Malmö's best restaurant experiences
Updated 15 Jun 2020
The information in this guide may be affected by covid-19.
The days when Malmö was lacking in really great restaurant are a distant memory. The city's restaurant scene is bursting with energy thanks to a combination of popular, long-established concepts and much-hyped new openings and relaunches. To make it easier for you to find the truly unique restaurant experiences among the numerous options, follow our guide to restaurants that have that extra special something, from food and atmosphere to service. Quite simply, these are the restaurants you don't want to miss when visiting Malmö.
MJ'sMäster Johansgatan 13
Cosmopolitan in Malmö
Delicious - and Instagram-friendly - medium-sized dishes and a top-notch wine list are the order of the day at popular MJ's. Sit in the dining room surrounded by plants that grow to the top of the high glass ceiling, or in comfy velvet sofas in the cocktail bar.
Dreaming of the south of France? Visit this intimate neighbourhood restaurant in classic bistro style complete with rustic wooden floors, white tablecloths and classic dishes such as oysters and steak frites. Combine with French wines, many of them biodynamic.
Köket LuDavidshallstorg 3
Street food, Hong Kong-style
Köket Lu describe themselves as a typically chaotic Hong Kong restaurant. The menu consists of excellent steetfood dishes. Their signature dish is duck but we also recommend the crispy pork and their stir-fried beef with noodles. Their vegetarian options are also delicious.
BastardMäster Johansgatan 11
Bastard have charmed their way into the hearts of Malmö foodies since they opened, with their open kitchen showcasing chefs' creations from pig's head terrine to beetroots and nettles. The icing on the cake are the knowledgeable staff who are passionate about food and can recommend great drinks pairings, from delicious natural wines and craft beers to zingy cocktails.
San GrealÖstergatan 7B
Bubbles and other goodies
A restaurant with delightful decor in a historic part of town that focuses on champagne bodes extremely well. The food menu changes regularly according to the seasons and the prevailing mood, but there's always something for all tastes and for vegetarians as well as carnivores - and everything they serve is guaranteed to pair perfectly with champagne.
Kitchen & TableDag Hammarskjölds torg 2
Marcus Samuelsson's Manhattan-influenced restaurant at the top of the Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmö Live combines "fun dining" with magnificent views over Malmö. International dishes such as jerk chicken and slow-cooked pork belly are made from local ingredients and you can sip a cocktail in the sky bar alongside before or after your meal.
LyranSimrishamnsgatan 36a, Möllan
Whether you end up sitting by the green-tiled open kitchen or down in the cosy cellar, you've always hit the jackpot with a reservation at Lyran. The concept is all about a passion for top quality natural ingredients, creating suprising flavour combinations from the produce listed on any particular day. The wine list follows the same natural philosophy.
Korean/Swedish fun dining
Swedish ingredients dance in Korean flavours at Namu, where a playful cooking with a big heart are the name of the game and traditional Korean elements go hand in hand with western features. Decor-wise, high bar stools and tables alternate with low tables and floor cushions for dinner with an authentic Korean touch.
Eatery Social TaqueriaDag Hammarskjölds Torg 2
Latin-American food is one of the hottest cuisines right now and that's exactly what you'll get at Marcus Samuelsson's second restaurant within the Clarion Hotel & Congress Malmö Live. Share some dishes and sides and sip tequila or mezcal from the bar, surrounded by industrial chic decor with Mexican elements.
Escama GastrobarFersens väg 4
Basquian summer nights in Malmö
Pintxos are hot, particularly when enjoyed al fresco at Escama on a warm spring or summer's day. The Basque Country's tapas tradition means plenty of fish and shellfish along with a hefty dose of southern European culinary culture. Drop by for Spanish and Portugese wines, a laid-back atmosphere and the feeling of long, lazy summer evenings all year round.
Kin LongRådmansgatan 1
Chinese cuisine at atmospheric restaurant
Malmö's oldest Chinese restaurant takes diners on a flavour journey through the country's various cuisines in stylish, atmospheric surroundings. Tuck into everything from dumplings and steamed vegetables to Peking duck, served under red lanterns in either the light dining room or on cushions around low tables in smaller, cosier side rooms.
Restaurant MutanturFersens väg 14
Elegant small dishes
To keep things spontaneous Mutantur doesn't accept reservations, so when you're in the mood for delicious, elegant food, just drop by. The menu is relatively long and consists of smaller dishes - from falafel balls with truffles to exclusive caviar - which you can combine to create a tasting menu.