Downtown Northampton, Massachusetts, abounds with cool gay-friendly shops and restaurants - this is, after all, one of the most popular small towns among lesbians, and to an increasing extent gay men, in the United States. Just up the hill from the enchanting city center you'll find the regal campus of Smith College, and there are several other universities (U. Mass, Amherst, Mt. Holyoke, Hampshire) within a short drive.
Among the many hip and cheerful dining options in town, the gay-popular Haymarket Cafe, at 185 Main St. (413-586-9969), feels a bit like Northampton's own little living room. The storefront space, with an additional seating area downstairs, draws students, academics, artists, and other creative and bookish spirits with its art-filled confines, free Wi-Fi, and delicious food, espresso drinks, teas, and such.
The baked goods, including all manner of fattening cakes and brownies, score especially high marks. At breakfast, there are tofu vegan scrambles, bourbon-soaked French toast with creme fraiche and maple syrup, and first-rate house-made oatmeal. At lunch go for the roasted-beet-and-goat-cheese salad, the hummus and avocado dip, or the spicy coconut curry stew with sauteed veggies.
The Haymarket is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner - and it stays open till 10 most nights, 11 on Fridays and Saturdays.