Shopping in Malmo, Malmo

Shopping in Malmo (Self Guided), Malmo

When it comes to shopping, Malmo has something for everyone – from local specialty shops to alluring designer boutiques and large shopping centers, not to mention a great number of art galleries where exclusive art works and handicrafts, signed by Swedish artists, can be purchased.

Alongside cozy retail stores in the heart of Malmo there are tons of food outlets and exciting pit-stops where you can combine your shopping spree with an energizing coffee break, or something more culturally engaging. With so many stores located along or near the pedestrian street of Södergatan, Malmo’s main thoroughfare, shopping is particularly convenient. Another bustling shopping street, Stora Nygatan, is just as rich in terms of boutiques and art galleries, as it is with cafés and restaurants.

Malmo boasts a lively square culture, where one can indulge in gourmet delights from a local street market and pick up some fresh ingredients for a home-cooked evening meal. Spots like Lilla Torg, a marketplace since 1590, are frequented by locals to buy daily household goods.

Other shopping destinations of interest include:

Formargruppen – a must-see location for those keen on designer items: exclusive jewelry, handmade pottery and souvenirs, hand-painted textiles and many other interesting things;

Guldfynd – a famous Swedish jewelry brand, very popular throughout Scandinavia;

H&M – Sweden's famous brand with chains all over the world; the Malmo shop is located in the historic building of the former theatre;

Hansa Shopping Center – Malmo's most central shopping mall, where fashion and beauty reign supreme.

To explore some of the greatest shopping opportunities in Malmo, take this self-guided walk and deny yourself nothing!
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Shopping in Malmo Map

Guide Name: Shopping in Malmo
Guide Location: Sweden » Malmo (See other walking tours in Malmo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 7
Tour Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.1 Km or 0.7 Miles
Author: nataly
Sight(s) Featured in This Guide:
  • Lilla Torg (Little Square)
  • Formargruppen
  • Sodergatan Street
  • Guldfynd (Gold Finds)
  • H&M
  • Hansa Shopping Center
  • Stora Nygatan
Lilla Torg (Little Square)

1) Lilla Torg (Little Square) (must see)

As its name suggests, Little Square is a small but charming square. The square was created in 1590 as a marketplace square. Shoppers would visit the square to buy daily household goods. Local maids would shop for meat, freshly baked bread, fish, and general groceries.

The square is paved with natural stones and invites locals and tourists to stay and enjoy the cozy atmosphere.

Little Square features old houses, boutique shops, outdoor cafes, friendly restaurants, and intimate bars. Visitors will enjoy shopping at the Swedish shops and exploring Scandi style fashion, and admire the centuries old houses in the surrounding area.

Little Square is known for its nightlife. Check out Drumbar, Malmo's only Scottish pub. Moosehead Bar often shows international sports. Mello Yello has a yellow outdoor seating area and is one of Malmo's most popular spots for eating, drinking, and people-watching.

Hedmanska Garden is located on the south side of the square. This half-timbered house dates to the 1590s. The house's courtyard is home to the Form/Design Center, which features a gallery and exhibitions.

2) Formargruppen

Formargruppen is a must-see location for those keen on designer items. This gallery-shop belongs to a cooperative of about 20 professional craftsmen and artists who work in different materials: from clay, fabrics and woodwork to metals and gems.

Founded in 1983, the cooperative showcases locally-produced crafts: exclusive jewellery, handmade pottery and souvenirs, hand-painted textiles and many other interesting things. All of them are made in Sweden, in small quantities or as individual pieces, and are available for sale.

All of the Formargruppen artists are based in the region. Most days, the members take turns running the shop, so when visiting, you can meet one of the artists in person. If you come on a weekday, you will probably meet Tove Sporrong, the store manager. A varying number of guest members also show and sell their products here.

Formargruppen also hosts new exhibitions every month where visitors can meet artists and explore new art media of experimental, questioning and reflective nature. There are several exhibitions during spring and autumn. The exhibits are carefully selected and often represent a complement to what you find in the store.
Sodergatan Street

3) Sodergatan Street (must see)

Sodergatan is Malmo's main shopping street. The pedestrian-only street is home to a large variety of stores.

Visitors will find budget-friendly brands, high-end fashion, and vintage clothing. In addition, the cobblestone street is also home to many cafes, restaurants, and bars.

Sodergatan is also one of Malmo's oldest streets. It was first known as Sönnergatan in 1462. Over the years, the street has had many name changes until it was finally named Södergatan in 1842.

