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The Gallerist Jonas Kleerup talks about his favourite walks, museums and which restaurant he would rather go to on a date.
Say you only have one last meal in your life: which restaurant in Stockholm will you go to and what will you have?
“I guess many would think I would go to my favourite restaurant Tranan (Karlbergsvägen 14). But no, I’ll spend my money (no use being cheap) on some 20-course menu. Maybe it’s time to try Frantzén Lindberg (Lilla Nygatan 21)? I eat almost everything they have to offer (even things I normally don’t like; carrots and some types of cabbage). Fingers crossed they won’t be serving mashed turnips that day though. I like trying new things and take some chances.”
What is you favourite street in Stockholm?
“I have always had my hopes up for Regeringsgatan, but since it never seems to be happening I’ll say Birger Jarlsgatan. A worthy winner, not very exciting really, but it maintains high quality. It’s constantly changing, has a rich social life and exudes timeless urbanism. A slow Sunday walk on Birger Jarlsgatan between Nybroviken and Jarlaplan makes you forget nostalgia, modernism and the contemporary, to completely immerse yourself in the present.”
What three fashion shops in Stockholm do you frequent the most?
“Since Aplace is in the wrong part of town I’ll have to say Hope (Norrmalmstorg 14), Whyred (Mäster Samuelsgatan 3) and Our Legacy (Jakobsbergsgatan 11).”
What is your favourite walk in town?
“When I lived on Stigbergsgatan I used to have a nice walk down to work – Fjällgatan and Katarinavägen down to Slussen, then Skeppsbron along the water before crossing Norrbron over to Gustav Adolfs Torg. On my way back I used to walk through Gamla Stan (the Old Town), but instead of the vulgar Västerlånggatan, I found refuge in the forgotten but magical Prästgatan. There you walk alone in silence through the old neighbourhood. When I told my father who grew up in this area it turned out that this was the street he took to school everyday.”
What restaurant would you rather go to for a romantic date?
“Le Bar Rouge (Brunnsgränd 2-4). A cliché maybe, but I don’t care. There you are usually left in peace, which I guess is important when going on a date.”
What bar in Stockholm do you frequent the most?
“Riche (Birger Jarlsgatan 4).”
Where do you find the most exciting art in Stockholm?
“In our many galleries. There are about 15-20 galleries that are worth keeping an eye on. Otherwise Bonniers Konsthall (Torsgatan 19) and the Modern Museum (Exercisplan 4, Skeppsholmen) are the best. The free magazine ArtLover is a good start to get an overview of what’s going on.”
What three sights in Stockholm would you recommend as must-sees to a relative visiting from the countryside?
“A walk around Skeppsholmen (and visit to one of the museums there) to get some perspective and quick views of the city. After that I think they should go and experience the timeless Berns (which is practical since they’re probably in town for a musical on Chinateatern next door). After that a visit to Mood shopping centre (Norrlandsgatan) maybe, mostly to show that people in Stockholm today rather go for lunch or dinner than go shopping.”
What time of year do you think is the best in Stockholm?
“Early autumn, without a doubt. Finally you get to put a jacket on again so that you have somewhere to put your keys and wallet. Finally you can stay in without guilt feelings. Finally the city lives again and you can go out to eat, go shopping and order couriers again. It’s also the time when Stockholm is as most beautiful.”
What part of the city is most ”you” and why?
“Right now I’m living in Vasastan but I don’t feel completely comfortable there. When I moved back after a couple of years abroad I stayed in Norrmalm for the first five years and I liked it there. There was something about the feeling of not being put in any category as we Swedes like to do depending on where you live. Also I could walk anywhere, everything was close. I don’t know why, but it felt very me.”