In paid collaboration with Visit Helsingborg. Thank you to Visit Helsingborg for making this guide possible. All words and pictures are my own and I genuinely love this city and the places I mention.
I’m often asked which other Swedish city I would live in. The answer is Helsingborg. Not only is it just up the coast (around 50 km North of Malmö), it’s also Per’s hometown and where his Mother still lives today. Located on the shores of the Öresund Strait opposite Helsingør in Denmark, Helsingborg is Sweden’s eighth largest city (with a population of 150,000) making it small enough to feel cosy and intimate – yet large enough to feel full of energy. From boutique shops, and cultural events to lush gardens and a vineyard – there’s plenty to do over the space of a weekend!
With my very own local guide in Per and some great tips from Evelina at Visit Helsingborg, it was easy to wile away a weekend in this wonderful town. Here’s my guide:
Where to stay:
Train: Helsingborg has excellent rail connections with Copenhagen Airport, Malmö and Gothenburg.
Bus: There’s a regular bus service between major cities including Stockholm, Malmö, Copenhagen and Oslo.
Car: Take the E4 from Stockholm or E6 from Malmö.
Boat: It’s a 20-minute ferry ride from Helsingør, Denmark with ferries departing every 15 minutes.
Plane: Ängelholm-Helsingborg, Malmö Sturup and Copenhagen are all within easy reach.
Day 1: Design shopping, lunch by the sea and a visit to Fredriksdal
Shopping: There’s nothing like shopping in a different city for a day, don’t you think? And Helsingborg is filled with boutique shops. Wander along Kullagatan, the main pedestrian street where most you’ll find most of the major city shops, but take your time to wonder up the smaller lanes too – there are some hidden gems to be found!
Design / homeware boutiques: The city boasts a few really wonderful interior design shops, often selling items you won’t find elsewhere.
Locals also love Etoile – a relaxed French bistro which reportedly serves the best cappuccino in town. It’s a great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and a little birdie tells me, a favourite of local hero, former footballer Henrik ‘Henke’ Larsson!
The lively and relaxed diner is nestled has a wonderful location overlooking the beach. Tuck into burgers, pizzas and all kinds of sea food. It’s perfect for people watching, or simply enjoying the view over a cool beer, glass of rosé or house favourite – Aperol Spritz! It’s a great place to hang out at sunset too!
Note: if you’d like more of a walk, continue along the promenade through lush greenery and over hills with great views off the city!
I was particularly taken by the Grafiska Museet – the largest working graphic museum in the Nordics (the shop is great too!) and the Trädgårdscafé which sells the best cakes!
If you visit Fredriksdal, keep an eye on the daily schedules and calendar for guided walks, forest bathing and various talks. I’m looking forward to returning on a cooler day!
Dine out at Sillen & Makrillen
PS this place is also great in winter when the sea shows it’s rough and wild side!
Day 2: Explore the surrounding area:
Wine tasting at Lottenlund Estate
Make sure you book a tour in advance with the knowledgeable founder Tina Berthelsen. Inspired by a trip to Tuscany, Tina and her partner planted 30,000 vines in 2010, and today Lottenlund Estate produces white, rosé and red wine – all of which are available to taste. The Solaris grape is a fairly sour, so the wine is best paired with the right food – something which local chefs are extremely adept!
Fancy trying your hand at pottery? My daughters and I absolutely love Wallåkra Stenskärlsfabrik. Located a short 15 minute direct train ride from Helsingborg city centre, it’s a perfect place to spend an afternoon.
Book yourself in for a session on a pottery wheel and make your own creations using clay from the grounds before browsing the shop and enjoying a ‘fika’ (coffee and cake) in the cafe (the food in the restaurant is also excellent). Finish off by following the stream through the woods for an afternoon stroll in the steps of dinosaurs some 180 million years before!
Phew, this guide turned out to be longer than I thought – and there’s a lot to take in, I know. But I hope it will inspire you to visit Helsingborg one day! Please do share it with friends who might also feel inspired!
I’ve tried to cover as much as possible in this guide, but there are so many other things to do in Helsingborg and the surrounding areas. If you have more tips to share – please fire away in the comment section below!
A huge thank you to Evelina from Visit Helsingborg who shared her local knowledge with us and helped to book some of the places on our itinerary. It was a truly memorable weekend and we can’t wait to come back with the girls (not least to visit ‘Farmor’ (Granny)!).