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Three young happy women on an excursion in a boat on Malmö's canal with Malmö Live and the central station in the background.
Malmö canal boat
Explore Malmö by boat, either on a guided tour or by renting your own.
Photo credit: Apelöga

Top 10 things to do in Malmö

Are you ready to explore the wonders of Malmö, Sweden's third-largest city? There's always something new to discover, from cultural workshops and street food markets to boat tours along the canals. These activities provide a glimpse into the rich culture and vibrant atmosphere of Malmö, making it a must-visit destination in Sweden.

Malmö offers a diverse array of experiences that cater to every traveller’s interests. Join us as we explore the top 10 things to do in Malmö, from cycling along scenic paths to indulging in the beloved Swedish fika culture and uncovering the city's thriving street art scene.

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Malmö is among the top ten cycling cities in the world.

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A woman ride a bike on a walkway, behind here you see a residential area by the sea and in the middle a skyscraper.


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A person canoing in the canal in Malmö in the sunrise.

World Maritime University, Malmö

Photo: Werner Nystrand/ Malmö Stad

Lilla torg, Malmö

Lilla torg, Malmö

Photo: Werner Nystrand

Sunset at Ribersborg beach, a man and three women is seen at a bathing pier at the beach. There are server bikes parked along the path to the beach.

Ribersborg beach in Malmö

Photo: Apelöga

Explore Malmö by bike

Malmö is among the top ten cycling cities in the world. You can explore the city on two wheels by renting a bike and cycling through the extensive network of bike lanes and scenic waterfront paths. You can either follow dedicated cycling routes or roam at your leisure, enjoying the sights.

Go on a boat tour

Experience Malmö from a unique perspective with a guided boat tour of its picturesque canals. Learn about the city's history, architecture, and waterfront landmarks while enjoying a relaxing cruise. Alternatively, you can also rent your own electric boat.

Rent a kayak or SUP

If you want to discover Malmö's beauty on your own terms while enjoying water activities, you can rent a kayak, paddleboard (SUP), or paddle boat. Several rental companies offer equipment to water enthusiasts eager to explore the city.

Enjoy Swedish Fika

Malmö's Old Town is a delightful place to experience the beloved fika culture of Sweden. Its cobblestone streets and historic buildings will transport you to a bygone era. At the heart of the Old Town, you'll find Lilla Torg, a charming square home to several quaint cafes and bustling outdoor terraces.

Relax at Ribersborg Beach

Enjoy a relaxing stroll or unwind on the sandy shores of Ribersborg Beach, renowned for its stunning views of the Öresund Bridge. You can also explore Ribersborg Kallbadhus, a seawater bathhouse on a pier extending into the Öresund strait, separating Sweden and Denmark. Ribersborg Beach is the perfect location for a great time in the sun.

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Möllevångstorget, Malmö

Möllevångstorget, a large market square in Malmö, Sweden.

Photo: Christiaan Dirksen

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A square full of stalls with striped roofs. Bikes are parked along a road and you see two blurry cyclists  passing by.

Möllevångstorget, Malmö

Photo: Christiaan Dirksen

Flowers and greenery inside a city park. You see the back of two women sitting beside a pool with two fountains. In the background you see the entrance and some buildings outside the park.

Folkets Park in Malmö

Photo: Malmö stad

A pedestrian street with stone houses on each side. People strolling down the street. A mural painting on a house showing a the face of a woman.

Shopping street, Malmö

Photo: Tina Axelsson/Visit Sweden

A woman wearing a jacket and a hat is taking pictures of art paintings.

Culture in Malmö

Photo: Fredrik Johansson/ö Turism

Explore the street food market at Möllevångstorget

Explore various international cuisines at the lively street food market held at Möllevångstorget, locally referred to as “Möllan”. From falafel wraps to Korean BBQ, you'll find a diverse range of delicious dishes to satisfy your cravings. There is also the possibility to join a guided walking food tour called “Food Caravan”.

Take a cultural workshop

Discover Malmö's creative scene by taking a cultural workshop or class, such as pottery making, painting, or cooking traditional Swedish dishes. It's an excellent way to learn something new, meet new people and connect with the local community. Botildenborg is worth a visit. It's an oasis of cultivation in the heart of the city, where food and gardening take centre stage.

Visit Folkets Park

Folkets Park, established in 1891, is one of Sweden's oldest public parks. It offers a variety of amenities such as green spaces, playgrounds, cafes, and entertainment options such as concerts, festivals, and outdoor markets.

Go shopping

Shopping in Malmö is an experience that caters to all preferences. You'll find everything, from charming local boutiques to grand shopping centres. If you're looking for unique and rare finds, Malmö has plenty of one-of-a-kind shops to explore.

Discover Malmö’s street art

Malmö has become an urban art gallery thanks to the efforts of ArtScape. In 2014, ArtScape initiated Sweden's first major street art festival in Malmö, kickstarting a transformation of the city into an open-air gallery. Today, Malmö has numerous murals and sculptures, turning its streets into a colourful showcase of creativity from both local and international artists. Don't miss Hangaren, an indoor experience where urban artists have created monumental graffiti works since 2013. For more traditional art lovers, Malmö Konsthall and Moderna Museet are other venues worth checking out.