Enjoy Malmö like a local
Are you on your way to Malmö? Curious to know where the locals hang out? Here are some suggestions on where to go.
During the evening, the atmosphere at Drottningtorget is reminiscent of a square in the south of France with its high pulse and people playing the game of pétanque. At Boulebar, guests come to eat French bistro food and play pétanque. Beginners and veterans, best friends and new friends — they all meet up to play. A lost game creates the need for a return game while a victory makes the dinner taste even better. Go to Drottningtorget to play pétanque or just hang out and take in the atmosphere.
In a rebuilt old warehouse, the historic and modern Malmö meet. If you want to experience the local cuisine, a visit to Malmö saluhall is a must. The foodhall lies in a lively neighbourhood and is a place for both those who want a snack on the way home and those who want to end the work day with a glass of wine. Here you will find everything from locally produced salami and fresh fish to handmade pralines and freshly baked bread. You can eat amazing pizzas, filling sandwiches and — of course — the classic falafel. If you want, you can take your food to go and enjoy it by the sea, just a stone’s throw away.
For over a century, the Malmö residents have come to Ribersborgs kallbadhus for a swim in the sea and to relax. When you go to “Kallis”, as the locals call it, the main purpose is of course to enjoy the sea, but it is also a social experience. In the sauna or along the benches on the deck outside, there is a mix of people of all ages. If you end up beside one of the talkative regulars who have visited Kallis for many years, you will probably walk away with some great tips about what to do during your Malmö visit.
Far i hatten
Folkets park is a green oasis where you hang out, go to concerts or take part in other events. The bar Far i hatten is an important venue in the park. The locals have been coming here for the last three centuries to have fun. Under the canopies at the open-air bar, there are bands and DJs playing several nights a week. You can also participate in the singalong and quizzes that are arranged in the summer nights. In the evening, the relaxed mood changes and the pulse rises.
The winebar Mineral is just a stone’s throw away from St Knuts torg. The surrounding area is home to many of the creative residents and you will find small cafes, shops and art studios. At Mineral, both locals and visitors meet to hang out in a relaxed environment. There is a leafy outdoor seating, where you can stay for a drink or all night.
Between Karlskronaplan and St Knuts torg lies a residential area that comes alive because of the many cafes and second-hand stores. Café Fyn serves vegetarian and vegan food, as well as the classic Swedish fika, in a welcoming atmosphere. Visit if you want to eat lunch or just an inspiring environment to work or study in. The outdoor seating, which stretches along both sides of the cafe, is crowded when the sun is out. If the weather is bad, the light and open indoor seating is a great alternative.
On a side street to the lively Möllevångstorget lies the shopping mall Mitt Möllan. You come here to visit the unique small shops that sells design, art, clothes and food that reflects the creativity and diversity of Malmö. The food court is the heart of the mall where you can get everything from vegan ice cream and Scandinavian sandwiches to kombucha tea and Korean poke bowls.
Hamnmästaren, close to Malmö central station, is the watering hole for anyone who loves beer. Here you can enjoy craft-beer from many different local breweries in the garden outside. Occasionally, you can take part in beer tastings and quizzes. This is the perfect place to share your interest with other beer-lovers. They also serve delicious barbeque.