A gay guide for Stockholm

A beautiful town with a big variation between summar and winter. Come and explore what the capital of Sweden can offer.

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As you might know, Stockholm is the capital of Sweden. It's a beautiful city with a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere.

Even though Sweden is very liberal regarding gay rights, the gay scene and gay life here in Sweden aren't the biggest. It's making its comeback, however. Just this last year, a few new gay bars opened 🏳️‍🌈.

Stockholm has no special gay district, but most gay places are around Södermalm and Gamla stan.

Our recommendation is to go during the summer, which makes Stockholm shine. You'll have a beer in the sun, enjoy the heat at the beach and maybe even take a dip in the water (maybe even in the middle of the city).

Popular activities for tourists

  • Visit Gamla Stan, the old town, and explore its winding streets and historic buildings.

  • Take a boat tour of the city's beautiful archipelago.

  • Visit the Vasa Museum, which houses the well-preserved Vasa ship that sank in the 17th century.

  • See the changing of the guard at the Royal Palace.

  • Take a stroll through the Djurgården park and visit the ABBA museum.

  • Visit the Moderna Museet, which has an impressive collection of modern and contemporary art.

  • Try some traditional Swedish food, such as meatballs and gravlax.

Overall, Stockholm is a beautiful and vibrant city with a lot to offer visitors, so be sure to take the time to explore and experience as much as you can while you're there.

When is gay pride in Stockholm?

Stockholm Pride is usually held in the summer, typically around late July or early August. Make sure to check their official website for specific dates, darling! 🏳️‍🌈

Are there any other annual or recurring gay events in Stockholm?

Absolutely! Stockholm has many LGBTQ+ events throughout the year, including the Rainbow Film Festival, Stockholm Queer Film Festival, and more. Check local event listings for the latest happenings.

Is there a gay sauna in Stockholm?

Rainbow Social Club is a small gay sauna in town. You can also find more options at our listing of gay saunas in Stockholm.

Where are the gay bars in Stockholm?

Stockholm has fabulous gay bars scattered around the city. The areas of Gamla Stan and Södermalm feature some great options like The Secret Garden and Sidetrack Bar & Restaurant. Explore listing of gay bars for more fierceness!

Is there a gay district or area in Stockholm?

There isn't a specific gay district in Stockholm, but worry not, the city is super LGBTQ+ friendly! You'll find gay hotspots throughout the city, with many venues in Gamla Stan and Södermalm.

How do I get to the city from the airport when traveling to Stockholm?

The easiest way to get to the city from the airport is by taking the Arlanda Express train, which takes around 20 minutes. Alternatively, you can use the Flygbussarna Airport Coaches or a taxi.

How do I best get around in Stockholm?

Public transport is the best way to get around Stockholm, including buses, trams, and the metro. A single ticket costs around 38 SEK. Taxis and bikes are also options, but public transport is usually the most convenient and cost-effective.

Is there a gay fetish community in Stockholm?

Well, darling, let me tell you – Stockholm has a fabulous and kinky scene for those looking to explore their wild side! You'll find amazing venues such as Blue Vision and SLM Stockholm catering to various fetishes. Dress up, get naughty, and embrace your inner fabulous! 😈

Is there a gay or gay-friendly hotel in Stockholm?

Stockholm is an incredibly LGBTQ+ friendly city, and you'll find plenty of gay-friendly hotels to choose from.

What are the top attractions to see in Stockholm?

  • Vasa Museum: Home to the incredible preserved 17th-century ship Vasa.

  • ABBA The Museum: A must-visit for Mamma Mia fans and music lovers.

  • Gamla Stan: The charming old town of Stockholm with historic buildings and narrow streets.

  • Skansen: The world's oldest open-air museum showcasing Swedish culture and history.

  • Fotografiska: A captivating museum showcasing contemporary photography.

What is the best time of year to visit Stockholm for gay travelers?

The best time for gay travelers to visit Stockholm is during the summer months. The weather is warmer, and you'll have better chances to enjoy outdoor events and attractions. Don't forget that Stockholm Pride typically takes place in late July or early August!

Are there any LGBTQ+ meetups or social groups that we can join during our stay?

Yes, there are various LGBTQ+ meetups and social groups in Stockholm. You can search for events on Facebook, Meetup, or local websites to connect with the community during your stay.

Are there popular dating apps or websites used more commonly by the LGBTQ+ community in Stockholm?

Popular LGBTQ+ dating apps in Stockholm include Grindr, Scruff, and Tinder. These apps make it easy to connect with locals and fellow travelers alike.

Are there any LGBTQ+ friendly language courses or conversation groups in Stockholm?

While there may not be specifically LGBTQ+-targeted language courses, you can find language exchange meetups and courses that are open and inclusive to everyone. Check websites like Meetup or local language schools for more information.

What are the laws and regulations regarding public displays of affection for LGBTQ+ couples in Stockholm?

LGBTQ+ couples are free to express public displays of affection in Stockholm. It is legal, and the city is known for its tolerance and inclusivity. So go ahead and hold hands, smooch, and share your love openly and proudly! 💕

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