Food & Drinks


Want to buy Alcohol in Sweden? Make a trip to Systembolaget, the state-owned liquor store where you can get soft and hard alcoholic drinks. The Systembolaget is a state-owned monopoly for all alcoholic drinks for more than 3,5 percent of alcohol. Sure you can get your glass of wine or vodka in the local pub but you are not allowed to take out alcohol in any of these places. The Swedes are very strict when it comes to access to alcohol. One has to be at the age of 18 to be allowed to drink any alcohol. To buy it in Systembolaget one has to be age 20. When you go shopping at Systembolaget it is very usual that the cashier requests to have a look at your ID to verify your age. The cashiers have to check everyone's ID if they believe that a customer could possibly be age 25 or lower.

Other tips:

- The Systembolaget stores close early (Saturday at 3 PM and closed on Sundays or holidays) so make sure to check the opening times and plan ahead when buying your drinks

- Wine bottles are sorted after the price first and then after the country of origin.

- Alcohol that contains no more than 3,5% percent of alcohol, can be sold in supermarkets and gas stations as well.

- In most Swedish municipalities it is forbidden to drink alcohol in the public. Getting caught doing it means having to pay a fine, 500 SEK. But in many cases, the police simply confiscates the drink and pours it out.

Chocolate and candies

Swedes love sweets and you can buy chocolate and candies everywhere. A famous place to get candies or 'godis' is at Hemmakväll and you can find them at several locations in Malmö. Here you can choose from a selection of hundreds of candies and buy them by the weight. Ideally to bring back home as a gift to friends and family or to indulge in all by yourself.

Looking for something more fancy and specific to Malmö? Pay a visit to Ahlgrens Konfektyr for some handmade chocolate!

Coffee & Tea

Looking for some good tea and coffee? The Five-o-Clock Te Handel, located near Lilla Torget, sells delicious teas and sweets. Here you can choose from a big assortment of teas that you buy either in a pack or by the weight.

For coffee, you can pay a visit to Espresso House, you can find them in multiple locations within the city. Here you can not only drink coffee but also buy it to make it at home yourself.

Lidl $
Netto $
Abdos $
Super Gross $ (Malmö Studenthus)
Willy's $ (Rönnen International)
ICA (Not cheap, but can have good discounts)
Halal supermarket $ (Rosengård shopping mall)

$ = Cheap

Specialized supermarkets:
Öster Asian Livs HB
Haifa Food AB


The cheapest way to buy furniture is to buy second hand through Facebook groups. You can look at Facebook groups such as the ESN International Students Group or Tenants @ Malmö Studenthus.

You can also pay a visit to Ikea and ask some friends to help you out. Ikea provides a moving service where they bring your stuff to your front door for a fee. A cheaper way to get your stuff from Ikea to your front door is by ordering a taxi. Make sure to mention the length and height of your furniture to the taxi company so that they can order a vehicle with the right size for you.

Other cheap (secondhand) furniture stores are:

Address: Cypressvägen 8, Malmö
Opening hours: Tuesday and Thursday: 12:00 - 18:00, Sat: 11:00 - 15:00

Öppna hjärtat
Address: Friisgatan 22, Malmö
Opening hours: Tue - Fri:12:00 - 18:00, Sat: 11.00 - 16:00


Sustainable shopping

Looking for more sustainable places to shop? Check out the Malmö Green Map, you can find here everything from clothing to furniture and other goods.

Gifts & Souvenirs

Looking for something cheap, fun and Nordic to bring back home to your friends and family? The Flying Tiger Copenhagen offers a range of fun and silly gadgets that will guarantee some smiles. Looking for some typical souvenirs like magnets, postcards or flags? Check out the following souvenir stores:

Malmö Souvenirer

Skeppsbron 2
09:30-19:00 Mon-Sun

Pralinen Souvenir
Stortorget 21
10:00 - 22:00 Mon-Thur, 10:00-03:00 Fri & Sat, 11:00-22:00 Sunday

​Dreams Giftshop HB
Kalendegatan 26
10:30-18:00 Mon- Fri, 10:30-15:00 Saturday, Sunday Closed

Gustav Spel & Tobak
Gustav Adolfs torg 8
10:00 - 18:00 Mon-Fri, 10:00 - 17:00 Saturday, 12:00 - 16:00 Sunday

List of shopping malls in Malmö

Emporia Shopping Center (Hyllie)

Hansa (City Center)

Jägersro Center

Kronprinsen (Kungsparken)

KV. Caroli (City Center)

Malmö Entré (Värnhem)