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Pride 2019: Where to Eat and Drink Along the Parade Route

Philly’s Pride Parade and Festival is Sunday, June 9

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The rainbow crosswalks at 13th and Locust streets in the Gayborhood are a perfect place for the 31st annual Philly Pride Parade and Festival to begin this Sunday, June 9. Thousands of people will then head east on Locust as the parade makes it way past Washington Square and down through Old City towards the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing for the festival.

The Pride parade route, and surrounding streets, are lined with places to grab a bite and a drink. Whether you’ll be parading yourself or celebrating from the sidelines, here’s where to refuel.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Federal Donuts

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1632 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103
(215) 665-1101
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It’s a few blocks from the parade route, but Federal Donuts’ Pride doughnut is worth the detour. Every weekend in June, these rainbow treats — vanilla cream glaze and colorful nonpareils — will be available at all of the mini-chain’s locations (except Citizens Bank Park). For each Pride doughnut sold, Federal Donuts will donate $1 to the William Way LGBT Community Center.

Federal Donuts

2. Amis Trattoria

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412 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147
(215) 732-2647
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Just two blocks from the start of the parade, Amis serves pasta for its Sunday brunch, plus Italian takes on traditional breakfast fare like pancakes and eggs. With the trattoria closing at the end of the summer, now is the time to go.

3. Bud & Marilyn's

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1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-2220
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Some of the best options on this restaurant-packed stretch of 13th Street are owned by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Brunch at the couple’s retro Midwestern spot Bud & Marilyn’s, right at the start of the parade route, features a full cocktail menu, fried cheese curds, beet-cured salmon, and a long list of filling morning fare.

4. Green Eggs Café

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212 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 861-0314
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Grab breakfast before the parade starts at bruncherie Green Eggs Café, which serves everything from pecan pie French toast to shrimp and grits. The big portions are perfect for sustaining paraders through the whole route and well into the post-parade festivities.

5. UBar

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1220 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107
(215) 546-6660
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The parade begins at 11:30 a.m., making UBar (open daily from 11 a.m.) a perfect place to start the festivities with a beer and an early lunch. Fare at this Gayborhood pub is mostly traditional bar food, with a changing daily special.

6. Cheu Noodle Bar

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255 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA
(267) 639-4136
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Half a block from the parade’s stroll down Locust Street, Cheu Noodle Bar’s creative ramen offerings are always tasty. Not in the mood for noodles? Check out the weekend Happy Hour specials later in the day (from 3-5 p.m.), which include $7 cocktails and $5 appetizers.

7. Talula's Daily

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208 West Washington Sq
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 592-6555
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The parade will turn north at Washington Square, which is a great excuse to pop into Talula’s Daily to get an iced coffee and a scone (or something heartier). Decadent coffee specials are whipped up with house-made syrups in flavors such as lavender and vanilla-infused maple. 

8. P. J. Clarke’s

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At The Curtis, 601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 999-2000
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P.J. Clarke’s in the Curtis building just added sidewalk seating at Sixth and Walnut, making it a good spot to take a parade break with oysters and bubbly, or a burger and a beer, outside in the sun.

9. High Street on Market

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308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA

Make a quick High Street on Market stop to grab a pastry and an “adult coffee” (with bourbon cream) or go for a sandwich on the excellent house-made bread.

10. Happily Ever After Dessert Café

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230 Market St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 925-2050

Cool off during the parade with some frozen treats from this movie-themed dessert shop on Market Street. Specialty items include Butterbeer and Dragon’s Breath: corn puffs drenched in liquid nitrogen.

11. Silence Dogood's Tavern

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216 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-1400
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The name of this tavern might sound Victorian and prim, but that’s not the case: Silence Dogood was the pen name a young Ben Franklin used to publish bold op-eds in Boston before the Revolutionary War. Being a lover of all things Franklin, the tavern’s owner named the bar after him while advocating for doing actual good deeds (like donating money to repaint the nearby Christ Church steeple). It’s a good spot for a beer and a big slice of pizza.

12. Khyber Pass Pub

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56 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 238-5888
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Rolling with a parade posse that includes both vegans and meat eaters? Visit Khyber Pass Pub in Old City, near the festival site. The restaurant has enough surf ‘n’ turf po’ boys and vegan pulled pork to go around, and plenty of beer to wash it all down — plus beignets.

13. The Continental

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138 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 923-6069
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The parade will march right past Stephen Starr’s Continental, a perfectly situated spot for either a pre-Pride parade brunch or after-party drinks. The small plates menu spans the globe and the drinks are playful, like the Astronaut made with Tang.

14. Shane Confectionery

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110 Market St
Philadelphia, PA
(215) 922-1048
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You won’t go wrong with any of the chocolates or candies at Shane Confectionery, a sweets shop from the brothers behind ice cream destinations Franklin Fountain and Franklin Ice Cream Bar on the same block. During Pride Month, stop by Shane for rainbow marshmallows and other colorful sweets, including chocolate-covered pretzels and caramel corn. On parade day, the two ice cream shops will be giving away rainbow jimmies, to be eaten or used as confetti.

