Directory

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Pink are verified feminist, lesbian, and women’s restaurants, coffeehouses, and cafes. Blue are women-friendly establishments mentioned in the various women’s travel guides and feminist and lesbian periodicals (these include some establishments targeted towards gay men that also welcomed women). These spaces were women owned (but not identified as feminist) or advertised as being spaces where women and lesbians were welcome to eat alone or as a couple. The blue list is incomplete but provides a sample of the kinds of spaces women would use for socializing and that were advertised to women to socialize in that were not explicitly women’s spaces/ feminist spaces/ lesbian spaces.

UNITED STATES            

Alabama

Birmingham

Steak n Eggs

Alaska  

Arizona

Phoenix

Ginzey’s Oasis

Free Spirit Coffeehouse (sometimes held in individuals’ homes)

Tucson

Gay Women’s Liberation and Lesbian Coffeehouse/ Desert Dykes Tucson (DDT)          

The Sidewalk Cafe  

Arkansas

California

            Homemade Café

Albany

The Baachanal           

Auburn
         E and G’s

Berkeley            

The Brick Hut Café

Cheese and Coffee Center

         Kafeneo (restaurant)

         Night Hut

The Old Mole

         Vivoli's Ice Cream Parlor 
        
         Berkeley Café Bazaar          

Chico            

            Labrys Books sold coffee

Gardenia
        
Pit Stop

Hayward            

            The Oracle Bookstore sold coffee

Hollywood

The Ultimate Feminist Restaurant: The LA Women’s Saloon and Parlor

Little Frida's Lesbian Cafe (West Hollywood)

Carriage Trade

        David’s

Eating High

French Market

Studio One ‘Backlot” – women only Wednesdays

Laguna Beach            

            Little Shrimp Restaurant
        
         Andree’s

         The Cottage

         Eric’s

LA            

            Dolly’s Dolphin Grill

            Identified Woman Café

            Jett’s Café and Art Haus Coffeehouse

            Bread and Roses Feminist Bookstore sold coffee and snacks

            The Mainsail, closely connected with Womon Space

Marty’s Restaurant

            Vall’s Restaurant in the Women’s Building

            Woman Space     
   
            On the Fringe Restaurant
        
         Yukon Mining Company

         Frog Pond
        
         New York Company Bar and Grill
        
         Zoo Bar and Restaurant

         The Go-Between Coffeehouse
        
         The Blue Mouse Coffeehouse

         Fellini’s
        
         Manhattan

         The Greenery Restaurant and Coffeeshop (24 hrs)

         Rose Tattoo

         Wellington’s Restaurant

         Rosalind’s (woman-owned)

         Catch One

         Bla- bla café

         The last drop coffeehouse

   

Long Beach

         Tee Cee’s

         Rusty’s

Monterey

         Café Balthazar

         Tillie Gort’s

Nevada City

         Friar Tuck’s Restaurant and Wine Bar

North Hollywood

         Brian’s

Menlo Park            

            Everywoman's Coffeehouse           

Oakland            

               Bishop's Coffeehouse/ Womanspace

Grandma’s House

            Mama Bear's

            Ollie’s of Oakland Womyn’s Restaurant

         A Woman’s Place (definitely a store but did they have food?)

Pasadena

            Daily Double

Redwood City

         Cruiser Restaurant

Sacramento            

            Earhart's café gallery

            Lesbian Complex Private Club

            Whistle Stop Coffeehouse

         Mini Mouse Gay Coffeehouse

Santa Cruz            

            Two Sisters

            Café Domenica

San Diego            

            Amazon Sweet Shop

            Boardwalk Cafe

            Big Kitchen

            Las Hermanas Coffeehouse

Rose Canyon Cafe

         Wing Café

            Feminist Coffeehouse and Gallery
        
         Yogurt Express and Deli Ice Cream Shop (woman owned)

           Something Special Beach Fish and Salad Bar (woman owened)

King Richard

         Jamie’s Restaurant

         The Rendezvous

San Fransisco            

1001 Nights Lesbian Bar and Restaurant (Former location of the Tortuga and Evonne's. Became the Royal Palace, Back Street, the Red Eye Saloon, the Deja Vu, and the Black Rose. )

Artemis Society Women’s Cafe

            The Baybrick Inn

Breaking Bread Restaurant (woman owned)

            Café Commons

Canary Island Restaurant

Clarion Coffeehouse

Full Moon Inc, coffeehouse and bookstore

Klein’s Deli and Restaurant (lesbian owned)

Mary Midgett’s Coffeehouse

Maud’s Restaurant

Nosheria Restaurant (woman owned and operated)

The Neon Chicken

Old Wives' Tales, Bookstore with tea and coffee

Tiffany’s Restaurant

Two Sisters Restaurant

Tuxedo Junction

Red Dora’s Bearded Lady Cafe

            Valencia Rose

         The P.S.

