What do you do and why do you do it?
I'm a journalist by trade as well as a TV producer and commentator, while in a past life I was a TV researcher and editor, and I've written a few scripts in my time. Did I mention I'm also a musician? Or technically a 'failed' musician, waiting to finish something. In any case, I'm a story teller – or at least I get paid to be one.
You’re broken hearted - what tracks does your heartbreak playlist consist of?
Luckily I haven't really suffered one! I guess Alice in Chains Unplugged would work. Not recommended to get you out of the hole though.
What are the best TV shows of all time?
The Sopranos, and anyone who tells you otherwise is lying...
Name some spots in Stockholm that are good for a Tinder date.
I'm married & stopped dating before Tinder existed, so not much use on this front. Somewhere where you can't really see each other?
Who’s your hero and where in Stockholm would you take them out for a serious hang?
Frank Zappa. How about my own apartment for a private Frank Zappa concert? Which would be weird, given he's dead.
Where do you buy those fabulous clothes of yours?
Wherever my wife convinces me and drags me kicking and screaming. She's a stylist for a living so I guess I have to listen. Hit her up: @beatricetrodden
What’s the area/ spot in town you’ll never be caught dead in?
Stureplan. Think try-hard, wannabe rich kids attempting (poorly) to mask some serious self-esteem issues. I'm sure they're all lovely people...
What’s the thing you LOVE to do in your city that you never get to do?
There are some really cool rooftop bars here these days. But like everything in Stockholm involving something related to the outdoors they're out of commission half the year.
What’s the most decadent / extreme dish you ever ate in Stockholm and where did you get it?
Not really a decadent kind of guy to be honest. I guess lobster appears occasionally. But is that really decadent? This isn't the Great Depression, so probably not...
Is there a hidden bar / hole in the wall in Stockholm that you particularly like?
Snotty's on Skånegatan is one of the few places in where you can strike up a conversation and people won't look at you like you have five heads. Whoever controls the jukebox (alright, the Spotify) has impeccable taste in music too. It's small, but it's perfect.
What restaurant in Stockholm looks crap, but the food’s amazing?
I'm not sure there's much by the way of 'amazing' food in Stockholm – we're working on it – but Cantina Real near Reimersholme is in a location you have literally no reason to go to unless you live there, and is on a completely inconspicuous street, but the food is great. One of the few decent Latin American places in the city.
Where can you get the best cocktail in Stockholm? Which one do you like?
If not best, the Tiki Room in Vasastan (it looks like it sounds) does some really fun looking, kitschy Hawaiian style stuff.
Which snacks can you only get in your country, and which ones do you recommend?
Not sure if it's a Sweden-only thing really but they're big on raw cakes, bars & sweets right now and they're perfect. Taste amazing, no guilt. Perfect for the anxious type...
What’s the one place you think is overrated in Stockholm?
The Old Town – pretty much every local will tell you this. It's pretty, but ruined by tourist crap. Think the Royal Mile in Edinburgh, Oxford Street in London, La Rambla in Barcelona. There's very little if any of authentic Stockholm to be found there these days, sadly.
What’s the one place you think is underrated in Stockholm?
Kaffebar on Bysistorget, just off Hornsgatan. The staff are super cool, the vibe is atypically relaxed for this city, and the clientele tends to be creative and fun to be around. Check it out!
What are the Stockholm spots a first-time visitor can’t miss?
People will say the Old Town, maybe the castle, but honestly, I'd start at Mariatorget (the prettiest square in town) then walk up to Mosebacke (the other prettiest square in town) and take in the best view of the city. It's a great way to appreciate how the Baltic meats the lake Mälaren and a breathtaking way to get your bearings.
Tomorrow’s your last day in Stockholm. How do you spend it?
1. Johan & Nyström for the best coffee (and a cinnamon bun) in the city. 2. Bengans for one last dip into the best selection of Swedish vinyl. 3. Hornstull Market for the best mixture of food/atmosphere/people watching. 4. If it's the summer, Trädgården's live sessions for some amazing live music in an intimate environment.
What’s your favorite vacation city in the world and why?
Barcelona – not really a vacation city in a sense because it's somewhere I've worked, lived & studied but there's really nowhere like it. I don't think I've ever been embraced so readily by the locals anywhere else. The perfect mixture between culture & class, and relaxed, free-spirited weightlessness. T'estimo – casa fora de casa!