At the end of May Chris and I set off on a seven day Swedish adventure!
Sweden is a country that we honestly did not know a lot about before embarking on the trip. However, we’re always intrigued by places that are not surrounded by the usual tourist hype. There’s a gentleness and peacefulness about discovering a place which you have read little about. A refreshment in not having seen all the sights online before you arrive. A deeper value in the experiences you take away in knowing that they are not so widely shared with others.
So when we arrived for our sleepover in Malmö, located on the southwestern tip of Sweden, we were eager to explore! We had just under 24 hours in the city so we were only given a taste of what Malmö has to offer but are excited to share our experiences with you! Here’s an overview of our sleepover in Malmö, Sweden.
First off a sleepover wouldn’t be complete without a stylish hotel to call home for the night. We stayed in the newly opened Story Hotel and it was everything we hoped for from a savvy Scandanavian hotel including our eclectically designed room and a rooftop breakfast! Boys if you’re not already sporting the beard and man bun combination you will indeed be inspired by the all too cool Swedes meeting in this hotel.
Lunch: Malmö Saluhall
After making quick acquaintance with our hotel we headed out for lunch at indoor market Malmö Saluhall. Local independent vendors fill this market hall with cheese, cured meat, fish, baked goods, tea, coffee, chocolate and more. This makes for a very pleasant introduction to the foodie culture Malmö boasts. There are also a number of restaurants and cafes. We settled into Hedvigsdal for some ridiculously good wood fired pizza!
‘Fika’ Cooking Class with Swedish Cookbook Author
Did we mention Malmö is a foodie destination? So it only makes sense that you eat all day which brings us to ‘fika’. Fika is the Swedish concept of breaking for coffee and cake daily. However it’s more than just refuelling on caffeine and sugar it’s about friends and colleagues coming together and taking time out of their busy schedules to place value on relationships. What a beautiful concept! I wish I was a Swede!
We were fortunate enough to prepare our own Swedish style ‘fika’ with local cookbook author Margareta Schildt Landgren! Traditionally, freshly baked cinnamon rolls are the cake of choice and together Margareta and I whipped up a batch using her cookbook recipe. We of course then gathered around her gorgeous candle lit dining room table to partake in this wonderful tradition.
Grab a map and wander/cycle the city
Next up, fuelled by pizza and cinnamon rolls, we set off to explore Malmö on foot. Malmö city centre is very compact and walkable not to mention picturesque. Also, you can easily rent a bike from one of the ‘Malmö by Bike‘ stations and zip around the 510km of cycle paths in the city. We did this and it was a really fun way to get around! Of course it’s not advisable to take photos while cycling so we were stopping at every corner to take pictures of all the lovely facades.
Dinner: Asian Rooftop BBQ Grilljanne
Asian BBQ and bar – Grilljanne (conveniently located on the rooftop of our hotel) was our dinner destination for the evening. The botanical cocktails and 5 course Asian BBQ tasting menu were the perfect end to our foodie day. After dinner we headed out to the terrace for one of the best views of the city.
It was short but oh so very sweet! That’s our sleepover in Malmö Sweden. We loved experiencing the local food scene, having a hands on introduction to the culture of ‘fika’ and exploring the picturesque city on foot and bike!
This post is sponsored by Visit Sweden UK, who organised our trip to Sweden and compensated us for coverage of the trip. All opinions are our own.
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