An aerial view of a colorful LGBTQ+ street mural at an intersection of the Grand Central District of Saint Pete.

LGBTQ+ street mural in the Grand Central District of St. Pete

The Grand Central District

Colorful, edgy and always welcoming, this is the part of town where the cool kids hang out. It’s the birthplace of St. Pete Pride – which makes sense, because it’s the city’s original gayborhood and a place where Pride flags fly year-round. 

The LGBTQ+ community is the foundation of this vibrant neighborhood. Whether it’s June (Pride Month) or not, the Grand Central District is always a place where everyone is welcome and celebrated.

What to Do

Stroll along this stretch of Central Ave. roughly between 16th and 31st streets and you’ll find coffeeshops, boutiques and antique shops. Be sure to stop in at the Metro's LGBTQ Welcome Center for local advice on places to go and things to do.

Visit the Imagine Museum, which features stunning contemporary art glass from around the world, as well as special exhibits.

Craftsman House Gallery at the district’s eastern edge is a reliable source for pottery, décor and other handmade goods – and you can grab a sandwich and a coffee or glass of wine at the cafe and hang out on the front porch. Hawthorne Bottle Shoppe is an excellent place to grab a glass (or bottle) of wine and relax. 


Where to Drink (With Your Dog)

Traveling with your pup? Four-legged friends and family won’t be slighted here. Dog Bar is just what It sounds like: a bar that’s just as accommodating to canines as it is to humans. (Check out the Dog Bar website for guidelines before you go.) Doggos will also enjoy an outing to Pinellas Ale Works (PAW for short). Speaking of ale, there are tons of craft breweries here, from Cage Brewing to Grand Central Brewhouse

Where to Eat

Tummy rumbling? You'll find restaurant options here run the gamut from fine dining to uber-casual. Find trendsetting dining at Wild Child or amazing Middle Eastern food at photogenic Baba. Seeing tortillas in your future? No problemo: Casita Taqueria is here for you with fresh and delicious Mexican food, and you'll love the fun and colorful atmosphere, too. Vegans are really in luck in Grand Central: Find decadent donuts at Valkyrie, flavorful fare at Love Food Central and brunchtime bliss at Valhalla Bakery.


Explore the Grand Central District

Grand Central District is just west of downtown St. Pete and runs between 1st Avenues North and South, from 16th Street to 31st Street. 

Walk, bike, scoot, or ride the trolley to get around this unique district. Check out some of the unique businesses in the Grand Central District on our map, below!