Behind the scenes : Malmö + Skåne

Scandinavian furniture, food and lifestyle has emigrated across the North Sea in recent years: Scandi Noir is on our screens, their minimalist style on our backs and cinnamon buns in our mouths.


Ella took a trip back to her native roots last weekend to visit her family and friends in Landskrona, Skåne - the most Southerly county of Sweden. The visit made her realise that the Scandinavian-idyll stereotype holds some truth: the food was delicious, the clothes elegantly cut and cafes used quality ingredients to produce simple dishes. A particularly enjoyable element to Swedish culture is the relaxed approach to eating and dining – breakfasts are often long, drawn out and fuelled by strong black coffee and the afternoon fika has become a cultural institution that’s been exported abroad. Food is something that’s never rushed and is generally an occasion that is shared with others.


In order to celebrate the Swedish attitude to breakfast and the area of Skåne, we’ve put together a little go-to list of places to eat, drink and wander – all providing great food and a little insight into Scandinavian culture. 


Begin your day at Noir Kaffekultur - a café in Malmö serving organic coffee and delicious open sandwiches. Come here for a late breakfast or early lunch for open sandwiches with modern versions of customary fillings such as smashed avocado, pomegranate and feta on sourdough.


Far i Hatten (Father in the Hat)  is a by day a café + restaurant and by night a bar and music venue with a very chilled out vibe.  Situated in the centre of Malmö's Folket's Park in a shed-like structure, the bar invites local musicians and djs to perform every Friday and Saturday night and perfectly combines traditional Swedish food and setting with modern music and a lively crowd. 


‘Kallbadhus’ or open-air baths are large and established structures on Swedish seafronts. The structures are often a hundred metres from the sea shore and accessed from beautiful wooden deck bridges. They house saunas and cafes, and a visit often involves a sauna session and a drip in the sea regardless of the time of year. Ribersborgs kallbadhus is a historic landmark that overlooks the infamous Öresund Bridge connecting Sweden to Denmark. There are apparent health benefits in going from the sweltering sauna to the freezing sea – you can warm up with a strong coffee from the café post-dip.


A trip up to Landskrona’s borstahusen is a great alternative if you’d rather feel the sea air wrapped in a warm coat. Admire the picturesque Swedish architecture overlooking the Baltic sea. Stop off at Pumphuset  to view the latest gallery in their studio, visit the museum and grab a bite to eat from their simple and traditional menu.


For the best of Swedish design, architecture and art visit the Form Design Centre with monthly exhibitions featuring up and coming modern artists and installations. Located in Malmö’s gamla stan (old town) the gallery + shop is housed in ancient half-timbered houses. Visit the shop and locate the magazine rack - take some time to pore over their design-focused literature.


For an evening meal head to the provocatively named Bastard Restaurang. The restaurant offers tapas-style dishes from an open kitchen that uses Fergus Henderson’s top-to-tail style of cooking. The music is loud, the drinks are strong and there is a lot of personality - making it a great place for dinner + drinks on a Saturday night.


Before you return home, visit Mästerliv’s in Malmö to stock up on Swedish teas, coffees and artisan food products for your friends and family. 


Photo credit: 

Linda Dreams 

Noir Kaffekultur


Mette Hebak

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The behind the scenes series is a documentary of our business’ journey, a transparent snapshot into what we do and how we make it work. We hope that the honest reflections will show the rewards and challenges of our business, perhaps even inspiring others to begin their own start-up journey.