Gateway to global cuisine

While Malmö may be Sweden’s third largest city with 330,000 residents, it remains its most diverse with an influx of migrants and refugees representing 177 countries, enriching its culinary landscape.

From a focus on slow gastronomy using locally sourced ingredients from around the Skåne region, to up-and-coming fusion restaurants tapping into Malmö’s rich cultural diversity, this city located on Sweden’s southern coastline is turning into the place to go to sample some of the country’s most exciting kitchens.

 

Eating your way around the world

The sweet wafts of Indian and Asian spices, savoury smells of Turkish and Middle Eastern grills, and some of the best falafel guide you toward the city’s migrant neighbourhood of Möllevången, fondly called ‘Möllan’ by locals.

Located on Bergsgatan and touted as the first fully Syrian restaurant in Malmö, Shamiat opened its doors in 2014. Owner Maurice Salloum’s goal is to transport diners to his hometown of Damascus the way he remembered it before the war. The space is decorated with framed photos of his birth city and antique Middle Eastern chandeliers, and the menu is filled with Syrian classics such as nakanek (spicy lamb sausage) and kubbe (minced meat rolls with bulgur and pine nuts).

Strolling further down Bergsgatan, you’ll find Turkish kebab and Middle Eastern shawarma joints next to Indian curry houses, Japanese sushi restaurants, and falafel shops – a visual representation of the city’s rapidly growing global tastes.

Even international food court Mitt Möllan (mittmollan.se) reflects this diversity, where everyone can find their own culinary slice of Malmö – from Vietnamese pho served up by Little Vietnam to Indian specialties and cooking classes from The Masala Box, and Neapolitan sourdough pizzas baked at Pizza Dal Sud.

Looking beyond Möllan into other parts of town, a local cult favorite remains The Orient House Of Falafel No 1, a Lebanese restaurant known for its savory fried chickpea balls served in a variety of ways. Korean fusion restaurant Namu (namu.nu), which was recently awarded a Michelin Bib Gourmand, blends both Korean inspired-flavours with local Swedish ingredients in its shared communal style dishes. Its ‘Koreansk smakresa’ (Korean taste journey) menu is divided into two multi-course offerings – Expeditionen (The Expedition, five-course) and Resan (The Trip, three-course) focusing on more traditional dishes such as bulgogi (thinly-sliced marinated beef) and salted cod with shiitake mushrooms and seaweed oil.

 

Local markets, food halls, and street grub

Seafood lovers should head over to Fiskehoddorna (fiskehoddorna.se) at the crack of dawn to find the largest seafood market in the region. This is where fishermen and fishmongers converge to sell newly caught fish and shellfish including pickled herring and smoked seafood like eel and salmon.