Stockholm, Sweden
Simon, 39
Radio Producer
see his Stockholm city guide

a bit about Simon

What are you working on these days?

Currently a radio documentary about the hunt for a lost father.

What makes you happy?

When I ride my bike I’m easily intoxicated by the sun, good wine and life. The smells, the wind and the bikes wheels toward the street. It makes my soul feel like honey.

When was the last time you cried?

I cried about a year ago when I realized that the woman I was in love with had disappeared out of my life.

What’s your latest musical obsession?

The Soundtrack of the HBO series The Leftovers.

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

The last movie I saw was Mad Max furious. Was it good? First, they went out into the desert, then they went back. I remember the man with electric guitar.

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

It´s always time for a new wardrobe, unfortunately I find myself all too rarely in NK or Fillipa K which I otherwise know that I will find what I’m looking for.

What’s your go-to café in Stockholm?

The best and most conservative cafe in Stockholm is Rittorno at Odengatan. I end up there almost every day, it’s perfect for work, have meetings or take your first date. Everything looks as it did a hundred years ago. Cultural elites intermingled with students and homeless people. My love for the place is growing every day.

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

Gröndal is a suburb of Stockholm, where apartment buildings and small villas from an old time meet. All reminiscent of a graphic novel by Swedish author Jan Lööf.

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

I love taking the boat out to Thiel Gallery half an hour from downtown. It is a fantastic museeum with art from the beginning of the last century. The house and the environment is beyond everything.

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

My hero was my grandmother. I would love to get for her to her farvorite restaurant and garden Rosendal gardens at Djurgården.

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

Needless to say, I go to the Tennstopet, again a restaurant dating back to another century. Free from hipsters and mothers with prams.

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

One of my hole in the wall is the Essias, which is located at the top of Queen Street. They might Stockholm tastiest coffee and pleasantest staff.

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

Oh my! I would probably take a cup of coffee down to the rock by the lake which is right where I live, then I’d eat lunch at Rittorno, lunch at Tennstopet, Tranan ore Vasa Egg, the night I would spend at Riche.

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

Vasastan.

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

Södermalm.

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

Riche with my best friends.

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

I love to eat out in a restaurant, but perhaps even rather go on a FIKA – the Swedish word for a cup of coffee. The Coffee shops I have in my heart is often little outside the set limits where others go, I have favorites in all neighborhoods.

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

I would start the evening on the French tavern Bergamot on Kungsholmen. Then I would probably go on to Master Anders for a glass of wine or two. Probably would end the evening at Riche at Stureplan or Häckte on Södermalm.