nordic choice hotels

Weekend Staycation at Clarion Hotel Malmö Live

At the start of March, Andrew and I both had an actual day off work. This, in itself, is a pretty rare occurrence… but what’s even more rare is that we were both off on the same day. I can literally count on one hand the number of times it has happened so far this year.

In celebration, we went full R&R mode and had a little two day Malmö staycation at Clarion Hotel Malmö Live.

Watch (for all of you visual people): Video Recap

Typically, when I have time off work (especially consecutive days), I’m the first one to hop on a bus, a train, or a plane and head off to another city. On this particular day, we had considered going across the bridge to Copenhagen for the day, but, in hindsight, it felt super nice to stay put here in Malmö.

We didn’t have the hassle of travel or the stress of packing that typically accompanies a holiday. Plus, we got to spend some quality time together out and about in Malmö - something we haven’t done nearly enough since I moved here.

Now, if you’ve never treated to yourself to a staycation (or if it’s been awhile), stop what you’re doing right now - Yes, you! Pick up your calendar and find an open date! Can’t find one?? Clear one!! Now… find yourself a nice, cozy room at one of your city’s best hotels and BOOK IT.

Done??? Perfect! - Now, here’s a little more about our staycation, and why, whether you’re a local or just visiting, I would 100% recommend checking in at the Clarion Hotel Malmö Live for yourself.

Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld

Clarion Hotel Malmö Live

Our staycation, (which started out as one day… and turned in to two), was the best start to our month. We got some much needed R&R, and, as you can see in the video, had a pretty great time. We could “go out” and “stay in” all at the same place, which was a pretty big win for us homebodies.

Even if you don’t stay the night at the hotel, you should absolutely still go by for a drink or a meal or a show… or just to lounge around in the Living Room… yes! Living Room! This place has a lot going for it, and there is always - and I mean ALWAYS - something going on.


Sleek decor + Epic Views

A couple of the many things this place has got going on are it's minimalistic, modern design and incredible city views. Basically the entire building consists of floor to ceiling windows, (which makes for some epic sunrises and even better sunsets over the Öresund Bridge).

You can’t really go wrong with any of the rooms here, but the corner rooms are phenomenal. We were in room 2000 and, aside from the couple of necessary walls, had a nearly panoramic view around the side of the building facing Central Station and the Turning Torso.

Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld

In House Dining + Bars

I was dying to go to the in-house Mexican restaurant, Eatery Social Taqueria, before staying here had even crossed my mind. I finally did… and now we can’t stay away. But that’s just one of the dining options you’ll find here.

For a more upscale dining experience, head up to the 25th floor to Kitchen and Table + SkyBar.

Both restaurants offer weekend brunches as well!

Read more: Eatery Social Taqueria

Read more: Kitchen and Table + SkyBar

Eatery Social Taqueria - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Kitchen and Table + SkyBar - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Eatery Social Taqueria - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Kitchen and Table + SkyBar - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Eatery Social Taqueria - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Kitchen and Table + SkyBar - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld

And last, but certainly not least, the Living Room Bar… my personal favorite.

For casual drinks, check out this cozy bar, located just past the lobby. The comfy couches and decor will literally make you feel right at home.

These shots were taken in the morning, so it’s empty… but I promise that’s not what it usually looks like. After work and on the weekends, you’ll likely have a hard time finding a free seat!

Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld

Concerts + Exhibitions + Special Events

When we stayed here, we lucked out by being here on the same night as the premiere of Cirque Du Aw - Malmö Live’s free afterwork event.

This event is a great place to let off some after work, ready for the weekend steam. There were DJs and confetti and sparklers, and it was all very 0-60, out of the office and straight to the club vibes… so prepare yourself accordingly.

Cirque du Aw is set to take place monthly, but the hotel doesn’t just host party events. They frequently have ballets, orchestras, and other performances here as well. As we waited in line for Cirque Du Aw, a very… let us say… more mature crowd, was heading to a performance upstairs. See! - Something for everyone!

Cirque Du Aw - Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Cirque Du Aw - Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Cirque Du Aw - Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld

Convenience

Not only do all of the in house dining options, events, and property perks make this a super convenient place to say… the property itself is also really well located.

