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The Melting Pot that is Möllan

Möllevångstorget or `Möllan` in the local language, is a definite waterhole and a breath of fresh air during your tour around Malmö. Here you can find anything from the local barber shop, vintage clothes, and a myriad of cafés bars and resturants.

Photo by worried_shoes

`Möllan´ is where the increasingly segregated city plan meets, resulting in an ever-changing melting pot that stubbornly refuses to divide the city into ´rich-poor´, ´inside the system – outside the system´. Some would refer to it as integration at its finest, if you refer to integration as the social force that combine people from different backgrounds and spheres of society and not the increasingly interdependent global financial system per se. It also represents an essential contrast to the right-wing, xenophobic, and racist winds that are blowing across Europe, in which Sweden has not been excluded. The wave that culminated in 7% of the voters wanting a xenophobic neo-racist political party with neo-nazi affiliations in the Swedish Parliament. This development is being commented on by our best lyricist Jens Lekman, although with Gothenburg in mind, in the song ‘Waiting for Kirsten` (Lekman 2011, EP: An Argument with Myself ):

Cause times are changing, Kirsten:
Göta Älv is slowly reversing;
They turned a youth-center into a casino;
They drew a swastika in your cappuccino.
And the VIP lines are not to the clubs
But to healthcare, apartments and jobs.

In the midst of the square is a market with all the fresh vegetables and fruits one can possibly need. Prices are indeed affordable if compared to the supermarkets around Malmö. There is also a myriad of cafés, bars and restaurants. Here is certainly a place for the majority of people, from the worn out corner-ones advertising the cheapest beer in town, to mid-prized restaurants and the not-very-cheap hip bars. Although you won´t find the more expensive restaurants around here. The number of Thai food restaurants are very popular, but you can also get Indian food, Creol dishes, Eastern European delicates at a vodka bar, and be sure you don´t miss the famous Falafel that in many ways define the city of Malmö.

With the newly-built underground system it is very accessible if you make a detour on your Copenhagen weekend. You just take the train from one of the stations in Copenhagen over the bridge and get off on the station before Malmö Central Station. Or if you are already in Malmö, it’s a short walk from the city center.

written by worried_shoes

2 comments

  1. lereile

    lereile

    always a pleasure to stop by your locations! i love jens lekman, by the way!!

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  2. ropi

    ropi

    fantastic article! I love this kind of article, that makes me feel I'm walking around, in this case, Malmö. thanks for sharing and being so descriptive!

    5 months ago · report as spam

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