Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Stockholm

The Royal Palace
Exercise your imagination. A visit to the austere, handsome buildings of the Royal Palace will be a worthy diversion but be aware that it could end up a rather lengthy one unless discipline is imposed...
Skansen
With such an amazing annual calendar of events it is an absolute must to check out what extra events might be going on the day you choose to visit Skansen. Although in this section we are supposed to give ideas of what else you could do in conjunctio
Saluhallen
All the ingredients are here for a terrific day out, with your choice of lovely cafes including Bonan, Lisa Pa Torget and Petite at which to gently warm yourself to the day over a morning drink; the markets themselves full of culinary delights; top l
Nordiska Museet
With free entry this is another very economic plus educational way of touristing Stockholm and Sweden generally. You can also eat out in Swiss style in the museum restaurant and if you have the endurance, plan to hit two local museums in the one day
Moderna Museet
Located about as centrally as Stockholm gets, on the island of Skeppsholmen, the Museum of Modern Art can be accessed by all the traditional transport methods. Other nearby mainland attractions to add to your cultural Day Out include the Vasamuseet a
Hallwylska Museet
Stepping into the Hallwylska Museum seems strangely natural; this is a city that easily slips back in time to another era.
Dramaten
The Royal Dramatic Theatre has a grand history and runs seasons of shows comprising of well known favourites as well as cutting edge new work from new voices...
Sturecompagniet
This infamous part of Stockholm is the favourite haunt of Sweden's elite. Chic bars line the streets and beautiful people enjoy glamorous dining. Truly a place to be seen in...
Spy Bar
At night, this area buzzes with frenetic activity and the streets are lit with the neon light emanating from cinemas and bars. Principally a fabulous shopping district, Norrmalm lack the exclusivity of Ostermalm, however provides some truly fabulous
Patricia
Considering Stockholm is such a watery city, having a club on a boat seems the logical thing to do. On weekends in summer when the days are longer and lighter, you could stumble along after the other bars and clubs close and have a very early morning
Olssons Video
At night, this area buzzes with frenetic activity and the streets are lit with the neon light emanating from cinemas and bars. Principally a fabulous shopping district, Norrmalm lack the exclusivity of Ostermalm, however still provides decent bars an
Obaren
There's always something a little special about hidden clubs, something underground and a little off the radar. Upstairs at Sturehof is O Baren, a club dedicated more to the music policy than it is to the punter's shopping policies. Entering though t
Mosebacke
Sodermalm is known as the 'alternative' part of Stockholm: enjoy being out-of-the-ordinary, and not judged on where you drink or what you wear. The focus here is on originality and uniqueness, of which this music club has plenty...
Marie Laveau
The size of Marie Laveau means that it always gathers a proper crowd, creating a sense of buzz and excitement. Even the laid-back, cool Stockholmers, when gathered in full force can suddenly appear hugely bubbly.
Laroy
How long can a club retain the image it strove to build? Some manage years thanks in main to a non-discriminatory door policy, which indirectly filters out the people who they were originally attracting by allowing in those they were originally avoi
Hell’s Kitchen
Stockholm's nightlife splits from the super-glam clubs of Ostermalm where its about seeing and being seen, to clubs like Hell's Kitchen where the music is the most important thing on the menu and the patrons know how to party the night away without c
Fasching Jazzclub
At night, this area buzzes with frenetic activity and the streets are lit with the neon light emanating from cinemas and bars. Principally a fabulous shopping district, Norrmalm lack the exclusivity of Ostermalm, however still provides decent bars an
F12 Terrassen
Stockholm specializes in these wonderful places that manage to combine excellent restaurants, bars, and clubs all in the same place, with a rare level of all-round sophistication and style...
Debaser
Debaser has a laid-back, yet musically knowledgeable crowd and line-up. The place of the moment for established acts and up and coming future stars...
