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Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do

A few months ago, I saw a beautiful photo on Instagram of a little yellow bicycle stood in front of a vast, never-ending wheat field. After clicking on the location, I was surprised to find that the photo was shot on an island… in Sweden!… and that it wasn’t too far away!

I talked about it relentlessly ever since… and last week, we FINALLY took a day trip the island of Ven.

This teeny, tiny little island is located in the Öresund Sound, just a short trip away from Malmö. The whole island of Ven is a nature reserve making it a haven for cyclists, or anyone just wanting a quiet, relaxing escape from the city.

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Getting There

This island escape is easy to get to from Malmö, and if you time it properly, the trip should only take you about an hour and a half. We (naturally) didn’t check all of the transport times in advance, soooo it took us a little bit longer (but still a very reasonable amount of time).

  • Take the train to Landskrona Station

  • Walk straight out of the station to the bus stop, and take bus 3 to Landskrona Skeppsbron.

  • Take the ferry to Ven Bäckviken - This journey takes about half and hour. Tickets cost 90sek each way and can be purchased in advanced online or in person at Ven Trafiken’s office.

    For timetables and prices, visit their website.

Getting Around

Hands down the best way to get around is by bike!

There are hardly any cars on the island, so, whether you’re on the road or bike path, you can cycle safely

The island has two cycling routes - the small island tour and the big island tour. They take about 50 minutes and 90 minutes by bicycle respectively… plus time for stopping to snap photos.

To get to the bike rental shop from the harbor, walk up the hill to your left. When you reach the top, you’ll see rows and rows of yellow bikes on your right… (and probably lots of people).

Don’t let the crowds fool you! I was worried that our plans for a calm, quiet cycle around the island were done for, but once we got going, we didn’t even see too many other people on the bike trail!

For a standard bike, the rental fee is 100sek/day, (and an additional 10sek if you want a basket).

We rented one standard bike and one with a small luggage trailer which made it really easy to carry all of our things throughout the day.

To view all rental options and rates, visit Vens Cykeluthyrning’s website.

Keep in mind that the cycling shop doesn’t rent helmets, so you’ll have to bring your own if you wish to wear one. You can also bring your own bike over on the ferry for an additional fee… but then you’ll miss out on going for a spin on one of these iconic yellow bicycles!

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Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld
Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld

What to See + Do

To be honest, there isn’t too much to see in Ven… unless you count the vast fields of wheat and wildflowers that cover the island and beautiful sea views.

Okay, I take it back… technically speaking there’s a lot to see!

Unlike in some places, you won’t find yourself racing from one location to another to find a beautiful view… because the whole island is beautiful. It is the perfect place to come and just be (and to cycle)… So that’s what we did.

We arrived at about 3pm, which was a bit later than we’d planned on getting there… but we still had plenty of time to explore the island.

We spent the afternoon day picnic-ing on the beach, alpaca spotting, and romping around the island on our cute yellow bicycles. After returning our bikes, we went for a dip in the sea and sat by the harbor before (reluctantly) returning to Landskrona on the last ferry of the day.

It was the perfect, most leisurely day of not doing much of anything.

The island is home to some other interesting attractions, like an alpaca farm (where you can take the alpacas out for a stroll), a whiskey distillery (which is also a hotel with a delicious farm to table restaurant), and it is the site of the first modern observatory.

If we had more time, I would have loved to check these things out… particularly the whiskey distillery… and alpaca walking (which, according to the website, has to be booked in advance).

If there is one thing you MUST do while on Ven it’s obviously cycling. Other than that, I’d recommend going with no agenda and just enjoying some quiet time in nature.

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Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld
Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld
Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld
Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld
Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld
Day Trip to the Island of Ven - How to Get There + What to Do | HallAroundtheWorld


Where to Stay

Our ONLY regret about our day trip to Ven is that we didn’t make it an overnight trip to Ven!

Given that the island is only about 7.5 square km (and home to less than 400 inhabitants), there aren’t TOO many options when it comes to accommodation.

