Philadelphia has historically been a progressive LGBT city and continues to pave the way for equality for all. Freedom and the pursuit of happiness are the principles our city was founded on, so it’s no surprise that in 2007 the city of Philadelphia officially recognized an area as “The Gayborhood” spanning from Chestnut to Pine Streets between 11th and Broad. The streets are lined with shops and restaurants that are LGBT friendly or LGBT owned.

Since The Independent Hotel is located right in the heart of the Gayborhood, we have explored the rainbow streets plenty of times. We decided to put together a Guide to Philadelphia’s Gayborhood for you so you don’t miss all the fun and flavor the streets have to offer.

First, we have to mention Open House Boutique-107 S 13th Street. Partners Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran own this eclectic furniture/home store. This spot is also a great place to buy gifts for anyone on your list and it carries a lot of Philadelphia specific merchandise that you can’t find anywhere else in the city. Turney and Safran also own seven other great spots in the Gayborhood: Grocery, a market and catering company, Jamonera, a Spanish wine bar, Lolita, a Modern Mexican restaurant, Verde a jewelry and gift boutique, Marcie Blaine, a chocolate confectionery, Barbuzzo, a Mediterranean bar, and Little Nonna’s, an Italian American restaurant(located just downstairs!)

Next, on our Guide to Philadelphia’s Gayborhood, is a neighborhood landmark- Woody’s- 202 S 13th Street. You can’t miss it with its red door and large rainbow flags flying proud. The crowd inside is always ready to have a lively, fun time. In the evening, there is great music and a packed dance floor.

Philadelphia’s Gayborhood is also the location for Philadelphia’s annual Outfest: National Coming Out Day Celebration. This year, the celebration takes place on Sunday October, 11. It’s a block party of epic pride proportions. Thousands of people take to the streets to celebrate the LGBT lifestyle. Philadelphia continues to stand proud and we are excited to celebrate this October 11.