Exploring the pretty streets and districts of Malmö, it’s easy to understand why people from some 150 different nations choose to live in Sweden’s most cosmopolitan and multicultural metropolis.
Rapidly developing while still retaining its old world charm, Malmö is a delight of contemporary attractions blended in with classically-Scandinavian historic districts, including the fine castle and showpiece squares of Stortorget and Lilla Torget in the heart of Gamla Staden (Old Town).
Nowhere showcases Malmö’s development better than Västra Hamnen – the West Harbour. Also known as the City of Tomorrow, this former industrial district is now a stylish, carbon-neutral neighbourhood packed with luxury apartments and office blocks, trendy cafés, bars and restaurants and pretty parks. It’s all overlooked by the soaring Turning Torso, Scandinavia’s tallest building. From the harbour, the world’s longest cable-tied road and rail bridge, Öresund Bridge, directly links Malmö to Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital.
It's not difficult to realise why Malmö is so popular with visitors – Middle Eastern markets, Italian coffee culture, sublime international dining and cool bars sit comfortably with the usual Nordic charm, while the line-up of classical and contemporary music, arts and theatre is unparalleled.
Nowhere showcases Malmö’s development better than Västra Hamnen – the West Harbour. Also known as the ‘City of Tomorrow’, this former industrial district is now a stylish and carbon neutral neighbourhood packed with luxury apartments and office blocks, trendy cafés, bars and restaurants and pretty parks; overlooked by the soaring ‘Turning Torso’ – Scandinavia’s tallest building. From Västra Hamnen you can marvel at the world’s longest cabletied road and rail bridge, the Öresund Bridge, which directly links Malmö to Copenhagen, Denmark’s capital. In contrast, the Gamla Staden old town district offers a fascinating glimpse into the city’s past, particularly within the charming streets and squares of Stortorget, Lilla Torg and Gustav Adolf’s Torg. You’ll discover fine architecture – including gothic and renaissance-style structures – in the city centre; highlights include the 16th century Rådhuset, the 14th century brick gothic-style St Petri Church, the Governor’s Residence from the late 16th century, as well as a number of old merchants houses. Just a short distance from the heart of the city is the imposing Malmöhus Castle. First built in 1436, the castle has been destroyed and subsequently rebuilt several times since.
The diversity of the many nations that call Malmö home, is beautifully represented in the melange of food options readily available across the city. From two Michelin star fine dining restaurants to cute little coffee shops selling an array of delicious pastries. For something that feels further afield from Sweden try some Middle Eastern flavours locally in the district called ‘Möllan’ or pop to the fish market over in Fiskehoddorna. You’re truly spoilt for choice in Malmö.