         Fanny’s Super Club

         Casa de Cristal

         The Fickle Fox

San Jose

            Sisterspirit Café and Bookstore

         Interlude

San Louis Obispo

            Women’s Coffeehouse from the Dandelion Wine Book Company

            Dandelion Wine Book Company (lesbian and feminist bookstore with
coffee and tea)

San Rafael

            Rising Women Books Feminist Bookstore (sold coffee and tea)

         Ethel’s

Santa Barbara

            Choices Book, Music, and Coffeehouse Feminist Bookstore

Beaudelaire’s Coffeehouse

Santa Rosa            

            Moonrise Café

            Gertie’s Cafe

Sausalito

         Two Turtles

         Sausalito Inn

         Zelda’s

Colorado            

Boulder

            Boulder Lesbian Network Coffeehouse

         Carnival Café: Natural Foods

Denver

            Anywoman’s Coffeehouse           

            Women’s Coffeehouse           

         Café du Monde

         The Den

         Bway Café

         Denver Waterworks

         Alicia’s Mexican Restaurant

         Global Village

         Maxine’s Place

         The Bellevue

         BJ’s Carousel

         Garbo’s


Connecticut   

Bridgeport            

            Black Rock Inn Restaurant

            Bloodroot Feminist Vegetarian Restaurant

Danbury

            The Answer Cafe

Greenwich

         Homestead Inn

Hartford            

            Sonya Weston’s Books and Cheese

            Reader's Feast Feminist Café and Bookstore

New Britain            

            Edible Art Vegetarian Restaurant

New Haven            

            La Machinetta Café/Coffeehouse
        
New Haven Women's Liberation Center with a coffee house

            The Pink Triangle Coffeehouse


Delaware

Dewey Beach

         The Boat House

Wilmington

         Renaissance Gay Bar and Restaurant (women only room)

District of Columbia  

Kalorama Café

         Rising Women's Coffeehouse

The Otherside- Restaurant and Showbar

Suzanne’s Wine Bar/Restaurant/Bakery/and Charcuterie

          Washington Area Women’s Center’s Coffeehouse
        
         Paramount Steak House

         Town House

         Lucy’s Bar and Restaurant

         Two Quail Restaurant

         JR’s

         Zeigfield’s

         Phase One

         Lil Sister

         Hung Jury (sponsored a softball team)

Florida

Fort Lauderdale

            Clever Bar/Women’s Restaurant
         Shangri-La Disco Lounge and Restaurant

Hallandale            

            Lou's Back Room bar with sandwiches, snacks, and dancing

         Sandy’s Kitchen

Key West

            Claire, with women’s only tea dance

Miami

         The Courtyard Inn

Pinellas Park            

            Beaux Arts Coffeehouse and Art Gallery

Tallahassee            

            Everywoman's Coffeehouse

Tampa            

            Feminist Connection bookstore with coffee and tea

            Three Birds Feminist Bookstore and Coffeeshop

            The Women's Center, Coffehouse

         The Denny’s at 102 Parker Street (mostly gay clientele at night)

Georgia

Atlanta

         The Sportspage Restaurant and Bar
        
         Gallus Restaurant and Bar

Hawaii

Honolulu            

            The Breeze Inn

The Godmother

Hamburger Mary’s

            The Tomato       

Maui

Hamburger Mary’s

Illinois

Champaign            

            Lavender Prairie Collective

Chicago            

            Blue Gargoyle Coffeehouse

            Jane Addams Bookstore and Coffeehouse

            Karen’s Kitchen (It really was her own kitchen)

Mama Peach's

Mountain Moving Coffeehouse

Paris Dance Restaurant and Bar

Rsvp and Company Café, Bar, and Restaurant

            Susan B's Feminist Restaurant

            Somewhere Coffeehouse         
        
         Vittles

         Grandma’s

         Up North

         His N Hers

         Gentry

         My Brother’s Place  

Evanston            

            Kinehart Women’s Center had food

            Lesbian Coffeehouse at Women at Northwestern University           

Indiana

Bloomington

            Mother Bear’s Place

Fort Wayne

            Sisterspace Women’s Coffeehouse

Iowa 

Iowa City            

            Grace and Rubie's Feminist Social Club and Restaurant

            The Women’s Coffeehouse

Kansas

Topeka            

            Guys and Dolls (food and dancing)

