Thursday, 3 March 2016

A Day in Malmö and the Gluten-Free Heaven

On our last day in Denmark, we wake up really early, to catch one of the first buses heading to Sweden. This turned out to be a good idea, as we could see Nyhavn during sunrise again, before leaving the country, as our bus departed from Kongens Nytorv. 

 We were really excited, not only about going to Sweden, but also about going through the amazing Oresund Bridge, that is partly under the sea, and partly above it. It was fantastic!
 Bus 999 was really comfortable and convinient, the tickets reasonably priced: a return ticket cost 100 DKK (about 13.4 EUR). Here you can find the schedule. 
 In case you'd like to get to the airport in Copenhagen on your way back, you can ask the bus driver to stop there, and they will do so with a smile on their face. We were really grateful for this option!

I need to admit that I was a little uncertain about Malmö, but after Van, the blogger behind Snow in Tromso, gave me advice on how to visit this city, and I read all her related posts, I became excited again!

 Although Malmö is definitely not for those looking for tons of tourist attractions, I really liked our time there. We knew about most of the main sights (like Malmöhus, Lilla Torg, Turning Torso, S:t Petri kyrka), and planned on going to the beach as well, we kept bumping into little surprises throughout the day, and its wonderful old buildings with the beloved Scandinavian architecture took our breath away. 

 Its little streets reminded us of those back in Copenhagen, but it's not something surprising knowing that Malmö used to belong to Denmark. It wasn't until the 17th century that it became part of Sweden.

As we arrived in the city, we ran to Lilla Torg to finally see its glory, and we weren't a bit disappointed! These houses were extremely cute, and I found one of my favourite things in the whole city here - Rikstelefonkiosk from 1901! How could one not fall in love with this?!

After admiring the square, we wandered around the neighbouring streets to find lots of adorable houses of vibrant colours, and call dibs on every second building. One of our favourites was definitely the tiny white and red one between all the tall ones, that was soo charming!

 We even visited St Peter's Church, which was beautiful, but all the churches in both Sweden and Denmark were surprisingly wonderful.
 Have you heard about Apoteket Lejonet? It was built in the 16th century, and it's a perfect hidden gem of Malmö - when in the Swedish city, make sure you visit!

 Though, not as much as Copenhagen is, Malmö is also a city of cyclists, as you can see in some of the photos, and I loved that a lot! Apart from this fact and the similar houses, there's another thing in common: both of them is really expensive. Of course, Malmö is somewhat cheaper, but still not a top budget destination, for sure.

 After wandering around the old town, we headed to Malmöhus, where we enjoyed walking around the park, and I really liked that huge old mill. The lake was frozen, and covered by snow, which made it all a bit more 'Scandinavian'. Despite the unbearable cold, we could meet some locals like this really big bird making strange noises all the time. It's a shame, but I have no idea what its name must be.

 On our way to the beach, we bumped into a fish market that was like the cherry on top! It's located in a small street, right next to a harbour, with lots of locals shopping here, and all the adorable houses one thinks of when hearing the word 'Sweden'. Or is it just me?
 We also found two of them that perfetly matched my outfit of the day!

Ribersborg beach was fantastic! There were lots of people walking with their children or their dogs, and it was so relaxing. We could even see the bridge from here, and the Turning Torso was right behind us. 
 The whole shore was frozen, and both of us fell in love with the sight. All the ice and the Turning Torso looked great from here, so we were really happy we managed to go relaxing at the beach.
 The torso wasn't far from here, only took around 10 minutes of walk. I guess people either love it or hate it, but it's definitely a great symbol of Malmö.

And as for symbols, one shouldn't forget to mention Pippi Longstocking! It was a great surprise for me, as I used to love these stories as a child. She's even on the Swedish banknotes! Isn't that cute?

Malmö also offered some bonus awesomeness - the gluten-free heaven!

There's this super market called Green Matmarknad next to the Turning Torso, full of all things bio, wholegrain, and gluten-free, all of them reasonably priced. The whole place was huge, and I need to admit I have never seen so many things safe for my health in one place. I wanted to spend all my time and money here, and I was so happy I can't describe.
 They offered tons of options, and everything looked and smelled perfect. This really looked and felt like heaven!
 I bought a bag of crisps (what a surprise), called Svenska LantChips with rosemary.. I couldn't stop eating it. It was perfectly crispy, yet tasted like potato, and was lots of things but oily. I fell in love.

Have you ever been to Sweden? Do you have a favourite place here?


  1. Love your photos and this post! Hoping to head to Denmark later in the year and I definitely want to go across to Malmo - mainly to go over the Oresund! It looks much prettier than I thought it would be!

    1. Thank you, Kat! You should definitely visit both Denmark and Malmö, we absolutely fell in love with them! Going over the Oresund was an experience we won't forget soon :)