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Is Malmö Worth Visiting? 6 Reasons to Visit Sweden’s Third-Biggest City

Malmö is a popular day trip from Copenhagen for locals and visitors alike. And besides less expensive consumer products, Sweden’s third-largest city offers a lot to those who venture across the Øresund Bridge. 

A stone’s throw away from Denmark’s largest city, Malmö feels worlds away from Copenhagen. 

The city’s stock increased with its inclusion in The Bridge. But even if you’re not a fan of the award-winning Nordic crime drama, this intriguing Southern Swedish gem is well worth some of your attention. Here’s why. 

Culinary Experiences 

People of more than 170 nationalities call Malmö home, and this is reflected in the city’s broad range of excellent places to eat. Besides locally sourced Swedish foods, you can whet your appetite with cuisines from all corners of the globe – Thailand, Italy, the Middle East, and plenty more. 

Besides the wide range in choice, you’ll often find that eating out in Malmö is surprisingly affordable. So, if you’re looking for a budget-friendly dining experience (by Scandinavian standards, anyway), Sweden’s south is the place to look. 


For a city of just over 344,000 people, Malmö has a lot going for it in an architectural sense. The city is home to the iconic Turning Torso, which is Scandinavia’s tallest building and is visible from Denmark on a non-cloudy day. 

Västra Hamnen – the area surrounding this intriguing structure – is an example of urban regeneration and sustainability. You also can’t miss Malmö University’s Niagara Campus or the city library’s interior. 

And of course, you’ve also got the cute gingerbread houses and more traditional apartment buildings in Gamla Väster if you want to feast your eyes on something older. 

A Unique Culture

It takes a few steps outside of the main train station to feel how different Malmö is from Copenhagen. But while the city is Swedish, it’s first and foremost part of the Skåne province; your experience won’t be the same if you go to Stockholm or Gothenburg. 

Read More: The Best Danish Day Trips From Copenhagen

Malmö knows that it is different to both Denmark and the rest of Sweden. While you’ll get a pleasant introduction to Swedish culture, you’ll even more than that get an insight into how the people of Skåne live. 

Small-Town Feel 

While Malmö is quite a small city by global standards, it’s big in a Nordic sense. It would be the second-largest city in Finland and Norway and is around the same size as Aarhus in Denmark. 

Still, though, it maintains a small-town feel. 

Everywhere you need in Malmö is within walking distance, and traffic is thin on the ground. The city also has a distinctly close-knit feeling; a sense of community that you’ll feel as you wander the streets.


Like with every city in Scandinavia, you’re never far from nature in Malmö. You can enjoy a swim in the Øresund – even if the water temperature won’t resemble the Bahamas – or lounge about on Ribersborgsstranden when the weather’s good. 

Malmö also has a couple of impressive green spaces, including Pildammsparken, Slottsparken, and Kungsparken.

Within an hour, you can also get to Söderåsens Nationalpark and enjoy some good old Scandinavian friluftsliv

Not Many People Know About Malmö (Yet)

Copenhagen is a captivating city and often steals the local headlines, with Malmö sitting in its shadows across the water. This is good for you because tourists remain comparatively thin on the ground in Sweden’s third-largest city. 

You’ll find plenty of tourists at many of Copenhagen’s attractions during the summer, especially around Nyhavn and in Tivoli. And while Malmö’s main shopping streets are often busy with locals, you’ll find a lot more space to breathe. 

So, if you’re looking for some respite from the droves of tourists, why not head over to Malmö for the day? 


Published by Danny Maiorca

Danny is a freelance writer living in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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