I came here on a sunny Saturday with no expectation at all. Somehow, it happened to be the first day of Österlens Rosfest (Rose Festival) that day. That explained why various types of beautiful roses were displayed and sold along the main street. Sunshine, ocean breeze, rose scent and cobblestone streets, the day couldn't get any better. This tiny lovely town is a harbor town on the East coast of Sweden, just one and half hour by train from Malmö. The harbor explains the part "hamn" in its name, just like Köpenhamn (Copenhagen - how did they translate into this name I wonder) which literally means shopping harbor. These Nordic people have such a cute way to name their places and still make it sound so fancy to an Asian ear haha.
Simrishamn kinda reminded me of Vitemölla, another east coast town in Skåne, for its tiny cute houses with gorgeous flower bushes at their doors and its narrow cobble stones streets. The only difference is that it seemed like people actually live here in Simrishamn with lots of charmingly quirky boutiques, cafes and restaurants and supermarket and of course Systembolaget. Meanwhile, my impression of Vitemölla was just a fancy summer town that Swedish people go there and stay during summer only. How did I come to that impression? It was because last summer when Max and I biked there, we were starving and hoping to find a burger joint or a kebab stall or a supermarket to get something to stuff our stomach with, but we found nothing! Absolutely nothing. Not even an ice cream stall. It broke our hearts and our empty stomachs so much. Or maybe we were just unlucky and biked to the wrong area of Vitemölla.
You could easily visit this town in just a few hours. It took me less than 2 hours to walk the entire town including along the harbor and the beach, with occasional breaks and stops for taking pictures. It's enjoyable enough to just stroll down the streets visiting all the quirky boutiques and admiring the pretty little details in each window, each door and each stunning flower bush of the pastel-colored houses. And when you get tired, you could sit down at a cafe for a fika or at a restaurant for some lunch. Be sure to order fish because Simrishamn is really famous for its fishing port in Skåne. When you're all full and happy, take a walk down to the harbor and then continue to the beach for a swim. Any kind of water here in Scandinavia is too cold for me so I preferred to just lazily sunbathe on a bench reading Diana Vreeland and secretly hide my shame when seeing quite a few 4 or 5 years old kids running happily to and from the water. Well.. maybe next time.