Prior to the trip, I scoured the blogosphere and websites to find out more about Malmo. Van has a great post about Malmo, but I had a hard time finding other information about this little city. So, without further ado, here's what I enjoyed most about Malmo. I hope this will help you to plan your future travels to this unique city. Let me know if you know of any other resources about Malmo in the comments below!
The Malmo Old Town is not huge, but has some great highlights. At this time of year (is it every time of year?) Malmo was pretty quiet, which made it feel even more off of the beaten path. It is very easy to walk from the train station to the Old Town and other parts of the city. Pick up a free map from the tourism office right near the train station!
After picking up the map I strolled to the Malmo Old Town and enjoyed the architecture of the buildings surrounding Lilla torg, Stortorget, and Gustav Adolfs torg. I found the architecture to be very different from what I saw of Denmark. Many of the buildings were built in the 16-18 century and I particularly loved the old merchant buildings with the old-style exposed front beams (not sure what that architecture style is called).
As I walked through Old Town I enjoyed stopping in The English Shop, which carried all things British - particularly food. I also coveted everything in the Formargruppen (FG), which is a local arts and crafts shop (Engelbrektsgatan 8 / Lilla torg).
After my fill of window shopping and my stroll around Old Town I made my way to Malmohus Castle and Museum. The Castle Park (Sottsparken) was lovely to visit even on a rainy day. In the Castle Park is an old-style windmill, which I was all about taking photographs of.
For a brief escape from the rain, I decided to visit the Malmohus Castle, which was built in 1434 and was remodeled several times since. As far as castles go, this wasn't the most impressive I've seen, but I did really enjoy the castle grounds. Tickets to visit the museum inside the castle weren't particularly expensive, so I (J too!) decided to check it out. Perhaps we should have skipped this though. The organization of the museum collections was very confusing and I didn't find the exhibitions all that interesting. Maybe the visit to the museum inside the Malmohus Castle is not a must-do for Malmo.
Our exploration of Malmo continued with a visit to Triangeln Mall and Mollevangstorget (the International Market). The Triangeln Mall was really awesome, but we didn't stay for long because I was starting to get hangry (terrible but true). The sellers at Mollevangstorget were starting to pack up as we arrived, but luckily there was a Greek gyro restaurant right near the square. It was perfect for a quick lunch.
The next destination that I was itching to see was St. Peter's Church, which is the oldest building in Malmo. Funnily enough though, I mistakenly saw the large St. Paul's Church on the map and thought that I had the name wrong in my notes of places to see. So, I saw St. Paul's Church instead of St. Peter's Church. Oh well!
St. Paul's Church, with its cool silver roof almost blended into the dreary color in the sky. St. Paul's Church was really beautiful from the outside and I was just as happy to see this church.
Princess Cake and delicious treats were absolutely necessary to fuel the wander through Malmo. I didn't eat all of these cakes myself - J and I shared! We unanimously loved the Princess cake, which the bakers had to make on the Great British Bake-Off this past season. Because we were in Malmo on Halloween the Princess cake was orange instead of green. These cakes were from Ambrosia's Cafe on Hamngatan, which leads to Stortorget.
Have you been to Malmo? What tips do you have for visiting this city?