There is one hotel, a handful of guest houses, cabins, and a few campsites around the island. Depending on the season, you should consider booking ahead of time if you plan to stay overnight… or bringing your own camping equipment.

In Sweden, you can legally camp anywhere that isn’t private property. The next time we go to Ven, if it’s still warm enough, we’ll be bringing our tent and finding a quiet, secluded spot to sleep on the beach… (and if it isn’t warm enough, I wouldn’t be opposed to checking in at the whiskey distillery).

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We had the best time on our day trip to Ven!

The island is easy to get to, making it the perfect little escape from the city. We left feeling mentally refreshed (and physically exhausted)… which, in my opinion, is a sure sign of a day well spent.

Turns out, the photo I saw on instagram didn’t do this place justice at all… (and the ones in this article definitely don’t either, so you’ll just have to come see for yourself)!

If you’re in Sweden (or Denmark), the breathtaking island of Ven is one place you won’t want to miss!


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The Best Way to Experience Malmö - Canal Cruising with BookABoat

Well, hey there!

Long time no see!

I’ve never been the most consistent person when it comes to blogging, but this time it’s been over a MONTH since I published anything new - (Shameful, I know)!

In my defense, I got some pretty life changing news at the end of May (more on that soon), and the entire month that followed was an unexpectedly hectic, insanely incredible, and truly transformative June.

One of the many highlights of the month was my sister’s wedding in Ireland.

This seaside celebration of family, friends, love, and life deserves a post of its own… so I’ll save that for later, (promise it won’t take another month). For now, I’ll leave you with this shot by the NC legend - Ellie McKinney Photography.

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Anyway… after the wedding, my family had planned on coming to visit Andrew and I in Malmö.

I was SO excited to have them here. It would have been the first time anyone has visited me since I moved abroad in 2015… buttttt, my end of May, life-changing news changed these plans just a bit… and by a bit, I meannn… I wasn’t even going to be here on the days they were coming to visit.

Rachel and her husband Najib had already booked their flights to Malmö for a quick post-Ireland wedding, pre Turkey-honeymoon visit, and, by some miracle, there was a 24-hour overlap when I’d still be in town.

Instead of cancelling the visit, we took advantage of the small window of time and ended up having what may be my most cherished evening in Malmö to date.

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Malmö is known for its bikes, falafel, and the canals surrounding the city center.

Originally a part of the city’s defense system, they now mainly add to the maritime aesthetic. They also offered up the perfect last minute solution to my “Where in the world should we take Rachel and Najib for dinner?” conundrum.

In the middle of my “packing/cleaning/trying to figure out how to show my sister the best of Malmö in less than 24 hours” frenzy I came across BookABoat.

Launched in 2015 by owners René Nordstrand Heunen and Gustav Widerström, BookABoat is the first self-serviced electrical boat rental company in the Nordics.

Our idea is to help people to hang out and enjoy life for a moment. We do that by providing splendid and self-serviced electrical boats in the canals of Malmö. Easy, flexible, spontaneous. It is our wish that this service is available for as many as possible, and give everyone the opportunity to create their own new lovely memories.

These green boats are 100% electric and the booking and boating process was unbelievably easy.

Turns out the newly weds had just been saying to each other that they wanted to get on a boat at some point during their Europe trip, so it really couldn’t have worked out more perfectly.

After our booking was confirmed, we were sent an email with everything we needed to know for the trip. It included an interactive map of the canals, a code to unlock the cabinets at the dock (where we got our lifejackets and seat cushions), and a link with directions to start the boat.

Once we began our trip, we were be able to reference the mobile link to see how much time we had left, (and to add more time if necessary).

On board the boat there were a couple other essentials - Nautical hats!

Rachel popped the champagne in the sailors hat while Andrew called dibs on the pirates cap… and steering the boat… all the while proudly exclaiming, “I’m the captain now!”

