I first learned of the fun that can be had at BouleBar as part of a corporate team-building event, which is kind of odd considering I lived right down the street from it at the time. I had long been intrigued by the historic yellow building on Drottningtorget (Queen Square) however and knew that it had initially served as Malmö’s main horse stable back in the 19th century.
These days, the listed building provides a unique atmosphere for a casual French restaurant with an impressive bar, flanked by 14 indoor boule courts that can be booked just like a table, or as a package with a meal. The staff is super friendly and always keen to explain the game if you haven’t played before, or just need a quick brush up on the relatively simple rules. There are 8 more boule courts outside, and a portion of the bar moves outdoors as well during the fine weather months, creating a lovely little oasis for socialising and friendly competition.
Naturally, the bar serves traditional pastis, as well as a nice selection of beer and wine, and even French cider. The BouleBar menu features rustic, bistro-style food typical of southern France, with something delicious for nearly every taste and food preference, including vegetarian dishes and nice options for folks like me who try to keep the carbs low. And if by chance you’d rather go Italian for dessert, Malmö’s best ice cream is just across the square at Dolce Sicilia.