One of the most popular areas of Södermalm are the blocks around Mariatorget Square. You will find restaurants and stores on the streets of St Paulsgatan, Krukmakargatan, Hornsgatan and Swedenborgsgatan, which form the charming square of Mariatorget.

At Mariatorget you also find Hotel Rival – a small, privately owned hotel. The owner? No one else than Benny Andersson from ABBA.  Hotel Rival has become very popular with the Stockholmers and it also houses a bistro with a bar, a cocktail bar in art deco style, and a immensely popular café.


“Overlooking a leafy square in the bohemian Södermalm district, this hotel, owned by ABBA’s Benny Andersson, is also flush with character. Among its features are blow-ups of Swedish film stills above the headboards, so you can drift off to sleep under the disdainful eye of Greta Garbo.” Conde Nast Traveller (UK), December 2012

Speaking of ABBA, have you heard that ABBA The Museum is opening in Stockholm in May?


From June 15 to September 22, 2013, Arkitekturmuseet will present THE FASHION WORLD OF JEAN PAUL GAULTIER: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk, the first international exhibition devoted to the celebrated French couturier.

Lena Rahoult, Director of The Swedish Museum of Architecture, comments:

“A classic always has its appointed place. Jean Paul Gaultier’s popular touch, unconstrained and exuberant creativity convey a very forceful message to society. An inspiring world in which everyone can assert their own identity, unimpeded by discrimination and prejudice. We are proud to be able to invite visitors to a fashion exhibition that is a natural part of the museum’s design mission”.

Vasastan: upcoming district for dining and shopping

bibblanPeople who are looking for small antique stores and intimate independent boutiques or want to drink and dine in a district with the locals should make a beeline for Vasastan. There are three strips:

– Rörstrandsgatan and surrounding side streets.

– Odengatan via the new Sven-Harrys art gallery in Vasaparken, to Odenplan and the surrounding Norrtullsgatan and Upplandsgatan.

– Odengatan via Asplund’s famous Stockholm City Library to Roslagsgatan and surrounding streets.

Photo: Taverna Brillo, Niklas Alexandersson

The owners of the popular restaurants Sturehof, Teatergrillen, and Riche are opening their fourth – and biggest so far – restaurant at Sturegatan 6 on Stureplan. Like the others, the dining room will be surrounded by two bars – one a classic cocktail bar and the other a bit trendier. The concept also includes a small market hall with a bakery, orangery, deli counter, gourmet shop, and an ice cream parlor.
The food concept – this time Italian in Swedish translation – was developed in partnership with Swedish celebrity chef Tommy Myllimäki. The interior was designed by Swedish designer Jonas Bohlin.

Photo. Taverna Brillo Niklas Alexandersson
Address: Taverna Brillo, Sturegatan 6,



Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week  attracts the international fashion community such as the press and fashion buyers to get a closer look at the Swedish fashion scene. The Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Stockholm supports around thirty local designers twice a year.

The main venues for Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week is at the well-renowned Berns in central Stockholm and at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Pavilion.

Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week’s focus on sustainable development is continuing through a newly-instituted award, The Global Leadership Award in Sustainable Fashion.

Photo: Hotel Skeppsholmen

Seattle Gay News announces “Best of Travel 2012” and Stockholm is on the list!

Three travel writers for Seattle Gay News lists their absolute favorite places to stay, eat, drink and visit, plus the best ways of transporting you there.

On the list you’ll find two places in Stockholm. The Sheraton Hotel Stockholm and the restaurant Långa Raden at Hotel Skeppsholmen.

Photo by Louise BillgertSheraton Stockholm  – “Conveniently located just five minutes from Central Station, this hotel offers stunning views of Stockholm’s unique skyline and tranquil Riddarfjärden at a reasonable price.”  J.L. Peerson

Langa Raden – “From a historic 17th-century building inhabiting serene grounds in Stockholm’s artistic center, Langa Raden dishes out traditional Swedish cuisine with a contemporary twist.”  J. L. Peerson

And on the list of the best transportation services you find SAS Scandinavian Airlines.

Scandinavian Airlines ‘Economy Extra’ – “Meriting awards not only for their on-time flights, but also for an ahead-of-the-times campaign promoting marriage equality. SAS delivers efficiency and peace of mind for LGBT travellers.”  J. L. Peerson

To see the full list – visit Seattle Gay News>>

Stockholm can be gay, gayfriendly or simply friendly. This is a film about Stockholm!

New Year’s Eve is a magical night no matter where in the world you are and Stockholm is no exception. The city is usually covered with glittering snow and the pitch black winter night sky makes for a perfect backdrop for fireworks.

Will you celebrate New Year’s Eve in Stockholm? These are the locations where you want to be standing at midnight to see the city erupt with fireworks.

For New Year’s LBGT parties, check out QX GayMap>>



the Fireworks in Stockholm on New Year´s Eve! Here are our top tips on where to go 😉


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