48 Hours in Gay Stockholm – Globetrotter Guys

Author: , November 7th, 2018

48 Hours in Gay Stockholm - Globetrotter Guys

Stockholm is a city of islands (14 to be exact!). It’s a city where traditional gabled buildings line cobble-stoned streets. It’s a city of stunning green landscapes, incredible architecture, gastronomy, cultural landmarks and of course, the ABBA museum.

Stockholm prides itself as being known as the ‘Open City’. No matter who you are, your religion, gender, race, sexuality, whether you are looking for adventure, history or luxury, Stockholm is for you.

Stockholm was not on our original travel plan, and we didn’t know what to expect. All we really knew was that it was the capital of Sweden, and being located in Northern Europe we would be due some very cold weather – especially as we were visiting Stockholm in winter! However, after spending a very busy 48 hours in Stockholm exploring this Scandinavian capital, we were completely sold and already planning a return trip in Summer!

We have pieced together a travel guide below which you can use to fill your time in Stockholm. We have also provided practical tips such as how to get around, how to get there, where to eat and whether or not you should bring cash.

How to get to Gay Stockholm

Stockholm has 4 airports receiving international flights, however the main airport used by most of the major airline carriers is Stockholm Arlanda Airport. It’s more than likely that this is where you will both arrive and depart from.

Bromma Airport is a little closer to the centre, but is not served anywhere near as frequently by international flights. Whilst some international flights do arrive into Skavsta Airport and Västerås Airport, these are few and far between, and most flights arriving or departing from here are domestic.

See our practical tips on how to get to and from Stockholm airports to the city centre at the end of this article.

By Sion & Ben – Full Story at The Globetrotter Guys

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Queer Stockholm – Gay Star News

Author: , June 28th, 2018

queer Stockholm - Gay Star News

Stockholm is one of the world’s most open-cities and has for decades proactively put gay and lesbian travel at the forefront of its tourism message. Unequivocally the gay capital of Scandinavia, the capital of Sweden aims to be a role model for diversity and inclusion not just for LGBTQ people, but for all.

Stockholm has a lot to celebrate on the LGBTQ front in the foreseeable future. In summer 2018, it will host the opening ceremony to this year’s Europride celebrations for the third time in three decades, in partnership with the city of Gothenburg, making history as it is the first time two cities will host the landmark event.

In 2019, as the world heralds 50 years of gay liberation since the Stonewall Riots in NYC, Stockholm celebrates 75 years since gay and lesbian decriminalization (earning it the moniker ‘gay since 1944’) and 10 years of equal marriage.

With such key milestones for Stockholm on the horizon, some of the city’s leading travel brands – hotels, restaurants, attractions and nightlife – have been brought together to form a network called Stockholm LGBT.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Queer Stockholm – Out Magazine

Author: , March 29th, 2018

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A while ago, I had a conversation with my boyfriend that stayed with me. He’s American, and just recently moved in with me in my Stockholm apartment, having lived in New York City for eight years. As I started showing him the city, I was intrigued to hear his reactions. He seemed surprised. Where were all the gay bars? Why did I seem less comfortable engaging in PDA on the subway in Stockholm than he does in New York? And where exactly, if Stockholm is so gay, were the drag queens? Stockholm’s gay scene seemed poorer than my boyfriend had expected. Did he as a foreigner think I was living in some kind of gay utopia?

It wouldn’t be strange. Hell, Wikipedia’s page on the subject starts off with “LGBT rights in Sweden have been regarded as some of the most progressive in Europe and in the world.” But what does that actually mean for queer life? Granted, Stockholm is much smaller than New York. Still, I wondered: how would an LGBTQ tourist visiting the city perceive it? And what would help them make a more informed travel choice?

Here is what every LGBTQ tourist visiting Stockholm should know.

By Erik Galli – Full Story at Out Magazine

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Gay Travel Guide to West Sweden – Out Magazine

Author: , March 15th, 2018

West Sweden

Gothenburg may not offer the grandeur of Stockholm, but what this seafaring city lacks in pomp it compensates for in charm, from its many parks and gardens — there are 274 square meters of green space for every citizen — to its queer-friendly vibe: For West Pride, the city is decorated annually with 1,000 rainbow flags that flap and flutter high over churches, schools, and government buildings.

