900 Spruce St Philadelphia, PA 19107
Midtown Village & The Gayborhood
Washington Square, located in Center City, is considered a hip, trendy neighborhood, offering an eclectic array of locally owned shops, restaurants, and cafes. Nicknamed the “gayborhood,” for its large population of LGBTQ residents and business owners, Washington Square is a unique and lovely neighborhood. In addition to the many small business, Giovanni’s Room, founded in 1973, the oldest LGBTQ bookstore in the country, is in the heart of Washington Square. On April 18, 2007 the city of Philadelphia officially recognized the area by adding 36 gay pride rainbow flag symbols to street signs bordering the Gayborhood area. 32 additional signs were added in June of 2010.
In addition, Philadelphia’s Antique row, Philadelphia Hospital, the nation’s oldest, Thomas Jefferson University, and many other landmarks line the streets of Washington Square. In 2006, the neighborhood was newly minted “Midtown Village,” for its small shops and village feel. The Midtown Village Fall Festival, Gay Pride Parade, and El Vez’s famous Cinco De Mayo party make for an exciting time. Whether you prefer to call it Washington Square, The Gayborhood, or Midtown Village, all these names seem encapsulate the fun, metropolitan, and open-minded area.
North/South: Chestnut, South Street
East/West: 7th and Broad Street