Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Stockholm

Häktet Vänster
Häktet Vänster works the speakeasy angle with style: this cosy craft cocktail bar provides thirsty Stockholmers with some of the city's finest tipples.
Allmänna Galleriet 925
The spacious venue means that there is always a lot going on in this bar, while its round-about, slightly hidden location means that it only pulls in the more selective crowds, who come to see exhibitions, listen to live music, or have a little somet
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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.
Story Bar
Awarded “Best Atmosphere” in the 2012 Bartender’s Choice Awards, Story’s main draw, in addition to its guest DJs, just-so interior, and spacious surrounds, is its menu.
Purple Room
Purple Room is snug with only 20 seats, but also features some of the city's best cocktails, featuring throwback cocktails and dessert drinks, and a top ice programme.
Cafe 60
Friendly locals cafe with an astounding array of baked goods makes for a peaceful retreat.
Allmanna Galleriet 925
With the minimalist white walls and bare floors as a backdrop the fashion-conscious Stockholm crowd that comes here in the evenings is a sight to be watched from the inviting sofas.
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.
Ljunggrens
Södermalm has a reputation as the most happening island in Stockholm though its restaurants often fail to support this. Thankfully Ljunggrens delivers. During the day it's full of people taking a break from shopping but comes into its own when t
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.
Bowling
You may not generally associate bowling with disco but the Swedes have created a bizarre amalgamation of them and it's worth a try just for the novelty...
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.
Ice Skating
Whether skating indoors outdoors under lights even around the islands of the archipelago (no kidding) Stockholm provides plenty of ice on which to show off trembling Bambi legs.
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...
Saluhall
Dotted with places offering free tasters of cheese and wine, Saluhall is home to some of the most delicious produce in the city ‰ÛÒ it's an enormous vault of gastronomic indulgence.
Non Solo Bar
This is a real experience of novelty, expertise and craft, rather than a cosy little hide-away...
7 Knop
Söder is full of small cafes with character, plus any number of soulless ones. 7 Knopp is perenially popular and handily located near to Nytorget, which is surrounded by some of the best places to find affordable good food in Södermalm.
Esperanto
The fact that this restaurant was dreamt up by two chefs on the deck of a boat in the Atlantic ocean has infused the place with a certain magic.
Clarion Sign
Clarion Sign, rather like its elder sister hotel, Clarion, makes the cut on the back of its style credentials, dominated by airy, light-filled interiors and voluptuous pieces of modern furniture in bright colours.
Griffins’ Steakhouse
Meat gets chic at Griffins' Steakhouse Extraordinaire, with eclectic interiors elevating its mouthwatering menu of marbled meat.
Radisson Blu Royal Viking
It's far from glamorous, in a grey corner of the city, but it's easy to get to more exciting neighbourhoods and the hotel itself delivers just what it should: reliable rooms and dependable service.
National Museum
Every city worth its cultural history has a national museum of some kind and The National Museum is Aleppo's.
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Portofino
Three venues in one, this restaurant-cum-salon-cum-bar is sure to delight.
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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: 
Sightseeing Boats
Stunning natural beauty and the wonders of civilisations old and new are yours to behold, enhanced by interpretive tours or for you to enjoy at your leisure on a ferry. Either way do your water trip early on as it will give you a good idea of where e
Sailing
With no cars to run distracted tourists over taking to the water has to be one of the safest ways of seeing a city. So hire a yacht P Diddy-style and cruise the shimmering waters of Stockholm we say.
Ice Hockey
Winter's answer to football ice hockey can be a thrilling alternative for adrenaline junkies. But beware only those willing to break bones should enter the rink.
Ballooning
With its great church steeples reaching high into the sky Stockholm has a fascinating skyline and there is no better place to appreciate it than from a bird's eye view.
Ostermalm
Predictably for Stockholm's main shopping drag, here you will find stores with a gilt-edge. Just don't forget to pack your plastic - by God, you'll need it.
Norrmalm
You will get more distance out of your kr in Norrmalm than in Östermalm, which can comes in handy when you have so much choice on which to spend your hard-earned cash.
Department Stores
With a number of large department stores on offer, Stockholm caters to all tastes and budgets. Have a rummage, and come home weighed down by gorgeous goodies.
Thielska Galleriet
Fabulous Art Nouveau building originally a private home and now a public gallery displaying an unusual collection comprising Edvard Munch and Carl Larsson among other notable painters...

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