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Midtown Village & The Gayborhood

Over the years, the rectangular section of Center City between 11th & Broad Streets, and Market & Spruce Streets has been divvied up and called different things by developers and realtors. But the current appellation - Midtown Village - serves it well: It resides in the dead-center middle of Center City, between the history-heavy mainstays of Old City and Independence National Historical Park, and the upscale cosmopolitan majesty of Rittenhouse Square.

As part of the larger umbrella known as Washington Square West, Midtown Village also contains the LGBTQ-centric Gayborhood, with its restaurants, galleries and hot spots; the popular dining destinations of the famed 13th Street corridor; and some of the biggest and best hotels and theaters in the city. The term “Gayborhood” was first used to describe OutFest by the City Paper, when David Warner described it as a “beautiful day in the gayborhood.”  Philly Pride immediately began to use to the term the following year to describe the area of our gay pride parade formation. It has now become a universally recognized term.

How to get there

Ride the Market-Frankford Line to 13th Street, Broad Street Line to Walnut-Locust, Trolley Routes to 13th Street, and any Regional Rail Line to Jefferson Station. There are also several Bus Routes that serve the Gayborhood including Routes 9, 12, 21, 23, 42, and 45. Plan your trip here.


There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you.

Upcoming Local Happenings

The Good Person of Setzuan

The Wilma Theater

Catch The Good Person of Setzuan at the Wilma Theatre 4/2 thru 4/21! Get there on SEPTA! Just a short walk from Walnut/Locust Station. And remember - you've got Perks! Get $3 off tickets when you flash your SEPTA Key card! 

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Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink

Dilworth Park

Head to Dilworth Park’s Rothman Orthopaedics Roller Rink in the heart of Center City on the west side of City Hall - from 4/19 thru 6/30. Grab an advanced ticket for hour-long skating sessions on the retro-inspired checkerboard rink (available afternoons and evenings seven days a week). When you’re done, enjoy eats and drinks at the adjacent Air Grille Garden and Dilworth Park Café for roller rink-inspired snacks and cocktails. Work up a sweat? Splash through the park’s dancing ground-embedded fountains. Get here on SEPTA! Hop the Market-Frankford Line, the Broad Street Line to City Hall, Bus Routes 2, 17, 33, 38, 44, 48, 124 or 125 or Regional Rail to Suburban Station.  

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PHS Pop-Up Garden

South Street

The popular Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Pop Up Garden on South Street is open for another season of outdoor food and drinks within a tree-shaded space at 15th & South Streets. Get here on SEPTA! Ride the Broad Street Line to Lombard-South or hop Routes 4. 27, 32 or 40.

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BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical

Walnut Street Theater

See BEAUTIFUL: The Carole King Musical at the Walnut Street Theater from 3/26 thru 5/5. Get there on SEPTA. Take Regional Rail to Jefferson Station or Bus Routes 9, 12, 21, 38, 42, 47, 47M, or 61.

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Nearby Perks
Wilma Theatre

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Shibe Sports
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The Philadelphia Orchestra & Ensemble Arts

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Hatch & Coop

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Zio's Pizza

Enjoy 10% off your entire order at Zio's Pizza on 13th Street in Midtown...

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Scoop DeVille

Scoop DeVille [in Midtown Village and on South Street] is a Philadelphia...

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Federal Donuts

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The SEPTA Store
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Delight in unique transit-related products including clothing and gifts...

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Rothman Orthopaedics Ice Rink

SEPTA Key cardholders receive $1 off ice skating admission at the Rothman...

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The Original Turkey
10% Off Purchase

Flash your valid SEPTA Key card to receive 10% off your purchase at The...

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