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A Hedonist’s guide to…

Stockholm

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
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.
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.
Vassa Eggen
In a way, Vassa Eggen shouldn't be this good. It's close to hip Stureplan, and has a wildly fashionable interior and a clientele to match, so to find that the food is so good comes as something of a pleasant surprise.
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...
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.
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 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.
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
Teatergrillen
Teatergrillen, located close to the thespian world of Stockholm, treasures the performing arts and has made them into its primary motif. The backstreet location means the clientele have come looking for it as opposed to simply dropping in off Sturepl
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.
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.
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.
Sturehof
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
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
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.
Solidaritet
Solidaritet was brought to the Stockholm nightlife scene by the expert party people behind other popular ventures such as Halv Trappa Plus Gard.
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.
Skepparholmen
Skepparholmen
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.
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
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...
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
Riche
If you want to eat here on a Friday or Saturday, you'd be well-advised to book. The place can be so busy that it's impossible to even get in, let alone secure a table. The crowd tends to be affluent and exuberant.
Restaurangen
Stockholm, like many other Northern European cities, oves its concept dining. There's a thrill, an attraction and something rather subversive not being part of the norm. Essentially this is high-end tapas-style dining - choose a selection of dishes a
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...
Radisson Blu Royal Park
Stockholm is a major conference venue, which has resulted in places like this. Only 20 minutes from town, it has excellent facilities and it's easy to reach the lovely Haga Park.
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
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
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.
Operahuset
For the best classical French cuisine in the most opulent classical Swedish setting, it's hard to outrank Operahuset. As befits a place known for public performances, there's a sense of high drama about the place. Food, and patrons, are rich. It's no
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...
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
Non Solo Bar
This is a real experience of novelty, expertise and craft, rather than a cosy little hide-away...

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