Lawrence            

            Sister Kettle Cafe

            Womanspace Coffeehouse as part of the women’s center

Kentucky

Lexington

            The Bungalow Restaurant

         Montparnass Restuarant

Louisville            

            Mother's Brew: a coffeehouse for women

Louisiana

Baton Rouge

The Cock and Bull Restaurant and Bar with separate women’s room

New Orleans            

            The Other Side Bar and Coffeehouse

Apple Barrel

            Faubourg Marigny Gay Bookstore with coffee and tea

         Burgundy House

         Mas Cuiller Gras

         Tortilla Flats

Maine  

Ogunquit            

            Annabelle's (disco, brunch, dinner)

         Edelweiss Downtown

         The Fan Club

         The Trolley Stop

Old Town

            Fig O My Heart Vegetarian Restaurant (lesbian owned and operated)

Maryland

Bethesda

            Community Café and Women’s Bookstore           

Massachusetts

Allston            

            Beetle's Lunch

            L'Odeon Macrobiotic Natural Foods

Boston            

            Crone’s Harvest Radical Lesbian Feminist Coffeehouse

Greystone's Restaurant and Bar (women owned)

            The Iron Hose Coffeehouse

The Ideal, Women’s Restaurant for Gay Women, Men, and their Friends

            Meetinghouse Coffeehouse

            Modern Times Cafe        

         Oasis Coffeehouse

         The Alternative Theater Restaurant 


Cambridge            

            Amaranth

Bread and Roses Feminist Restaurant

Indigo Women’s Food and Bar

            The Marquee (sponsors women athletes)

Common Stock Restaurant  

Greenfield            

            Green River Café

Northampton

            The Common Woman Club Restaurant

            Lesbian Gardens Coffeehouse and Bookstore

            Northstar Seafood Restaurant

The Women's Restaurant (probably referencing Common Woman Club before it had its name)

Provincetown            

            Lesbian Gardens Coffeehouse

The Moors

            Pied Piper Restaurant (lesbian owned)

            Alice’s

         Hideaway


Michigan

Ann Arbor

            Women’s Coffeehouse

Detroit            

            Poor Woman's Paradise Coffeehouse

The Underground Bar/Restaurant

Grand Rapids

            Gaia Restaurant           

Kalamazoo            

            Pandora Womyn's Bookstore sold coffee

Saugatuck

         Saugatuck Lodge

Minnesota

Duluth

            North Country Women’s Coffeehouse           

Minneapolis            

            A Women’s Coffeehouse

Amazon Bookstore sold coffee

            New French Cafe

            New Riverside Café

            Prashad Kitchen Feminist Restaurant- International Vegetarian Cuisine

            Ruby’s Café (1 and 2)

            Women's Coffeehouse

Park Rapids

            Sister Wolf Bookstore and Cafe

St. Paul

            Commonplace Restaurant and Vegetarian Cooperative

Mississippi            

Gulfport            

Southern Wild Sisters Feminist Bookstore and Women's Resource Center

Missouri

Kansas City

            Kansas City Women’s Liberation Union (had coffee)

St. Louis

         City Cousin

         The Sunshine Inn (women owned and operated vegetarian restaurant)

         Gay Coffeehouse

         Left Bank Books sold coffee


Montana

Helena

            Sweetgrass Bakery (woman owned)

            Northern Lights Café, Women’s Collective

Nebraska

Lincoln

            A Place of Our Own Wimmin’s Bookstore sold coffee and tea

Omaha            

            Common Woman Books sold food and coffee

Nevada         

Las Vegas

         Le Café Restaurant               

New Hampshire            

Portsmouth

         King’s Wilde

New Jersey 

Atlantic City

            Lyle’s Place Coffeeshop (gay meeting place)

            Mama Mott’s Restaurant (gay restaurant and gay waitresses)

Collinswood            

            Chamomile's Woman Owned and Operated Restaurant

            Gatsby's

Fort Lee            

            Tea and Symphony Coffeehouse

Jersey City

         Pathway Lounge

Landing

            Hideaway Pizzeria (woman owned)

Newton

         Italian Kitchen

Princeton

            A Woman’s Place

South River            

            A Place of One's Own Restaurant for Feminists and their Friends

New Mexico  

Albuquerque            


            Double Rainbow Bakery and Café

Full Circle Books Feminist Bookstore sold coffee

Santa Fe

            Nifty Café Lesbian Coffeehouse

New York

Albany            

            Lilith Nonalcoholic Space

Buffalo            

            Emma Feminist Bookstore sold coffee

East Hampton            

            Terrace Cafe

            Yoghurt Heaven (woman owned)
        
         The Attic Tea Dance

Elmira            

            Mary's Grill

Ithaca

            Women’s Coffeehouse at the Feminist Studio

         Strange Paradise Cafe

Long Island            

            Women's Coffeehouse
        
         Top of The Bay

New Paltz            

            Oh Susanah, Inc, Café

New York City            

            The Black Sheep (in former place as Mother Courage)

            Bonnie’s Restaurant (women’s half of Bonnie and Clyde’s)?

