We’ve actually been to Malmo before. A long time ago, Adam and I stayed in Malmo when visiting Copenhagen for the weekend. Unfortunately, accommodation in Copenhagen was outside of our budget, even with the return ticket train price from Sweden to Denmark.
Being in Copenhagen for the weekend again, and being 8 years since we were last in Malmo, we thought it would be great to pop back again for the day. So we did.
How to get there:
We were already in Copenhagen so we made our way on the Metro from Christianshavn St. as this was the closest metro stop from our AirBNB apartment. We headed to the airport where you can easily pick up the train to go to Malmo. Tickets are 220SEK per person and takes just 30 minutes to cross the Oresund Bridge.
Was it busy:
Having been to Malmo before, we’ve seen it a lot busier than it was BUT it was lively for a Monday. It was nice to get around without feeling flustered.
What did we see:
Loads has changed in the 8 years since our last visit. Malmo has become somewhat of a headquarters hub for some major brands, like IKEA. Meaning the whole of the waterfront has been rejuvinated from the fishermans port to shiny glass buildings, quirky cafes and high end furniture designer stores.
However, the town still has it’s charm from 8 years ago. With plenty of shopping centres and stores to entertain us from the bitter cold outside. There’s also the handicraft stores you can find down some of the side streets. Down one side street you’ll find a musical tower which chimes on the hour.
We walked all the way down the main high street to the hotel we stayed at during our original stay to find a new shopping centre had been installed next door.
The best thing about Malmo, well Sweden in fact, the thousands of interior stores. All of them with Scandi charm that’s just awesome. Just a shame we couldnt bring the stuff home as we we’re limited to hand luggage on our return flight. It did however send us home with loads of ideas for our new house, which you can read up about here.
We stopped in this shopping centre for a little while to have lunch as well as browse all the awesome interiors, before heading back up the shopping street to have a nose around the IKEA headquarters. You can’t go inside but it’s completely glass so you can see office spaces and kitchens, again for even MORE ideas.
The head office is also right next to the train to make for a quick trip back across the Oresund Bridge to get back from celebratory Birthday Dinner.
Malmo has a special place in my heart. For some reason, every city I’ve been to in Sweden feels like home and even when we were staying in an AirBNB apartment in Copenhagen, there’s something about the atmosphere that feels more welcoming to me.
It’s great to come back to Malmo to see how much it has changed. In our last visit in 2009, many people told us that Malmo was considered a ‘less desirable place’ to visit and some described it as ‘rough’, however didn’t feel it was at all. Now with it’s renovation and new buildings, it’s definitely far from that description now.
Malmo is nice and easy to get to if you’ve already made the trip to Copenhagen. The train trip is a scenic one and you get a chance to cross from Denmark to Sweden on the unusual tunnel/bridge combo. Malmo looks a lot more tourist friendly since our last visit, with a redeveloped water front and lots of new shops that have sprung up. There are lots of interesting design shops to visit, it’s just a shame the items I wanted to buy wouldn’t quite fit in my carry on bag. If you’re in Copenhagen, then Malmo is definitely worth a visit.
Public toilets are hard to find. If you need the loo, you’ll find them in department stores but you’ll need 5SEK to use them. Make sure you have some change.
Sweden is much cheaper than Denmark for lots of things. If you’re looking to purchase goodies to bring home, get them in Sweden.
Want interiors? Visit Lagerhaus… our favourite shop.
Outside of the main streets, you’ll find a castle, large gardens and park with windmills in it as well as craft workshops.