It’s about a 5 minute walk from Central Station, a 30 minute commute to Copenhagen airport, and is near many of Malmö’s most beautiful scenes and attractions.

Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld

Affordablity + Amenities

Though a stay here may not fall within a backpacking budget, in my opinion, all things considered, it is well worth the money… especially if you’re planning to visit Denmark too.

Hotels in Malmö tend to be significantly cheaper than they are across the bridge in Copenhagen, and the Clarion Malmö Live is no exception. When you stay here, you can explore two cities and two countries in one go, (and save yourself a bit of money).

If all that isn’t enough to convince you to book a stay, here are a few more of my favorite photos from around the property. Peep that fitness center (and SAUNA)… and the lobby ping pong table… and the all you can eat buffet breakfast. Need I say more?

Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld

Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld

This little coastal city I’ve been calling home is so unique, and, in my opinion, a pretty underrated destination among travellers. So many people visit Copenhagen each year, but few cross the bridge over into Malmö.

Read more: Life Update + 8 Things I Love About Life in Malmö

I’m really glad I had the opportunity to relax and unwind for a bit, and found that it was nice to get out and about and be a bit of a tourist in my own town.

I’ve stayed in a lot of hotels in the past few years, but can honestly say that few compare to the Clarion Malmö Live. From the cozy lobby Living Room Bar to the roof top SkyBar and restaurant, the entire property is always buzzing… and not just with tourists.

With their special events and affordable restaurants, the Clarion Malmö Live is so much more than just a hotel. They cater to guests and locals of all ages, and have an authenticity that is undeniable.

Don’t believe me?

Come see for yourself.


Booking

To check current rates, or to book your room at Clarion Malmö Live, use the search bar below or head to their website.

Booking.com

Planning a visit to Malmö?

Pin this post to save it for later!

Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld
Malmö Staycation - Clarion Malmö Live + HallAroundtheWorld

Dinner, Drinks, and the Best View of Malmö - Date Night at Kitchen and Table + SkyBar

Andrew and I aren’t really “fancy restaurant people”

…and there are a couple of reasons for that.

If you know the Valentine’s Day wine bottle story, then you know that the fancy restaurant gods are not in our favor.

Thankfully (for our bank accounts sake), Andrew NOW knows I’m not the kind of girl who is impressed by fancy shmancy dining experiences - or absurdly priced bottles of wine.

After a long work week, you’re more likely to find us eating takeout sushi on the couch with a box of red wine than going out for dinner… except a couple weekends ago when we finally went to a restaurant we’d been talking about trying for ages - Kitchen and Table + SkyBar at the Clarion Malmö Live Hotel.

Though the rooftop location might give you the impression that there’d be an uppity vibe, I actually found the atmosphere to be really laid back. The staff was friendly and welcoming, the food was good, and the views were even better.

If you’re looking for a good date night restaurant…or just a cool place to grab a drink and take in an epic city view, Kitchen and Table + Malmö Skybar is the perfect spot.


Malmö SkyBar

Located on the 25th floor of the Clarion Malmö Live Hotel, the SkyBar has hands down the greatest view you’ll find of the city.

The cocktails are as delicious as they are beautifully presented, and the views of the Turning Torso and Oresund Bridge are unbeatable.

I’d recommend arriving early to grab a few pre-dinner drinks at golden hour.

If you like gin and want a light, refreshing drink, try a classic French 75 (complete with an adorably dainty elder flower flourish)… or my not so classic favorite, Any Last Words - made with gin, apricot, green chartreuse, lime, pineapple, sugar, basil. So yum.

Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld
Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld

Kitchen and Table

After kicking things off with drinks at the SkyBar, walk on over to Kitchen and Table, one of the hotel’s two restaurants by Ethiopian Swedish chef, Marcus Samuelsson.

Read more: About Marcus Samuelsson

We came for dinner, but they also have a cocktail brunch every Saturday from 11:30-2.

Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld

Cosy, cosy, cosy DECOR

The laid back atmosphere at Kitchen and Table is due in part to the awesome staff, but also the rustic and cosy decor. After the sun went down, the candles were lit, and their flickering made the space feel even more warm and welcoming… no pun intended.