It’s also a dining mecca, with its Michelin-starred seafood restaurant Sjömagasinet, housed in a 1775 wooden structure on the waterfront, and Norda Bar & Grill in the Clarion Hotel, a major supporter of 2018 EuroPride, which takes place this summer in Stockholm and Gothenburg over two separate weeks (July 27-August 5 in Stockholm, and August 14-19 in Gothenburg). There’s plenty to keep you occupied in this cheery northern metropolis, but you’d be denying yourself one of life’s great pleasures if you didn’t use it as nature intended: as a stepping stone for a trip up Sweden’s bewitching West Coast.

First though, do as the natives do, and make time for a fortifying fika in Gothenburg. There’s no shortage of choices to enjoy a strong coffee and pastry, but on a sunny morning, sitting in the courtyard outside Da Matteo (Magasinsgatan 17) is heaven. The strong, ethically-sourced coffee pairs equisitely with the caramom buns baked on the premises. At weekends, a spread (shown above) of breads, jellies, and cheese is laid out for customers to craft their own feast. Sated and caffeinated, you are ready to start your west coast adventure.

By Aaron Hicklin – Full Story at Out Magazine

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Eating Out: Sweden

Author: , January 29th, 2018

Eating Out - Sweden

Some may think that Sweden goes into hibernation once the dark months hit, temperatures plummet below zero and crisp white snow blankets everything with absolute abandon.
They couldn’t be more wrong, Swedes like to eat and drink all year round, regardless of weather and as a result, there’s a long, awesome food culture that every LGBTI foodie must try. So we asked the globetrotting gourmets with a love of Sweden, the GastroGays about their favorite foodie experiences. This is what they had to say…

Dinner on Ice in Brändö, Swedish Lapland

‘Swedish Lapland is a true winter wonderland with incredible food experiences to be had in the colder months.

‘In Brändö, you can dine between the stars and sea, by eating on the ice itself. Dinner on Ice is just 30 minutes outside Luleå at Brändö Kvarnväg. Beneath a starry sky and above the water itself, leave the shore surrounded by darkness and walk towards the glow and warmth of fire and enticing smell of food.

‘The lávvu tent sent up on the ice offers a truly unique experience for all the senses that seems all kinds of wrong in theory but in practice works on every level.’

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Stockholm – Gay Star News

Author: , October 30th, 2017

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My first trip to gay Stockholm was in 1998 to perform Twisted at an underground club promoted by Swedish producer Per QX. While there, my friend and hard house legend Tony De Vit died. This led to hysterical, drunken grief and pill-induced sleep. Needless to say, my memories of that period are hazy. Sightseeing was minimal. In fact, aside from ogling a sunrise while sat in a gutter under a concrete flyover, I saw little but illegal raves and the inside of my own eyelids.

My return to Stockholm last month for Pride 2017 proved a refreshing contrast. It was a whirlwind of gastro thrills, queer history and cultural highlights. Upon arrival we were whizzed straight to Mälarpaviljongen, a semi-floating riverside restaurant that looks like a decadent party in a verdant fairy grotto. It was the aesthetic opposite of wet bus stop in Luton, which I’d experienced a few hours earlier.

Mälarpaviljongen is gay-owned and collaborates with Regnbågsfonden, an organization supporting LGBTI rights worldwide. They serve a rainbow-bottled rosé, which contributes to the charity with every sale. While getting lashed in one of their many ornate gardens, it’s cheering to know that by drinking, you’re helping.

By Steward Who – Full Story at Gay Star News

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Lesbian Gothenburg, Sweden – Curve Magazine

Author: , August 3rd, 2017

Lesbian Gothenburg

Everybody’s heard of Stockholm, the capital of Sweden, but fewer people have heard of its West Coast cousin, Gothenburg—or Goteborg as it is called by locals. This small-sized city sits on a prized piece of coastline that offers a working port and extends north and south into vacation-worthy coastal escapes.

