In paid partnership with @malmötown. All words, pictures and recommendations are my own.
I moved to Malmö, southern Sweden in 2004 and I’m so proud to call this city my home. Many choose to visit in spring and summer when the days are long and the weather is mild – but actually, Malmö makes a great weekend getaway in wintertime too! Think cosy cafes and restaurants, ‘mysig’ (cosy) Christmas markets, blowing out the cobwebs with a blustery walk along the city beach and warming the cockles in a sauna. Here are 20 of my favourite things to do in Malmö in wintertime:
1. Enjoy a steaming glögg (spiced mulled wine) or hot chocolate surrounded by sheepskins and blankets on picturesque square Lilla torg.
2. Visit one of the Christmas markets for arts and crafts, local Swedish delicacies and winter warmers (mid November – December)!
3. Take in the pretty Christmas lights on Lilla torg and Gustav Adolfs torg (November – January)!
4. Celebrate Lucia on 13th December – Experience one of the many candlelit Lucia processions in Malmö – it’s one of the most important events in the Swedish calendar and centred around ‘Lucia’ the bearer of light in the winter darkness.
5. Stroll around some of the city’s residential areas by night – including Gamla Staden and Västra Hamnen and feel inspired by the ‘Adventsljustake’ (advent candles) and paper star lanterns that light up the windows (November – January).
6. Blow away the cobwebs with a walk along Ribersborgsstranden (the city beach) for amazing views of the Öresund Bridge (famous from the TV series ‘The bridge’). Some years the sea freezes over come January and February, it’s a sight to behold!
7. Enjoy a sauna and a dip in the sea at Ribbersborg Kallbadhus (peeping into the left of the picture above) – no bathers required! Sea frozen over? No problem, they’ll cut a hole in the ice for you!
8. Ice-skate on the lakes at Ribbersborg.
Note: always consult the local authority website to check the ice is safe to enter and always carry the necessary safety equipment.
9. Or glide around one of the free ice rinks at Vinterdröm (winter dream) in Folkets Park (ice-skates available to hire), before tucking into a warm drink and pizza at local boho favourite Far I Hatten.
11. Sample ‘surströmming’ (fermented herring) – a pungent Swedish delicacy, and other ‘delights’ at the Disgusting Food Museum.
12. Shop for practical yet stylish winter clothing such as thermals and fur-lined boots as well as sports and outdoor gear at Naturkompaniet, Peak Performance, Stadium and XXL – or pick-up traditional knits (above) on Lilla torg.
14. Pick up vintage and sustainable pieces – and enjoy lunch at AB Småland.
15. Join locals at Malmö Saluhall – a fantastic indoor food market, filled with stalls serving delicacies from all over the world.
19. Dine at Aster – featured above (one of Malmö’s new best kept secrets – excellent food, very cosy – hard to find, difficult to book – but, oh so worth it!!), Ruths (great for brunch or supper) or Quan (wonderful atmosphere, excellent food). Book well in advance!
20. Enjoy a night cap on the sofa at MJs or a cocktail at the top of Malmö Live with incredible views over the city.
Staying a little longer and want to explore the surrounding area? We love downhill and cross country skiing at Vallåsen (around 1-2 hours away), taking a hike and enjoying a barbecue in Bokskogen beech forest or going to see the wild seals in the Måkläppan nature reserve on the Falsterbo peninsular.
However you choose to spend your time, I’m sure you’ll leave Malmö with rosy cheeks and lots of new Scandinavian experiences under your belt!
I really hope to see you in my wonderful, adopted hometown soon!
PS Are you a local or visited Malmö in the past? Feel free to share your own experiences and any tips on activities to enjoy in winter below!