I started to write this post in January, though little I know that within two weeks we would welcome Baby R in our family and this post will stay as draft for so long. But well better later than never right? :). Anyway last week before big Black Friday bonanza, we were again in Malmö and this time with Baby R and grandma to check out new dining table and possibly bring it home. (As Baby R is crawling he needs his space, well we also need some more space. So for a past month or two we have tried to figure out how to create more space in our apartment. So we set ourselves towards Malmö for a nice day trip with a goal to have new dining table, but more about that in another blog post :P, hopefully not months later.).
But now back to what to do in Malmö in 6 hours post, which I have updated a little :D.
... Malmö, 3rd largest city in Sweden is always a perfect destination for quick inspirational/relaxing day trips to change scenery. It is only 20 minutes with the train from Copenhagen, but even though, it is so close to us, we are not going there so often as I would like. So I guess the saying so close, but yet so far away is totally applicable :). And yeah, these trips are fun and usually involve quite large degree of shopping and will always end up in ICA (big supermarket chain in Sweden), where to explore all sort of Swedish foods, but also it is a great opportunity to pick up some homey food that you could get from Estonian supermarkets, like kefir, yoghurts, curd creams (Kesella/Kvarg in Sweden), pickles, different hams and cheeses etc. So it is good opportunity to explore something new, get some variety and in the same time indulge to something familiar.
So what we did in Malmö when we have a six hours...
Our January trip was very much food/bakery inspirational trip, though I didn't manage to visit all the spots I wanted to visit. Reason: maybe I was bit too ambitious or it had something to do that two weeks later Baby R arrived. Anyway, I still have Malmö map with places to visit and I slowly try to manage it to good foodie day trip resource to share it here (I aim to feature only tested and approved places :)).
So going back to our January trip, our first stop after arriving to Malmö (Trianglen st) was Malmö's Chocolate factory and more specifically the factory shop (I think we will be taking the tour later, as it was more of a recon/quick visit, so I definitely look forward to learn more about the place and stock up on some dark chocolate as you can see below ;). Pst! Their dark chocolate with raspberries are awesome, just the right sweetness and tartness balance in my humble opinion).
After stocking up on dark chocolate, we noticed that lunch time was approaching. So we headed towards the city and went by falafel joint N1, as they are known to make pretty good falafels. And yes, their falafels were nicely spiced, and tasted nice, with some pickles. (Did it rock my world, not sure. As I haven't eaten so many falafels to become connoisseur, but I would go back). The thing that I also noticed in Malmö is that there are some more interesting lunch choices than back at home in DK. For example you have a daily offers and you have option to get soup for lunch, which I think is perfect solution to have if you don't feel of having a salad or sandwich or burger. Plus you will get coffee (though most probably filter) and cake with your soup buffet, but offer is not bad at all.
So after having a quick falafel lunch on the go, as we wanted to take most of the time we had in city. We wondered towards the old city, where you can find lot of small design furniture shops, couple of kitchen shops and off course Åhlens department store (in their home department you can find some really nice textiles, kitchen stuff and off course Muji). Only to end up in Byggfabrikken, where you can buy some vintage/old style hooks, tiles, door nobs etc (LOOVE IT !!!) . As I needed to find a way how to store my cooling racks and I saw some on their website that could work. (Well, we didn't got those hooks, as they didn't work with the walls we have (sight). So the hunt for hooks continues.)
So after unsuccessful, hook shopping, we set ourselves towards the quite newly opened Malmö Saluhall, which is indoor market place gathering some speciality shops and eating places. Though as the current trend is with all newly opened Saluhall's/Indoormarkets, the heavy focus is on eating places, which makes you wonder if that is the future of markets (I certainly hope not. As currently are waiting, and have a great hopes for when new Westmarked in Copenhagen that will be opening its doors on January, but let's see if it is another foodcourt or something else. UPDATE: So Westmarked has been open little less than a year and it seems it will not celebrate its first birthday, as shops are closing and visitor numbers are declining). Anyway, In Malmö Saluhall you can find cheesemonger, fish shop, teashop, meat shop and bakery.
In the meat shop you are able to by lot of different meats also game and different sausages etc. Teajunkie, tea shop seamed interesting, but I briefly browsed through. Definitely next time will indulge with some deeper investigation (UPDATE: had again quick browse through, now they are next to bakery, and they are offering desserts made of tea by Joel Lundkvist. As I have seen some mouthwatering cakes on their insta feed, I needed to give a try :). Though still, their tea selection needs future investigation, definitely they seem to know their matcha).
And then the last, was the famous St Jakobs bakery. (And it had a que). People buying breads, semlar, croissants, cardamon buns, cinnamon buns. (NOTE: they sell out their cardamon buns really fast). As it was bakery tour we test out their speciality in this case Cardamon bun + croissant (how it is baked and is it made with butter or not) and as last time was mid January we were in Malmö it was season for Swedish semla (I have never tasted, though it seemed very similar to Estonian vastlakukkel). Next time maybe trying out of some of their bread, though figuring out what kind of bread, might might be difficult as they don't believe in labels to let customers know how the bread is called.
(Well in general the prices are not visible and you need to ask them :S in Saluhall). So after Saluhall, it was time to head back towards ICA to do some final shopping and the catch the train back.
So yeah, when you go and eat and visit couple of shops time goes really fast and I believe it is better to take easy and savour the quality time you spend rather than be stressed out by end of the day by ticking all the boxes to visit. Though, I think to get better essence of Malmö you should spend couple of days there and not treat it as a transit/shopping stop.
So Malmö, thank you for today and hope to see you soon :). (Well yeah, we will see each other really soon as we need to pick up our new dining table extension ;))