Unlike many large cities around the world, Stockholm does not have a well-defined gay district. In a way, this speaks to the way in which LGBT life is so normalised in the city. Essentially everywhere is gay-friendly, and people will certainly not bat an eyelid at same-sex couples holding hands.
All in all, travelling to Stockholm as an LGBT person is extremely easy.
Visiting Stockholm as a vegan is not difficult either as the term is definitely well understood and options are increasing, though vegan-only places are still somewhat limited. Many restaurants will be happy to accommodate special requests to veganise meals, and since everyone speaks perfect English, you won’t have any problems communicating!
After our recent trip to Stockholm, we discovered some of the gayest places to eat in the city, which though not specifically aimed at serving vegans, can do so very well.
This cute and tiny café right in the centre of Gamla Stan (Old Town) is a very well known gay hangout. It’s a good place to people watch (and maybe flirt) and also pick up flyers and information about upcoming events in the gay scene.
For vegans, there isn’t much to eat, but they offer soya milk in hot drinks. Unfortunately, they can’t make their signature hot chocolate vegan, but the homemade soya chai latte is definitely recommendable.
This upscale restaurant, which only opens in the summer, is half on land, and half floating on the water. It advertises itself as a straight-friendly LGBT restaurant, and it’s an extremely popular option with locals, gay, straight and everything in between.
The setting is just stunning, and the waiters are pretty too (the restaurant manager who looked after us was featured on the front of QX magazine, Sweden’s biggest gay magazine – he’s on the far right)!
Since the owner, Arto, has recently opened a vegetarian organic street food style restaurant just across the street, there are now more options for vegans. We had a lovely root vegetable and bean stew.
With what is apparently Stockholm’s best view, this gay friendly bar and restaurant located inside Södra Teatern, a live music and art venue, does indeed offer stunning views over Gamla Stan and beyond. It’s a fantastic place for a sunset drink on a summer evening, mingling opportunities and also offers very nice food.
The menu is pretty heavy on meat and seafood, but there is always at least one vegetarian option, which may be veganiseable. Otherwise, just ask and they’ll come up with something just for you! We enjoyed a very interesting asparagus and beetroot risotto there.
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This article is part of the #mygaypride campaign, masterfully organised by Two Bad Tourists and sponsored by Gay Star News. Thanks also to Interrail for providing us with train passes and the fantastic staff at Visit Stockholm for showing us all the great things the city has to offer! No one request that we write about these particular establishments and our opinions, as always, are our own.