Category Archives: Malmö

Day Trip to Malmö

Malmö is right across the Øresund Bridge from Denmark and is only a short train trip from Lund. It’s also the third largest city in the country. Since I was in Sweden visiting a friend of mine, we spent the day with one of her classmates who lives in town. Malmö stands out as a coastal town with interesting architecture. You will find both old world buildings and very modern architecture. One of the standout structures is the Turning Torso, which is the tallest building in Scandinavia. While it’s beautiful, it certainly stands out as a sore thumb compared to the rest of the city and is impossible to miss. The views from the top must be spectacular.

We trekked the entire city on foot once we arrived at the train station. Malmö is right on the Baltic Sea, unlike Lund, which is inland. Leaving Malmo Station, you immediately come upon various harbors.

Beginning our walking tour, we first came upon Stortorget, which is the big square. You know you are here because of the large statue and beautiful city hall, which is hard to miss. I noticed it and snapped a picture before our friend Kaisa told us what it was.

We continued on down the street, quickly coming upon Lilla Torg, or Little Street. There are a ton of opportunities for restaurants and shopping around here, and we really just walked around and explored what the area had to offer. We stopped for lunch at one of the main cafés, and peeked into a few stores.

Many of the buildings in Lilla Torg are very old and charming.  It brings you right back in time!

After lunch and a little shopping, we walked down the street through a pretty cemetery.

The cemetery led to Slottsparken, which is the Castle Park. The park has a beautiful canal where people can rent pedal boats.

Further along the trail in Slottsparken are gardens and the windmill.

There is also a small fish market. I’m not quite sure if this was on the edge of the park or outside of it, but it is on the way to the neighborhood with the Turning Torso. It’s called the Fiskehoddorna.

We walked further down the paths and made our way to the edge of the Baltic Sea, and across from the Øresund Bridge. This part of town was full of modern style apartment buildings, houseboats, and yachts.

We stopped here for a bit of ice cream and a dip in the Baltic. It was actually a very busy area with a lot of cafés and people lounging about on the steps leading to the sea. Many were chatting, some were tanning, and a few braves ones were swimming. You can see the  Øresund bridge leading to Denmark in the first photo:

I figured I couldn’t travel all this way without putting my feet in the water, so we walked down to the diving platforms. The water was as cold as expected, even though it was a hot June day. There is no way I would have gone swimming in there!

For dinner, we drove to another part of the city (which I unfortunately don’t remember the name of) and ate dinner at a Tapas bar, and finished the evening with some drinks and music at a popular wine bar. On the way home we walked by St. Johannes church, and rode back to Lund on the late-night train.

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Swedish Food!

Let me start off by saying how highly underrated Swedish food is. Swedish people indulge in some of the most delicious cuisine I’ve had overseas. Despite these indulgent foods, they also manage to say so thin! I’m sure it has something to do with all of that walking, but I would gladly walk five miles a day to eat this type of scrumptious food on a daily basis.

Breakfast- Bakeries are the norm for a Swedish breakfast. There are many bakeries to choose from throughout the country and there is a reason for it. You will definitely find a pastry to your liking, as there are dozens to choose from! I really enjoyed going to Mormors Bageri in Lund. Since it was summer, we were able to enjoy our food out on the patio. I had a cheese danish with chocolate icing and a chocolate milk to drink. The most popular and traditional pastry item is the cinnamon roll, or kanelbullar. But don’t expect them to look or taste like American cinnamon rolls. In fact, I didn’t even realize what they were until I asked. These rolls don’t have icing on them and they are topped with what looks like salt, but is in fact sugar.

Fika- This essentially means “coffee break”. People in Sweden take “fika” very seriously, and it is really a social gathering more than anything. It is common to do this daily, and we certainly did! I felt like I had at least three cups of coffee per day while I was here! Unfortunately, I didn’t get any photos, but we enjoyed fika at the Espresso House in Lund, which is a local cafe.

Lunch- We had a variety of foods for lunch over there, mostly quick sandwiches from cafes. But I did enjoy MAX Burger, which is Sweden’s version of McDonald’s. You’ll find one in any major city in Sweden, and will get a decent quality fast food burger. We went to one in Malmö, which had very contemporary decor. Fast food is a little different in Europe in the sense that there aren’t many drive-thrus. When you eat fast food, you eat inside the restaurant, take your time, and enjoy the experience. I ordered the Cheeseburger meal with fries and a coke.

Dinner- I can’t decide what I like more, Swedish Breakfast or Swedish Dinner. On the one hand I love pastries, but on the other, I really love a great Swedish dinner. I’m a meat and potatoes kind of girl, so when I travel overseas I tend to eat at McDonald’s a lot. But Swedish food was heaven for my traditional tastes.

Of course I had to have the Swedish Meatballs, or Köttbullar, as they are called over there. I ordered them through room service at the Grand Hotel in Lund. As you will learn, I have an obsession with room service. When I’m on vacation, I love to stay in for dinner one night and order “authentic” food. That way, if I don’t like it I don’t have to feel bad about leaving my plate full. It also gives me a bit of a break from the chaos of going out to dinner every night. Anyway, these meatballs were so good! They are also quite filling. Most dinners come with potatoes of some sort, and mashed potatoes were a perfect accompaniment with the meatballs. The meal also came with a parmasean-stuffed tomato, and bread and butter on the side. It was simple, but yet, it was perfect. So I enjoyed my meal in bed, while watching the Bachelorette: Sweden. The perfect evening in!

Another great meal that I had in Sweden was a salmon dish. It was fresh and marinated in the most delicious, buttery sauce. Many of the foods I tried here were in really great sauces. It gives basic proteins a lot of variety and just makes them that much better. This salmon came with boiled potatoes. JJ ordered a shrimp and cantaloupe salad, which is at the bottom of the photo. I didn’t taste it myself, but that looked really good as well. Seafood here is great, since you are so close to the sea, and I would highly recommend eating as much of it as you can here. This particular cafe was in a square in Malmö called Lilla Torg.