Midtown Village /
Avenue of the Arts
Bursting at the seams with culture and festive nightlife, Midtown Village and its LGBTQ-centric Gayborhood is home to an abundance of hotspots, including dance halls, restaurants, galleries, theaters, hotels, symphony halls, famous 13th Street, and boutiques. Nestled between Rittenhouse Park, Old City, and Independence Square in the dead center of Center City, Midtown Village is a bright and modern neighborhood that’s hot with a young, diverse crowd.
Besides being a cornerstone of LGBTQ inclusion with multiple businesses that specifically cater to the community as well as celebratory street parties and festivals, Midtown Village has its own rich history, including hosting the very spot where Benjamin Franklin crafted his inventive and iconic kite-and-key during a thunderstorm.
What to Love
- Festive nightlife
- Great bars and restaurants
- Street parties and festivals
People & Lifestyle
As one of the most inclusive and diverse neighborhoods in Philly, Midtown Village and the Gayborhood is considered to be the coolest and most exciting place to live in the city. It's home to a plethora of graduate students and young working professionals who like being in such a walkable business district and close to some of the most fantastic bars and restaurants around.
Midtown stays busy during all hours of the day, remaining dense with business professionals throughout the day while becoming a street-wide party at all hours of the night during its many festivities and social events. This collection of open-minded businesses, entrepreneurs, and philanthropists are unlike any other community in the area.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Pizza lovers will appreciate the creative pizza toppings at Barbuzzo, a Mediterranean-inspired eatery that offers an intimate dining experience and outdoor dining during the warmer months. For some of the best tacos in the city, try stylish eatery Lolita. Their menu emanates street food style and offers an assortment of toppings from carrots to chicken and everything in-between. El Vez is an equally trendy, colorful Mexican restaurant known for its fun and lively atmosphere. Feast on Pan-Asian delicacies at Sampan, a sleek lounge that serves small and large plates alongside happy hour specials.
Vegans and vegetarians alike will rejoice over charming and elegant plant-based bar Vedge. You'll want to try their many small bites, including the smoked onion dashi and the fondue. For dessert, save room for their homemade trail mix ice cream! Charlie Was A Sinner is another vegan bar and café serving plant-based plates.
Zavinos is a tiny wine bar with classic Italian fare, Neapolitan pizzas, and an exciting array of vintage drinks.
Things to Do
Showgoers will be dazzled by the Avenue of Arts’ jewel, the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, a spacious performing arts center with a 150-foot glass vaulted rooftop. Home to one of America's big five symphony orchestras—the Philadelphia Orchestra—the center also hosts a variety of family-friendly acts, free shows, and multiple pop, jazz, and classical performers.
Similar to the Kimmel Center is the Academy of Music, a historic concert hall and opera house that was constructed between 1855-57. It is the home of the Pennsylvania Ballet and Opera Philadelphia.
Celebrate LGBTQ history at OutFest in the Gayborhood. Held on National Coming Out Day, this showstopping spectacle is full of drag queen performances, music, shopping, restaurants, and more. During National Pride Month in June, the Gayborhood hosts the massive PrideDay LGBT Parade and Festival.
Everyone with a green thumb will want to visit the annual Flower Show held at the Philadelphia Convention Center. This event boasts an incredible array of vibrant flower arrangements, displays, and more at the longest-running continuous indoor event of its kind.
Every winter, Dilworth Park transforms into a magical winter wonderland for the beloved Winter at Dilworth Park event. Don't miss out on a visit to the cozy Rothman Orthopaedics Cabin, Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn, the holiday market, the holiday lights show, or ice skating at the Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink.
There is also a wide range of private school options throughout the region, including:
- St. Peter's School- (PK-K)
- The Philadelphia School - (PK, 1-8)
- Springside Chestnut Hill - (5-8)
- Masterman - (5-12)
- Greene Street Friends - (PK-8)
- Friends Select - (PK-12)
- Germantown Friends - (PK-12)
- Germantown Academy - (PK-12)
- Friends Central - (PK-12)
- Abington Friends - (PK-12)
- The Shipley School - (PK-12)
- The Haverford School - (PK-12)
- Agnes Irwin - (PK-12)
- William Penn Charter - (PK-12)
Available Homes in Midtown Village / Gayborhood / Avenue of the Arts
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