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The Best Way to Experience Malmo - Sunset Canal Cruise with BookABoat | HallAroundtheWorld
The Best Way to Experience Malmo - Sunset Canal Cruise with BookABoat | HallAroundtheWorld
The Best Way to Experience Malmo - Sunset Canal Cruise with BookABoat | HallAroundtheWorld
The Best Way to Experience Malmo - Sunset Canal Cruise with BookABoat | HallAroundtheWorld

We cruised around the canals enjoying the views, the drinks, our last minute picnic, and the company. Believe it or not, though I’ve been living in Malmö for the past 8 months, this is the first time I’ve gotten on the water. I wish I’d done it sooner but am also really glad I waited to share this experience on such a special occasion.

Whether you’re a local or just passing through, I couldn’t recommend this activity or this company more. The guys at BookABoat were so responsive and accommodating in helping us put this whole thing together very last minute. (THANK YOU AGAIN!!)

I don’t think we could have found a better way to spend our one (and only) evening together here, and can’t wait to get out on the canals again before summer in Sweden comes to an end.

To book your trip with BookABoat, visit their website, BookABoat.se.

…and remember, canal rules are just like road rules!

Booze and cruise responsibly… and always drive on the right!

Note: This canal cruise was sponsored by BookaBoat, but all opinions shared here are my own.


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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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


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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.

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“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.

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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!

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Life Update + 8 Things I Love About Living in Malmö, Sweden

As most of you may know, at the start of October, I moved to Sweden with my boyfriend Andrew. We tried the whole long distance thing a couple of times this summer, and let’s just say neither of us were a big fan.

The day after Rachel’s wedding, without much thought or preparation, I found myself on a one-way flight bound for Europe. Before long, we arrived in Malmö, a coastal university town in southern Sweden… conveniently located just a 30 minute train ride away from Copenhagen, Denmark.

Now, I know what this may look like… it probably looks a whole lot like me running around the world chasing the boy I love… and, yes, while that is part of it, there’s much more to the story.

When my initial residency application was denied (and put under what may potentially be a year long review process) we decided to say screw it and found an alternative… a very fortunate alternative - Getting my British passport.

 
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My mum is British, making me a British citizen by default, so the whole process of getting my passport was pretty straight forward. The most difficult part was making sure that all of the forms were filled out properly and the passport photos sized correctly, but after a stressful few days, it was submitted. A week later, my application had been received, processed, and I was sent my brand new, shiny, god send of a UK passport.

I say god send, because this passport is going to make things so much easier for me here in Sweden (until Brexit I guess… but that’s a problem for another day). I can travel freely between EU countries, I can legally work in Sweden, AND (here’s the best part) - I can go back to school for my masters - FOR FREE… (so you can bet money that I will be taking full advantage of that).

 
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All EU citizens can attend university in Sweden for free… and all Swedish citizens are actually given monthly stipends for attending school from the time they’re in high school.

Being from the states, this whole concept is completely foreign for me.

Most of my friends and I entered “the real world” with some serious college debt. We have been working since we could, and while this has given us lots of “experience” to put on our CV’s… (experience that doesn’t help much when it comes to landing a “real job” after graduating)… it also distracted us from the studies that should have had our full time and attention.

Sweden is getting the whole education thing VERY right. Once you’ve jumped through the governmental red tape, residents and citizens are actually offered a number of awesome benefits - universal health coverage, paid vacation, free Swedish classes, and maternity leave (maternal AND paternal).

…but those aren’t the only things they’re getting right here.

 
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I can’t speak much for the rest of Sweden, but, in no particular order, here are 8 of favorite things about living in Malmö after month one.


1. Fresh air

This is a biggie.

In Korea, the air quality in general is far from ideal, and it only got worse during yellow dust season. While living there, it seemed like I was constantly sick… due to the polluted air or perhaps my germ-infested classrooms.

It’s nice to go outdoors without feeling like I need to wear a mask… to take a deep breath of air that isn’t slowly killing me. A bit dramatic?? Maybe… but I cannot emphasize enough how great it is to live in an environment that doesn’t make me cough incessantly for weeks on end.

 
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2. Everyone speaks English

Well, maybe not everyone… but the vast majority. Though there is a bit of a language barrier, it’s nothing like what I experienced in Korea.

Not only does just about everyone here speak English… just about everyone I’ve met is bi or tri-lingual. I fully intend to do my best to get on their level.

