When it comes to travelling as a gay man, the world is – in the vast majority of cases – your oyster. But which cities really embrace LGBTQ+ culture, offer a vibrant and exciting nightlife (if that’s your thing) and plenty more besides in terms of new cultures and experiences, gastronomic delights, and a rich heritage to explore? Read on for our list of the World’s best cities to visit for Gay Men.
Whether you're seeking beachfront relaxation in Barcelona, historical significance in Berlin, or a wild party in Mykonos, all these destinations cater to diverse tastes, making them ideal city breaks for an unforgettable adventure.
Location: This popular Spanish city is located on the northeastern coast of the Iberian Peninsula, along the Mediterranean Sea.
Travel Info: Barcelona-El Prat Airport offers regular flights to and from most major European destinations. The city also has an efficient and easy to use public transportation network including a metro, trams, buses, and rail services and over 200km of bike lanes.
- Eixample District (Example): Also referred to as “Gayxample”, this area boasts numerous LGBTQ+ bars, clubs, and restaurants.
- Beautiful beaches: Mar Bella Beach in particular is a renowned gay-friendly spot for sunbathing.
- Park Guell and Sagrada Familia: Explore Gaudí's architectural masterpieces.
- Barcelona Pride: A lively and colourful celebration held every summer.
- Popular Gay Nightclubs: Arena, Punto BCN, and Razzmatazz.
San Francisco, USA
Location: On the sunny west coast of the United States, in Northern California.
Travel Info: San Francisco International Airport is well-connected to most major international hubs and if you are travelling in the wider California area, LAX is just over 6 hours’ drive to the south.
- The Castro: Historic LGBTQ+ neighbourhood.
- Twin Peaks: A scenic viewpoint offering stunning views of the city.
- Golden Gate Park: Home to the AIDS Memorial Grove and various LGBTQ+ events.
- San Francisco Pride: One of the oldest and most famous Pride celebrations in the world.
- Folsom Street Fair: A massive leather and fetish event attracting thousands.
Amsterdam, The Netherlands:
Location: In the heart of Western Europe. This city is particularly well-known for its liberal attitudes towards sexuality and very welcoming to the LGBTQ+ community.
Travel Info: Amsterdam Airport Schiphol provides excellent connectivity to Europe and beyond with direct flights to the New York, LA, Boston, and Seattle amongst a number of other US cities.
- Reguliersdwarsstraat: A popular LGBTQ+ street with bars and clubs.
- Anne Frank House: A historical and poignant landmark of the Second World War.
- Canal Cruises: Explore Amsterdam's picturesque canals.
- Amsterdam Gay Pride: A lively, annual celebration which takes place on land and the water in Amsterdam’s famous canals.
- Club NYX and Taboo: Two famous gay nightclubs in the city.
Location: The capital city of Germany, located in the northeastern region of the country. Berlin is also the most densely populated city in Europe, with nearly 4 million residents.
Travel Info: Berlin has two major airports, Tegel and Schönefeld, with excellent connections across Europe and beyond.
- Schöneberg: Berlin's LGBTQ+ neighbourhood with a rich and fascinating history. The red light district is also nearby.
- Brandenburg Gate: Dating back to the 18th century, today the Brandenburg Gate is a symbol of unity and freedom in Germany and the wider European continent.
- Berlin Wall Memorial: A memorial in remembrance of the division of East and West Germany during the Cold War era of 1961 – 1989 and the many lives lost.
- Berlin Pride: Known as Christopher Street Day (CSD), a massive parade.
- Berghain and KitKatClub: World-renowned gay nightclubs.
Location: A stunning Greek island in the Aegean Sea known for its world-class nightlife and LGBTQ+ friendly attitudes with numerous gay-friendly hotels, restaurants, and clubs throughout the island.
Travel Info: Accessible via flights or ferries from Athens on mainland Greece.
- Super Paradise Beach: A famous gay beach.
- Mykonos Town: Known for its vibrant nightlife.
- Delos Island: A UNESCO World Heritage Site which is one of Greece’s most important mythological and archaeological sites and said to be the birthplace of the Greek God Apollo.
- XLSIOR Mykonos: A popular annual gay festival.
- Elia Beach: which has a dedicated gay nudist beach although both Elia and Super Paradise Beach are very popular with the LGBTQ+ community as a whole.
