With a surprisingly diverse second-hand scene, Malmö has everything from niche thrift stores to sprawling flea markets. If you’re visiting in the summer, the best thing to do is look out for signs that say loppis – it’s the Swedish word for flea market and, during the warmer months, flea markets pop up everywhere, both in the cities and the surrounding countryside. If the sign is handwritten you’re in for a treat, because this is where the real gems are found.
Love Street Vintage
Kärleksgatan literally translates to Love Street, and the loving care that this shop puts into curating their offerings is obvious. Their motto, ‘Old is gold’ should tell you exactly how they feel about vintage clothing. This is the perfect place to discover platform shoes, killer hats, amazing sunglasses and, of course, plenty of great clothes.
Love Street Vintage, Kärleksgatan 5, Malmö, Sweden, +46 76 185 7586
Founded in 1976, Mani Vintage has a great selection of gorgeous vintage for both men and women. You won’t find musty smelling clothes here; instead you’ll find quality and great items that, when you incorporate them into your wardrobe, will have people wondering just where you found that perfect jacket, skirt or pair of trousers.
Mani Vintage, Davidshallsgatan 8, Malmö, Sweden, +46 70 524 24 82
With loads of carefully selected items, including lamps and vases, along with vintage posters and old maps, Butik Fabriken is a great place to pick up something unique for your home. They also carry new products created by local designers, so grab yourself an original up-and-comer before they make it big.
Stop for a bite to eat
Now that you’ve trolled your way through the thrift shops, take a few minutes for a fika, or perhaps dig into something a bit more hearty – Malmö arguably has the most exciting foodie scene in all of Sweden, and there are plenty of restaurants to choose from. Alternatively, you can stop by one of the city’s many thriving food markets and eat on the run. And, let’s face it, you’re going to need a lot of energy for your next round of separating the second-hand chaff from the vintage wheat.
One of Malmö’s most popular outdoor markets, Drottningtorget is a food market during the week but, on Sundays, it turns into a giant flea market between early April and late September. Here you’ll find clothing, jewellery, electronics, prints, books, vinyl, ceramics – if you can imagine finding it at a flea market, you can probably find it here.
Drottningtoget loppmarknad, Drottningtorget, Malmö, Sweden, +46 40 34 15 45
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