The restaurant has an open kitchen layout (complete with a wrap around bar), and a community style high-top table in the center of the room which I really liked.

Some of my family members are planning to visit Malmö in the summer, and, maybe I’m getting ahead of myself, but I could totally picture us all sitting down for a beautiful (and rare) meal together here.

Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld
Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld
Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld

snacks & STARTERS

Given that we aren’t really fancy food people, some of the terms on the menu were a bit over my head. Thankfully our waitress Daniella was awesome (and a total foodie). She explained everything in detail and gave us some great recommendations.

To start we had Kissed by the Sun (crispy Jerusalem artichokes and a delicious, creamy parmesan mayonnaise) and the Cuttle Me (grilled octopus, spiced cream, black radish, apple, and olive oil). You can’t go wrong with either one, but, I personally preferred the contrasting flavors of the octopus and green apple in the Cuttle Me.

We also had a surprise /TAI(R)´TAI(R)/ (sans ox heart), which we both LOVED. The flavors complimented each other well and it was beautifully presented. This was another dish that had Andrew saying, “Oh my gosh… so good” every other bite - For reference, the same thing happened at the hotel’s restaurant downstairs, Eatery Social Taqueria. I’m tellin ya, this Marcus Samuelsson guy is on the something.

Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld
Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld
Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld

Mains

I honestly could have made a meal out of just starters and sides here, but we went with Daniella’s recommendations and tried some different things instead.

His: Potato Rhapsody with Beef Sirloin - Crispy potato, roasted potato broth, pickled potato, Leicestershire Red cheese, and a grilled sirloin (not pictured because Andrew eats too fast).

Hers: What What to the Halibut - hilariously named, and so delicious. Baked halibut, salsify, miso beurre blanc, potato puree, and dried porcini mushroom. To be honest, I don’t know what half of those words mean… but I can tell ya it was good.

Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld

The sweet stuff

For dessert, after much deliberation (aka arguing over who got the Pulp Fiction), we decided to get that and the Eton Mess.

His: The majority of the Pulp Fiction. The sherbert icecream and carrot cake combination was pretty good… but we both agreed I made the better choice.

Hers: The Eton Mess - a delicious meringue, tonka bean, cream, and seasonal berry treat that literally melted in my mouth. The berry of the day was blueberry… and, again, they knocked this one out of the park - so yum.

Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld
Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld
Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld.jpg

Overall, I really enjoyed our dining experience at Kitchen and Table, (and also the fact that there were no pricey wine bottle mishaps). Thanks again to Daniella for teaching us more about each dish and recommending such delicious combinations!

Whether you’re having a date night or just looking for a cool spot for after work cocktails, the food, drinks, and views at SkyBar + Kitchen and Table will not disappoint. I can’t wait to go back to try their Saturday cocktail brunch, (& also to bring my family here this summer - lookin at you, mum. BOOK YOUR FLIGHT ALREADY)!


Hours + Location

Lunch
Monday-Friday: 11.30-14:00

Dinner
Monday-Sunday: 17.00-22:00

Cocktail Brunch
Saturdays: 11.30 – 14.00

Sky Bar
Monday-Thursday: 11:30-14:00 & 17.00-01.00
Friday: 11:30-14:00 & 16:00-01:00
Saturday: 11:30-01.00
Sunday: 17.00-00:00


Heading to Malmö soon?

Pin this post to save it for later!

Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld
Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld
Date Night at Kitchen and Table + Malmö SkyBar | HallAroundtheWorld

The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería

I’m a huge sucker for Mexican food…

…and I mean HUGE. I’d eat guacamole everyday if I could, but, unfortunately, avocados are pretty freakin’ expensive.

When visiting Malmo for the first time last September, I was excited to quickly find a place where I could get my Mexican food fix - Eatery Social Taquería at the Clarion Malmö Live Hotel.

Despite coming across the place at the end of last summer, it wasn’t until recently that Andrew and I actually went to try it… and now we kind of can’t stay away.

The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería | HallAroundtheWorld


“Mucho Mas Que Una Taquería”

Eatery Social Taquería is, as their slogan suggests, “Much More Than a Taco Restaurant.”

