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Restaurant in Malmö.
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Malmö eateries with memorable interiors

A delicious bite to eat isn’t hard to find in Malmö, Sweden, a city where there’s something for all tastes and pocketbooks, from inexpensive falafel to Michelin dining. But where can you go for great food and an ambience and décor that’s equally stunning? Here are a few of our picks.

Bastard

Don’t let the name put you off! Bastard is a welcoming place that has become something of a Malmö institution after more than 10 years in operation. It has a continental feel that is social yet intimate. The location was once home to the local Systembolaget (government alcohol store), and drinks continue to be served up here, along with an eclectic menu that varies based on whatever seasonal local ingredients are available.

Gather with friends or your significant other around cosy wooden vintage tables and chairs collected from regional flea markets, and enjoy some delicious food and inventive cocktail concoctions. And if you’re flying solo, Bastard’s open kitchen and bar counter add a social vibe that means that even when you are dining alone, you are never lonely. In the summer, almost all of the furniture moves out back to a spacious courtyard. Open dinner only.

Mäster Johansgatan 11

www.bastardrestaurant.se

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Restaurant Bastard in Malmö, Skåne

The kitchen of restaurant Bastard in Malmö.

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Restaurant Bastard in Malmö, Skåne

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Restaurant Bastard

Photo: Per-Anders Jörgensen

Restaurant Bastard

Photo: Per-Anders Jörgensen

Mineral

Located on the ground floor of an apartment building in a homey residential area, entering Mineral feels like stepping into the living room of a warm, welcoming friend – albeit a very artistic one with impeccable taste in food and design! “We want it to feel like a little hug,” says Lua Morena, one of the three owners – and it does. The food is all vegan and plant-based, but the restaurant prefers not to make a big deal of this fact. Industrial concrete floors and walls are warmed up by candlelight, plenty of greenery and wooden chairs with tables of varying sizes. The restaurant spills out onto a side terrace in the warmer months of the year. Open dinner only.

St Knuts väg 13

Mineralmalmo.se

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Outdoor restaurant

Eating at outdoor restaurants is very popular during spring and summer. Restaurants open up whatever space they have outside to their guests.

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Outdoor restaurant

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Vegan dinner

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Saltimporten Canteen

Saltimporten Canteen’s location comes as a surprise. It’s tucked away in an industrial dockside area and a little hard to find. Grab a bike or taxi and join the queue of hungry locals who know where to find the best lunches in town. Your patience will be rewarded with freshly prepared, healthy and affordable food that tastes as good as it looks. Pick up your lunch at the counter and grab a spot beside other diners sharing space at the long wooden bench and table. Saltimporten’s design is cool, concrete and very Scandinavian. This former warehouse space has been completely pared down to its minimalist Nordic bones. Open for lunch only, between 12 - 2 pm.

Grimsbygatan 24

Saltimporten.com

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Healthy lunch at Saltimporten in Malmö

Saltimporten in Malmö is world-famous for its delicious lunch.

Photo: Carolina Romare

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Healthy lunch at Saltimporten in Malmö

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Restaurant Saltimporten Canteen in Malmö

Photo: Per-Anders Jörgensen

Restaurant Saltimporten Canteen in Malmö

Photo: Per-Anders Jörgensen

MJ's bar, restaurant and hotel

MJ's is everything that Nordic design isn’t – bold, playful and colourful. There’s a touch of Alice in Wonderland as you enter the combination bar/hotel reception area of this very unassuming building. Small windows and low ceilings, dark wood walls and classic brass touches are livened up with plush velvet sofas and armchairs adorned with colourful House of Hackney fabrics. Kooky bric-à-brac odds and ends like flamingo lamps, porcelain pieces and – heck, why not – a photo booth dot this fun, cosy bar. Expect the unexpected as you leave the dark bar and enter the huge, bright atrium. Suddenly, you’re transported to the Mediterranean with Moroccan tiled tables, plants and floral pillows. It’s the perfect atmosphere for whiling away the day with delicious food and drinks. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Mäster Johansgatan 13

Mjs.life

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Hotel and Restaurant MJ's in Malmö

MJ's is a modern and colourful hotel, bar and restaurant right in the centre of Malmö.

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Hotel and Restaurant MJ's in Malmö

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Hotel MJ's in Malmö

Photo: Christian Andersson & Malin Enö

Malmö Saluhall

You might want to start (or end) your day at the hip Malmö Saluhall. Located in a former industrial area near Malmö University, the interior pays homage to the building’s warehouse roots with a well-curated blend of modern details and industrial forms. This indoor market is a great place to indulge in everything from noodles or pizza to seafood and champagne. Eat at one of the street vendor-style stalls or grab a bite to go. You can even purchase food items from the over-the-counter delis, butchers, fishmongers and other talented artisans selling delicious local products. Open 7 days a week.

Gibraltargatan 6

Malmosaluhall.se

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Food market hall

Malmö Saluhall is a popular food market hall housed in a former freight depot in the city center of Malmö. Guests will find anything from traditional Swedish food to poké bowls and freshly fried falafel here. The market hall has an interesting architectural design, combing old and new in an impressive way.

Photo: Miriam Preis/imagebank.sweden.se

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Food market hall

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Food market hall

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Food market

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Food market hall

Photo: Miriam Preis/imagebank.sweden.se

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