MALMÖ – VISIT SWEDEN AND DENMARK IN ONE GO!
Enjoying a beautiful waterfront location, multicultural Malmö is just 30 minutes from Copenhagen! Hit the shops right outside the elegant Radisson Blu Hotel, Malmö and you’re sure to find a bargain at the countless boutiques and department stores. Just a stone’s throw away you’ll find art galleries, museums and lush parks, not to mention a lively nightlife scene and the train to Copenhagen.
In the late Middle Ages, Malmö was Denmark’s second-largest city after Copenhagen. It was shipping that was the catalyst for growth in the city. Since 1658, Skåne has been part of Sweden and today, Malmö and Copenhagen are linked by the Öresund Bridge. Every day thousands of people commute back and forth over the Sound and the cities work closely together on many issues. The proximity to Scandinavia’s largest airport, Kastrup, also makes the city very interesting for business. The ease with which you can reach the rest of the world is one reason why many choose to live here. Not least musicians and artists. Something which has left and still leaves its impression on the city. Few cities in Scandinavia have such an exciting cultural scene. And Malmö Konsthall is a prime example of this.
Up until the 1990s, Malmö was fast becoming a shabby, old industrial town, but then something happened. Today, it is a real centre of excellence with Malmö University taking the lead - one of Sweden’s finest Institutes of higher education for studies in new media and communication. In Sweden’s third city, you’ll now find modern architecture and plenty of exciting business and cultural projects. Malmö also attracts more new arrivals from other countries than any other Swedish town or city. This gives the city a uniquely cosmopolitan character. Stroll around lively areas with an atmosphere unlike anywhere else in Sweden. Areas characterised by a meeting between the traditionally Swedish and exotic new cultures.
Its proximity to water casts a special Scandinavian light over Malmö. Ever since the days of herring-fishing it is the port that has shaped the city. Västra hamnen, where Kockums once had its shipyard, is now an exciting housing, industrial and educational area. The entire area has been reclaimed from the sea north of the original shoreline. Visit interesting restaurants, bars and clubs. When things happen in Malmö, they happen in Västra Hamnen. Here you’ll also find Malmö University and Turning Torso, two clear symbols of the changes Malmö has undergone in recent years. But the old Malmö is still there in the area around Lilla torg with its small residential houses dating from the end of the 19th century. And at Radisson Blu Hotel Malmö, you’re staying right in the middle of the city. And outside the pulsating city awaits the beautiful county of Skåne. Known as “Sweden’s larder”. A province more associated with agriculture than anywhere else in Sweden.
In Malmö City you can shop in chainstores or unique boutiques that can’t be found anywhere else. Baltzarsgatan is Malmö’s most exclusive shopping street with a rich diversity of clothes, shoes and jewellery. You’ll find all the top brands side by side - Bertoni, Bang & Olufsen, Cenino-Donna, Max Mara and ABCD with clothes from Dior and Gucci. Sometimes a shopping centre can be a very convenient option, particularly in the autumn and winter. Triangeln Shopping Centre is within walking distance of the Radisson Blu Hotel Malmö. Here, you’ll find 150 shops with everything from clothes to electronics. Malmö’s newest and largest shopping centre is Emporia on Hyllie Boulevard just by the Malmö Arena and Malmömässan Exhibition & Conference Centre. It is rumoured that Malmö’s very own Zlatan Ibrahimovic shops here when he is in Sweden.
You can find unique fashion and interior design shops in the Davidshall district. Take the chance to visit the trendy retro shops. A line of them stretches along Södra Förstadsgatan and Davidshallsgatan, Davidshallstorg, which is in the middle of the district, is lined with restaurants and pavement cafés. If you have the time and the energy, you will also enjoy visiting other city districts such as Slottsstaden, with the Kronprinsen Shopping Centre, and Östergatan - with the popular Caroli City and Värnhemstorget.
Möllevångstorget - or Möllan as it is known to the locals - is a colourful district with a lively market trade. Malmö is a melting pot for people from all over the world, and this is what makes Möllevångstorget so much fun. Here you can stock up on Iraqi spices at bargain prices, eat Chinese dumplings or buy delicious pickled peppers. Apart from its thriving market trade, Möllan also has a gallery: Mitt Möllan, with art, design and fashion. Malmö really is a great shopping experience. And just the right size.
