Gay and lesbian life in Stockholm is like the city itself: easily accessible, hugely fun, highly varied and warm and welcoming. Stockholm has not only become a favourite destination of the tourist in search of culture, fashion, design, entertainment and good food, it has also become a favourite spot for gays and lesbians who want more than just a neighbourhood with gay-friendly bars.
Stockholm has no gay enclave as such, but lesbian, gay, and gay-friendly establishments are scattered throughout the city and rainbow flags fly high in many of Stockholm's central districts. But the greatest concentration of gay bars and clubs is to be found in two areas: the trendy Södermalm district and Gamla Stan, Stockholm's Old Town.
Many also come here for the pride festival in July-August. Stockholm Pride has grown to become one of Stockholm's largest annual festivals, as well as the largest Pride celebration in Scandinavia. But you don't have to wait until Pride to visit Stockholm. This is a fantastic and welcoming city for LGBT visitors at any time of the year.