Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…

Stockholm

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.
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
Vasamuseet
Vasa is not just for nautical buffs and will be a certain winner with the kids and older generations alike. Just be aware that in this museum, you will not be alone...
Tranan
This Odenplan favourite is crowded all weekend with everyone from students to retirees. For herring or meatballs, it's a good choice. In sharp countrast to the bistro upstairs, the bar downstairs is fiercely fashionable, and pulls in a younger crowd
Tranan
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...
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...
Tennis
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: 
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.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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.
Rica Stockholm
There are almost 90 Rica hotels in Sweden and Norway. This one attracts business travellers with its conference facilities and central location.
Rica Gamla Stan
Something of a hidden gem, the Rica Hotel Gamla Stan benefits from a location in the heart of the Old Town, but with an interior decor that is not too quaint.
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.
Pelikan
High ceilings and large windows make this bar seem elegant and wise, with its lack of pretension, and decidedly mature aesthetic. This is the kind of place where you can duck in out of the rain, or meet for an afternoon drink ‰ÛÒ the candles on the tab
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
Nox
Seen from the outside Nox looks wonderfully dark and decadent. Inside the black-and-green colour scheme creates an atmosphere that's both fasionable and faintly sinister. Attracts a curious mixture of guests from pre-clubbers getting a cocktail to of
Nox
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
Nordic Sea
The lobby to the Nordic Sea is impressive, with a vast aquarium and the Absolut Ice Bar, which is always busy with parka-clad visitors. The property is nowhere near as smart as its sibling, the Nordic Light, but rooms are far more affordable. Be warn
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
National Museum
Every city worth its cultural history has a national museum of some kind and The National Museum is Aleppo's.
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...
Mooncake
It's worth traipsing down a drab sidestreet to find this place. The food is affordable and splendid, the decor simple and free of the kitsch trappings that spoil so many Asian restaurants. As a result, it's now been open and popular for over a decade
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
Miss Clara
Miss Clara by Nobis is a centrally-located boutique hotel in Stockholm with serious design credentials and a wonderful on-site brasserie and cocktail bar.
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...
Markets
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.
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.
Lo Scudetto
A reliable, understated restaurant that may not be the most fashionable place in the city, but does what it does extremely well.

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