Turning Torso, designed by the Spanish architect Santiago Calatravas, is one of Europe’s highest apartment blocks and is a unique landmark. The building itself consists of nine cubes with 54 apartments in total and where the rotation from bottom to top is 90°. It stands 190 metres high. Not far from this already iconic symbol, a new magnificent concert hall is being built. It is just here in Västra hamnen that the new Malmö is emerging and the district attracts visitors from all over the world. Sundspromenaden has become the locals’ favourite haunt in the summer and Djuphavsbadet is rapidly taking over from Ribergsborgsstranden as the place to hang out. Skateboard enthusiasts now meet in Stapelbäddsparken and Dockan has been turned into a leisure boat marina.
Riberborg’s unheated bathing-house, “Kallis”, is beautifully situated out in the sea and here the brave can take a swim regardless of the season. Both the women’s and men’s changing rooms have a wood-heated sauna, sun traps and treatments. Sunday brunch at “Kallis” restaurant is very popular. Next to Slottsparken you’ll find the crimson battlements of Malmöhus Castle, which is really worth a visit. The entrance fee also includes visits to the Art Museum, Natural History Museum and City Museum. For art lovers we can also recommend Malmö Konsthall with exhibitions that reverberate through the entire world of art in Sweden. The Konsthallen restaurant is perfect for inspiring business meetings or just a glass of wine after viewing an exhibition. The Museum of Modern Art located in the old electric power station is a subsidiary of Moderna Museet in Stockholm. A must for those interested in contemporary art.
Old Malmö is also a delightful place to stroll around in. The Radisson Blu Hotel Malmö is within walking distance of Thottska huset and S.t Petri Church. Close by you’ll find the City Hall (Rådhuset) and Lilla torg- one huge pavement café with Malmö’s most-frequented restaurants and clubs. And if you want to visit an idyllic rural spot, Katrinetorp Landeri is not far from the city centre. This is a traditional old manor-house, renovated in the appropriate historical style with lush parks and gardens. There are often farmers’ markets, exhibitions and music evenings. Take the opportunity to discover a different Skåne, far from the pulsating city on Öresund.
In many ways, the pub and nightlife in Malmö centres around two hubs connected by the shopping street stretching from Skomakargatan to Södra Förstadsgatan. One classic gathering-point is Lilla torg, where bars and restaurants are one after another. Test modern Italian cuisine at Belinis or visit Josper’s, a Spanish steakhouse and wine-bar. The acclaimed Bastard, just behind Lilla torg, serves Malmö’s most interesting cuisine. For those who love fish and shellfish, Johan P, just around the corner form the square, is a must. Next door, on Stortorget, is the highly praised restaurant Årstiderna (Four Seasons) in the old Kockska huset. The other hub is Möllevångstorget, or “Möllan” as it is known to the locals. Here you’ll find the classic restaurant Möllan, well known for its atmosphere. On the other side of Södra skolgatan are Ölkaféet, Jetzt and Belle Epoque. All very popular restaurants.
For many, the St Martin’s Day Goose Dinner is the most traditional Skånian festival. In Malmö you can enjoy the bird, black soup (made from the goose giblets) and other delicacies all over the city. On the cobblestoned Tegelsgårdsgatan is Vollmers - voted as one of Sweden’s best restaurants by the White Guide. This is a modern hostelry with a cuisine that reflects the four seasons here in Skåne. Not least autumn and November when St Martin’s Day is celebrated. When you stay at Radisson Blu Hotel Malmö, you’re close to an exciting pub-life that has really taken off in recent years. A mix of old and new.
If you wish to relax to some live music, there are live acts at KB (Kulturbolaget) several nights a week. Malmö is known for its music scene, and clubs such as Babel often present both international acts and popular local bands or DJs. The theatrical arts are alive and kicking too. The most well known theatre, Malmö Stadsteater actually has two venues located in different parts of the town. Hipp, the theatre’s main stage is on Kalendegatan in a traditional building from the end of the 19th century. Intiman is very close to Malmö Opera. The Opera is something Malmö-dwellers are very proud of and presents world-class productions. In the summer, there are also lots of open-air performances and music under the open sky, not least in Pildammsparken. Classic farces are performed here, alongside more innovative modern theatre. Just like much else in Malmö - a city in the vanguard of the new but still deeply rooted in its traditions.