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What's In The Pennsport & East Passyunk Neighborhoods?
For decades, insiders have flocked to South Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, creating a sort of renaissance for the thoroughfare itself.
Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced pashunk by those in the know) find eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and Japanese fare, as well as the amazing Italian eateries that first made this street famous—not to mention the two across-the-street cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks. Generally, the area known as East...
What's In The Old City Neighborhood?
Located just 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.
Its proximity to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge make Old City a favorite for out-of-towners as much as for the residents who call it home. People love the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries, boundary-pushing theaters and vibrant nightlife. Especially popular are First...
A Guide To Gay & Lesbian Nightlife In Philadelphia
Philadelphia’s LGBT visitors looking for a night on the town can choose among a range of bars and restaurants in the city’s Gayborhood or visit a welcoming mainstream spot frequented by gay and lesbian locals in Midtown Village, Rittenhouse Square, East Passyunk and other neighborhoods. Here’s a look at some of the most popular nightlife haunts in some of the hottest ’hoods:
IN CENTER CITY
The city’s Gayborhood, which runs from 11th to Broad streets and from Chestnut to Pine streets, distinguishes itself with 69 rainbow street signs throughout the area and rainbow crosswalks at 13th
What's on South Street?
Long known as the edgiest street in Philadelphia, South Street welcomes more than just hippies these days. Shoppers searching for a statement-making look, visitors hungry for a real Philly cheesesteak and music lovers who want to catch an up-and-coming band head to the storied boulevard. Also lining South are ethnically diverse restaurants, bars that keep the party going long after dessert, galleries and performance spaces.
Over the past decade, the development of South Street’s east side has spread west of Broad Street, but the traditional definition of the district (depending on who you ask) spans up to 14 blocks: Front...
What's In The Graduate Hospital Neighborhood?
Graduate Hospital goes by many names (Center City South, South of South, G-Ho), which is fitting for a neighborhood that draws its personality from the people inside it: young transplants, born-and-raised neighbors, hip urban professionals, craft beer crowds and more. In recent years, the area stretching from Lombard Street to Washington Avenue and from Broad Street to Gray’s Ferry Avenue has accumulated a healthy dose of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and markets that reflect the area’s residential and cool vibe.
The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has picked this ’hood for its summertime PHS Pop Up Garden two years in a...
Philadelphia Food Trucks Satisfy
Say it five times fast: Philly’s fallen for food trucks. From Temple University’s campus to South Philly, the beyond-fun dining craze has truly boomed. If a diner craves something, chances are he or she can source it on wheels: brick-oven soppressata pizza, green-tea macaroons, gourmet mac and cheese, Spam musubi, sweet-cream ice cream, pour-over coffee. That’s not even mentioning staples such as soul food, cheesesteaks, crepes and falafel.
Lunch seekers can find trucks all over the city, especially near universities, but they know to check Twitter before they make a trip. These trucks have wheels and often use them to...
It's The Year Of Urban Public Spaces In Philadelphia
In The New York Times' influential “52 Places To Go In 2015” article, writer Nell McShane Wulfhart calls Philadelphia “an urban outdoor oasis,” attributing the city’s transformation to places like Dilworth Park, Race Street Pier, Spruce Street Harbor Park and Bike Share. And what an urban oasis it is.
Philadelphia’s residents and visitors are heading outdoors in huge numbers thanks to the activation of many under-utilized spaces in recent years. Lively urban parks, reimagined recreational landscapes and spirited pop-up gardens have taken over once-overlooked patches of land and water. These transformations have the city’s civic planners reclaiming...
What's In The Fishtown Neighborhood?
Like its hip neighbor Northern Liberties, Fishtown has quickly become one of the coolest sections of Philadelphia, thanks to an influx of quality restaurants, inventive bars, impressive music venues and forward-thinking art galleries.
Philadelphians have found new and innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians there in what’s now Penn Treaty Park. It’s the only place in the city where, in the same evening, someone can buy a custom-made guitar, drink craft beer while playing Tetris, eat stellar Yugoslavian food and visit the world’s only pizza museum. Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor serves...
What's In The Callowhill Neighborhood?
Dubbed the “Loft District” by real estate developers and “The Eraser ’Hood” by locals referencing the once-dark landscape that inspired former resident David Lynch’s cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something in between these two extremes. The stylish-yet-still-transforming neighborhood attracts both young professionals who enjoy its high-end condos and close proximity to Center City and artists looking for affordable-yet-expansive studio and gallery spaces. It’s a formerly industrial neighborhood that charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and the kind of hidden cultural gems that intrigue visitors and residents alike....
What's In The Bella Vista And Queen Village Neighborhoods?
Once considered working-class suburbs, the tree-lined South Philadelphia neighborhoods of Queen Village and Bella Vista have spent the past decade establishing themselves as some of the city’s most stable and vibrant places to live, work, dine and shop. Small, mostly historic townhouses and a mix of new and well-established businesses make up these side-by-side neighborhoods. Residents both new and old are passionate about maintaining pocket parks and patronizing independent merchants and restaurants. The districts’ busiest byways include the open-air Italian Market on South 9th Street and the mini neighborhood of west-to-east-running South Street.
Directly south of Old City and...