Shane Confectionery [official photo]

1. Federal Donuts

1632 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Federal Donuts

It’s a few blocks from the parade route, but Federal Donuts’ Pride doughnut is worth the detour. Every weekend in June, these rainbow treats — vanilla cream glaze and colorful nonpareils — will be available at all of the mini-chain’s locations (except Citizens Bank Park). For each Pride doughnut sold, Federal Donuts will donate $1 to the William Way LGBT Community Center.

1632 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

2. Amis Trattoria

412 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Just two blocks from the start of the parade, Amis serves pasta for its Sunday brunch, plus Italian takes on traditional breakfast fare like pancakes and eggs. With the trattoria closing at the end of the summer, now is the time to go.

412 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA 19147

3. Bud & Marilyn's

1234 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Some of the best options on this restaurant-packed stretch of 13th Street are owned by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran. Brunch at the couple’s retro Midwestern spot Bud & Marilyn’s, right at the start of the parade route, features a full cocktail menu, fried cheese curds, beet-cured salmon, and a long list of filling morning fare.

1234 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

4. Green Eggs Café

212 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA

Grab breakfast before the parade starts at bruncherie Green Eggs Café, which serves everything from pecan pie French toast to shrimp and grits. The big portions are perfect for sustaining paraders through the whole route and well into the post-parade festivities.

212 S 13th St
Philadelphia, PA

5. UBar

1220 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

The parade begins at 11:30 a.m., making UBar (open daily from 11 a.m.) a perfect place to start the festivities with a beer and an early lunch. Fare at this Gayborhood pub is mostly traditional bar food, with a changing daily special.

1220 Locust St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

6. Cheu Noodle Bar

255 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA

Half a block from the parade’s stroll down Locust Street, Cheu Noodle Bar’s creative ramen offerings are always tasty. Not in the mood for noodles? Check out the weekend Happy Hour specials later in the day (from 3-5 p.m.), which include $7 cocktails and $5 appetizers.

255 S 10th St
Philadelphia, PA

7. Talula's Daily

208 West Washington Sq, Philadelphia, PA

The parade will turn north at Washington Square, which is a great excuse to pop into Talula’s Daily to get an iced coffee and a scone (or something heartier). Decadent coffee specials are whipped up with house-made syrups in flavors such as lavender and vanilla-infused maple. 

208 West Washington Sq
Philadelphia, PA

8. P. J. Clarke’s

At The Curtis, 601 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

P.J. Clarke’s in the Curtis building just added sidewalk seating at Sixth and Walnut, making it a good spot to take a parade break with oysters and bubbly, or a burger and a beer, outside in the sun.

At The Curtis, 601 Walnut St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

9. High Street on Market

308 Market St, Philadelphia, PA

Make a quick High Street on Market stop to grab a pastry and an “adult coffee” (with bourbon cream) or go for a sandwich on the excellent house-made bread.

308 Market St
Philadelphia, PA

10. Happily Ever After Dessert Café

230 Market St, Philadelphia, PA

Cool off during the parade with some frozen treats from this movie-themed dessert shop on Market Street. Specialty items include Butterbeer and Dragon’s Breath: corn puffs drenched in liquid nitrogen.

230 Market St
Philadelphia, PA

11. Silence Dogood's Tavern

216 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The name of this tavern might sound Victorian and prim, but that’s not the case: Silence Dogood was the pen name a young Ben Franklin used to publish bold op-eds in Boston before the Revolutionary War. Being a lover of all things Franklin, the tavern’s owner named the bar after him while advocating for doing actual good deeds (like donating money to repaint the nearby Christ Church steeple). It’s a good spot for a beer and a big slice of pizza.

216 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

12. Khyber Pass Pub

56 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA

Rolling with a parade posse that includes both vegans and meat eaters? Visit Khyber Pass Pub in Old City, near the festival site. The restaurant has enough surf ‘n’ turf po’ boys and vegan pulled pork to go around, and plenty of beer to wash it all down — plus beignets.

56 S 2nd St
Philadelphia, PA

13. The Continental

138 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

The parade will march right past Stephen Starr’s Continental, a perfectly situated spot for either a pre-Pride parade brunch or after-party drinks. The small plates menu spans the globe and the drinks are playful, like the Astronaut made with Tang.

138 Market St
Philadelphia, PA 19106

14. Shane Confectionery

110 Market St, Philadelphia, PA
Shane Confectionery [official photo]

You won’t go wrong with any of the chocolates or candies at Shane Confectionery, a sweets shop from the brothers behind ice cream destinations Franklin Fountain and Franklin Ice Cream Bar on the same block. During Pride Month, stop by Shane for rainbow marshmallows and other colorful sweets, including chocolate-covered pretzels and caramel corn. On parade day, the two ice cream shops will be giving away rainbow jimmies, to be eaten or used as confetti.

110 Market St
Philadelphia, PA

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