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Dec 17 2015

What's In The Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mt. Airy Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Cafes, Markets & Shops In The Chestnut Hill, Germantown & Mt. Airy Neighborhoods

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 shops and renowned eateries, most along cobblestoned Germantown Avenue, continue to make it a cool place to visit.


  • Bredenbeck’s Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor – Open since 1889, this charming shop scores big with locals who adore its cakes, cupcakes, pies and, of course, ice cream. Throughout the year, Bredenbeck’s welcomes customers to get in on the action through events and workshops, such as cake decorating and gingerbread making. 8126 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-7374,
  • Cake Restaurant – Expanded from its bakery beginnings, this conservatory-based bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot serves sweet and savory French-influenced fare for breakfast, lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch. Guests can ease the wait for salmon Niçoise salads, beef bourguignon, turkey tartines and croque monsieurs with a delectable treat from the pastry case. 8501 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-6887,
  • Chestnut Hill Coffee Company – Something’s always brewing at this upscale espresso bar, and whatever blend it is, those lucky beans have been roasted in-house, allowing for the optimal espresso. 8620 Germantown Avenue, (215) 242-8600,
  • Chestnut Hill Farmers’ Market – A smaller version of Center City’s famed Reading Terminal Market, this indoor market behind the Chestnut Hill Hotel houses a number of stalls offering produce, beef, chicken, fish and other fresh foods. The market stays open year-round—to the delight of its loyal patrons—but hours change seasonally. Winston Road between Germantown Avenue & Mermaid Lane, (215) 733-9599
  • El Poquito – Hillers instantly took to this contemporary cantina and tequila bar when it opened, filling the indoor booths and outdoor courtyard for fresh-juiced margaritas and spicy fish tacos. 8201 Germantown Avenue, (267) 766-5372,
  • The French Bakery – Considered one of the hidden gems of Chestnut Hill, this restaurant-bakery claims to offer the best croissants this side of France, in addition to killer macaroons and French ham sandwiches. The chef here uses fresh local ingredients to make pastries, soups and sandwiches that are perfect for breakfast or lunch. 8624 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-5959
  • Green Soul – Simplicity, health and freshness rule at Green Soul, which uses kale and faro in its super salad, turkey bacon in its salmon BLT and frozen bananas in its soft serve. Keeping with its health focus, the restaurant offers baked chicken fingers for kids and includes a green apple with every order. 8229 Germantown Avenue, (215) 242-2300,
  • McNally’s Tavern – Home of the iconic, salami-topped cheesesteak sandwich, known as the Schmitter, this pub is the go-to spot for both sandwiches and incredible soup, along with incredibly delicious chocolate cake. Established in 1921, it has established itself as a well-known landmark in Chestnut Hill. 8634 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-9736,
  • Mica – Talented chef Chip Roman’s outpost treats its guests to an unforgettable meal—especially for those who try the five- or seven-course chef’s tasting menu. The a la carte menu changes every day, and the intimate outdoor patio provides an ideal setting to share a meal in warm weather. 8609 Germantown Avenue, (267) 335-3912,
  • The Night Kitchen – This green-certified cafe and bakery features from-scratch bakery items, specialty cakes and wedding cakes. Eco-conscious foodies appreciate that the staff grows its own herbs and vegetables for the dishes and recycles via rain harvesting and composting of food scraps. 7725 Germantown Avenue, (215) 248-9235,
  • Top of the Hill Cafe – Born from Top of the Hill Farm Market, which has been providing fresh local produce to the community for going on 40 years, the cafe sells soups, salads, sandwiches and hot entrees that are prepared daily on the premises. Patrons can choose to dine in or take their meals to go. 184 E. Evergreen Avenue, (215) 248-6009,
  • Weavers Way Co-op: Chestnut Hill – This co-op offers all-natural groceries, local and organic meat and produce, an expanded bulk section and a large prepared foods section—
    at a discount for members. 8424 Germantown Avenue, (215) 843-2350,


