of the day from Blå Hoddan, owned by the brother of a good friend of mine who has is personal fishing boat. In late spring and summer time you may dine-in.
In search of some actions?
By day, take a stroll in one of many metropolis parks – together with Pildammsparken, which dates again to the seventeenth century or Kungsparken, with its canal, windmill and fairly gardens – each lovely! When family and friends come to go to I additionally like to lease one of many electrical boats from Go Boat or BookABoat and putter across the metropolis canals with a picnic (choose up a baguette at Picnic).
Feeling sporty? Take in the superb ambiance at a Malmö FF sport (locals will let you know they’re the very best soccer / soccer staff in Sweden!) or find out about ice-hockey by watching Malmö Redhawks play!
If the solar is shining and the climate is heat, you may discover a lot of motion on the metropolis seashore at Ribbergsborgstranden the place, in summer season you may play volleyball and basketball. Within the winter, heat up at Ribersgborg kalbadhus (public sauna and pier). I used to be there yesterday and all the time go away feeling utterly revived!
For night actions – Boulebar is all the time enjoyable for dinner and boules, or get into the Eurovision spirit on the new karaoke bar Moyagi! The artwork deco fashion Spegeln is my favorite cinema due to the gorgeous decor, cozy armchairs and in-saloon bar! For one thing that little further you would possibly wish to see a efficiency at Malmö Opera or Malmö Stadsteater or put your problem-solving abilities to the take a look at at Sherlocked escape room, earlier than recovering within the cocktail bar.
End the night time with a dance to reside music on at Paddy’s (Friday’s and Saturdays) or bust a transfer among the many younger and hip at Plan B.
The place to remain
MJs, Clarion and Story are all within the coronary heart of city and provide an excellent night time’s keep.
do not go away Malmö with out choosing up some chocolate from Malmö Chokladfabrik (the Malmö chocolate manufacturing unit) retailer close to the central station for some ecological dream chocolate with that little further!
Planning your journey? Listed here are 5 helpful issues to know…
1. Malmö is a close to cashless metropolis so do not trade cash upfront – bank cards are the best way to go (besides you want to go to the market in Möllevången).
2. Get round on foot or rent a motorbike. For longer journeys obtain the easy-to-use Skånetrafiken app for public transport (together with the prepare to and from Copenhagen airport).
3. Gown for all climate however go away your brolly at dwelling – this can be a windy metropolis! Oh, and produce your bathers – simply in case you fancy a dip within the Öresund Strait!
4. Malmö is an understated metropolis – relaxed clothes and flat sneakers are the best way to go (cobbled lanes and kitten heels don’t combine properly, belief me!).
5. In my private expertise, ideas are usually not provided at lunchtime however 10% is commonplace for dinner
I hope this information proves helpful to your go to. We so look ahead to welcoming you to our superb metropolis for the Eurovision Track Contest 2024!
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