The LGBT guide to Stockholm

Narrow streets meet open minds. Gay and lesbian life in Stockholm is like the city itself: easily accessible, hugely fun, highly varied and warm and welcoming.

Nadja Karlsson

Transgender Nadja Karlsson is an ABBA-loving tasting room manager at Spritmuseum in Stockholm. We asked her about everything from where she finds her inspiration, to what not to miss in Stockholm.

What is your favorite neighborhood?
I must say Östermalm. Not around Stureplan, but the more quiet streets. Many of the houses here are from the last century and constructed in a very grandiose manner. On Östermalm you’ll find the church Engelbrektskyrkan, the Stockholm Olympic Stadium and the Historic Museum. 

Favorite museum?
Spritmuseum, the Museum of Spirits is the best! Always with new and exciting exhibitions. I also like the city walks made by the Stockholm City Museum.

Best spot for coffee and something sweet?
In Stockholm we love our coffee and there are plenty of cafés to choose from in the city. Two of my favourite spots are Cafe Fåtöljen on Hornsgatan 55 and Caffé Como on Odengatan 106.

Best lunch spot?
For typical Swedish food go to Tennstopet. If you see Köttbullar och lingon on the menu, try that! It’s meatballs with lingonberries. The best Asian restaurant is Tokyo Diner in Hötorgshallen.

What restaurant do you take your partner to?
I love Oaxen Slip. Fairly traditional cuisine served in an exciting way.

What’s the best bar in Stockholm?

19 Glass for the wine. If you want to meet LGBT people, visit Torget, a classic gay bar. Both places are in Gamla Stan, the oldest part of Stockholm. If you visit during Christmas or Easter you have to try Julmust and Påskmust. A non-alcoholic drink that all Swedes really love.

What’s your favorite store in Stockholm?
If you are in Sweden, don’t miss Systembolaget (monopoly government owned chain of liquor stores in Sweden). Systembolaget Regeringsgatan is amazing. When it comes to clothes, I try to keep track of some brands, like “Jumperfabriken”. 

When are you proud to be a Stockholmer?
I am the most proud when I march in the Stockholm Pride parade! The parade has more than 50 000 amazing participants and around half a million spectators. This is Sweden when we are at our best! 

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