With only a few days left in Copenhagen, I wanted to look for some new adventures before I left for France. After hearing about the near-by Swedish city of Malmö, I decided to plan a day trip, although “plan” would be a bit of a stretch. With a bit of a loose idea of what my next day would entail, I set my alarm for 7:30 (much earlier than I had normally been getting up), and went to bed.
The next morning I packed my bag with the essentials: laptop, phone, wallet, passport, snacks, water, and kindle. Normally, I don’t bring my laptop with me when I leave the house, but it does come in handy for phone charging and blog writing. I left a bit later than planned, around 9:30, and took the s-tog to København H. Here, after a bit of trouble with the ticket machines, I bought a roundtrip to Malmö and boarded. The train ride was very short, about 40 minutes, and border control consisted of a quick glance at my passport on the way into Sweden. I arrived, got of the train in Sweden, and found my way to the ground level. Now came the challenge of figuring out how I wanted to spend my day.
In the short amount of time I had spent planning, I had read about the “cute” and “popular” square called Lilla Torg. I decided to make this my first stop. It was a quick walk from the train station, but when I arrived I was a little bit disappointed. I wasn’t really sure what I had expected, I guess more of a historical, quaint, colorful, square, but there was no charm or character to this place, that I could tell. There was maybe one older looking building, but other than that it seemed like it was comprised of mostly touristic shops and restaurants. The whole area also seemed to be a bit barren, but that could have to do with the fact that I was there at 11 on a Thursday morning.
I then ventured onto my next destination: the Modern Museum of Malmö. Apparently, this museum has a well known cousin in Stockholm, although I had not heard of it before. Though, I was a bit more optimistic about this location due to that fact. What originally drew me to this museum was the free admission, but it turned out to be a very worthwhile visit. When I went only one exhibition was open. The whole thing took me almost 45 minutes to get through, and it was fairly interesting. I would have liked to see more art, but I couldn’t complain, considering I had not paid an entrance fee. I would suggest paying this museum a visit if you are in the area. The good thing about free admission is that you can spend as much or as little time in a place and not feel guilty about it.
At this point it was almost 1pm and I did not have much of a plan of what to do next. Though, I did spot a fairly large park on the map, so I decided to walk in that direction. The park, which is called Slottparken, was very green and beautiful. You could walk along the river and there were many vendors renting out paddle boats and canoes to tourists. There was also a very impressive flower and vegetable garden in the middle of the park, featuring a few theme gardens. I eventually came across the Malmö Museer Slottsholmen, a very impressive castle, turned prison, turned museum. Admission is free for those aged 0-19, so I decided that I would just pop in and see what I could learn about the castle and the history of the city. Unfortunately, that was not really what the museum was about. I thought that many of the exhibits were very poorly laid out, and I wasn’t really sure how to move through the museum. It mostly just turned out to be a waste of my time, although I did like being able to see some of the older parts of the castle. Pretty disappointed and hungry at this point, I decided to leave after a bit and look for some food to eat.
The flower and vegetable garden in Slottparken
I was very pleased to find that Malmö had a food hall. I love food halls. They typically have an abundance of choices of food, drink, and dessert, communal sitting areas, and good views of the city. In Copenhagen I had been to a few (I will feature these in a later blog post), so I had some expectations. Compared to the food halls that I had been to, the Malmö Saluhall was much more sterile and organized. It featured maybe 10 or 15 stalls with food and drinks. The options were varied; you could find salads, Mediterranean falafel, prepared meats, and pizzas. Sadly, none had a truly authentic feel to them. I decided on a food stall called Holy Greens. I got a salad with quinoa, goat cheese, some interesting pink hummus, along with some assorted veggies. It was delicious, and the price was not too bad either, 75 Kr, or about $8. I sat outside to eat, read, and decide on my next move for my final hours in Malmö.
My very yummy salad from Holy Greens. It was aptly named “Eat Your Veggies”
One of the outdoor seating areas surrounding the food hall
I eventually decided to visit the vibrant neighborhood of Möllevången. From where I ate it was about a mile and a half walk, but I passed through some pretty interesting areas. I ended up walking by the library of Malmö and was so impressed that I decided to go inside. It is probably one of the most beautiful libraries I had ever been in. Natural light flooded in from all directions and the big wall of windows overlooked part of the park I had visited earlier. I sat here and read for a bit before continuing on. Once I arrived in Möllevången I decided to sit in a corner coffee shop and people watch for a bit. The landscape presented to me was different that what I had seen in Copenhagen. This neighborhood was bustling with people, most of whom did not appear to be of Scandinavian origins. Because of the ethnically diverse population, there were many different and interesting restaurants and shops. I did not have a chance to explore this area in it’s entirety, but I would love to walk around again if I ever have the chance.
The most beautiful library I have ever visited 🙂
At this point it was getting later in the day and I was getting tired. I made my way back to the Malmö Central Station, walking through a few areas that I had not passed in the way there. I felt that I had filled up my day pretty well with interesting activities. Malmö was not much of a drastic change from Copenhagen, but it did differ in a few ways. Malmö, not being the capital city of Sweden, definitely felt smaller. There were less people and the city itself did not feel as big or as developed. It also did not have the large, expensive, gentrified areas like the ones that have been popping up in Copenhagen in recent years. Additionally, the people were much more diverse here and that stood out to me in comparison to Copenhagen. Overall, I think that Malmö is worth the visit if you have the chance!
quintessential / kwɪntɪˈsɛnʃ(ə)l / of or relating to the most perfect embodiment of something