The corner tables at Arc get the stunning sunset-over-Stockholm views. In the winter months, the buzziest at Boketto are in the back, closest to the kitchen.
Ditch the kitsch and cull the cute. In fact, you’ll want to channel a secretive Silicon Valley whiz kid who just sold your start-up to Google – high-waisted jeans, a black turtleneck and horn-rimmed glasses ought to do it.
There are two. The sprawling, open-plan Boketto is on the ground floor – it’s an accessible, all-day type of affair where you can watch chef Caroline Ekhult and her team at work in the open kitchen and, in the summer months, it opens its large glass doors to the courtyard outside. The Eurasian menu starts with small plates like Vietnamese spring rolls, salmon sashimi and Korean-style beef tartare, moves on to mains like ‘Tom Kha’ mussels, Tokyo-style mackerel and fried rice with chorizo and squid and finishes with matcha ice cream, rhubarb sorbet and baked chocolate with passion fruit and coconut.
Take the lift to the top floor to find Arc restaurant spread before you, with its adjoining rooftop bar, swinging seats and trendy-looking locals in Ganni glasses. Here, the menu is a fascinating fuse of Scandinavian seafood and Korean barbecue platters to share – start with the daily sashimi or langoustine tails before everyone digs in to the pepper fried ribeye or teriyaki pork belly. The bar has a range of sakes and Asian-inspired cocktails which use home-grown herbs from the roof garden – try a Sigurd (the house martini) or a Kishu Negroni.
Blique’s vast ground floor serves as a kind of urban living room, with long communal tables for working by day and gallery spaces that host exhibitions and performances by night. At the heart of it all is Origo, a horseshoe-shaped bar dotted with leather stools and decorated with Joel Shapiro prints. Try one of their uniquely named cocktails (Naked on a Balcony, anyone?) or tuck into their brilliant bar food – pizzas, salads and steaming bowls of ramen.
Boketto closes down around 10pm – it’s closed on Sundays, except for breakfast. Arc is open until 10pm but Arc bar serves until midnight – they're both closed on Sundays and Mondays. Origo is open from 10am to midnight (but only until 9pm on Sundays).
There’s no room service, but with two restaurants, two bars and plenty of neighbourhood spots nearby, you won’t miss it. After hours, there are some late-night options (like pizzas) available to order at the front desk and take to your room.