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Connected to Copenhagen via the Öresund bridge, Malmö is a very cool city. It’s got - we won’t say boasts, Malmö doesn’t need to - Scandinavia’s tallest building, the impressive ‘Turning Torso’, a collection of world class museums, some beautiful parks and a population including around 150 different nationalities contributing to the food, the festivals, the music and the lifestyle. If you’re here for the history then the Galma Staden, or Old Town, is probably one of the best places to stay in Malmö. As well as being in the heart of town you’re also close to the castle. But, if your idea of the best places to stay in Malmö is close to trendy restaurants and bars and is maybe a cool design hotel, then you might want to look around the redeveloped harbour precinct.
Malmö was originally founded by the Danes - for several centuries it was Denmark’s second largest city - which is why there are some districts and streets which are littered with Danish-style half-timbered houses. Before the bridge - which is the world’s longest cable-tied road bridge - was opened in 2000, Malmö was a fairly industrial city, whose largest employer was a shipbuilding company. But the bridge really changed everything.
The Old Town, the castle (Malmöhus Slott), and the three main squares which lie at the heart of Malmö are probably the best places to start exploring. Stortorget, meaning the big square, is where you’ll find Malmö’s beautiful city hall, Lilla torg, or little square, is where you’ll find many cafes and restaurants and the third square, Gustav Adolf’s Square, is the shopping square.
Around the caste are a number of museums, with very diverse themes. As well as some obvious themes there’s also a nocturnal hall. One of Malmö’s other museum highlights is the Moderna Museet Malmö, the modern art museum in an impressively converted turbine hall.
If you’re looking for Malmö’s markets you’ll find them in Möllevångstorget square, which is surrounded by Asian and Middle Eastern shops and restaurants and numerous pubs and bars. If you’re looking for the high design stores and fancy restaurants try Davidshallstorg.
Malmö is a great place for pedestrians and cyclists, but there’s also a very good bus network. There are many beautiful parks - great for swimming and sunbathing if you’re here in summer, or in fact winter too if you fancy it - the sandy beach of the Ribersborgsstranden is known for ice swimming…
Our pick of the best places to stay in Malmo is ideally placed in the centre of town, an ideal spot whatever your reason to visit.
- Right in the centre of town, the Master Johan Hotel is a comfortable, elegant place to use as a base for a city break. The decor in the 69 rooms is tasteful, with flashes of modern art, and there’s a stylish restaurant. Rooms start from around £55 per night.
Best Hotels in Malmö
Master Johan Hotel 69 rooms from £110Malmö
Located in Malmo's city centre, Master Johan Hotel is perfectly positioned for a weekend of exploring the city. The comfortable rooms are spacious and elegantly decorated with tasteful furnishings and modern art. In the evening, enjoy a meal in the stylish modern restaurant.Business meetings - The central location and excellent conference facilities, make it a perfect setting for business meetings.Local exploring - Ideally placed for exploring the city, just meters from Lilla Torg Square in central Malmö.Local markets - In December don't miss out on the Malmo christmas market.Sights nearby - Two minutes walk from the lovely Lilla Torg square.