Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Stockholm

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.
Grodan Cocktail Club
Deep red furniture, low-lighting and powerful cocktails are always conducive to a highly entertaining night out. A more selective music policy than many of the surrounding late-night bars and clubs sees a slightly more exclusive crowd cramming in and
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
First Amaranten
The Amaranten's decently priced rooms and hip lobby bar-restaurant make it a popular choice for anyone who wants an affordable hotel with a bit more personality. It's location close to lots of bars and restaurants reinforces its status as the best pl
Cycling
Football
Tennis
Markets
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.
Football
Footy madness is a global disease and Stockholm has a severe dose making it a great place to see big games with fervent and faithful crowds for you to go wild with.
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...
Kungsholmen
Tranan
Sturehof
Riche
Pontus!
Nox
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.
Hotellet
Gondolen
GQ
Frantzén
The hottest restaurant in Sweden right now, Restaurant Frantzén is all about beautiful ingredients sourced from Sweden and given cutting-edge treatment...
Fåfängan
Hilltop cafe overlooking Södermalm that's a great spot for brunch or sunset drinks.
Fjäderholmarnas Krog
Fjäderholmarnas Krog has intrigued us at Hg2 for months, as it was completely off the radar in terms of communication, due to stormy weather and frozen waters. The unattainable is always desirable. Check that it's open before going and then head
East
Divino
Skepparholmen
Kungsängens Golf Club
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.
Stallmästaregården
Set in Hagapark, the city's most regal public park, this feels a million miles from downtown Stockholm, but is only a ten minute cab ride away. The restaurant is highly respected in its own right and the 49-room hotel followed in 2000.
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.
Rosendals Trädgård
This famed establishment on Djurgården serves homemade food in remarkably bucolic surroundings. You can pick your own flowers, picnic in the orchard, browse the greenhouses, and then have a delicious meal.
Mälarpaviljongen
The best place to come for a snack right by the water. It's only open in the summertime and on warm days it can be mobbed. Nominally a gay place it's totally mixed during the daytime but as it gets later it gets gayer.
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...
Martins Gröna
Although small and humble in design and concept Martins Gröna continues to impress and draw you back for another helping of their delicious hearty fare...
Djurårdsterrassen
Originally a gay cafe and sibling to Mälarpaviljongen it has since changed ownership and it has lost much of its charm.
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...
Mården
Visitors to the city often overlook Vasastan, so it's a good place to head if you want food and drink surrounded by locals. Mården is a great place to start. Food, drink and atmosphere all top notch.

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