Before you visit the Gayborhood you’ll definitely want to consult our Philadelphia Gayborhood Guide. The Independent Hotel is tucked right in the heart of the Gayborhood, which geographically can be defined as the stretch bounded by Chestnut, Pine and 11th Streets by Washington Square West. The Gayborhood has earned is famed reputation as being a community with a large amount of LGBT-owned and operated small businesses, restaurants and a thriving bar scene.


To soak up the ambiance of the Gayborhood we recommend grabbing an al fresco table at El Vez (121 S. 13th); this Mexican restaurant is owned by Steven Starr, a legendary Philly based restaurateur. With over 5 different kinds of specialty guacamole and a host of margaritas it’s the perfect spot to kick off your exploration of the gayborhood and a great foray into Philadelphia’s thriving restaurant scene.


Our Philadelphia Gayborhood Guide continues with shopping. For a little retail therapy, the Gayborhood is also the place to be. For the perfect house warming gift or a ‘just because’ gift, head to Open House (107 S. 13th Street). The Philly wine totes are the perfect gift for those who couldn’t make the trip! Just across the street at Verde (108 S. 13th Street), you’ll find jewelry, accessories and gifts as well as artisanal chocolates by Marcie Blaine. Both of these shops are owned by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, who have played a major role in helping to shape and revitalize the neighborhood. In addition to these great shops, they own a slew of restaurants along 13th street, including Lolita, Barbuzzo, and Jamon.


Once the sun sets, the gayborhood really comes alive and there is no shortage of nightlife options! Woody’s (202 S. 13th St.) is legendary. Enjoy great music, fantastic people watching and a fun atmosphere to boot. Around the corner is Rosewood (1302 Walnut Street) a low key sleek alternative to some of the buzzier haunts. The urban chic ambiance is a perfect complement to their vast cocktail selection. If you’re looking to “turn up” the party, Voyeur nightclub (204 S. Camac Street) is the place to dance. With three floors, this after-hours club is open unti 3:30 a.m and we can practically guarantee you’ll have a blast.