Sweden is an open-minded and liberal country that’s welcoming to Out There travellers. After all, 2019 marks 75 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and 10 years since the introduction of equal marriage. Its second city, Gothenburg, shares this forward-thinking philosophy, with its population of students and young professionals and inherent hipster vibe. They’re also the first city in Sweden to have a specially-appointed LGBT council. Plus, every year during WestPride, the whole city is covered in rainbows as members of the LGBT community and allies alike all uniting in support of the parade. This all makes it ideal for a gay city break – we look at some of the reasons why.
Clarion Post Hotel
This design hotel is set in a stunning, historic old post office building. The rooftop pool area is a great spot to see and be seen. Plus the grand, original facade looks out onto the main square, meaning its a key hub during pride season. In fact, this year the entire property was decked in rainbows as it hosted the largest gay party held in Gothenburg to date.
The oldest LGBT club in the city, Gretas is somewhat of a local institution. Named after the silver screen darling, Greta Garbo, it’s a welcoming space for all genders and identities, welcoming queer people and allies alike. The sprawling venue encompasses two dancefloors and often plays host to some of the city’s best drag performers.
Bee Kök and Bar
A Gothenburger’s favourite, this hetero-friendly eatery is a great spot to fill up, people-watch and perhaps make some new friends. In the daytime it’s perfect for a tasty lunch with bistro-style favourites and plenty of vegetarian/vegan options too. In the evening it transforms into a cosy spot for a dinner date or a glass of fizz with friends.
Club Queer’s monthly parties are big events in the Gothenburg gay calendar. Attracting the city’s club kids and drag artistes – it’s an aesthetic feast that’s not to be missed. Expect a mixed, up-for-it crowd, muscle boys, outlandish outfits and plenty of friendly locals just there to soak in the madness of it.
For travellers who are looking for a little peace and quiet, this gay-friendly B&B is a great choice, located just twenty minutes by train from the city. Guests can also experience a slice of Swedish life, with a family-style ambience. It’s also a within walking distance from the beach, so offers the best of the city and countryside in one.