Malmo may be ranked as Sweden’s third largest city but there’s no doubt that it can hold its own in terms of style and substance. Recent years has seen a rapid redevelopment of Malmo, transforming it into a stylish, multicultural and intensely cosmopolitan city where unique boutique stores and independent stores are in rich supply. Thanks to its multicultural background Malmo is also a treasure-trove of cuisine, with everything from Japanese Sushi and Spanish Paella to the innovative modern twists on traditional Swedish dishes.
Malmö’s hotels range from the contemporary to the historic, with numerous choices clustered around the pretty central squares or within easy reach of the railway station. The ultra sleek Renaissance Malmo Hotel (Mäster Johansgatan 15) offers luxury rooms with stylish décor and houses a popular fish restaurant within footsteps of the lively Lilla Torg square. Nearby, the boutique Hotel Duxiana (Mäster Johansgatan 1) provides a cosy, mid-range alternative, while equally as central, the elegant Mayfair Hotel Tunneln (Adelgatan 4) mixes modern comforts with 14th-century features. For less of a hit to the wallet, Park Inn by Radisson Malmö Hotell (Sjömansgatan 2) is a good budget option close to the iconic Turning Torso building.
Style-focused and with a plethora of independent shops, Malmö is a great place to pick up trendy threads and unique gifts. The futuristic
Malmö is one of Sweden’s most multicultural cities, and this is reflected in its food, with everything from Japanese and Korean to Mexican and Spanish cuisine to sample. The Möllevångstorget district is a great place to get a taste for this diversity with eateries such as Jetzt (Södra Skolgatan 45), which serves hearty Eastern European staples in a convivial atmosphere. To splash out, head to Pildammsparken, home to the trendy Bloom in the Park (Pildammsvägen 17) with its high-quality contemporary dishes. Alternatively, opt for Vollmers (Tegelgårdsgatan 5) in Gamla Väster, which uses locally sourced ingredients in its inventive fare.
Buff Film Festival
A festival primarily for the little ones, this family-friendly event showcases the best in animation and child-friendly film. There are also a number of fun events that will even be enjoyed by mum and dad.
This street fest is the main event of the year in Malmö, with lively concerts and dance performances at open-air stags across the city. Revellers can also feast at food stalls, visit exhibitions and become involved at sports events.
Malmö Rainbow Pride Festival
This celebration of the city’s gay and lesbian community brightens up the streets in mid-September each year, with parades, parties and numerous LGBT cultural events.
Malmö Arab Film Festival
One of the more recent additions to the city’s annual cultural calendar, the Malmö Arab Film Festival focuses on big-screen offerings tackling current issues that face the Arab world.
Known as ‘Shop Window Sunday’, this event in late November sees shops open for the Christmas season with colourful – and at times wacky – festive window displays.