At its heart, Gothenburg offers the cultural delights of a metropolis combined with the green space of parks, the tranquility of canals, and the accessibility and livability that eludes bigger cities. Some years ago, Gothenburg was a working class and sometimes homophobic port city. Today it is a bustling and creative city with a Brooklyn vibe—and the kind of place that hangs out 1,000 rainbow flags during Pride.

Where to Stay

The Clarion Hotel Post is a contemporary design hotel located in central Gothenburg, in a refurbishment of a somewhat monolithic edifice that was once the old Main Post Office from the 1920s. The Swedes are very good at architectural renovation of civic buildings, and Clarion Post is no exception, boasting 500 rooms, many with sweeping city views, excellent amenities including rooftop pool, an innovative spa, free Wi-Fi, and excellent restaurants, bars and nightclubs.

The Clarion Post is your hipster home away from home, and walking distance from everything you’ll need to see. As one of the Nordic Choice hotels, it combines the best of Scandinavian history with contemporary urban aesthetic and all the comforts of home—don’t miss the buffet breakfast which offers a true Swedish smorgasbord each morning. And if you’re lucky enough to visit during Pride (the second week of June) or EuroPride 2018, expect the property to be decked out with rainbow flags and queer festive attire.

This year, the hotel turned over its retro-chic, pink velvet Bon Bon Bar to the girls’ Pride dance club night, Lesbian Take Over, starring DJ Gunn. See images from the night here.

By Merryn Johns – Full Story at SOURCE

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Gay Sweden – The Swedish Experience

Author: , January 11th, 2017
Gay Sweden

Image Courtesy of Stockholm Visitor’s Board

Truly, gay Sweden offers so much to LGBTI travellers. Being gay, lesbian or anything in between in this Scandinavian nation has been legal since 1944. And next May, they’ll also be celebrating eight years of equal marriage – so it has long been an open-minded place to visit.

We like to say that it’s a place where narrow streets and expansive landscapes meet open minds. It really is an exciting place to visit for gay people, whether for a city break or longer stay – it has a vibrant and integrated gay scene, with over 30 LGBTI Pride festivals celebrated each year.

Whether you’re an adventure travel enthusiast, or a total foodie, have an eye for great design or appreciate beautiful people, you’ll find that there’s something for you in any part of the country. Considering everything that’s happening in the world, it’s great to be able to take a holiday in a place where you know you’re truly welcome.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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Gay Malmo, Sweden

Author: , January 5th, 2017

Gay Skane

Gay Malmo is found in Skåne, Sweden, part of what has long been one of the most LGBTQI-progressive countries in the world and it was recently confirmed by the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association (ILGA).

It is a land of beautiful landscapes, where rolling hills like those in Benestad Backar Nature Reserve fall into green beech forests in Hålehall and luscious sandy beaches in Skanör.

Its people are just as beautiful as the vistas, Swedes are known to be among the most beautiful people in the world, inside and out. You’ll find the regions fine gay and lesbian specimens in Malmö’s laid back, but diverse LGBTQ scene.

Image via Visit Skane

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Gay Stockholm – A Quirky Winter Wonderland

Author: , December 30th, 2016
Gay Stockholm

Image via Stockholm Visitor’s Board

Known as the gay capital of Scandinavia, a visit to Stockholm at Christmastime will not be short of romantic, but also quirky, Nordic cliches. Think Christmas markets, wholesome and warming food, ice-skating under the stars and of course, the story of Santa Lucia.

It’s a place where beautiful, narrow streets meet even more beautiful open minds, so whether it’s a traditional or contemporary Christmas you like, Stockholm has something for you. It’s a fascinating time of year to visit, so here’s our guide to Swedish Christmas in the nation’s capital.

Christmas Comes Early

Swedish Christmas kicks off as early as the 13 December (or in and around), on St Lucia’s day. The celebration is derived from folklore of the first two monks who brought Christianity to Sweden. Lucia was a young Christian girl who was martyred for her faith, way, way back in 304. She would secretly smuggle food for the persecuted Christians in Rome, who lived in the catacombs under the city.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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