They serve up some seriously tasty tacos, yes… but they also offer guests an awesome atmosphere. Eatery Social is the perfect spot for any occasion - whether you are grabbing a quick bite and after work drinks or celebrating something special.

Created by Marcus Samuelsson, the restaurant’s dishes are influenced and inspired by the food and cultures of Mexico, Manhattan, Peru, and Scandanavia.

Samuelsson, an Ethiopian Swedish chef has been cooking his whole life. On his personal website, he says, “My mission with each project – whether it be a new restaurant, book, or TV show – is to celebrate the food, the culture, and hopefully inspire others to be adventurous, learn something new, and get cooking!”

Read more: About Marcus Samuelsson

At Malmo’s Eatery Social Taquería, Latin American flavors are combined with a local twist to make unique and delicious foods. It’s also pretty freakin’ cute.

The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería | HallAroundtheWorld


Food + Drinks

For starters, we always get the nachos. They are served with salsa and guacamole, which for me is a no brainer because avocados… duh.

You might find your main course decision to be a bit more tricky because they have SO much to choose from.

If you’re hungry, go for a sharing platter. On our last visit, we got the chicken fajitas and, I kid you not, Andrew said “OMG THIS IS SO GOOD,” every other bite. It was WAY too much for the two of us - so unless you’ve got a big appetite, I’d suggest bringing a friend (or two).

If you’re in the mood for something smaller, try the tacos. It is a taqueria afterall!

The tacos are served in pairs and are quite filling (but not TOO filling). You should be left with just enough room for some guac and dessert. They have five different styles to choose from, but my favorites so far are the Pineapple Pork Tacos - (full disclosure… they’re also the only ones I’ve tried… When you find something THIS delicious, it’s hard to switch it up).

It wouldn’t be a trip to a Mexican Restaurant without a good ole’ adult beverage. Grab a Cerveza or one of their delicious cocktails. We got the Mexican Bulldog because it was Friday… and, if I were you, I’d maybe save this one for the weekend. Go for a regular margarita if you don’t want a pounding headache. Turns out, we can’t throw em back like we used to.

We somehow managed to save some room for dessert, and decided to try the Chocolate Y Jengibre and the Coco Pannacotta, but we both preferred the first - hands down. The sweetness of the white chocolate and sour flavors of the lime jelly complimented each other really well... But don’t take my word for it… go try it for yourself!

Check out their full menu here.

The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería | HallAroundtheWorld
The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería | HallAroundtheWorld
The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería | HallAroundtheWorld
The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería | HallAroundtheWorld


Brunch

Yes, you read that right… They also have brunch (but only on Sundays)!

BOTTOMLESS brunch - complete with Mimosas and Bloody Marys. Which is basically a combination of all my favorite B words… Breakfast Beverages and Bottomless Brunch.

I have yet to try it for myself, but, if it’s anything like their dinner, it must be pretty dang good. The next time I have a Sunday off, you know where to find me… Or maybe you don’t know where exactly to find me… which is why I conveniently listed the location and hours below!

Location + Hours

Eatery Social Taqueria is located at the Clarion Malmö Live hotel.

Their address is Dag Hammarskjölds torg 2, 211 18 Malmö

Dinner Monday–Saturday 17:00-23:00

Bar Monday–Thursday 17.00 – 23.00
Friday-Saturday 17.00 – 00.00

Bottomless Brunch at Live Every Sunday 12:00-16:00

Reserve a Table

Given that I’ve yet to see this place on a slow night, it’s pretty safe to assume that it’s generally always packed. The restaurant is really popular among hotel guests and locals alike. If you don’t reserve a table ahead of time, chances are you’ll either end up waiting for hours, or you may not get a table at all.

Avoid the uncertainty and reserve your spot… especially if you plan on going for their bottomless Sunday brunch!

Have you been to Eatery Social? What’d you think?

Let me know in the comments below!

The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería | HallAroundtheWorld

If you liked this article, don’t forget to

Pin & Share It!

The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería | HallAroundtheWorld
The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería | HallAroundtheWorld
The Best Mexican Cuisine in Malmö - Eatery Social Taquería | HallAroundtheWorld