Stockholm’s men — tall and muscular in stature, endowed with meticulously defined jaw lines, and baby soft blond hair — will take your breath away. They seem to grace every corner of the regal city, giving new meaning to gay Stockholm’s slogan, “Take a liking to a Viking.” Stockholm, one of the world's most beautiful capitals, is built on 14 islands connected by 57 bridges, with handsome buildings, green parks, and water all around -- by far the most pristine of all Scandinavian cities. On every corner there’s another fairy tale setting, and perhaps another Prince Charming.
Spring’s the time when the layers come off in tandem with the rise of the perpetual sun. From May to September, you can watch the gladiators jogging over the bridges that connect the vast archipelago and lose yourself in long ambles through the gingerbread streets of Gamla Stan (Stockholm’s Old Town). By day, visitors and locals are spoiled for choice, with charming boat rides through the archipelago, countless picnic spots through the “European Green Capital” and visits to the city’s first-class attractions: the Kungliga Slottet (Royal Palace), the Vasamuseet (Royal Warship), the open-air Skansen Museum, the National Museum of Art and Carl Milles’ sculpture opus, Millesgarden.
When the weather warms up, the Stockholm party rages seven nights a week. The gay community here is out, loud, and proud. Stockholm Pride, a week of spirited partying, is usually held at the end of July and the beginning of August. The Viking Bears have a full schedule of weekly nights out, and special party events listed on their website.
Stockholm's Arlanda International Airport is about 26 miles from the city. The Arlanda Express high-speed train service departs every every 15 minutes from two airport stations: Arlanda South (Terminals 2, 3 and 4) and Arlanda North (Terminal 5) Tracks 1 and 2, to arrive in 20 minutes at Stockholm Central Station. There are also buses and taxis available.
Stockholm has an excellent public transportation system. The subway and buses can get you anywhere you want to go, and tickets between the two are interchangeable. See the SL website for details. To do as the locals do, bike around the city, this is a city made for it. See Stockholm City Bikes.
Currency and Money
Sweden’s currency is the krona. It is not among the Eurozone countries, but many places here accept euros.
Media and resources
QX is the Swedish gay magazine, printed in Swedish but with a lot of English, especially on their website where they have good listings for all the Scandinavian countries.
See the website of the Stockholm Visitors Board for what to do and see.
For map locations and website links of businesses listed below, and more, see our gay Stockholm listings pages.
Swedish alcohol licensing laws require many bars to serve food. Several places go that extra mlle to make it good quality while they're at it.
Göken Restaurang & Bar ( Pontonjärgatan 28), small gay restaurant & bar on Kungsholmen Island.
Högkvarteret (various venues) bar, restaurant, performance space, dancing, iive music, art gallery; artists, activists, queer folk - a place for everyone to join in.
Hootchy Kootchy Club (Mosebacke torg 1-3), periodic, experimental, extravagant, burlesque club: "nothing is too much, too big or too odd."
Mälarpaviljongen (Norr Mälarstrand 64), gay popular summertime lakeside cafe, floating pontoon terrace bar.
Momma (Renstiernasgata 30), gay restaurant, bistro, bar/lounge, rustic elegance, women's favorite.
Paradise, Fridays at Kolingsborg (Södermalmstorg 2, Slussen), ages 20+ gay dance night, pop and schlager party main floor, disco; Saturday sexy cruise Garage techno basement club; Wednesday women's nights.
Patricia (Stadsgårdskajen 152), floating restaurant and bar on converted lightship, Sunday night drag shows, pop and schlager music, young gay crowd.
Posithiva Gruppen (Tjurbergsgatan 29), meeting place for HIV-postiive gay and bisexual men.
Sidetrack (Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 7), gay restaurant, regular guy beer-drinkers bar, early stop for SLM leather men and bears, underwear parties.
SLM (Wollmar Yxkullsgatan 18), leather, rubber, fetish, uniform party nights, Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays, dress code, men-only, 18-plus.
Södra Teatern (Mosebacke torg 1-3), theater, performance art, music, comedy, dance, circus, film - home to Hootchy Kootchy Club drag burlesque nights.
Torget (Mälartorget 13), gay restaurant and bar, glamorous decadence, kitchy movies, mostly men later evenings
Zink (Biblioteksgatan 5), bar and grill, gay popular on weekends
Zipper Stockholm (Sankt Eriksgatan 51), Saturday gay nightclub, new Kungsholmen location, two dance floors, three bars, theme nights, 18-plus, until 3am.
Sex clubs and stores
The Basement (Bondegatan 1), 24-hour adult video cinema, DVDs for sale or rent, cruising, private cabins..
Manhattan (Hantverkargatan 49), non-stop porn videos, several screens, dark rooms, glory holes, noon to 6am daily.
San Francisco (Roslagsgatan 25), sex shop, video cinema, cabins, cruising, glory holes, cafe.
US Video (Regeringsgatan 76), adult video DVD retail store, magazines, toys, cruising, cabins, cinema lounges, open 24-hours every day.