Top 5: Malmö, Sweden

5) Lilla Torg (Little Town Square)

This relatively small cobblestone square in the middle of Malmo is surrounded by a variety of different bars, cafes and restaurants all offering outside seating, perfect for a sunny afternoon. The buildings around the square are over 500 years old and you’ll find yourself sat enjoying in a drink and allowing your eyes to feast on the beautiful and varied architecture. Sitting outside in the sunshine with music playing from the different bars results in a laid back and chilled atmosphere of Malmo.

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4) Oresund Bridge to Copenhagen

I’m not suggesting one of the top 5 things to do in Malmo is to get out of Malmo however with Copenhagen only 30 minutes on the train across one of the most impressive bridges in Europe,  it would seem unfair not to mention it as an option. The bridge-tunnel is the longest combined road and rail bridge in Europe, over 8km long with 4km under water it’s an impressive structure. Trains are regular and at less than ten euros, you could be in Copenhagen for breakfast and Malmo for lunch if you wanted to!

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Øresund Bridge viewed from a plane taking off from Copenhagen Airport

 

 

3) Kungsparken park

In the middle of this city is this beautiful park which offers a serene and lush escape right at the heart of this Scandinavian city. Perfect for jogging, walking or just people watching these picturesque gardens are a must see in Malmö. You’ll find Malmö Castle nestled in the centre of the park too. Scandinavia’s oldest surviving Renaissance castle is worth visiting and daily tours are available.

 

2) Malmo Brewing Company & Taproom

The Malmo brewing company is located next to the old chocolate factory in one of the most vibrant and diverse districts in the city. With over 40 taps of craft beer and great honest food, what more could you possibly ask for?

The Malmo brewing company is a great place to try some locally brewed craft beer. The staff are knowledgeable and there are lots of different options of beers to choose from, seriously lots and constantly changing. Check here for the latest list…

If you’re in Malmo makes sure you drop in, it’s open from 16:00 every day and open from midday on Saturday and closed on Sundays.

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1) Ribersborg Beach

One of the surprising delights of Malmö is the wonderful coastline and beaches all within a ten minute cycle of the city centre. There are cycle paths from the city centre that lead directly to the coast so access is easy and enjoyable. Sea swimming is a popular activity all year round in Sweden and with the crisp, beautiful water you can see why.

The Ribersborg beach, locally called ‘Ribban’ has been described as the Scandinavian Copacabana and although it lacks the party vibe of its Brazilian counterpart it does have a wonderfully long beach. Over three kilometres long with an open air bath house with was built in 1898, located 300 metres off shore at the end of a pier where, if you’d like, you can swim naked as is the culture in Scandinavia. There are separate areas for men and women and there are saunas too which you can seek refuge in to warm up after a dip in the icy water!

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*Tip- Sports fans, check out Malmo’s new football stadium, the Swedbank Stadion, home of the King of Sweden, Zlatan.*

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