Last Updated on November 24, 2022 by Nina Ahmedow
After such a long time of not traveling, this year I’ve finally had the option of exploring a bit of Europe. This year, I’ve revisited some big European cities like Hamburg, London, and Brussels, as well as one of the most underrated cities in Europe: Malmö, the third-largest city in Sweden.
I took the train from Hamburg to Copenhagen and then simply had to take a regional train across the Baltic sea to get from Copenhagen to Malmö. Copenhagen itself is a city I don’t really like so I only spent a few hours on a day trip from Malmö. Therefore, I won’t make a separate vegan guide to Copenhagen and simply mention a few spots at the end of this post.
But first of all, if you decide to visit the beautiful southern Swedish city Malmö and are not sure where to find your vegan eats, here’s the ultimate vegan Malmö guide for you to check out.
The Ultimate Vegan Malmö Guide
Vegan Restaurants in Malmö
The first evening in Malmö, my friend and I decided to try a cozy vegan restaurant focusing on Southeast Asian cuisine. Rau is located on a lively square in the city where you can find plenty of interesting restaurants. But even if you were to go there in the winter you’d be sure to have a good time as the interior was also very cozy and pretty
At Rau, they offer a three-course menu where you choose two starters, one main dish, and a dessert each. Everything they offer is quite special and not something you will find at most other vegan restaurants.
The service at Rau was absolutely outstanding. Both waitresses that served us were very polite and kind and really made sure we were comfortable and having a good time. They didn’t even mind when my non-vegan friend had a few special requests.
Given the warm temperatures, I opted for the summer roll and summer salad as my starters and then continued with the morning glory with fermented tofu and rice. My dessert was a delicious ginger soup.
With such a lovely location and great service, it was only expected for the food to be amazing as well, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. I absolutely enjoyed the flavors of all the dishes, but although I was at first a bit skeptical about having ginger soup for dessert, it actually ended up being my favorite part of the meal. Way to end dinner!
Davidshallstorg 3. Open Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 2:30 pm, 5 pm to 11 pm, Saturday 4 pm to 11 pm.
Perhaps the best vegan restaurant in Malmö (even my non-vegan friend agrees) was Vegegården, a Chinese buffet. Now, buffets are not very sustainable, as usually a lot of food gets thrown away, so you might want to keep that in mind. However, on the weekends you can order from their regular menu if you don’t want to get anything from the buffet.
Compared to the other vegan Malmö eateries, this one was both more affordable but also cozier and perhaps a bit tastier. It’s definitely the best place if you’re hungry and don’t want to spend too much money but also want to get a good meal. There are so many options at the buffet, from mock meats to legumes. If you like Chinese food at all this place will be a paradise for you.
The owners are very friendly and will make you feel very comfortable from the moment you arrive here.
Stora Nygatan 18. Open Monday to Friday 11:30 am to 3 pm, Saturday and Sunday 1 pm to 9 pm.
For falafel, Malmö also has various options. One of these is Hummusson where you can get hummus, baba ghanouj, falafel, pita, and other Lebanese vegan delicacies. It’s a very small spot with very few seats and no bathroom so you have to use the bathroom in the mall which is pretty gross, to be honest. I’d suggest you pick up something from Hummusson to go.
That’s not to say the interior isn’t absolutely lovely, it is! In fact, it looks like somebody’s kitchen but cozier or an old pharmacy, a food pharmacy that is – a hummus lab. Okay, maybe I’m not making any sense here, but that’s the vibe I got at Hummusson. However, it simply isn’t a place where you can have a cozy meal with friends.
The lady behind the counter was very friendly and let us try some of their hummus before we ordered. The hummus, baba ghanouj, falafel, and pita were all decent. So if you’re a vegan Malmö visitor and need a fix of falafel check out Hummusson.
Södra Förstadsgatan 41. Open Monday to Friday 11 am to 8 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.
And now let me end this vegan Malmö guide with one of my favorite vegan restaurants in the city: Sajvva. According to their tagline they specialize in world cuisine. Now, I’m not usually a fan of too broad of an approach, but at Sajvva it works, and that’s also because they’re not only making the same dishes everyone else makes. Yes, you can get tacos, burgers, and bibimbap (my choice), but they also make fesenjoon. I don’t recall ever seeing fesenjoon at a non-Persian restaurant, let alone a vegan one!
The interior is absolutely gorgeous. This is one of the few vegan Malmö restaurants that are really cozy and perfect for visiting with a group of friends or even on a date. I wish I had tried this place sooner so I could have gone more often.
The staff at Sajvva were some of the friendliest in all of Malmö and were really knowledgeable about the different dishes. This really added to the warm atmosphere at the restaurant. But the food didn’t let me down either. The bibimbap was tasty and the portion size was really good too.
Östra Förstadsgatan 29. Open Tuesday to Thursday 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday to Sunday 5 pm to 10:30 pm.
Vegan Cafés in Malmö
If you’re looking for some more typical Swedish food then you should make your way to Bageri Leve. While this bakery is not fully vegan (they sell honey), they make the most amazing vegan pastries you can imagine. And yes, that includes Swedish staples such as cinnamon rolls and cardamom rolls.
