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The bridge linking Copenhagen to Malmø makes day trips possible to this vibrant and lively city in southern Sweden.
Malmø, often referred to as the “backyard of Copenhagen”, is a nice town, suitable for a day-long visit. Facing Copenhagen across the Øresund bridge, it’s the third largest city in Sweden in terms of population. With a brand-new art museum, the Moderna Museet Malmö, and many quality restaurants, bistros and great cafés, it’s no wonder that National Geographic Travel has named it one of its Best Trips of 2018!
Øresund bridge was made famous as the location for the popular and internationally acclaimed TV series “The Bridge”. With the Metro line train running along the lower part of the bridge, you can be across in 30 minutes to begin your day-trip.
Start your visit in the heart of Malmö, in its cozy pedestrian neighbourhood containing the three main squares: Stortorget, the biggest one, the medieval Lilla torg and Gustav Adolfs torg. The second stop, the Malmöhus castle, is within walking distance – don’t miss the surrounding park and community’s organic garden which are lovely in spring time. If it’s sunny out, end your stroll at the Ribersborgsstranden, the new seafront area with a long sandy beach.
Architecture buffs will love Malmø’s landmark ‘Turning Torso’ building, designed by the renowned architect Santiago Calatrava in 2005. An imposing structure, it is the second highest building in Europe standing at 190 meters. Twisting 90 degrees around its own axis, the structure is a spectacle to behold from every angle. The tower is located along the seashore, flanked by a new and exciting neighbourhood with many shops, restaurants and boardwalks.
When wandering through Malmø’s shopping area, be sure to visit the high-end British shoemakers Crockett & Jones. Since 1879 they have produced some of the world’s finest footwear from their Northampton factory, and a selection of their beautiful men’s shoes can be found in a small and exclusive shop on Malmø’s high street. Nearby, the Swedish dress shirt brand Eton is well worth a visit. Eton shirts have been tailor-made since 1928, crafted from some of the world’s finest fabrics in both innovative and ground-breaking designs.
The main pedestrian street in Malmø, Sødergatan, winds its way to the lovely neighbourhood of Davidshall. Here, the beautiful, tree-lined square Davidshalstorg is home to many small shops, cafés, and restaurants – a good place to take a break and enjoy some lunch. There are plenty of options for a good lunch in town, but the new market, Malmø Saluhal, comes highly recommended; It’s a true gourmand’s paradise, where one can sit down and sample the many wonderful local products on offer.
Three restaurants stand out when looking for a place to have dinner. For an elegant and comprehensive fine dining experience, try Vollmers – a Michelin star restaurant serving experimental, New Nordic cuisine with a twist. True to their philosophy celebrating their heritage, Vollmers works exclusively with local produce, sourced within a 100-kilometer range. The restaurant named Bastard is a cool, funky and laid-back kitchen, serving inspirational, modern European food and follows the ‘nose to tail’ culinary movement, in a relaxed and youthful atmosphere. At Bastard, the menu changes every day, so no going back for your favourite dish! Finally, Snapphane is another stalwart of Malmø. Head there for an interesting and experimental restaurant where every dish is composed of only 3 ingredients, brought to their full potential of taste and experience.
Malmø boasts a new 5-star hotel, The Clarion, located next to the Malmø Concert House. Clarion guests can easily obtain tickets for the many cultural events that take place here, all year round. The Clarion also offers a spectacular sky bar with expansive views of the sea and the bridge to Denmark, as well as of the city of Malmø and the Skåne countryside.