Philly's Got Soul By The Forkful
Nothing’s more satisfying than a plate of down-home eats, and thankfully, Philly’s dining scene is rich in catfish, jerk chicken and macaroni and cheese. Whether it’s a gourmet spin on turkey wings, a zesty bowl of jambalaya or a slice of sweet-potato pie, hearty goodness abounds at the region’s soul, southern, Cajun and Caribbean eateries. Here’s a look of some of the mouthwatering delights sure to make a visit to Philly a filling one:
Hot Buttered Soul:
- South Street’s Ms. Tootsie’s serves up irresistibly homey eats (crab mac and cheese balls, smothered pork and turkey chops and some of
Poll: Philly's Beer Scene Runneth Over
Inspired by Philly Beer Week, kicking off today, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) polled the newly created Philly Friends opinion panel about the city’s beer scene. The findings are mouthwatering.
Question #1: What do you think makes Philly’s beer scene so impressive? (Select all that apply.)
- Beer-centric pubs & bars – 76%
- Quality breweries – 69%
- Beer gardens – 54%
- Philly Beer Week – 43%
- Bartenders who know their stuff – 37%
- Home-brewing scene – 19%
- Other – 7%
Question #2: What is your favorite place in Philadelphia to enjoy beer on a hot summer day?...
What's New & Notable In Philly's Restaurant Scene This Spring?
Spring in Philadelphia means more than baseball and cherry blossoms: It also means brand-new BYOBs, gastropubs, a biergarten, a raw bar, a noodle bar and the list goes on. Among the crowd of culinary creators are a number of second, third and beyond acts by some of the region’s hottest restaurateurs. And, as is appropriate in the warm weather, there’s news on the ice cream front too. Here’s what’s cooking in Philly this spring:
- Northern European cuisine, including smoked fish, smørrebrød, bitterballen and lots of beets, get their day in the sun thanks to Chef Joncarl Lachman’s
What's In The Northwest Philadelphia Neighborhoods?
Getting to the diverse and historic neighborhoods of Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Mt. Airy and West Oak Lane is a cinch via SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system. Check bus and regional rail schedules at septa.org before heading off to explore these vibrant enclaves in the northwest section of the city.
Chestnut Hill (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
With a higher elevation than the rest of the city, Chestnut Hill was once a vacation spot for those who wanted to escape the summer heat of the lower-lying parts of the city. Today, the neighborhood’s eclectic
Eat On The Green This Spring In Philadelphia
With spring about to spring, diners are eager to enjoy their meals alfresco, and fortunately, Philadelphia and The Countryside® is flourishing with plenty of green-minded eateries. Whether it’s dinner in an urban courtyard, brunch in an antique greenhouse or beer and pizza on a green roof, there’s an abundance of options for taking in the local flora. Here’s a look at just a few of the region’s restaurants that boast flower power:
- The enclosed veranda at The Brick Hotel’s Restaurant overlooks lush, well-tended flower gardens, which are a visual complement to the New American cuisine like line-caught salmon over saffron
Restaurant Independence In Historic Philadelphia
When choosing a restaurant in Historic Philadelphia, the key word is choice. In fact, there are so many restaurants, cafes and bistros that discerning diners could eat out all 108 days of summer without ever hitting the same spot twice. Here are just a few places where diners can please their palates:
Asian & South Asian:
- Aqua – Those in the know order the special Thai iced tea or bring a favorite libation to this lively and brightly hued BYOB where the Thai and Malaysian cuisine brims with spice. 705 Chestnut Street, (215) 928-2838
- Buddakan – Under the watchful
A World Of Flavors In Philadelphia
Philadelphia and The Countryside® continues to build its reputation as a not-to-be-missed foodie town, and the city's diverse and multifaceted restaurant scene is doing its part to give discerning diners a taste of the world. It's in Philadelphia that authentic Burmese ginger salads, Brazilian barbecue and traditional Irish breakfasts are as accessible as Israeli eggplant sandwiches and Korean kimchi. The following is just a sampling of the region's global smorgasbord:
- The city's premminent French restaurant, Georges Perrier’s Le Bec-Fin is consistently lauded for its superior dining experience. These days the menu has a contemporary twist (Jonah crab
56 Reasons Why Philly's Dining Scene Is As Tempting As Ever
New On The Scene
There are plenty of newcomers to Philadelphia’s ever-growing restaurant scene. Here’s a look at some of the newest spots on the block:
- This season’s most anticipated opening, Jose Garce’s Chifa promises the intriguing crossover of Peruvian and Chinese cuisines found in Peru—and now at 7th and Chestnut Streets. Like Garces’ other local holdings Amada, Tinto and Distrito, the menu will focus on made-to share-portions. Dishes will include congee, pork belly buns with foie gras and plenty of daily changing options from a ceviche bar.
- Nola traditions continue to inspire local cooking. Restaurateur/chef John Mims, best
12 Cool Places To Eat In Philadelphia
A truly memorable restaurant experience goes beyond the plate, and nowhere is this more evident than in the restaurants of Philadelphia and The Countryside®. From a church converted into a Creole restaurant and a century-old boat with multi-leveled decks for dining to a sleek French bistro with a skyscraper’s view and a futuristic Asian restaurant with conveyor-belt sushi, the Philadelphia region is brimming with eateries where the surroundings are as compelling as the food. Here are a dozen examples:
- Once a train shed, Reading Terminal Market became the city’s preeminent indoor marketplace in 1893, replacing the whistling
Backgrounder: Regional Dining
The towns of the Philadelphia countryside are serious about food, and that means great eating on any budget. Chic lounges, elegant restaurants and casual pubs in Bucks, Chester, Delaware and Montgomery counties provide a sophisticated day or evening on the town that’s just a short drive from Center City Philadelphia. And when the weather is favorable, foodies can enjoy the fresh air, as many of the region’s restaurants include outdoor seating. Here are just a few suggestions for high-, moderate- and low-priced dining:
Money-Is-No-Object Options ($40 per person and up):
- A bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) establishment set in a charming West