No trip to Helsingborg should be complete without discovering its coastline, starting at its northern edge near Sofiero Castle, extending southwards alongside the city centre, and finishing up at the quirky Tropical Beach. Encapsulating seaweed-covered hiking track, sweeping promenades awash with bouncing late-night bars (seasonal), restaurants, reading loungers, bathing piers, saunas, fishing, playgrounds, crazy golf, sports courts and an amateur DJ-ing unit, this is North European beach life at its best.
Cruising with Hamlet
Helsingborgares love to tura: buy a one-way ticket on any Scandlines ferry, such as Hamlet or Aurora, and take almost-unlimited trips on the 20-minute journey across the 4km Öresund strait between Helsingborg and Danish Helsingør. Once everyone disembarks in Denmark, nab the best remaining seats, and stay onboard as long as you want (or until your ticket expires)! Bring your own picnic, or buy drinks and dinner onboard, whilst surveying grand vistas of southern Scandinavia in every direction.
Failing to Impress
When the Museum of Failure opened on Södergatan, its theme of abject debacle provided a sensation that attracted really significant worldwide attention. Just ask the BBC, who penned an article about the museum. Located in the ethnically-vibrant Söder region of Helsingborg, the Museum of Failure, curated by psychologist Samuel Peck, pays homage to fifty-one of the most spectacular mishaps of modern innovation, including the disposable DVD, the Google Glass and the Donald Trump board game.
A Cup of Koppi
There are plenty of cozy, inviting cafes in Helsingborg, but none quite reach the heights of Koppi, located on a quaint piazza in the northern part of the city centre. Its ambience is minimalist, typifying modern Scandinavia, and jazzy music is always on the stereo. Their staff feature highly in international barista championships, and dart all over the world to ensure the best beans. The food is fresh and innovative and the atmosphere welcoming and totally unpretentious. Also, the coffee is phenomenal.
Widows and Herrings
Amidst the ubiquitous pizza-kebab jaunts and pan-Asian fare located in the city centre, the idiosyncratic Den Glada Änkan (The Merry Widow) brings traditional Hungarian food to Helsingborg: garlic soups, goulashes and schnitzels are served in a homely, drawing-room atmosphere, hosted by staff of genuine warmth and kindness. For succulent seafood, head to Sillen and Makrillen (The Herring and the Mackerel) in Northern Helsingborg’s trendy beach suburb: it’s a chic, self-confident restaurant with unbeatable terrace views over the Öresund, particularly at sunset.