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Dec 29 2016

What's In The Avenue Of The Arts Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Cafes, Shops, Theaters and More

Although technically named South Broad Street, the center of Philadelphia’s performing arts community—stretching from City Hall to Lombard Street—has earned the nickname Avenue of the Arts. And for good reason. The energy is contagious as theatergoers, orchestra fans, opera lovers, dance aficionados and artists spill onto the street to mix with the locals who live, work and dine on the storied thoroughfare.

Home to the striking Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the legendary Academy of Music, The Wilma Theater, Merriam Theater, University of the Arts, Arts Bank and other cultural landmarks, the Avenue of the Arts has earned its artsy cred. Music fans can look down and trace Philadelphia’s musical legacy along the sidewalk’s Walk of Fame. And everyone stands in awe of City Hall, the architectural exclamation point on a street lined with elaborately adorned buildings.

While The Philadelphia Orchestra, Philadanco, Opera Philadelphia and other internationally acclaimed cultural groups perform inside the buildings along the Avenue of the Arts, activities that take place outside have endeared the avenue to the masses. Any local will proudly recall the thrill of cheering as their championship sports teams celebrated in a huge victory parade. And they can readily describe the annual tradition of standing on the sidewalks, defying the cold weather to ring in the New Year with the Mummers Parade, the nation’s oldest folk parade.

Restaurants & Bars:

  • Aqimero – Inside the lobby of the iconic Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia, Chef Richard Sandoval fuses Latin-American flavors in a modern, sustainable way at Aqimero. Diners enjoy the unique flavors of seafood, steaks, ribs and poultry cooked on a wood-fired grill. The restaurant also boasts a sushi and ceviche bar, a raw bar with sustainably caught seafood options and an extensive cocktail menu that includes a variety of mezcals from around the world. 10 Avenue of the Arts, (215) 523-8200,
  • BOP – This sleek restaurant serves up Korean food with an American twist. Popular menu items include mandoo, donut holes, Korean fried chicken and bibimbop. The 80-seat spot also mixes nearly a dozen specialty cocktails and features a solid wine and beer list. 220 S. Broad Street, (267) 455-0378,
  • Capital Grille – Diners enjoy dry-aged steaks, fresh seafood, signature cocktails and wines chosen from the award-winning list of 350 bottles. 1338-46 Chestnut Street, (215) 545-9588,
  • Estia – Known for its high-end fare, this authentic Greek restaurant specializes in whole, fresh seafood flown in from the Greek islands. The rustic yet elegant ambiance provides a Mediterranean backdrop for diners to enjoy their meal paired with their choice of wines. 1405-07 Locust Street, (215) 735-7700,
  • Girasole Ristorante & Bar – Girasole offers prix-fixe menus featuring homemade pasta dishes, fresh seafood and artisan cheeses. In summer, patrons can dine alfresco and take in views along the Avenue of the Arts. 440 S. Broad Street, (215) 732-2728,
  • HipCityVeg – With its newest Philadelphia location on the Avenue of the Arts, HipCityVeg specializes in plant-based fast food-inspired options made with fresh, organic and often local ingredients. They even offer a meat- and cheese-less version of the Philly cheesesteak.121 S. Broad Street, (267) 296-9001,
  • McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant – Menus change daily at this steak and seafood spot, committed to serving the freshest fish, oysters and mussels. Wines from the Northwest, single malts and martinis wash them all down well. 1 S. Broad Street, (215) 568-6888,
  • Tavern on Broad – Inside this below ground bar and restaurant, people enjoy classic American fare such as burgers and house-smoked BBQ pulled pork. The impressive schedule of weekly events and 34 HD televisions attract out-of-town fans and locals eager to watch their respective teams win. 200 S. Broad Street, (215) 546-2290,
  • XIX (Nineteen) – On the 19th floor of the Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia, XIX wows guests with sweeping skyline views and a central raw bar of clams, shrimp, crabs and oysters. Also on tap: an afternoon tea and weekday happy hour specials. 200 S. Broad Street, 19th Floor, (215) 790-1919,


  • Academy of Music – Home of Opera Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania Ballet and many Broadway Philadelphia performances, this historic theater has seen countless performances and shows throughout its more than 150 years. Broad & Locust Streets, (215) 893-1999,
  • Arts Bank – Part of the University of the Arts, the Arts Bank houses a 230-seat main stage and the fully renovated Laurie Beechman Cabaret Theater on the first floor of this historic building. 601 S. Broad Street, (215) 717-6000,
  • Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts – Why do people love the Kimmel Center? Incredible world, pop, jazz, classical, theater and dance performances take place across its campus in the Kimmel Center, Merriam Theater and Academy of Music, and free building and theater tours offer an insider’s peek throughout the week. 300 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1999,
  • Merriam Theater – Part of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts campus, the 1,870-seat Merriam hosts stand-up comedians, celebrity chefs and dance and theater acts. Intimate and enthusiastic crowds add to the performance. 250 S. Broad Street, (215) 893-1999,
  • Suzanne Roberts Theatre – Home to the Philadelphia Theatre Company, this sparkling newer addition to the Avenue of the Arts is a hotspot for theater and dance. The theater also hosts a summer camp for teens teaching acting, directing, playwriting and designing. 480 S. Broad Street, (215) 985-0420,
  • The Wilma Theater – Productions at The Wilma Theater aim to engage actors and audience members alike with thought-provoking, daring performances. Under its Wilma WynTix initiative, all tickets for the mainstage runs are available at the subsidized rate of $25 for the first two weeks of performances in each run or $10 for students and theater artists with valid ID. 265 S. Broad Street, (215) 546-7824,

