Neighborhoods

FishtownGraduate Hospital Grad Hosp West view

Old CityOld City

South Philadelphia

Northern Liberties

West Philadelphia
West Philadelphia

Queen Village

 

 

 

 

 


 

Fishtown

Fishtown TulipFormerly the center of the shad fishing industry on the Delaware River, Fishtown retains a great deal of its working class Philly heritage. Recent revitalization has created a burgeoning bar, restaurant, art, and local music scene. A colorful exception to the gridded-out urban rule, one must spend a little time in Fishtown to understand the boundaries of the neighborhood.

With easy access to Center City via the Market-Frankford subway/elevated rail line, many young professionals are attracted to the area, which is comprised of both older residential homes and new construction low-rise condominiums. Newcomers’ integration and collaboration with the neighborhood’s long-time residents and families has set Fishtown on a forward-thinking path and it’s rapidly becoming the epitome of cool.

Coffee shops

La Colombe, Reanimator, Milkcrate Café, Rocket Cat

Restaurants

Sancho Pistola’s, Memphis Taproom, Loco Pez, Kraftwork, Pizza Brain, Fette Sau,

Local Shops

Adorn Boutique, Jinxed, Little Baby’s, Milkcrate Café, Craft Foundry, Philadelphia Brewing Company, Barcade, Whipped Bakeshop, Johnny Brenda’s

Other Attractions

Penn Treaty Park, Triangle Dog Park, Greensgrow Farms, Walking Fish Theatre, Trenton Avenue Arts Festival, Fishtown Shadfest, Fishtown RiverCity Festival, Oktoberfest at Frankford Hall, Fishtown Recreation Center

Old City

OLD CITY 5.29 007Located next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City still boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm — along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.

Old City is one of the city’s popular nightlife destinations, with a handful of lounges, dive bars, and quality restaurants mostly along the three blocks from 3rd and Market streets to Front and Chestnut streets. The popular monthly First Friday event features open houses by many neighborhood art/design galleries and clothing boutiques. The 3rd Street Corridor, between Market Street and Vine Street, is home to many locally owned independent businesses. These art, design and fashion ventures make Old City a sought after destination for culture and commerce enjoyed locally, nationally and internationally. Landmark Theatres operates three Ritz movie theaters in the area, specializing in art films.

 

Coffee shops

Menagerie Coffee, Old City Coffee, Café Ole, High Street on Market

Restaurants

Fork, Zahav, Amada, Continental, Buddakan, Farmicia

Local Shops

Smak Parlor, Art in the Age, Franklin Fountain, The Book Trader, Charlie’s Jeans, Vagabond, MOCA organic salon

Other Attractions

National Museum of American Jewish History, Betsy Ross House, National Constitution Center, Elfreth’s Alley, Penn’s Landing, Christ Church, Franklin Square, Old City Fest, First Fridays, Fringe Festival, Museum at the Chemical Heritage Foundation, Fireman’s Hall, Benjamin Franklin Museum, American Philosophical Society Museum, Independence National Historic Park


Queen VillageQueen Village

Named after Queen Christina of Sweden, Queen Village is one of Philadelphia’s first neighborhoods, predating William Penn and the founding of the city of Philadelphia itself. Though it’s populated by some of the oldest residences in Philadelphia, Queen Village simmers with modern energy, making it an ideal neighborhood for visitors who love to keep their fashion, food and fun low-key and local.

Queen Village is home to South Street, one of Philadelphia’s busiest nightlife and shopping areas. Aside from South Street, the remainder of Queen Village is quieter, featuring residential streets peppered with restaurants, shops and historic buildings.
The longest-established neighborhood in this close-knit slice of Philly, Queen Village is extremely accessible and navigable by foot and bicycle, a perk not lost on residents who are particular about dining, drinking and shopping close to home.

Coffee shops

Shot Tower Coffee, Red Hook Coffee & Tea, Café Fulya, Bean Exchange Coffee House

Restaurants

Ela, Dmitri’s, Tamarind, Blue Belly BBQ, Bridget Foys, Marrakesh, New Wave Café,

Local Shops

Fabric Row, Bicycle Revolutions, Headhouse Books, Garland of Letters Bookstore, Atomic City Comics, Nostalgia, Tattooed Mom,

Other Attractions

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Headhouse Square, Fabric Row, Headhouse Farmers Market. Mario Lanza Park, Beck Park, Laff House, Shubin Theatre, Theatre of the Living Arts, The Philadelphia Classical Guitar Society

Northern Liberties 4th streetNorthern Liberties

This former manufacturing district first started turning heads in the early ‘90s, when a progressive, artist-heavy flock, lured by cheap studio space, began migrating north from Old City. Additionally with its proximity to Center City, Northern Liberties has become a major enclave of young professionals, students, artists, and design professionals.
Large improvement and revitalization projects have also been undertaken, causing a large jump in property values. These projects include additions such as Liberties Walk and the Piazza, ambitious mixed-use complexes that re-imagined overlooked industrial bones. Long established as a force, NoLibs has become an economic and cultural influence on the neighborhoods around it. The commingling of likeminded residents and entrepreneurs begat a quirky network of bars, restaurants and boutiques within neighborhood limits.

