Stockholm, Sweden
Caroline, 32
CEO and co-founder for Heja Livet
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burgers breakfast and brunch tapas pub vintage parks

a bit about Caroline

What are you working on these days?

I'm CEO and co-founder of the network Heja Livet for women, which I run together with my best friend Emely.

What drives you mad these days?

Politicans.

What makes you happy?

Warmer and lighter days, to be barelegged, to spend time with my loved ones, a juicy burger and a cold beer. Preferably all at once.

When was the last time you cried?

I am so sensitive about movies and I can even manage to cry to old E.R episodes…

What’s your latest musical obsession?

I listen to everything from Beyonce to Queen to Earth, Wind & Fire and a bit of old school hip hop. Also a lot of Swedish artists. Combined with new stuff, for example HONNE. My music taste is all over the place.

What was the last movie you watched? Was it any good?

Jurassic Park. Is it possible to get tired of that movie? I think not.

When it’s time for a new wardrobe, where do you go?

Preferabe New York. I rarely buy a new wardrobe at home, so when I go to New York (I try to go once a year since I lived there) I shop some. At home I usually go to Zara for clothes or buy sneakers. I love to buy sneakers. I go to Eytys, Sneakers n’ Stuff or Shoeline.

What’s your go-to café in Stockholm?

I have many since I used to sit and work on cafés a lot before I moved in to an office. For examples Il Caffè on Kungsholmen. Kaffeverket at St Eriksplan and Pascal at Odenplan are my favorites. I think all of them also have really good coffee, but I wouldn’t know since I don’t drink it.

What’s your favorite street or neighborhood to wander through?

I really like to walk around Kungsholmen. Good for workout, good for cleaning my head and good for listening to podcasts and documentaries. I also like to wander around Mariatorget or Nytorget when I’m at Söder.

What’s the thing you LOVE to do in Stockholm but never actually do?

Go to exhibitions and galleries. Have a staycation at a nice hotel with great breakfast! It feels like the time never is enough.

Who’s your hero (dead or alive) and where would you take them to show them a good time?

I have so many heroes and inspiring people in my life. My grandma Dagny, my parents, my friends. Strong women over all are my heroes. I wouldn’t mind some girl talk over a rum & coke with Beyoncé and Sheryl Sandberg. But if I have to choose one right now, I have to choose Zlatan since I’m a complete football (and Zlatan) geek. During summertime I would take him to Fredhällsklipporna to drink beer and have a bbq, and when it’s could outside we’d play Playstation at home, Mario Kart, and then I’d have to take him to a crowded place so I can introduce my new friend to everyone.

If it’s been raining outside for days and you’re sick of staying in – where would you go?

When I get sick of laying in bed watching series I’ll go and take a sauna at the gym or buy some nice magazines at Presstop and sit at a cosy café.

What’s that place in Stockholm you feel like only you know about?

I don’t think I’m that good at secret spots, unfortunately. At summertime if I’m at Södermalm I love to go to the mini park Axel Landquists park and sit at the café in a “brassestol” (a small sun chair) and eat a good sandwich. It is no secret but I sometime feel I am the only one who uses the spot.

If tomorrow was your last day in Stockholm before you left for good, how and where would you spend it?

I would spend it with my friends and family. We would laugh, cry and eat. Starting with breakfast at Nybrogatan 38, lunch at a burger joint; Prime or Phil’s. Then I would have dinner at home with my big family; mom, dad, sister, aunt and husband, the cousins and Dagny. And maybe go out afterwords to end with a bang. All focus on food and love.

Given the choice, mayor of which neighborhood would you be?

It has to be Kungsholmen since that’s my hood.

What’s the spot in Stockholm you wouldn’t be caught dead in?

Tourist traps in Gamla Stan (old town) and I avoid Drottninggatan/Sergelgatan/T-Centralen as much as I can. I also try to stay away from the subway. I rather walk or take the bus if I’m going somewhere.

You’ve just received the best news ever. Where would you go to celebrate and with whom?

I would start at Cavabaren with good food, later to a "sunk-pub" drinking cheap beer and definitely end at Spitfire, dancing to old Swedish classics, 90’s hits and nostalgic tunes. A place where you never have to be ashamed for wanting to sing along to the songs. Everyone does it. Or maybe we would rent a room at K Karaoke. Or do both.

What’s the thing you love doing that isn’t work, relationship or family related?

Travel the world and eat and drink good. I could do that for a living. San Sebastián, Tel Aviv, Copenhagen. I want to see (and eat) more if Italy. On my to-do list.

When you feel like a night out, what’s your go-to place and why?

Cavabaren. T&NG at the same street. Or I go with my cousins and guy friends to a cheap beer place around Fridhemsplan and then see where the night takes us. Usually someplace messy with a live band playing covers.

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