Sweden is the perfect vacation destination for women and non-binary travelers. Sweden is one of the most gender equitable countries in the world with policies in place to support, welcome, and, affirm people of a variety of gender identities. You can see the emphasis on gender equity in every level of society, from the more surface level commonplace visibility of gender neutral washrooms and clothing stores that are organized by size and style rather than placing gender assumptions upon them. To the less visible policy choices that support women and families like the nationwide paternity laws where parents are entitled to share 480 days, or around 16 months, of paid parental leave when a child is born or adopted. Gender equality is built into the fabrics of Swedish society. Here are our top recommendations for women and non-binary adventurers exploring Stockholm.
Where to Stay
The Haymarket by Scandic Hotel is a design lover’s’ dream. The 1920’s inspired boutique hotel is built to mirror the art deco roots of the historic department store building where it’s located. Once you check in to your room, head down to Greta’s the pink and rose gold lobby restaurant named after Swedish actress, Greta Garbo. She used to work at the hat counter when the hotel was a well to do department store. Greta’s is the perfect place for an afternoon cocktail and Instagram photoshoot.
Foods to Try
Stockholm is filled with every kind of restaurant you can imagine. If you can dream it up you can find it. If you’re looking for traditional Swedish meatballs, head to Meatballs to the People for the classic dish. Another favorite are potato dumplings with fried pork, browned butter and lingonberries. For vegetarian food, head to Södra Teatern vegetarian comfort food and extraordinary queer friendly concerts. Another great option is the roof deck raw bar, Restaurant TAK. It’s located directly above hipster friendly, HOBO hotel and showcases the Stockholm skyline.
Things to Do
Book an LGBT history tour with StandOut Travel to learn about Stockholm’s queer foundations. Their excellent guides will take you through the tales and scandals of Sweden’s royal family, including a gender nonconforming queen and the role of notable Swedish women throughout history.
After your history tour lighten the mood at ABBA the Museum. Even newcomers to the music of the iconic Swedish band will enjoy the experiential exhibits and opportunities to try on costumes and perform classic songs Karaoke style.
No trip to Stockholm would be complete without browsing the Scandinavian design shops in Stockholm. If vintage finds are more your style visit Södermalm, Stockholm’s hipster neighborhood for authentic retro Scandinavian pieces. If you prefer a more polished look check out Stockholm’s fashion district Bibliotekstan for Swedish designers like Filippa K, Hope, Byredo, Acne Studios and Rodebjer.
Stockholm is home to lesbian-owned pub Bitter Pills and the gay bar King Kong. Friday nights, King Kong is home to the girl party Jungle Jane, hosted by Anna Högkil & Anna Ungh, the dream team behind Moxy, the events company that throws parties all over Europe. Look into Moxy before booking your travel to make sure you’re there for one of the biggest parties of the year.