Brooklyn Women’s Coffeehouse

Dapper Women’s Restaurant
        
The Duchess Café Women’s Restaurant (women-only)

La Fronde

Mother Courage Feminist Restaurant (first in North America)

Peachstreet Dining Club for Women and their Friends

Peaches and Crème Bar-Restaurant

Shameira Huss Bookstore sold coffee

Shescape Bar-Restaurant

            Vegetarian feminist Restaurant (64 charles street)

            Vegetari

The Women's Coffee House with sandwiches

          WOW theatre had WOW cafe

         La Papaya Women’s Restaurant (gourmet vegetarian)

         Reverse

Philippine Gardens Restaurant (women’s night)

         Company

         Les Pits

         One if By Land, Two if By Sea

         Reno Sweekey’s

         One Potato

         Cotton Patch

         The Pelican

         Applause

         Blue Skies

         Pennyfeather

         Bonnie’s Restaurant

         Uno’s Cafe

Poughkeepsie

         The Congress Restaurant

Rochester            

            Snake Sister Café Women’s Collective

            Wild Seeds Feminist Bookstore and Café

         Regular Restaurant

Staten Island

            Mother Earth Bar and Restaurant

         Beach Haven Restaurant and Bar

         Brazil Bar and Restaurant

Woodstock            

            Sojourner's Women’s Coffeehouse

         Maverick Inn and Hotel Gourmet Restaurant

North Carolina            

Ashville            

            Malapron's Bookstore and Café

Charlotte

         Josh’s Restaurant

Durham            

            Francesca's Gelato Café

            Southern Sister's Feminist Bookstore sold tea

North Dakota  

(in 1989 there is a bar in Fargo)

Ohio

Canton

            Lesbian Activist Bureau has coffees

Cincinnati

         Wild Iris Café/ Crazy Ladies Bookstore

         Flander’s

         College Hill Coffee Co. (lesbian-feminist owned)

         Greenwich Tavern

Cleveland

            Genesis Feminist Vegetarian Restaurant and Bar

            Peabody’s Café and Feminist Coffeehouse

         Gypsy’s

         The Mad Greek


Columbus            

            Calico's Coffeehouse

            Grapevine Café (women owned and operated)

            Mel’s Place- created by and for gay women


Dayton            

            Iris Books Feminist Bookstore sold coffee

Painesville

         Rider’s Tavern

Springfield            

            Why Not Café

Toledo

         Arlington

         Nook N’ Cranny

Yellow Springs            

            Winds Café feminist run restaurant

Oklahoma

Oklahoma City            

            Herland Sister Resources Feminist Bookstore sold coffee

Oregon  

Eugene            

            Gertrude’s Café  run by a women’s collective

            Keystone Café (lesbian and gay counter culture café)

            Wild Iris Restaurant

            Zoo Zoo's Natural Foods Restaurant

         Holding Together Coffeehouse

         Book and Tea Shop

Myrtle Creek            

            It's a Natural Foodstore (owned and operated by lesbians)

         Daphne and Judith’s Tea Shop at Heritage Food Company

Portland            

            Bijou Café

            Cup and Saucer Café (now 3 outlets)

            Hamburger Mary’s

            Incredible Edibles

Metropolis (under 21 allowed- many lesbians bring their teenage children here)

            Mountain Moving Café

            Old Wive's Tales Restaurant and Women’s Center

            Primary Domain Women’s Restaurant

            Wild Oscar's
                 
         Chez What? Lesbian Café

         Black Hawk Tavern (women’s entertainment nights)

         Hot Potata Cafe (gay run)

Pennsylvania   

Erie

         Washington Grill

Marietta

            The Railroad House (gay owned and operated)

New Hope

         The Raven

         The Baron, formerly known as The Old Cartwheel

Philadelphia

            Amazon’s Inc Coffeehouse

            Astral Plane

            Chamomile Women’s Restaurant

            Dreamer’s Café Women’s Restaurant

            Giovanni’s Room

            Judy’s Café

         Dee’s Place

            Mahogany Black Women’s Club

            Philadelphia Lesbian Coffeehouse

         Philadelphia Gay Coffeehouse

         The Midway

         The Westbury (oldest gay establishment in Philadelphia)

