Hg2 : The Hedonist

A Hedonist’s guide to…


le Café
le Café offers great coffee and a tempting food menu from its chic space near Stockholm’s waterfront area and the Central Station.
A cafe-cum-bar in Stockholm’s Sturegallerian, Sturebaren offers Spanish tapas and lashings of sangria and Cava in its copper-bedecked space.
Poche 36
Poche 36 is a tapas restaurant and light lunchtime spot found within the industrial-inspired Usine complex in Stockholm’s Södermalm district.
Cafe Albert
Busy, lively and located on Birger Jarlsgatan, so it's handy for a post-shopping lunch or a pre-night out rendezvous with friends.
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.
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
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
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.
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...
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...
Cafe 60
Friendly locals cafe with an astounding array of baked goods makes for a peaceful retreat.
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.
Dream-like cafe for a quick fika (the Swedish word for a coffee) and a small cake from their vast selection.
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
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.
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.
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 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! 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 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.
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...
Teas are stored in a shiny wooden urns, on row upon row of shelves that threaten to overwhelm....
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.

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