Why Malmö ? For an alternative to Copenhagen or Gothenburg; Malmö is the third largest city in Sweden located at its southernmost tip, but feels small enough to properly explore. Following a transition from a focus on industry to education and culture, it's now a young, vibrant city with great museums, galleries and restaurants. It also seems to be a place that is constantly striving to improve itself (very inspiring) and has won awards for its focus on sustainable city development - there are more cycle paths than you can shake a stick at.
Where to stay: Try the Radisson Blu, right in the centre of town. It's the perfect spot from which to explore, and the train station and one of the city's main squares, Stortorget, are both just a short walk away.
Eating and drinking: By far the coolest restaurant in town is Bastard, a hip hangout in the vein of Hawksmoor, where you can indulge in gourmet (all organic) Swedish fare like pike perch and veal tongue; stay for cocktails in the bar afterwards too. Another great option is to enjoy A Slice of Swedish Hospitality, a great scheme which allows you to spend the evening being entertained by local families or friends in their own homes.
What to do: First things first, hire a bike. It's how the locals travel and is the only way to get around the city. It's well worth spending a day just exploring, cycling around the Old Town, through the park (stopping for tea at Slottstradgarden, a nursery tea rooms where everyone flocks as soon as the sun comes out), and to the West Harbour, the recently developed, sustainable part of the city. You can't visit Sweden without a visit to a spa, so spend half a day at the luxury Victoria Spa; or for something a little more authentic, visit Kallbadhuset at Ribbersborgs beach and prepare to lose all your inhibitions - there are no bikinis or strategically placed towels here! If you want to head out of town, organic farm Ängavallen is a must-visit and their chic boutique rooms and renowned restaurant (all ingredients are produced on site) make it well worth an overnight stay. If you fancy going even further afield, combine your trip with a visit to Denmark - a bridge now links Malmö and Copenhagen.
What to pack: Make sure you're
appropriately attired for sightseeing and cycling but, apart from
that, we suggest leaving room in your suitcase for some shopping in
the gorgeous boutiques. Our favourites were Lecole
National and Tjallamalla - a fantastic store that that
mixes well known brands, vintage and unestablished designers.
City secret: The Design Centre in Lilla Torg. Great exhibitions, a fantastic shop full of Scandinavian delights and a chichi cafe.
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