An Afternoon in Malmö, Sweden

If you've been following me on Instagram, you may have spied that my boyfriend and I recently spent time in three European cities: Copenhagen, Hamburg, and the subject of todays blog post: Malmö, in Sweden.

We travelled from Copenhagen central station to Malmö Triangeln station. Our first glimpse of Sweden was emerging from the station to the street through what looked like a transparent golf ball.  Imagine a down-scaled version of the Eden Project on top of a train station that leads out onto a high street. We took a short cut through a nearby shopping centre to get to the main street. I couldn't help but laugh when we walked out to the sound of ABBA blaring! I mean, when in Sweden... 

But we were starving so went to find somewhere to get lunch. The first thing I noticed when browsing the eateries is that Malmö is very vegan friendly, it seemed we were inundated with stylish coffee shops offering an abundance of plant based options. We went down one of the smaller side streets to discover Agge & Bönan, which quite frankly is a millennials dream. Peachy pink walls, books and curious posters hung on the walls, indoor plants complimented by an assortment of interesting decor, and iced coffee at the ready, it was like this place was designed with the 'gram in mind! 
We stopped at Agge & Bönan for a bagel; Sam had one with all the trimmings, but I am infuriatingly fussy so opted for a plain bagel with just avocado (I know I'm so boring!) and the lady serving was very happy to oblige (she also spoke perfect English which was very helpful). With a side of a glorious oat milk iced coffee which was very needed on a day it was quite warm, it was the perfect lunch to set us up for the next few hours exploring Malmö. 
So this is the part of the blog post that may take a surprising turn, but unfortunately, Malmö is pretty mundane. We had planned to spend the entire afternoon and evening there and get the last train to Denmark (which was around 11pm, if memory serves) but we left at about 4.30pm because, if I'm completely frank, we were bored. I'll admit we didn't go out of the city centre to see the likes of Malmö castle but what we did see was quite bland. We walked from the top right down to the coast, and I'm sorry to say it's pretty much just a long high street. I expected it to be a bit more interesting. 
 Just outside of Malmö Central Station is a river with quaint stone bridges running across, and sight seeing boat tours running under them. There's grassy banks that people were having picnics on, or eating ice cream watching the world go by. But again, to us, it wasn't really somewhere we could spend much time looking at. We also saw St Petri Church, a 14th century gothic style church and the oldest church in the city. It's a colossal brick building and the architecture is nothing but impressive. It being made of brick is also really interesting when you're coming from England where old churches are typically made of stone. That being said, it was kind of a "oh there it is... now what?" moment. It was interesting to look at, but after walking round it a couple of times, we'd seen enough - so we started to make our way back up to the station.
It was just wall-to-wall shops with two large shopping centres. The first shopping centre was by Triangeln station - where we arrived - the second was not far from the coast and was enormous. It's in two parts connected by a glass bridge, but a shopping centre is still a shopping centre; we have seen plenty of those at home. Another thing I noted was that there seemed to be more comic book stores and gaming stores than on a typical high street in England, which Sam was very interested in. But the conclusion was the same: a high street is still just a high street. It wasn't even, in my opinion, on the same par as London. It very much reminded me of a town called Maidstone here in Kent, which is more or less a shopping district. A nice shopping district, granted - with a river and dotted with some interesting buildings - but still just a high street. I can literally say the same about Malmö.

So all in all, I can't say it's likely we'll ever return for another visit to Malmö. I'd definitely like to explore more of Sweden, but Malmö is off the list. When I was researching it before booking our trip, it was painted online as an interesting coastal city that was definitely worth a day trip. But sadly it didn't live up to our expectations, and I wouldn't recommend it. It may be nice for an afternoon if you want to do some shopping, but if a holiday means the same to you as it does to me - an opportunity to  spend plenty of time walking around and exploring - this isn't the place to do it. It's not unsightly, but it's not particularly interesting. I'd much rather we'd spent another day in Copenhagen.

Where in Sweden is worth a visit?

PS - no offence to Malmö locals!

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