Coffee break or 'fika' culture is huge all over Sweden, but Malmö stands out for its wide range of trendy, innovative and classic café offerings. Malmö is home to lots of cozy theme cafés in snug settings or green environments blooming with color. You will find huge ambition among the many cafés which compete over who has the best coffee or cheesecake in town.

    Malmö's cafés are also highly conscientious, so you'll find plenty of organic, locally produced, sustainable and vegan options with a firm focus on health and wellness. But sugar addicts, don't be alarmed! You'll also find plenty of classic, cream-filled delicacies, cakes and international pastries to satisfy even the sweetest of sweet teeth.

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    Kafé Kungsgatan

    Rococo charm and pastries in a café-cum-art-gallery

    This is probably more of a place to stop to look at life than a park, but Studenterlunden is still one of the city's most popular places for workers wanting a quick break or to enjoy their lunch outside in the fresh air.

    With the National Theater and the Storting at either end of the park, Studenterlunden and Spikersuppa are neighborhoods everyone in Oslo is connected to in some way. During the winter, a number of events are held here, including the Christmas market, ice skating and more. Summer is a time for open-air concerts, but the area is also kept open so that you can take a well-deserved breather with a coffee and fresh bun, or maybe feed some treats for the many small birds.

    Location: Kungsgatan 2, 211 49 Malmö, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 5 pm, Sunday 10 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +46 40 121214

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    Noir Kaffekultur

    Award-winning café for a luxurious lunch and continental pastries

    The city mountains in Bergen frame the city beautifully, but are even nicer up close, so lace up your hiking boots and let's go! Fløyen is the closest and most visited city mountain, but why stop there? Set aside half the day, continue to Rundemanen and follow the marked path across the Vidden to Ulriken, then you can boast that you've completed a classic day out in Bergen.

    Other alternatives are the peaks in the west. Løvstakken, close to the city, offers a myriad of paths, and the shipping route's foremost landmark, Lyderhorn, has a magnificent view of the fjords and the archipelago outside Bergen. Enjoy the long summer days for all they're worth, and extend the trip to just before midnight for a hiking experience with a difference.

    Location: Engelbrektsgatan 6, 211 33 Malmö, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday–Sunday 10 am to 5 pm

    Phone: +46 40 304460

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    Slottsträdgårdens Café

    A café focused on accessibility and organic fare

    Vippa food market is an example of the trendy scheme with a varied selection of international food stalls gathered in one place. Vippa's competitive advantage is a conscious investment in locally produced and short-haul food (to the extent that this is possible when combined with world food), as well as its location, because even though it is located in one of the less attractive parts of Oslo harbor, it is always a pleasure to be able to sit in the sun and look out over the water while eating and drinking.

    The range of produce on offer is as diverse as it gets, with a double-digit number of stalls selling everything from locally-produced sausages and burgers to Middle Eastern classics such as baba ganoush and real Chinese dumplings.

    Location: Malmöhusvägen 8, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden

    Open: Saturday–Sunday 11 am to 3:30 pm

    Phone: +46 40 304034

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    Café Pronto

    Central café with its sights set on the best cheesecake in town

    For many people, spending a few hours at a spa is the height of luxury, and in Oslo it doesn't get more luxurious than at the Grand Hotel's Artesia Spa. The hotel is centrally located in Karl Johans Gate, so it's easy to find, and life is always easier after a session of pampering.

    Grand Hotel is the place where celebrities, Nobel Prize winners and heads of state choose to stay when they visit Oslo, and the spa department lives up to its expectations. The spa offers a wide choice of treatments, from the simplest to the most comprehensive, or just indulge in some quiet meditation in a hot pool.

    Location: Lilla Torg 2, 211 34 Malmö, Sweden

    Open: Sunday–Thursday 10 am to 10 pm, Friday–Saturday 10 am to 11 pm

    Phone: +46 76 1977747

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    Jord

    Vegan café committed to sustainability

    Arna is sheltered by the mountains to the east, yet not far form the city centre. If you drive over the mountains to Bergen, Arna is the first district you come to. It is also a place that deserves to be more than just a drive-through on your way to the city.