Even though I could totally get by on English alone, I have been trying to learn how to speak Swedish… starting with the essentials - foods. Jag älskar mat - (translation: I love food).


3. Sunsets by the water

When I attended uni in the little coastal town of Wilmington, North Carolina, one of my favorite things to do for sunset was going for a run down to Wrightsville beach or alongside the Cape Fear River.

In Korea, I frequently enjoyed sunset runs and river beers by the Han.

I was happy to find that these were traditions I wouldn’t have to give up after moving to Sweden. From Västra Hamnen to Ribersborg, there are so many beautiful places to enjoy sundown by the water in Malmö.

 
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4. FIKA

Aaah, fika. A Swedish noun/verb with no direct English translation.

Basically, it means to have a coffee break… but fika is more about socializing than getting your caffeine fix.

Best paired with something sweet and good company, this daily break is a Swedish custom that I can definitely get behind… and thanks to fika, there is no shortage of cute cafes to choose from, (which I was happy to discover, since cafe hunting was one of my favorite weekend activities in Seoul).

With unlimited coffee (for about $3) and an attached plant shop, Atrium Kaffe Bar is definitely my favorite spot for fika so far.

 
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5. It’s easy to get around

In North Carolina, having a car is a necessity… but here in Malmö that’s not the case.

In it’s Sustainable Urban Mobility Plan, the city says “Walking, cycling and public transport are the first choice for all who work, live or visit Malmö. These travel choices, together with efficient and environmentally friendly freight and car traffic, are the basis of the transport system in our dense and sustainable city - a transport system designed for the city, and for its people.”

While, yes, there are times when it would be nice to have a car… like when we bought our Christmas tree and then carried it all the way home… it definitely isn’t essential (making it one less expense residents need to worry about).

It’s affordable, easy, and safe to take advantage of the city’s public transportation and well kept bike paths. As a matter of fact, Malmö has been named one of the most bike friendly cities in the world. I guess I have all the cyclists to thank for the fresh air.

Pro tip: Look both ways before crossing the bike path.

 
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6. Diversity

Before moving here, Andrew told me that all of the girls in Sweden are tall, blonde, with huge boobs. Needless to say, I was happy to find this was not the case.

Though I have been in some areas where Andrew and I were the only two brown haired people there… this hasn’t been very frequent. It’s a nice change of pace… as, in Korea diversity was a bit… well… lacking.

A Diverse community means diverse foods.

…and you already know how much I love food.

People at home asked me, “What do Swedish people eat?” and other than meatballs, I honestly had no idea.

Turns out, Swedes have their own traditional foods and drinks like anyone else, but for the most part, I’ve found the food choices here to be really diverse.

Believe it or not, here in Malmö, I’ve found myself eating more falafel and kebabs than anything.


7. Being closer to family

…my family and Andrew’s family.

After years of being 7,000+ miles away, it’s nice to have people who treat me like a part of the family just a short train ride away. Family meals and gatherings are something you really miss after living on your own for awhile.

I’m also closer than I’ve ever been to my family in England and Ireland… a proximity which I plan to take full advantage of very soon.


8. International day-trips

Remember how I said Copenhagen was just a 30 minute train ride away? Well, this is something we’ve taken advantage on more than one occasion since I moved here.

From Malmö, it’s so simple to make a little day trip to Denmark… so simple, that this weekend, we even went over one evening just for a concert. It feels like a little vacation… but it actually takes less time to get there than it used to take for me to drive to work in the states.

 
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there’s a lot to love about living in Malmö.

So far, it’s been a bit of an adjustment process in a very unexpected place… (long-term, solo life in Asia will do that to you I guess) but in a positive way.

Though I hardly have life here all sorted out, I’m really enjoying this journey I’m on, and am loving that it brought me to Sweden.

Month two is shaping up to be a pretty exciting one… though a big chunk of it won’t even be spent in Sweden. I’m so excited for new opportunities and adventures, and to share them all with you as this chapter in my life unfolds.

What do you love about Malmö? Let me know in the comments below!


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