Coffee shops

One Shot Coffee, Café la Maude, Red Cup Café

Restaurants

Modomio, Bar Ferdinand, Silk City Diner, North Third, Honey’s Sit & Eat, PYT, Cantina Dos Segundos,

Local Shops

Swag Boutique, Art Star, North Bowl, Standard Tap, Bloom, Jinxed, City Planter, Creep Records

Other Attractions

2nd Street Festival, the Night Market, Crane Arts, Edgar Allen Poe National Historic Site, Liberties Walk, The Piazza at Schmidts

Grad Hosp West viewGraduate Hospital

Though the large medical institution that gave this south-of-Center City swath its name is no longer in operation, Graduate Hospital has become a solid neighborhood of its own accord. Characterized by several community service organizations, a mix of single-family homes, and 22 thriving places of worship, it’s a remarkably kid-friendly place.
South Street West is the neighborhood’s main corridor. It’s clean, extremely pedestrian-friendly, and full of independent restaurants, cafes and shops. Graduate Hospital also has the distinction of possessing some of the best bars in the area. South of the bustling life of Center City, Graduate Hospital has all the amenities of the city but with a more relaxing, neighborhood feel and more accessible street parking.

Coffee shops

Ultimo, OCF coffee house, Ants Pants Café, Beauty Shop Cafe

Restaurants

Pumpkin, Pub & Kitchen, Meritage, Grave Tavern, Honey’s Sit & Eat, Rex 1516, Jamaican Jerk Hut, The Sidecar Bar & Grille, Ten Stone

Local Shops

Loop, Bicycle Therapy, Mushmina, Doggie Style, Magpie Artisan Bakery

Other Attractions

Schuylkill River Trail, Odunde Festival, Julian Abele Park, The Philadelphia Clef Club of Jazz & Performing Arts, Shiloh Church

Grad Hosp North viewSouth Philadelphia (Passyunk Square, East Passyunk, Pennsport)

Just blocks from Pat’s Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, the famed cheesesteak venues of South Philadelphia, this lively residential area on Passyunk Square is home to a number of boutique shops, corner cafes, restaurants, and local bars. The neighborhood is now garnering national praise for its fantastic restaurants, with Food & Wine magazine recently naming East Passyunk Avenue one of the 10 Best Foodie Streets In America. This area provides easy transportation to Center City with a residential, community feel. Larger brownstones dot the main streets and trinities built as early as the 1880s line the smaller streets, attracting young professionals who prefer a residential home over a condo or apartment.
Pennsport is Philadelphia’s riverfront enclave that’s been building up exciting momentum in recent years. The stretch between Front and Third, better known as “Two Street,” is the home of the Mummers, the bedazzled paraders who’ve been tearing up Broad Street on New Year’s Day for more than 100 years. Though a historically residential part of town, a growing number of new restaurateurs and shop owners are breathing new energy into the area, helping expand the neighborhood’s already robust identity.

Coffee shops

Ultimo, Grindcore House, B2, Chhaya, Bennas, Black N Brew

Restaurants

Laurel, Townsend, Fond, South Philadelphia Tap Room, Stateside, Noord, Adobe Café, P.O.P.E,, Royal Tavern, Sabrina’s Café,

Local Shops

Italian Market, Fante’s Kitchen Shop, Termini Brothers Bakery, Green Aisle Grocery, Urban Jungle, Essene, Volta Market, Federal Donuts

Other Attractions

The Singing Fountain, Mummer’s Museum, Dickinson Square Park

University City & West Philadelphia

IMG_8470Just west of the Schuylkill River, University City gets its name from the three well-known schools in the neighborhood: the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the University of the Sciences. Commercial, residential, and culinary landscapes are shaped by the large populations of students and young professionals that call this area home. Bars and restaurants populate the neighborhood’s many tree-lined streets while the nearby college campuses give the area a distinct youthful vibe. A growing ethnic food scene has attracted a fair share of Ethiopian and other cuisine, while Clark Park is home to a year-round farmer’s market. Aside from the universities, the eastern side of University City is home to several medical institutions, independent centers of scientific research, 30th Street Station, and the Cira Centre. The rest of West Philadelphia, with its Victorian and early 20th-century housing stock, is primarily residential and is home to an ethnically and economically diverse population. Prominent neighborhoods in West Philly include Spruce Hill and Cedar Park.

Coffee shops

HubBub, Joe Coffee, Greenline Café, Milk & Honey, Satellite, The Gold Standard Café,

Restaurants

Marigold Kitchen, Pod, Local 44, Distrito, Kabobeesh, Sitar, HipCityVeg, Abyssinia Ethiopian, Vientiane Café, Dock Street Brewery & Restaurant, Honest Toms

Local Shops

Little Baby’s, Modern Eye, Vix Emporium, Philadelphia Runner, House of our Own, Wolf Cycle, Mariposa Co-Op, Firehouse Bicycles, Talking Headz salon, The Marvelous

Other Attractions

Clark Park, Institute of Contemporary Art, Penn Museum, Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival, 40th Street Summer Series, Kelly Writers House, Mandel Theater, Penn Park, Philadelphia Cathedral, New Africa Center/Muslim American Museum The Rotunda, Paul Robeson House Museum, Fort Mifflin, The Annenburg Center for Performing Arts, Go West! Craft Fest, Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll, Curio Theatre Company, John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at Tinicum