Fall, in love: romantic autumn date ideas in Stockholm

A queer couple kissing, surrounded by autumn leaves. Romantic autumn date ideas in Stockholm, Sweden.

As the chill of autumn creeps in, the people of Stockholm are busy with their seasonal preparations: knitted sweaters are unearthed from the back of closets, warm colours infiltrate the home decor, and scented candles find their way back onto shelves. For some, however, the arrival of fall ushers in not only the changing of their surroundings but also the desire for companionship. Whether you’re a local couple hoping to rekindle the flame or a pair of wanderlust-stricken souls yearning to pen the next chapter in your love story, stay tuned, as we are serving up a scrumptious platter of autumn date ideas in Stockholm – complete with all the pumpkin spice you need.

Experience heart-pounding moments at Gröna Lund on Royal Djurgården

Fall head over heels in love at Royal Djurgården’s Gröna Lund, Sweden’s oldest amusement park dating all the way back to the 1880s. This place oozes old-world, Scandinavian charm, making it the perfect setting for a romantic escapade. Challenge each other to classic games, share exhilarating moments on the park’s 30 heart-pounding rides, and savour sweet moments with fluffy cotton candy that reminds you of your childhood. As the autumn leaves fall and Halloween approaches, Gröna Lund also promises to amp up the excitement with some spine-tingling surprises that will keep your hearts racing. 


Dine at The Hills, where romance is always on the menu 

For an enchanting and intimate autumn evening in Stockholm, look no further than The Hills. Perched atop the lively neighbourhood of Götgatsbacken in Södermalm, this charming gay-owned Brasserie & Bar boasts a menu that marries French and Scandinavian cuisines, and a fabulous wine list featuring a selection of organic wines from around the world – perfect for toasting to your love. Whether you’re cosying up indoors or daring the autumn breeze on their terrace, The Hills sets the scene for a classic dinner date with a splash of character.


Wander through Skansen hand in hand

A romantic stroll through five centuries of Swedish history at Skansen, the world’s oldest open-air museum, is a quintessential autumn experience in Stockholm. As you and your date wander through the cobblestone streets, flanked by meticulously preserved houses and farmsteads representing various corners of Sweden, the historical wonders around you will provide ample conversation starters. If that doesn’t break the ice, a steaming cup of coffee and traditional Swedish kanelbullar from the museum bakery will definitely do the trick! 


Whisper sweet nothings over Afternoon Tea at Hotel Diplomat

For an autumnal date that’s as sophisticated as it is sweet, consider heading to Hotel Diplomat for a splendid Afternoon Tea experience. Since the swinging sixties, this iconic hotel has been dishing out freshly baked scones, homemade jams, and a selection of delicious cakes and pastries that could make Mary Berry nod in approval. Enjoy with your choice of tea, or if you or your date lean toward introversion and want to loosen up, a chilled glass of champagne.

For those who appreciate the finer nuances of a cosy, intimate date, Afternoon Tea at Hotel Diplomat is a must.


Let sparks fly with an electrifying show at Cirkus

Wrapping up our list of autumn date ideas in Stockholm, we present Cirkus, the showbiz mecca of Stockholm. This landmark venue on Djurgården hosts regular galas, musicals, and shows, and has welcomed legends like Nick Cave, Simon & Garfunkel, and Iggy Pop, not to mention smash-hit Mamma Mia. 

Before the show, indulge in a delectable dinner at the Cirkus Restaurant or sip on expertly crafted cocktails at the bar. Afterwards, extend the evening by returning to the bar for a nightcap, taking a leisurely stroll through Djurgården, or heading to the nearby Backstage Hotel for the after-party.

Whatever you choose to do, Cirkus and its convenient location make for an all-encompassing date night experience that sets the stage for romance.