Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Stockholm

Ekstedt
A Michelin-starred restaurant in Stockholm, Ekstedt is an homage to the chef’s Nordic heritage and an exploration of old-school cooking methods.
Lady Hamilton
A perfect location for people who prefer their experience of Scandinavia to be a little more old-fashioned. This Gamla Stan hotel is packed with antiques and even has antique shops for neighbours. Definitely not for fans of minimalism.
Tures
Tures sits at the entrance to the trendy little mall that connects Grev Turegatan to Stureplan. It's a splendid spot to sit and watch people go by. Extremely busy on Saturday lunchtime and afternoon.
Bukowskis auction house
Going once going twice... don't miss out on the sensational items and exciting atmosphere of this elite auction house. Sold to the highest bidder!
Saturnas
Saturnas has a vintage, trendy sensibility, with its neon sign hanging outside over the door, striped walls, and mosaic floor, but the food is anything but retro sourcing all the latest blends of coffee and organic, luxurious foods from around the
Solidaritet
Solidaritet was brought to the Stockholm nightlife scene by the expert party people behind other popular ventures such as Halv Trappa Plus Gard.
J Sealodge Gashaga
This sibling property to the Hotel J at Nacka Strand can be reached by car, ferry, or a charming narrow-gauge railway that leads almost to its door. Perfect for people who want to be out of town and on the edge of the archipelago.
Riddarbageriet
This place is both a shop and a cafe. The bread and cakes made on the premises are all excellent. The small marble-topped tables can often be full but if you can get a space it's a great place for a lunch or a snack. One of the few places in Stockhol
Stampen
Cobbled Streets and charming shops attract mainly tourists in this enchanting part of Stockholm. Housing institutions, such as the Royal Palace, it is not difficult to see why. However remote and low-key the social aspects of this quarter, it house
Radisson Blu Strand
This high-calibre hotel is housed in an elegant building centrally located by the harbour, providing simply stunning water views from guest rooms...
Scandic Park
The Scandic hotels are reliably good, even if a little lacking in personality. This one is ideal for exploring Stockholm's poshest quarter, Östermalm.
J Nacka Strand
A short ferry ride from the city centre, the Hotel J is named after a class of sailing boat and the interior feels very yacht-like, with lots of teak and blue-and-white fabrics.
Nobel Museum
The Nobel prize has a ring of corporate prestige, largely due to the enormous amount of money that accompanies the honour, first established by Dynamite tycoon, Alfred Nobel in 1901. None the less‰ÛÒ this museum and the prize itself rounds up a host of
Cycling
Tennis
Spas
They don't call it a Swedish massage for no reason! Stockholm is home to some of the world's best spas and health clubs so it would be rude not to indulge in some unadulterated luxury.
Royal Opera House
If you've been living it up at the Royal Palace through the day then keep theme of prestige by taking the evening at the Opera House, if not for the performances, at least for the bars, restaurants and clubs...
Sturehof
Lisa på Udden
There are now three Lisas in Stockholm: A trio of well-known seafood restaurants that are invariably busy with the locals who come for traditional Swedish food good service and stylish decor.
Divino
Skepparholmen
Villa Källhagen
It's only minutes from the centre by cab, but you feel like you are in the countryside at this pleasant and modern hotel. Due to its conference facilities and location it's popular with business travelers.
Smådalarö Gård
This manor house dates from the early 19th century and has reinvented itself as a 62-room retreat for conference groups or Stockholmers wanting a long weekend in the archipelago. It has its own 9 hole golf course.
Grand Hotel Saltsjöbaden
This hotel comes into its own in the summer, when the long sunny days show the stylish interior in its best light and its seaside location can be fully appreciated. That said, it's pretty nice to be able to curl up here in the winter too.
Mellqvist Café
Mellqvist has an excellent array of tasty Italian olives, artichokes, salamis, and some of the best coffee in Stockholm. If you live around Norrmalm it's easy to see how this place would easily become a staple for day to day snacking...
Café Rival
The Swedish are renowned for their pastries and the Rival has got it down to a tea...a comfortable, laid back feel, with delicious food and cakes, the Rival will easily become a favourite hang out...
Och Himlen Därtill
Stockholm is also known as 'the Venice of the north', spread out across islands, surrounded by water; it's stunning, so get up high, pour yourself a drink, and take a look around...
Corner Club
The project of Heather Yau, Madeleine Rapp, and Per Thorngren, three of Stockholm's top bartenders, Corner Club aims to attract cocktail lovers as well as those who are new to mixology.
Wedholms Fisk
When you feel like splurging on some really great seafood, Wedholms is the place to go. The room is classically Swedish, decorated in shades of grey and cream, service is warm, and the fish is perfect. If you just want a drink, you can perch at the b
Prinsen
For some old-style Swedish food, come to Prinsen. The interior is clubby, with leather booths and lots of framed pictures crowding the panelled walls. When it's warm enough there are plenty of tables outside. Service, like the food, is classic: Some
PA And Co
Locals love PA & Co. It's not the most fashionable place, it's not known for the best food, it's no longer new and exciting. But just try getting in here any Friday or Saturday. It is constantly busy, thanks to its exuberant, informal atmosphere.
Le Rouge
The enclaves of this French restaurant in Gamla Stan resemble the billowing silk tent of an old fashioned Big Top at the circus‰ÛÒ it also has top food to match.
The Victory
A curious mix of ancient and modern, the Victory is the smartest of a trio of historic hotels in the Old Town. The restaurant, Lejontornet, is ranked as one of the best in Stockholm.
Lord Nelson Hotel
A sibling to the Lady Hamilton and the Victory, this hotel is, like them, small, comfortable, charming, antique-filled and in the heart of Gamla Stan. This is the smallest and most affordable of the trio.
Walking and Hiking
Whether you fancy a brisk walk or a hike that makes you wish you were dead, check out the lush green areas around your hotel. Fresh air never smelt so good.
Djurgarden
The tranquility of Djurgarden will soothe the most turbulent of souls and transport you a million miles from any concerns you may be trying to escape with your vacation...
Non Solo Bar
This is a real experience of novelty, expertise and craft, rather than a cosy little hide-away...
Griffins’ Steakhouse
Meat gets chic at Griffins' Steakhouse Extraordinaire, with eclectic interiors elevating its mouthwatering menu of marbled meat.
National Museum
Every city worth its cultural history has a national museum of some kind and The National Museum is Aleppo's.
Swimming
Swimming is about the easiest sporting or pseudo-sporting activity you can do in Istanbul. All the large hotels (Hyatt Regency, Hilton, Carlton, etc) have pools of one sort or another. These, however, are the best: 

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