The Women’s Book Connection Feminist Lesbian Bookstore had coffee

            Women’s Space and Sisterhood

         Judy’s Cafe

Pittsburgh            

            Gay Alternatives Coffeehouse at First Unitarian Church

            Wildsister's Restaurant and Bookstore

         Home Circle Club

         Court Street Luncheonette

         Jackson’s (gay restaurant)

         Norreh Social Club

State College          

         The Left Bank

         Seasons

Puerto Rico   

Rhode Island

Woonsocket            

            High Street Café

Providence

            Marantha Coffeehouse           

South Carolina

Aiken            

            The Café- Feminist Bookstore and Café

Columbia

MC B’s Saloon

South Dakota  

Tennessee

Chatanooga

         Alan Gold’s ( gay men and women basically stick together as a group
here)

Memphis

         Terri’s Townhouse

Nashville            

            Womankind Books sold coffee

Texas

San Antonio

    I’ve been told there were feminist restaurants there but have not found any

Utah  

Salt Lake City            

            A Woman's Place Feminist Bookstore sold coffee

Vermont            

Burlington            

            Pearls Coffeehouse and Women’s Restaurant

         The Fresh Ground Coffeehouse

Brattleboro          

            Common Ground Coffeehouse


Virginia

Charlottesville

            Muldowney’s Women’s Restaurant and Bar

Norfolk            

            Shirley's Restaurant and Bar

Richmond

            Everywoman’s Coffeehouse

Roanoake            

            The Park Bar Restaurant Private Club

Washington            

Pullman            

The Gertrude Stein/ Alice B Tokias Memorial Salon and Tea at the Lesbian Resource Center

            Women's Coffee Coven

         Charity Corner

         Fran Glors Creole Restaurant

Seattle            

            A Special Place Womyn’s Restaurant and Coffeehouse

            Innerspace Women's Coffeehouse

            It's About Time Women's Bookcenter Feminist Bookstore sold coffee

            Lesbian Separatist Potluck Brunches

         Sappho’s

            Mama Dot’s

            Off Ramp Café

            Wildrose Tavern Women’s Restaurant

West Virginia

Wisconsin            

Appleton            

            Doris's Super Bar

Madison            

            A Room of One's Own Feminist Bookstore sold coffee

            The Cabaret Room

         Mother Willy’s Street Pub and Restaurant

Crescent Moon Women's Coffeehouse

Lysistrata Feminist Restaurant and Cultural Center


Milwaukee            

            The Beer Garden Bar and Restaurant

            Our Way

            Sister Moon Feminist Bookstore sold coffee

            Sister Moon II

Wyoming

           

CANADA  

Alberta

Edmonton            

            Common Woman Books sold coffee

British Columbia

Vancouver            

            Full Circle Coffeehouse

            Sister’s Bar and Restaurant

Vancouver Women's Bookstore sold coffee

Victoria

            Women’s Coffeehouse

Manitoba

Winnipeg            

            The Women's Building had Ms. Purdy’s Social Club Coffeehouse and Restaurant

Newfoundland

Nova Scotia

Halifax            

            Red Herring Co-op Books sold coffee

Ontario

Hamilton


         Café Aquarius

Kingston            

            Mrs. Dalloway's Feminist Bookstore sold coffee

Ottawa            

            Chez Nous Restaurant at the Ottawa Women's Center

            The Overdraft (women’s entertainment nights)

Toronto            

            Clementine’s Café, Restaurant, Bar, All-Women’s Cultural Center

            Gaia’s Garden Café Womyn’s Restaurant and Space

            Three of Cups Coffeehouse


The Women’s Common


         Together Bar and Restaurant

         Lipstick Café Restaurant and Bar

         Fly By Night

Waterloo            

            The Women's Place           

Quebec            

Montreal            

            ADGLQ Café (associations pour les droits des gais et lesbiennes du
quebec)


L'Euguélionne, librairie féministe  with food and coffee

            A Novo Vegetarian Restaurant

Café les Entretiens

            Café Haut-Pluriel

            L’Antecdote (both locations)

            Le Café de La Librarie des Femmes

         L’Exit Café

         Chez Jean Pierre

La Paryse

            Montreal Women's Information Center Coffeehouse

Rimouski

            Club Politique Feminine

Quebec City

            Chez Farbo Studio

Yukon Territory

Whitehorse


            Rendez-vous Coffeehouse