Malmö is one of Sweden's treasures, with a mix of contemporary Scandi-cool and a strong sense of local history. The small shops, bars, restaurants, and apartments spread around the square are proof of a successful combination of a historical environment and modern lifestyle.
Malmö's most romantic and lively square
Sightsee, mingle with the locals, or visit the open-air market at "Little Square," a restored 16th-century cobblestone plaza lined with historic buildings, cafes, and shops. Just off of the main square (Stortorget) in the heart of the old town (Gamla Staden), this smaller square is a favorite meeting place for locals. Surrounded by half-timbered houses with small shops, cozy restaurants, and bars with outdoor seating, the square is the epicenter of the city's nightlife, especially during long summer nights. Come to this Old Town square to enjoy one of Malmo's liveliest nightlife districts! Drink a cool beer from one of the many pubs. If you don't want to buy a drink, people-watch from the square's wooden benches. Hedmanska gården is one of the oldest houses on Lilla Torg where you can hear music from the yard in the summer as it is a venue for both the Malmo Festival and Sommarscen, the two-month outdoor performing arts festival. Listen to concerts, watch theater productions, and attend lectures. It's also during the summer that Lilla Torg becomes Malmö's big meeting place and functions as one big outdoor café. There is also a market hall here and a number of restaurants offering international cuisine. Many people call Lilla Torg Malmö's Ibiza. In the colder months, sip a cup of hot chocolate or a glass of glögg, Swedish mulled wine served at Christmas.
Historical market square in Malmö
In the early 1590s, Malmo's trading activities became too big for the large square of Stortorget so the city erected Lilla Torg nearby, and it is still regularly used as a marketplace. Up until 1900 there was an estate with shops where Lilla Torg is today. But the estate was demolished, and a market hall was built which remained until 1968. In 1995, Lilla Torg was rebuilt and the cobblestones were partly replaced by natural stone to follow the Malmö City Council's guidelines for outdoor eating places. However, there is still a cobbled surface left which makes you feel like it's a historic square. Go to the red house located in the square's southeast corner to see one of Malmo's finest preserved half-timbered buildings. It is home to the Form and Design Center. Visit the center to see free exhibitions of Scandinavian design and architecture. Look for the Giant Lamp, which lights up the square at night. This 19-foot (5.8-meter) lamp travels between Malmo's squares throughout the year but remains in Lilla Torg during the holidays. Located in Malmö's Old Town, Lilla Torg is a short walk from many of the city's major attractions. Kungsparken and Castle Park are less than a 15-minute walk away.