Gay Gothenburg, Sweden

Author: , September 22nd, 2016
Gay Gothenburg

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Myself and another LGBT journalists were graciously invited by Visit Sweden to attend their West Pride festival, and see how just how different gay life is for the Scandinavians in the welcoming city of Gothenburg.

Travelling to Gay Gothenburg

It’s 8:30 in the morning, and after two days of less-than-fortuitous encounters with trains, tubes and buses, I am well and truly sick of London transport and ready to get the hell out of this city… At least for a little bit.

Sat at Gatwick Airport after clearing security, I get a few moments to sit and watch the melee of stag and hen dos downing glasses of wine before scurrying off to catch their flights to Ibiza, Prague, etc. Classy as ever England, let’s go see how the Swedish do things.

My flight was delayed, but then this is Gatwick so it’s no big surprise, but before long I am jetting out on Norwegian Airlines to the second largest city in Sweden.

By Nick Baker – Full Story at The Gay UK

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Foodie Fun in Gothenburg, West Sweden

Author: , September 16th, 2016

Gothenburg for Foodies

The beautiful West Sweden, with Gothenburg as its gateway, is emerging as a hotspot for all things food. It’s gaining an international culinary reputation as the foodie capital of Scandinavia because of its passionate local producers, imaginative chefs and bounty of organic, natural produce.

The west coast’s shellfish, in particular its lobster and oysters, are among the best in the world. Visitors can partake in hands-on trips to learn about the West Coast’s seafood, joining local fishermen for unforgettable catch-and-cook experiences.

Further inland, the forests also provide a variety of game. Other districts are known for producing fine cheeses. Meanwhile, the fertile agricultural land is ideal for growing fresh produce and raising animals in the best organic tradition.

Full Story at Gay Star News

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A Gay Hipster Guide to Stockholm

Author: , January 31st, 2016

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Listen, I know you hear “Stockholm” and you might first think “cold.” But you’re wrong. Well, you’re not entirely wrong. The city can be cold (it’s Sweden, after all). But it’s also just so very cool. There’s an incredible mix of art, culture & design, world-class shopping & style, plus (perhaps obviously?) beautiful outdoors and adventure activities all easily accessed on the outskirts of the city.

Stockholm really has it all. It’s a big city, spread out over 14 islands in the archipelago, but it never really feels like you’re moving far between neighborhoods. And the typical Swedish culture just adds to the allure of the city.

Before visiting, it’s good to know that Stockholm really embraces trends. Probably the coolest city in all of Scandinavia, Stockholm seems to get all the latest trends while the news is still hot in Brooklyn. All types of trends. Food, fashion—even music! This is a city of trendsetters (have you ever heard Swedish pop music before?

By Adam Grofman – Full Story at Pink News

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Affordable Stockholm – Lesbian Travel

Author: , January 15th, 2016

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It is a well-known fact that Stockholm is an open-minded and progressive city but some say that Stockholm is also expensive. What is lesser known is that the city offers an abundance of gems that provide great value for your money. With the strong US dollar and with the low-cost carrier Norwegian adding Las Vegas to their growing repertoire of gateways, there has never been a better time to visit the Swedish capital. That is why a number of American travel agents and journalists set out to discover the hidden treasures of tolerant Stockholm.

Over the course of four days, the travelers got to experience many sides of Sweden – from the traditional to the new and modern. Between hotel inspections and museum visits, there was plenty of time to shop innovative Swedish design and experience a traditional Lucia celebration.

One of the highlights of the trip was a visit to the island of Soedermalm and the bustling, queer-friendly SoFo (South of Folkungagatan) area in particular. SoFo is known for being one of the trendiest areas in Stockholm, with a high number of vintage shops, boutiques, bars and restaurant. Also, the nightlife is known for being among the best in Stockholm.

By Andre Landeros Michel – Full Story at SOURCE

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Exploring Lesbian Scandinavia

Author: , December 28th, 2015

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Have you ever fallen for the myths about the Nordic countries? Do we have licorice? Are polar bears walking the streets? Is Norway the capital of Sweden? Is everyone blonde? Do we still wear Viking helmets? Does everyone buy their furniture at IKEA? Are we all very comfortable with public nudity and body hair? No. To all of the above. Except the blonde thing. There are a lot of blondes.

You may think our lesbians are like your lesbians. Well you are probably right. Ultimately the final goal is the same, but there are some things to remember. Instead of getting lost and missing signals in a tourist haze, I – a born and bred Norwegian will guide you through the local labyrinth of lesbian life in Oslo, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Reykjavik and Helsinki. You can’t Google this shit.

I’ve been dumped, kissed, loved, and judged on these streets, not necessarily in that order. We, spawn of the north, can be perceived as a bit cold, but trust me–under our skin it’s like a delicious sauna. Ice breakers: Hiking, skiing, soccer and Lise Karlsnes.

By Sandrea Olea Jakobsen – Full Story at Curve

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Breakaway Backpacker – Stockholm in Photos

Author: , September 7th, 2015

Stockholm - Jaime Davila

I was in Stockholm as part of the #MyGayPride campaign to cover many of the Stockholm Pride festivities. During that time I was busy going from one place to another, staying up late partying a bit and really felt like I didn’t have time to explore the city like I normally do when I visit a city. I love walking around for hours and hours and love getting lost and go crazy taking photos.