Art Galleries:

  • The University of the Arts – The only private university in the nation dedicated solely to educating students in the visual and performing arts, design and writing, UArts features several professional gallery spaces that showcase the work of visiting artists, as well as students, faculty, staff and alumni.
    • Arronson Gallery, Hamilton Gallery and Solmssen Court hold rotating exhibits throughout the year. Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad Street, (215) 717-6001
    • Gallery 1401 features work from the Photography department, as well as noted international photographers. Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad Street, 14th Floor, (215) 717-6300
    • Gallery 817 is the Fine Arts program’s exhibit space. This gallery also exhibits works of the faculty, alumni and visiting artists. Anderson Hall, 333 S. Broad Street, 8th Floor, (215) 717-6495
    • Gallery One is the only Philadelphia gallery run exclusively by students and only one of a few galleries of its kind in the country. Hamilton Hall, 320 S. Broad Street
    • Richard C. von Hess Illustration Gallery is the Illustration department’s primary exhibit space. Anderson Hall, 333 S. Broad Street, 7th Floor, (215) 717-6240
    • The Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery, the university’s main gallery, hosts works from various artists throughout the year. Anderson Hall, 333 S. Broad Street, (215) 717-6480
    • The Sol Mednick Gallery, named in honor of the famed photographer and UArts alumnus, is the university’s primary photography gallery and the only endowed gallery in Philadelphia dedicated solely to photography. Terra Hall, 211 S. Broad Street, 15th Floor, (215) 717-6300

Shops & Spas:

  • Bellevue Salon and Spa – Indulgence is on the menu at this modern, European-style salon and spa in the historic Hyatt at The Bellevue Philadelphia. From distinctive haircuts and blowouts to head-turning highlights and color, this spot is all about creating style and glamour. Broad & Walnut Streets, (267) 514-8000,
  • Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon – Guests at this comfort zone escape stress with body, hair and skin treatments. Special services include the ultimate antiaging facial, couples’ massages and aromatherapy treatments incorporating seasonal natural flower essences, Reiki, raindrop therapy and a four-handed massage. 10 Avenue of the Arts, (215) 523-8035,
  • Salon Royale Court – Clients get the royal treatment through the modern salon’s comprehensive menu of services, including precision cuts, artistic color, elegant up-dos, pristine mani-pedis and eyebrow waxing. The second-floor location offers a stunning view of bustling Broad Street below. 215 S. Broad Street, 2nd Floor, (215) 893-3800,
  • Shops at The Bellevue – The bottom floors of The Bellevue house chic designer boutiques, including Polo Ralph Lauren, Nicole Miller, The Walking Company, Tiffany & Co. and Williams-Sonoma, as well as a food court. Broad & Walnut Streets, (215) 875-8350,

Other Attractions:

  • City Hall – Festooned with symbolic carvings and sculptures by Alexander Milne Calder and capped off with a 37-foot statue of William Penn, City Hall, the nation’s largest municipal building, is an architectural treasure inside and out. For an elevated view of Center City, visitors can take a 15-minute Tower Tour of the Observation Deck or join in the two-hour guided building tours, which also include the Observation Deck. The guided tour is available on weekdays only, and the Tower Tour is available on weekdays and select Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather and capacity permitting. Broad & Market Streets, Room 121, (215) 686-2840,
  • Gershman Y – A center for Jewish arts and culture, the Gershman Y hosts a wide range of programs and activities from Jewish film festivals to discussion groups to the rollicking Latkapalooza. It is also the site of the Philadelphia Jewish Sports Hall of Fame and sports museum honoring local Jewish teams and athletes, many who played in the building. 401 S. Broad Street, (215) 545-4400,
  • The Union League of Philadelphia – Founded in 1862, The Union League has hosted U.S. presidents, heads of state, industrialists, entertainers and dignitaries from around the globe. It continues to be driven by its motto, “Amor Patriae Ducit” or “Love of Country Leads.” Inside the building, which occupies an entire city block, is The Heritage Center. A manifestation of the work of the three charities of the Union League—Youth Work, Scholarship and Abraham Lincoln Foundations—the center is designed to allow greater public access to these charitable resources. Union League, 140 S. Broad Street, (215) 563-6500,; Heritage Center, (215) 587-6455,


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