    Arna has great access to the local nature. Bergen's city mountains are within walking distance, just like in the city centre, whether you want to reach high altitudes or head out on the water. Arna's town center has all you need for a picnic in the countryside or out on the waves.

    Location: Falsterbogatan 1, 211 58 Malmö, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 8 am to 5 pm, Saturday–Sunday 9 am to 6 pm

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    Favvo Glass

    Locally produced ice cream with tons of exciting flavors

    If it's the northern lights you're after, Gråkallen is one of the places you should consider camping. The 552-metre-high peak is located in Bymarka and offers some incredible panoramic views.

    Because the mountain is about 8 kilometers from the center, you can get some distance between you and the city lights, which makes the conditions even better. When darkness falls, just sit back and wait for red, green or blue lights to appear in the sky in various formations.

    Location: Gibraltargatan 6, 211 18 Malmö, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Thursday 11 am to 7 pm, Friday 11 am to 9 pm, Saturday 11 am to 5 pm, Sunday 11 am to 4 pm

    Phone: +46 70 5295700

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    Mat & Chokladstudion

    Locally produced, organic and plant-based

    This 7-mountain hike is a traditional test of strength for hikers in the Bergen area. It has been taking place every year since 1948, on the last Sunday in May. The route has changed over the years, but since the early 1980s it has started with Lyderhorn and then Damsgårdsfjellet, Løvstakken, Ulriken, Fløyen, Rundemanen and Sandviksfjellet.

    The trip is about 35 kilometers long and has a total ascent of 2200 meters. The fastest do it in less than three hours, but ordinary mortals should expect to take at least eight hours. You can of course also do the trail outside the official event, and you will find a detailed description on it at ut.no.

    Location: Amiralsgatan 6, 211 55 Malmö, Sweden

    Open: Monday 11 am to 2 pm, Tuesday–Friday 7 am to 5 pm, Saturday–Sunday 8 am to 3 pm

    Phone: +46 705 087027

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    Lilla Kafferosteriet

    Micro-roastery and café with a huge passion for coffee

    Every summer, the international choir festival Coralua is held in Trondheim, and for those who are interested in choral music and singing, this is an event worth attending.

    Choirs of all age groups from all corners of the world come together at this festival, which takes place over the course of a week. Various seminars, rehearsals and activities are arranged for the participants, led by internationally renowned choir conductors, with a focus on expressing themselves through music and song. After several days of workshops and various rehearsals, concerts are held in Trondheim, Oppdal and Røros, where the audience can enjoy the fruits of all the work that has been put in. The program is varied with different genres and offers something to suit all tastes.

    Location: Baltzarsgatan 24, 211 36 Malmö, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday–Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +46 40 482000

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    Kaffebaren på Möllan

    Classic neighbourhood coffee shop in a great location

    Austrevågen is a small beach on Krokeide south of Bergen, which is particularly suitable for families with small children.. This is a lovely sandy beach with plenty of opportunities to look for crabs and other insects. Vågen is warm, which means the water is relatively warm too.

    There are benches and a seating area set up around a campfire on the grassy slope opposite the beach, but on hot summer days it's best to just roll out your towels on the grass and let the kids play. Parking is quite a distance away, on Krokeide ferry quay. The bus stop is closer, on Krokeideveien, just 500 meters from the beach.

    Location: Ystadsgatan 9, 214 24 Malmö, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 8 am to 6 pm, Saturday 9 am to 6 pm, Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

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    In the Pink

    A café focused on active and healthy lifestyles

    Bristol Spa is located at the beautiful and historic Bristol Hotel, and for those who appreciate the finer things in life, there is no better alternate. The spa offers a sauna, couple's packages, massage and beauty treatments, including make-up for special occasions.

    The therapists who work here are all highly experienced and use only natural products. Expect gorgeous scents and a sense of getting back to nature - away from nasty chemicals and additives. Whatever treatments you choose, you're guaranteed a fulfilling and relaxing experience.

    Location: Rälsplatsen 3, 211 20 Malmö, Sweden

    Open: Monday–Friday 11 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +46 40 6080870

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