After the sponsored portion of my time was done I decided to stay 2 more nights on my own, because I was honestly loving Stockholm and wanted to see more. I searched for a cheap hostel and well they aren’t cheap in Scandinavia, but found one for $30 a night and am glad I stayed two extra days to explore on my own. That’s when I really learned to appreciate the true beauty of Stockholm. That’s when I realized… Stockholm is, but one big labyrinth.

Imagine a labyrinth dating back to the 13th century with medieval alleyways, cobbled streets, and arches. Now imagine being able to actually explore and get lost in that labyrinth. Well you can! I’m talking about the labyrinth that is Gamla Stan… Stockholm’s Old Town. This is where Stockholm was founded in 1252 and today it’s actually one of the best preserved medieval city centers in Europe.

By Jaime Davila – Full Story at the Breakway Backpacker | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

Eating Out – Stockholm

Author: , August 31st, 2015

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At the beginning of my recent culinary exploration of Stockholm, I reached out to Marcus Samuelsson, the Ethiopian-born, Swedish-raised star chef who rose to prominence at Manhattan’s pioneering, now two Michelin-starred Aquavit in the 90’s. Based in New York, his international restaurant group includes American Table Brasserie & Bar at the Clarion Hotel Sign, Stockholm’s largest hotel.

“From a young age, I learned to cook with local, foraged ingredients,” informed Samuelsson, recalling his childhood summers in Sweden fishing local waters and gathering vegetables and herbs with his beloved grandmother. “Rooted in these traditions, Swedish cuisine has evolved under the influence of chefs focused on sustainability, organic farming, and innovation.” According to Samuelsson, this has “profoundly impacted” the dining scene in Stockholm. “From casual places offering the best sustainably farmed, dry-aged steak, to fine-dining restaurants presenting surprising local ingredients in a beautiful and artistic way,” he said, “Stockholm has become a city of amazing options.”

All signs now point to a much-diversified and expanded dining scene, running the gamut from Michelin-starred temples and White Guide winners (Sweden’s definitive gastronomy guide) to food trucks and street stalls.

By Jeff Heilman – Full Story at Passport | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

How Stockholm Became a Gay Mecca

Author: , May 14th, 2015

stockholm-apple-mapsIf ever there is a time to visit Stockholm, it’s the summer of 2015. Already there’s a palpable buzz around what will be an almost month-long LGBTI party, beginning with Stockholm Pride (from 27 July to 1 August) and concluding with EuroGames (from 5-9 August).

It’s no surprise that Stockholm was selected to host the EuroGames event: it’s a city that’s embraced LGBTI visitors for years. Equal marriage was introduced in Sweden in May 2009, and last month Stockholm won the destination award at the British LGBT Awards

A city of striking beauty, Stockholm is defined by light and water. This is a low-rise city built over 14 islands and connected together by 57 bridges, so you’re surrounded by water at every turn. What’s more, we struck it lucky with the weather – clear blue skies and warm days for our entire stay. We travelled the length and breadth of the Scandi capital to find out exactly why it’s such an LGBTI tourist paradise – and here’s what we found out…

By Gareth Johnson – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

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Lesbian Travel: Surprising Stockholm

Author: , January 29th, 2015

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Having traveled to dozens of countries and hundreds of cities over the past five years, it is getting harder and harder to find places that surprise me. When I took the ferry from Helsinki to Stockholm for a quick weekend getaway in Sweden’s capital, I sure didn’t think that Stockholm would surprise me, but there were several things that I didn’t expect. And: I also didn’t expect to love Stockholm as much as I did, to be honest! I am already thinking about a return trip and how I can work Stockholm into my summer travel plans. I’ll tell you more about my weekend in Stockholm shortly, but here are ten things that surprised me:

1. Stockholm is spread out over 14 Islands

I knew that there was a lot of water around Stockholm, but I had no idea that the city was in fact sitting on 14 islands! These islands, located at the mouth of Lake Maelaren, which eventually flows into the Baltic Sea, are all very close together and connected by 57 (!) bridges, and you can walk from island to island. Gamla Stan is the oldest one of them, the place where the first settlements of Stockholm were built in the 14th century. Stockholm actually translates ‘log island’ (‘Stock’ in Swedish is ‘log’, and ‘holm’ means ‘island). ‘In Stockholm, you’re never far from the waterfront’, one of our local guides told me, and for someone like me who loves the water, that makes the already beautiful city even more attractive to me. And if 14 islands aren’t enough for you: the entire Stockholm archipelago is made out of 30,000 islands.

By Dani – Full Story at Globetrotter Girls | Sweden Gay Travel Resources

Twelve Romantic Places in Stockholm, Sweden

Author: , October 13th, 2014

Stockholm, Sweden - Gay Star NewsWhether you’re a Stockholm local, or heading to the Swedish capital for a weekend trip, follow these tips and you’re sure to get some… We’re talking about culture (and a repeat date) of course. Stockholm, made up of thousands of little islands, is bursting with venues and activities ranging from romantic to rowdy that are ideal for taking that special someone (even if its just yourself) on a date…

So let us do some of the work for you. All you have to do is make the reservation, show up looking flawless and have an amazing time on your Stockholm night out.

Impress with what could be the coolest gay bar in the world

It’s easy to see why the Maelarpaviljongen is a staple in Stockholm nightlife and the dining scene. More ‘hetero-friendly’ than a gay bar, the bar started off as a small deck and gazebo overlooking the river. Years later, the venue has extended into a multi-level, open-air dining and cocktail experience, where many of the decks where you can eat, drink and party sway to the rhythm of the river.

By Jean Paul Zapata – Full Story at Gay Star News | Sweden Gay Travel Resources