AbSmåland: Where The Unexpected Meets The Traditional

My New Favorite Cafe In Malmö

I went for coffee today with my daughter and discovered my new favorite cafe/store/space in Malmö, Sweden, AbSmåland.

Hard to describe, but oh so inviting, AbSmåland is a “lifestyle concept where the unexpected meets the traditional.” It is a gardening and plant store, a cafe, a furniture store, a home design store, a space for creating and a baby store. It takes up 1450 square meters. It is a big, luscious space. And it smells reeeaally good.

We started in the cafe. AbSmåland’s café is organic and fair trade. And, in my humble opinion, they have the best cardamom roll in Sweden. Unfortunately, as it was not gluten free, I could only have a nibble and appreciate it from afar.

My daughter and I both had pretty decent cappuccinos (after Italy it is hard to be impressed) but the nicest bit was free regular coffee refills. We were there long enough that the lunch crowd starting wandering in. The lunch smells began wafting out of the kitchen. Did I mention that it smells really good in there? The cafe serves soup, salad, and the famous Swedish smörgås (open faced sandwiches).

The Space

After coffee and buns, we wandered around the rest of the space. I read that the space wants to invite creativity and curiosity. As such, throughout the space, there have placed windows, plants and lots of color.  ​

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They also offer bedding, clothing and baby items for the ever so modern and stylish Swedish babies.

The Workshop

As I was leaving I asked one of the employees what was upstairs. “Go explore and find out” was his response. Challenge accepted. I discovered that the upper floor houses a workshop that offers creative endeavors.

At the workshop one can create: your own textile to upholster the furniture that you purchased downstairs; your own seasonal bouquets with a professional florist as your teacher; macrame baskets; your own hanging garden. The workshop also facilitates sessions with local artists from time to time.

AbSmåland’s website says that their ambition “is to offer an inspiring venue with a creative atmosphere where everyone feels welcome.” I would say that they have succeeded. I, for one,  cannot wait to return.

​You can find AbSmåland at:
Södra Förstadsgatan 25/27
211 43 Malmö
072-248 89 20


  • Reply Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World October 22, 2018 at 4:42 pm

    Is there any fee to use the creative space? Or do they have materials there? I love the concept – very Portland, Oregon. And you’ve tempted me by the buns. I really love the ones at Skt Jakobs in Malmö and Lund! Need to check this place out! Thanks for sharing.

    • Reply Niche Travel Design October 23, 2018 at 12:14 pm

      There are fees to use the space, however, I did not ask the prices as I am not crafty. And frequently they host group creative projects. Come over for a bun and we can meet.

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