The buildings along Sodergatan feature architecture from the 16th century up to the present day. Flensburgska Huset was constructed on Sodergatan Street in the late 16th century. Flensburgska Huset is the oldest building in Malmo and features layers of white stone and red brick. Baltzar City is one of the street's newest buildings, dedicated in 2002.

Visitors to Sodergatan Street can also find the famous Optimistorkestern sculpture. This charming artwork shows a marching band led by a drummer.
Guldfynd (Gold Finds)

4) Guldfynd (Gold Finds)

Guldfynd (Gold Finds) is a famous Swedish jewellery brand, the market leader in Sweden in goldsmith goods and jewellery, and very popular throughout Scandinavia. Established since 1972, today this brand is presented in about 70 locations nationwide with 119 stores throughout the country.

The one in Malmo offers a wealth of wonderful jewellery, including wedding and engagement rings – in case you happen to visit on a romantic holiday, – as well as watches and a wide array of high-quality gift items as a complement. Whether you like gold, silver or exclusive bijoux, you will find it here in abundance.

The company works with well-known suppliers and brands, such as Gense, Georg Jensen, Epoch, Stelton, Skultuna, Aerowatch, Vinga, Kosta Boda, Orrefors, Lapponia, and Iittala. Visit the Guldfynd shop and their knowledgeable staff will make sure you won't leave empty-handed.

5) H&M

Hennes & Mauritz AB, commonly known as H&M, is a famous Swedish multinational clothing-retail brand famed for its fast-fashion attire and accessories for men, women, teenagers and children.

If you are already acquainted with this trademark (a good chance that you are, considering that it has chains all over the world), you may want to use the opportunity and visit one of its stores on the home turf. The Malmo H&M shop is located in the historic building of the former Malmo Theatre, on Gustav Adolfs Torg.

One of the most famous buildings in the area, it dates back to the early 1800s, of which now only the façade remains, overlooking Gustav Adolf's square. The current façade came into being in 1882, following reconstruction after a fire.

The theater section was demolished when the property was converted into retail premises in 1961. H&M moved in here in 1973, promptly rebuilding the interior, whilst preserving the memory of the theater era, including the lyre decoration on the roof. Apart from H&M, the neoclassical building houses McDonald's and some other outlets, and is part of the Hansa mall.

Just as everywhere else, at H&M in Malmo you can find the trendiest, high-quality products at reasonable prices. Each section has a large area for different kinds of merchandise. Great service is also part of the setup, as usual.
Hansa Shopping Center

6) Hansa Shopping Center

Hansa is a mall at Stora Nygatan in central Malmö . Hansa is located in the same place as Malmö Yllefabrik's old textile factory Doffeln . In 1963 , Nordiska Kompaniet opened a branch in the new premises designed by Malmö architect Thorsten Roos at the Malmö office, now Hultin & Lundquist Arkitekter. The building was built and owned by the current Skanska .

NK ceased its operations in Malmö in 1991 and after rebuilding, Hansacompagniet opened in 1992 as a mall with about 40 stores .

In 2003 , a footbridge was built over Malmborgsgatan to the neighboring property that housed Citygallerian , which was already owned by Briggen. Citygallerian changed its name to Hansagallerian and since 2003 Hansacompagniet and Hansagallerian form a mall with the name Hansa.

At Hansa, the stores COS, & Other Stories, Spirit Stores, Odd Molly, HOPE, Gant, Boomerang, Lexington, Monki, MQ, Systembolaget with wine cellar, Apoteket , Weekday and Espresso House are represented. In Hansa there is also a parking garage on three levels with entrance from Malmborgsgatan.
Sight description based on Wikipedia.
Stora Nygatan

7) Stora Nygatan

Stora Nygatan is a bustling thoroughfare in Malmo, less of a main street but more in terms of shopping and art. The place brims with life, and not surprisingly so, given the density of retail shops, boutiques and art galleries here – like nowhere else in the city.

One of the main local residents is Hansa, Malmo's most central shopping mall. Inside you will find contemporary fashion brands like Hope, whose garments are often classics with a twist, and come with unique labeling – all pieces are marked with both men’s and women’s sizes, to encourage customers to explore the full assortment. Another notable outlet is HandArt Atelje & Butik, a new store with handmade Swedish arts and crafts. Here you can find jewellery made of silver, glass and plexiglass, textile, wood, ceramics, art prints, etc.

In addition to the retail galore, Stora Nygatan is also home to some of Malmo's finest cafés and restaurants to relax in after a tiresome shopping outing. It is also visually stunning, with buildings with stately facades and lots of cobblestones. During the warm season, festivals are often held on this street, inviting city residents to go outside and plunge into the party.

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