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The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods

May 18, 2024
2024-05-18
Do you know about Le Marais in Paris? What about West Hollywood in Los Angeles? Or Darlinghurst in Sydney? If you didn't know, these are just some of the best-known “gayborhoods” in the world. Throughout the years, the LGBTQ+ community has settled down in their own, niche area within various major cities. These are the neighborhood where you'll find countless queer residents, gay hotspots, and the best places to celebrate Pride Month. More than just being a haven for the community, these gayborhoods tend to be the trendiest districts and hippest hangouts in town too.

The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods


Midtown Manhattan, New York City

There's a reason why the Big Apple is pronounced as the “gay capital of the world” and its name is Midtown Manhattan. Seemingly just another neighborhood in New York City, it's a whole treasure trove of gayborhoods. There's the West Village, Greenwich Village, Hell's Kitchen, Chelsea, and more. These places make up the LGBTQ+ haven in the city, most notably the birthplace of the Pride Movement, the Stonewall Inn. If you'll ever celebrate Pride Month in New York, this is where you need to go!
The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods



West Hollywood, Los Angeles

West Hollywood is among the most important and influential gayborhoods on the planet. Why? Because this is also the capital of queer media. From movies and TV series to even YouTube videos, West Hollywood is where LGBTQ+ creatives can trot out amazing content for all the world to see. The Los Angeles neighborhood highlights queer entertainment and upholds the community's vital presence in show business. Moreover, the place also has the best gay clubs and drag shows in LA, the best hotspots to celebrate Pride Month and beyond.
The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods



Castro, San Francisco

San Francisco is famous today as a colorful LGBTQ+ haven as it is the central metropolis in the Bay Area. When people think of San Francisco, more often than not, they think of the queer community. And this is largely thanks to Castro, the city's main gayborhood. It's the best neighborhood to be gay in San Francisco with its fascinating queer history and cool LGBTQ+ spots. The area has seen lots of protests, defiance, and fights for equal rights for the community.
The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods



Provincetown, Cape Cod

Technically speaking, Provincetown in Massachusetts is more of an entire town than a simple gayborhood. This port city along the coast of Cape Cod has long been regarded as the quintessential East Coast escape for the LGBTQ+ community. Why? The town has always embraced freedom of expression and thought, which have allowed the community to flourish over the years. Its preference for artistic liberty and experimental theater gave way to a fruitful drag scene and queer artists to find inspiration and make great work.
The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods
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Farme de Amoedo Street, Rio de Janeiro

Another that's not technically a gayborhood is Farme de Amoedo Street in Brazil's vibrant Rio de Janeiro. Instead of an entire neighborhood, this is merely a strip of exciting queer hotspots in the larger metropolis. So does it still deserve to be on this list? Yes, it does! Farme de Amoedo may be just a single street but boy is it as encompassing and community-driven as an entire district. Whether it's Pride Month or Carnival, the LGBTQ+ locals and tourists flourish and party here!
The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods



Le Marais, Paris

Among the many chic neighborhoods in Paris, Le Marais is where you'll find the LGBTQ+ community. It's the official gayborhood of the French capital, filled with bars, nightclubs, cabarets, and more that highlight queer fun and entertainment. Naturally, this is also where most of the city's LGBTQ+ residents have settled down. Part of it is that they feel the safest and freest in this district compared to all the others. Another part is that Le Marais also has some of the finest luxury apartments in Paris. It's as much a real estate goldmine as it is a gay haven!
The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods



SoHo, London

Much like Le Marais in Paris, SoHo is a gayborhood that combines both the electric nightlife scenes of the queer community with exceptional real estate. Unsurprisingly among the more upscale neighborhoods in London, SoHo is a trendy district where freedom of expression, artistic diversity, and queer love all reign supreme. This is the kind of place where you shop at designer stores and eat in fancy restaurants during the day, then enjoy a drag show at night. Sounds like the good life, doesn't it?
The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods



Darlinghurst, Sydney

The best place to celebrate Pride Month in Sydney is Darlinghurst, the city's gayborhood. The area found its footing in small bars, eventually becoming the place to be for having a chill night out on the town. Back then, gay bars were mostly small, so these establishments found a home in Darlinghurst. With a queer nightlife scene established, it didn't take long for the rest of the LGBTQ+ community to move here and make it Sydney's bonafide gayborhood.
The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods



Shinjuku, Tokyo

If there's one thing that all these gayborhoods have in common, it's that they also serve as popular nightlife districts for their respective cities. The same can be said in Shinjuku in Tokyo as well. Shinjuku is the nightlife center of the Japanese capital, home to izakayas (informal Japanese bars), karaoke bars, maid cafes, and more. It's also the city's official red-light district, which has always been another sort of place where the LGBTQ+ flourish. With lots of freedom and adventures on offer, it's no surprise that Shinjuku is Tokyo's gayborhood.
The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods



Silom, Bangkok

Finally, there's Silom in Bangkok. Whether it's Pride Month or the Songkran Festival, this is the place to be for any LGBTQ+ person who wants to have the time of their lives in the Thai capital. Unsurprisingly, it's one of the best nightlife districts in Bangkok and the city has a lot! Some would even consider the others as the city's gayborhood instead, but there's no denying that Silom deserves that title more. The area is all about amazing hotspots for the community, ranging from traditional gay bars and pubs to places where you can watch the best drag shows in the city.
The World’s 10 Best Gayborhoods


Get to know the best gayborhoods in the world just in time for Pride Month. From New York City and Los Angeles to even Paris and Bangkok, the biggest cities have their own colorful havens for the queer community.



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