Spas in Stockholm

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Try different types of hot and cold baths, have a refreshing spa treatment, or get a classic Swedish massage. Swimming and saunas are part of Swedish tradition, so why not try some classic bath houses. Here is a selection of spas and bath houses in Stockholm.

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Selma Cityspa
Selma Cityspa, a branch of the highly regarded Selma Spa in Värmland, is located at the top of the Clarion Sign Hotel. Selma Cityspa offers spa treatments, a gym, sauna, and a popular outdoor pool on the roof terrace. www.selmacityspa.se

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Sturebadet
Enjoy this luxury spa milieu from the 1800s with pool, exercise equipment, and spa treatments from head to toe. Parties of up to 20 persons can also hire the private Turkish bath floor. www.sturebadet.se

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Hasseludden Yasuragi
Japanese baths, rejuvenating activities, different treatments, and a very pleasant restaurant are offered here. Yasuragi is a holistic experience in an environment inspired by the best from Japan. www.yasuragi.se

 

For more spas and bathing in Stockholm, visit www.visitstockholm.com/en/See–do/Guides/Spas-and-bathing/

All Saints’ Day at the Woodland Cemetery

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Around All Saints’ Day, thousands of people visit the Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) in Stockholm. The national holiday is celebrated with candles. Lots and lots of candles. Do not miss a visit to The Woodland Cemetery if you’re in Stockholm in the beginning of November.

When The Woodland Cemetery, Skogskyrkogården, was founded at the beginning of the 1900s, the aim was to create something special, something original – a cemetery blending nature and architecture into a seamless whole.

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Today, The Woodland Cemetery (Skogskyrkogården) is considered one of the most important creations of modern architecture, and is even inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

www.skogskyrkogarden.se

Fotografiska – Anders Petersen

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With a breathtaking riverside city view – in fact, one of the best in town – is the excellent Fotografiska, home to some of the region’s (and indeed the world’s) most exciting photographic exhibitions, many of them gay-slanted. Fotografiska’s top-floor bistro and its panoramic vistas are simply fabulous too.

Right now Fotografiska is showing the Swedish photographer Anders Petersen. Anders Petersen photographs what he feels. His pictures are not about the rich and the poor, but about something much more profound. They are about that which makes us human. Fotografiska presents one of our most important photographers in a solo exhibition spanning his first images at Café Lehmitz in 1967 to new works. There is no chronology, but there is a continuous theme. It is about encounters. And about being present. www.fotografiska.eu

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Hotel Hellsten

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Hellsten is like those classic gumball machines you can find at Supermarkets: all the colors of the rainbow, something for all taste buds – and really, really sweet. From the jazz nights in the bar and the exquisite conservatory used as breakfast room to the individually decorated rooms with specially designed beds that will improve your sleep – this hotel is perfect for everyone in search of impeccably good taste.

Hotel Hellsten, Luntmakargatan 68, +46 8 661 86 00
www.hellsten.se

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3 x Parks in Stockholm

In a city with as many parks as Stockholm, the shift in colors in the fall has quite an impact on the landscape. Spring and summer is of course the time for picnics and long walks, but when the leaves turn golden and red it´s just as beautiful! Here are three parks in Stockholm worth a visit.

Humlegården: Humlegården is a green oasis a stone’s throw from nightclub mecca Stureplan, in the middle of the exclusive Östermalm district.

Observatorielunden: The noise of the city seems infinitely far away in the grove on the hill. Observatorielunden is a green oasis only a stone’s throw from the throbbing pulse of Drottninggatan.

Djurgården: The green island of Djurgården, close to central Stockholm, is beloved by both Stockholmers and tourists. Djurgården is a calm oasis which has been royal land since the fifteenth century.

 

THE 4TH INTERNATIONAL STOCKHOLM BURLESQUE FESTIVAL

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Banbury Cross (from SBF 2013) – Image: John-Paul Bichard

Fräulein Frauke and John Paul Bichard Proudly Presents the 4th International Stockholm Burlesque Festival – a “Smörgåsbord of Sin”!
October 10 & 11 2014

Established in 2010 by Duchess Dubois and The Amazing Knicker Kittens, the forth incarnation of the Stockholm Burlesque Festival will be more extravagant than ever! A fun-filled weekend packed with tease, humor, politics and glamour in the two historical and beautiful venues Södra Teatern and Nalen.

stockholmburlesquefestival.com 

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Itty Bitty Tease Cabaret (from SBF 2013) – Image: John-Paul Bichard

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Cinema Queer International Film Festival

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Get ready for Sweden’s largest queer film festival!

The 9-12 of October Cinema Queer presents some of the best Swedish and international queer films, arranges talks and parties!

Tickets: 75 sek (can be bought here)
Film pass: 300 sek 

October 9 
19.00 Inauguration: Reaching for the Moon
Where? Högalidskyrkan

October 10
18.00 Of Girls and Horses
20.00 The Case against 8
Where? Bio Rio

October 1
10.30 Childrens’ movie for the rainbow family
Where? Bio Rio

14.00 Pierrot Lunaire
Where? Storkyrkobadet

17.00 We Are Not In Kansas Anymore (kortfilm)
18.30 Al Nisa – Black Muslim Women in Atlanta’s Gay Mecca
19.30 Samtal: Queer och Islam
21.00 Born in Flames
Where? Galleri Bon

12 oktober
13.00 Folkbildningsterror + Q&A
16.00 Queer India (kortfilm)
18.00 Tom at the Farm
20.00 Feel Like Disco
Where? Galleri Bon

All subtitles in English.
http://cinemaqueer.se/

Photo: Christian Hagward

Cinemaqueer was founded by Oscar Eriksson and Melissa Lindgren who has worked in culture for a number of years in different projects. Read the interview with Oscar and Melissa>>

 

3 X Shopping in Södermalm

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SIVLETTO, Malmgårdsvägen 16-18
www.sivletto.com
Visiting Sivletto is like stepping into the 1950s. Sivletto is a true lifestyle boutique with clothing and knickknacks, complete with a hairdresser and a café.

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SANDQVIST, Swedenborgsgatan 3
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Sandqvist designs bags and accessories for an urban lifestyle: items that are to be used every day. Durable materials are joined with minutely-worked details to provide an everyday functionality that remains true to the brand’s heart and soul.

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BRUNO GÖTGATSBACKEN, Götgatan 36
www.brunogotgatsbacken.se
A galleria where fashion and food meet. The labels include American Apparel, Whyred and Filippa K Man. Take a break from shopping at the popular eating spot Ljunggren, which offers well-prepared Asian food and yummy drinks.

Bike + Bicycle Film Festival Stockholm

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– October 5
An exhibition on the bike, one of our most beloved design objects. Around seventy bicycles are on display and visitors can try bikes from different eras.

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FILM FESTIVAL: Bicycle Film Festival Stockholm
October 3-4Two days full of bike movies, a bike exhibition by Black Label Bicycle Club Stockholm and a cruise through the city of Stockholm. Afterparty at Bloms Café!

QX GayMap Stockholm

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Stockholm has no gay enclave as such, but 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 the trendy Södermalm district.

The best way to keep track of all events is to use the QX Gay Map, which covers clubs, restaurants and bars, and is available at www.qx.se
www.qx.se/gaymap/stockholm