A Quick Guide to Malmö, Sweden
When you think nothing is as cool as Copenhagen, cross the Öresund Bridge to experience real Scandinavian hipness in Malmö. Formerly a grim industrial city, Malmö has been reborn as a youthful hub full of beautiful parks, hip contemporary museums, design boutiques, and plenty restaurants and cafe's.
With over 600 restaurants and cafe's, Malmö takes the cake, with Sweden's densest concentration of dining establishments. And that's not all - Malmö is also home to the tallest building in Sweden.
The Turning Torso has become something of a symbol of the city's sustainability policy. In fact, Malmö has set a goal of becoming Sweden's most climate-smart city. To work up an appetite, get on a bike.
Discover Malmö by Bicycle
500 kilometers of bicycle lanes and trails crisscross the city, and you can rent a bike at one of the 50 stations run by Malmö By Bike. Make a stop at Folkets Park - a gathering place for locals and home to several clubs, a cultural center, a dance venue, a playground, and many food trucks.
Bike maps can be found on the Malmö By Bike app. There's also the Malmö Bike Tours company, which offers various types of tours through the city.
See Some Scandinavian Design
For some gems of Scandinavian design, pop in at the Form/Design Center, which features the very best of Scandinavian design and local handicrafts produced on a small scale. For simple, clean interior items, check out Granit. As for fashion, Davidsghallstorg Square is dotted with small Scandinavian boutiques.
Or shop until you drop at the Emporia shopping mall with more then 200 shops and a green rooftop garden with an incredible view.
Bad weather alternatives
If the weather gets too windy, have some thrilling fun at on of the escape rooms, located in two buildings in the St. Gertrud district of the city. Here you'll be locked into a themed room and have to use clues to get out. The games are all in English.
For a less nerve-racking form of entertainment, opt for Malmö Kunsthall, one of Europe's largest exhibition halls for contemporary art. No trip to Malmö is complete without going to a sauna. Located on the beach pier, you can enjoy saltwater swimming and a sauna year-round at Ribersborg Kallbadhus, a public open-air bath house.
Did you know Malmö was founded as a Danish city and only became Swedish in 1658 ?
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© 2018 Jeremy East