There are a few tables outside and you might even be lucky and find a seat inside, but this bakery is more for picking up your delicious pastries and then eating them elsewhere. (There isn’t a bathroom either.)
Östra Rönneholmsvägen 6. Open Tuesday to Friday 11 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 4 pm.
Another café in Malmö is Jord which is where the hipsters of the city seem to go. It’s packed with all the trendy people so I thought the food and drinks here must be really good, but the whole experience was quite disappointing. The waitresses seemed quite arrogant and were somehow quite annoyed that they were at work (I mean, I get it, but is is the customers’ fault that you’re there?).
I got an avocado toast and a golden milk and sadly both were really bland so I really didn’t get why the place was so popular. You would think that at least the service or the food would be great. Since there aren’t that many fully vegan places in Malmö I think it’s still a good idea to try Jord because, who knows, it might be me and you’ll end up loving the place. For me, it wasn’t the right vibe.
Falsterbogatan 1. Open Monday to Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 9 am to 5 pm.
Vegan cafés are easy to come by in Malmö, but not all of them are amazing. While there wasn’t any place, in particular, I recommend not going, I also wasn’t impressed by Café Holmgången. The food was okay, but I felt like the guy behind the counter was completely overwhelmed when I simply asked him about a specific dish and what it was. It seems to have been a curry pie, but it wasn’t spectacular, so I would recommend trying something else instead.
Again, it wasn’t bad and I wouldn’t say you shouldn’t go, but maybe keep your expectations a bit lower for this place.
Södra Förstadsgatan 23A. Open Monday to Sunday 11 am to 6 pm.
Luckily, not all vegan cafés in Malmö were this underwhelming. I also found a little gem called Farm2Table. In fact, this business has two locations, and while I wasn’t a fan of the S:t Knut one (simply because after walking all the way there they told us there kitchen was already closed even though the restaurant was still open for another two hours), the Davidshall location was fantastic.
To me, the S:t Knut location is more of a restaurant while the Davidshall location has much more of a café vibe – and amazing breakfast. The café is really cozy and probably has the most comfortable and relaxed atmosphere of any of the vegan Malmö cafés and restaurants on this list.
I absolutely loved the crispy tempeh toast and the avocado toast, but the recharge smoothie was also incredibly delicious as well. To be honest, next time I’m in Malmö I might go here for breakfast every single day (unless a new place opens). If you only have a few days in the city and don’t want to try too many different places I would say head to Farm2Table at the Davidshall location first and don’t bother trying anything else.
As for the other location I really can’t judge the food, but keep in mind that the kitchen seems to close at least two hours before they close.
Davidshallsgatan 19. Open Tuesday to Thursday 9 am to 5 pm, Friday 10 am to 5 pm, Saturday and Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
S:t Knuts Väg 13. Open Wednesday and Thursday 5 pm to 10 pm, Friday and Saturday 5 pm to 11 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm.
Vegan Product in Malmö
Another one of my favorite vegan Malmö eats was Lupinta. And while Lupinta isn’t an actual sit-down restaurant, it saved me many an evening. Lupinta products were actually sold at a stall at Malmöfestivalen, but with most vegan restaurants in Malmö actually closing their kitchens quite early I often couldn’t find anything to eat anymore.
Luckily, the Lupinta stall at Malmöfestivalen always took care of that. I tried their noodles and their burger which were both really good. As the name suggests, they make their products of lupine which is one of the biggest new trends in the vegan scene in Europe.
If you’re not visiting Malmö during Malmöfestivalen you can get Lupinta products at some grocery stores. Perfect for people who prefer to self-cater when traveling.
Vegan Spots in Copenhagen
So that’s it for my vegan Malmö guide! But remember I promised to say something about vegan spots you can try in Copenhagen as well? Well, I ate in Copenhagen twice during my stay in Malmö, and unfortunately, neither of those places was very good.
First I went to Atlas Bar which has great reviews online, but I failed to see what’s so special about this place. There are a few nice tables outside, but the interior is quite uninviting, and the bathrooms are in another section of the building. It all seems like a bit of a makeshift restaurant.
I will say that the food was really good, even the bread and herb butter they serve on the side are great. So if you’re visiting Copenhagen in the summer heading to Atlas Bar for lunch might be a good idea.
Larsbjørnsstræde 18. Open Monday to Saturday 12 pm to 10 pm.
The other place I went to was Bistro Verde which was still quite new at the time which might explain why they were so unorganized. My friend and I had to wait for an hour to get our food and then they didn’t even get our order right. However, as everyone was very friendly I would probably go back if I was in Copenhagen again. Who knows, things might be running more smoothly now.
22 Sankt Annæ Plads. Open Wednesday to Saturday 9 am to 9 pm, Sunday 10 am to 3 pm.
Well, that’s it for my vegan Malmö guide and a few extra mentions for Copenhagen.
Have you been to Malmö? What are your favorite vegan Malmö eateries?