Stockholm has long been regarded as one of the most LGBTQ+-friendly destinations in Europe. Its large population, for a Scandinavian country — more than 2 million — coupled with a progressive attitude make it easy for travelers for enjoy a relaxing vacation without fear of judgmental looks. However, this openness comes with a few downfalls.
For one, there’s no true LGBTQ+ scene in Stockholm. At least, not what we in the States are used to seeing. While it’s great the locals are so progressive that there’s no need for a “gay corner” of town, it also means there’s a lot to be desired in terms of nightlife for the single crowd. Sure, there are a handful of gay-friendly bars, but it’s rare for one catered specifically to the gay community to last long in this city. Club King Kong does see a higher than average LGBTQ+ crowd, and the dance club is definitely worth checking out. Moxy, on the other hand, is a popular spot among young women in the city and also a wonderful place to go dance.
With a lack of a “gayborhood,” so to speak, there comes a lack of gay-owned cafés and shops. It can also be hard to find a great drag show here, though they do exist. They’re just not happening on a nightly basis. To find these things you have to engage with the locals or get online, a great thing if you’re looking to connect with Stockholm’s residents or other travelers. Like any comparable city of this size, you will find a Pride event here every summer.
While Stockholm is certainly a welcoming city, if you come looking for a large gay scene to rival that of a metropolitan city, you’re going to be disappointed. Instead, spend time appreciating the area for what it is, and have fun checking out the wealth of museums and beautiful parks the city has to offer.
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Once business concludes, a world of wonder awaits in many of Italy’s incredible cities.
I lived in San Francisco during college so coming to visit the city and see all the changes was exciting. The Hotel Zeppelin was built in a once slightly shabby area that has since come alive with new hotels and restaurants for travelers looking for something different. We arrived at noon on a Friday afternoon and were immediately greeted by the hotel staff at the front desk. They were able to accommodate an early check-in, completed in just a few minutes. The lobby is as hip as the hotel name sounds, but it also offered a cozy atmosphere, with a roaring fire and comfy couches and chairs in the lounge area. Unique wall art, statues and lighting remind you of the cool factor.
There are few things as adult-ish as a well-designed living space. When you stop strewing your Ikea coffee table with old magazines and straw wrappers, and start creating a “lewk” that’s more your style, it’s time to invest in a coffee table book. Sometimes pricey, these are not the tomes you curl up with in your cozy chair. They’re often hefty, artistic and fun and, if chosen correctly, a true representation of your own sense of style and interests.
ONCE THE FINAL MEETING WRAPS and the last contract is signed and sealed with a handshake, what’s next? Do you catch a flight back home or do you take advantage of the destination? If your next business trip is to Italy, we suggest adding a few more days to explore the country’s most amazing hot spots. Make time for more than a mouthwater- ing Italian meal in these three cities.