Casino Cosmopol
At night, this area buzzes with frenetic activity and the streets are lit with the neon light emanating from cinemas and bars. Principally a fabulous shopping district, Norrmalm lack the exclusivity of Ostermalm, however still provides decent bars a
Cafe Opera
Stockholm's terribly imposing Opera House, as many opera houses tend to be, sits majestically across from the Royal Palace. The oh so opulent interior is fit for a king, and indeed this is the haunt du jour for the younger members of the Royal family
2.35:1
Situated in one of Stockholm's hippest hotels, 2.35:1 is a weekend melee of beauty, alcohol and commercial house music. Downstairs is the minimal and achingly cool LE, supposedly members-only, and in the next room is the terribly sophisticated and ci
Xoko
Dream-like cafe for a quick fika (the Swedish word for a coffee) and a small cake from their vast selection.
Vetekatten
It's good to be reminded sometimes that not all Stockholm cafes are minimalist places with plain wooden tables and exactly the same sandwiches. This is the closest thing Stockholm has to a grand cafe. It's not, in truth, that grand, but it is charmin
Tvillingarnas
Yes, the location is great: By the bridge to Djurgården, floating on the water so you can watch boats chug by. But be warned that on a warm day it can be very, very busy.
Tabac
The high leather stools mean that this is definitely not a place to come and slouch over a coffee or read a book ‰ÛÒ it's more about the quick succession of tapas and drinks (possibly even shots if it's come to that), while perching, in the midst of ra
T Bar
One of the few places that serves a good weekend brunch, and also afternoon tea. The view from the front, over the water, is great. A mixed crowd of visitors and locals. Sadly, service can be patchy.
Sturekatten
Expect traditional cakes, antique furnishings, and several steep staircases. Sturekatten is refreshingly old-fashioned, in an area that is obsessed with the latest style.
Sturehof
Sturehof is aesthetically pure Scandinavia ‰ÛÒ the misty glass ceiling, mirrored walls and large windows create a sense of the frozen watery landscape that for most of the year surrounds Stockholm.
Muffin Bakery
The Muffin Bakery is Stockholm's equivalent to Manhattan's Magnolia Bakery and it has attracted a similar crowd of keen muffin addictees.
Lasse I Parken
There's a certain fairytale quality to this place, thanks to its outdoor seating and quaint little old building in which you can buy traditional Swedish cakes. In short, it's cute, which will either appeal to you or not.
Gooh!
Gooh! serves good food fast. The dishes were created by the chef at Operakällaren one of the finest restaurants in town but prices are amazingly low and most dishes are incredibly good. Eat in or take away.
Divino
Divino serves superlative Italian cuisine to an elite clientele. The wine list focuses on northern Italian vineyards but also includes dozens of Champagnes.
Chokladkoppen & Kaffekoppen
Chokladkoppen and Kaffekoppen have become little Stockholm institutions, serving those staples of coffee and hot chocolate that keep everyone going through the bleak mid-winter.
Chokladfabriken
The best truffles in town can be obtained on these premises. Hand-engineered and made with all those years of highly evolved artisanal Scandinavian chocolate experience...
Chaikhana
Teas are stored in a shiny wooden urns, on row upon row of shelves that threaten to overwhelm....
Bonan
It's not going to win any points in the style awards, but Bonan does serve good food and is ideally located for a quick break on your way through this part of the city.
Storstad
The name is a little tongue in cheek ‰ÛÒStorstad means big city, which Stockholm is emphatically not, but this feels like one of the most international bars in the city. Busy, friendly, and a great launch pad for a night out.
Soap Bar
Grab a seat in the window for excellent people watching: You can see the theatre crowd heading to nearby Dramaten. A good choice if you want to avoid the high-fashion crowds of nearby Grev Turegatan.
Pontus!
More affordable than Pontus in the Greenhouse, this place is at its best on a warm evening when you can watch the Djurgården ferry chugging back and forth. Food and service are both excellent. Attracts a varied crowd, from tourists to locals to

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