- Jackie O'. Bar, Cosma and Porta Bar: Some of the most popular nightclubs in the city.
Location: One of Australia's largest and most well-known cities, Sydney is the capital of New South Wales on the east coast.
Travel Info: Sydney Kingsford Smith International Airport is well-connected to many global destinations.
- Oxford Street: Sydney's LGBTQ+ hub with plenty of amazing bars, restaurants, and clubs.
- Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge: The city’s most iconic landmarks recognised the world over. If you have a head for heights, be sure to take in the spectacular views on the Sydney Harbour Bridge Climb.
- Bondi Beach: Relax and enjoy the sun with the beautiful people of Bondi.
- Sydney Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras: A world-famous LGBTQ+ festival.
- Sydney WorldPride 2024: Described as “the most colourful LGBTQ+ celebration in the southern hemisphere.”
New York City, USA
Location: The former capital of the United States, the “Big Apple” is an iconic city on the east coast.
Travel Info: Multiple airports, including JFK and LaGuardia, serve NYC with regular international and domestic flights available to numerous worldwide destinations.
- Greenwich Village: One of the most historic LGBTQ+ neighbourhoods in the world and home to the famous Stonewall Inn, birthplace of the modern LGBTQ+ rights movement. Pick up the scenic High Line to head to the gastronomic delights of Chelsea Market in the Meat Packing District.
- NYC bus tour: With almost too many iconic spots to mention, take in the likes of Central Park, the Empire State Building and Times Square on a hop-on, hop-off bus tour of the city.
- New York Pass: Experience the city’s most well-known museums such as the American Natural History Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art alongside a host of other attractions.
- NYC Pride: A massive parade and pride events.
- The Eagle and Therapy: Popular nightclubs offering a vibrant gay scene.
Buenos Aires, Argentina
Location: Buenos Aires is the capital city of Argentina in the southeastern part of South America and was the first South American country to legalise same-sex marriage in 2010, with the first LGBTQ+ rights group (Nuestro Mundo) founded in 1967.
Travel Info: Ministro Pistarini International Airport offers direct international flights to the likes of London, Miami, and New York.
- Palermo Soho: A trendy neighbourhood with lots of boutique shops, cafes, and plenty of LGBTQ+ bars.
- Teatro Colon: A historic opera house dating back to the late 19th century which is said to be one of the best in the world according to National Geographic.
- La Boca: An Instagrammer’s paradise, colourful La Boca the former “mouth” of Buenos Aires thanks to its location on what was once the biggest shipping port in the city, was transformed from a shanty town into a riot of colour and expression in the 1960s.
- Buenos Aires LGBTQ+ Pride: An annual celebration.
- Club 69, Peuteo, Work Bar, Amerika Disco, Glam and Contramano: Some of Argentina’s most popular LGBTQ+ nightclubs
Location: Thailand’s popular and populous capital in Southeast Asia is one of the most visited destinations in the world, catering to all budgets from backpackers to luxury seekers and very LGBTQ+ friendly.
Travel Info: Suvarnabhumi Airport provides direct connections to many global destinations and the city’s skytrain (BTS) and subway (MRT) networks are popular with locals and tourists alike.
- Silom Road: Home to much of the city’s business district by day and a buzzing nightlife when the sun goes down.
- Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaew Temple: The opulent Palace and its revered temple are some of Thailand’s most famous cultural landmarks.
- Chatuchak Weekend Market: A shopping experience like no other, the Chatuchak Weekend Market is the largest in Thailand, home to over 15,000 stalls and riot for the senses.
- Songkran Festival: Thai New Year celebrations with water fights.
- The White Festival: Another New Year celebration not to be missed, the largest in Thailand with over 15,000 revellers.
Location: In the province of Quebec, eastern Canada. Montreal is renowned for its diverse LGBTQ+ community, cultural festivals, and culinary delights, making it a must-visit city for gay men seeking a unique and welcoming experience.
Travel Info: Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport offers plenty of international connections.
- The Village (Le Village): A lively LGBTQ+ neighbourhood with lots of bars and clubs.
- Old Montreal (Vieux-Montréal): A historic district with cobblestone streets and old-world European charm.
- Mount Royal Park: A beautiful green space offering picturesque panoramic city views.
- Montreal Pride: Known as Fierté Montréal, it's one of North America's largest LGBTQ+ festivals.
- Club Unity and Stereo: Popular gay nightclubs in the city.