  • Artisans on the Avenue – This shop stocks its shelves with clothing from small U.S. and local designers, jewelry from local artists, accessories from around the world and gifts that are just right. 8440 Germantown Avenue, (215) 381-0582,
  • Greendesign – Eco-friendliness is the name of the game at this playfully serene home and children’s shop known for its organic cotton onesies, handmade cards, carved wood bowls and utilitarian housewares. 8434 Germantown Avenue, (215) 242-0700,
  • Hideaway Music – This shop promises “better living though vinyl,” and it delivers. Original LPs from classic and contemporary rock to jazz and blues, along with turntables, concert posters and releases by today’s artists (also available on CD), draw music lovers from all over to this Chestnut Hill gem. 8612 Germantown Avenue, (215) 248-4434,
  • Host Interiors – Classic modern furnishings by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams are staples in this elegant yet approachable shelter store, which offers design services and get-there-fast sample sales. 7908 Germantown Avenue, (215) 967-1196,
  • Indigo Schuy – This well-appointed boutique sells men’s and women’s exercise wear that’s almost too chic for the gym, but is completely apropos at the country club. 8432 Germantown Avenue, (267) 437-2958,
  • Isabella Sparrow – Ethereal yet rustic vintage-y home goods, many made of repurposed farmhouse finds, sooth the soul and update the house to give a comforting country edge to city homes. 8511 Germantown Avenue, (717) 327-7285,
  • Mango – Born of a 1980s Boho beach business, this women’s clothing boutique approaches all-age fashions from a colorful, casual bent, with a style philosophy that clothes should be comfortable and stylish. 8622 Germantown Avenue, (215) 248-9299
  • The Philadelphia Print Shop Ltd. – Fans of Antiques Roadshow might recognize a face or two behind the desks of this well-established repository of historic maps, books and original prints, many relating to the region and dating from the 15th through 19th centuries. 8441 Germantown Avenue, (215) 242-4750,
  • Quelque Chose – Pink and green and printed all over, this Lilly Pulitzer-packed shop, known for its vast boat tote selection, is vibrant proof that The Preppy Handbook is alive and well on the Hill. 8437 Germantown Avenue, (215) 248-6022,
  • Robertson’s Florist – One of the city’s elder florists outdoes itself arrangement after arrangement, offering all manner of flowers, but also elegant home accessories, especially during the holidays. 8501 Germantown Avenue, (800) 242-6002,
  • Roots Inc. – On-point clothing is the point of this casually trendy spot for independent women’s wear designers. Otology, Splendid, Emerson Fry and Maison Scotch are among the labels adorning effortlessly stylish wardrobe must-haves. 8436 Germantown Avenue, (267) 385-5753,
  • Villavillekula – In a children’s shop named after Pippi Longstocking’s home, owner Beth Milley stocks mostly handmade clothing and accessories for wee ones, the sorts of items they probably shouldn’t wear to school, but will certainly want to. 8135 Germantown Avenue,
  • Windfall Gallery – Shoppers can snag the perfect gift for a special someone from this global collection, representing 250+ artists from fair-trade groups around the world. Ornate necklaces, carvings, pottery and singing bowls are just the start of amazing trinkets seeking a stylish and kind home. 7944 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-6303,

Germantown/Mt. Airy (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
In addition to its elegant examples of 18th- and 19th-century architecture, Mt. Airy is also known for its artists, unique non-chain bookstores, cozy coffee shops and green space offered by Wissahickon Valley Park. One of the oldest settlements in Philadelphia, Germantown has a relaxed, backyard feel along with its significant historic resources.


  • Alma Mater – Comfort food-filled breakfast, lunch, dinner, plus beer and live music are served in a vintage atmosphere, right down to the circa 1940s bar, amid prep school souvenirs. An outdoor beer garden offers picnic tables and games, weather permitting. 7165 Germantown Avenue, (215) 432-6092,
  • Bacio – Regulars know it’s worth the wait for a table at this traditional Italian-American open-kitchen BYOB, known for its antipasto and “Grandma’s” lasagna. 311 W. Mount Pleasant Avenue, (215) 248-2740
  • Cresheim Valley Grain Exchange – Soul food and buck-a-shuck oysters get the gastropub treatment at this modern, neighborhood hang, also known for its burgers, fries, mac and cheese, old-fashioned cocktails and vegetarian offerings. 7152 Germantown Avenue, (267) 766-2502
  • Earth Bread + Brewery – This Mount Airy hotspot pours on-site-brewed beers from four
    taps, and it’s proud to have rarely repeated the same recipe. Seven other guest taps rotate suds from mostly local breweries, and there’s Pennsylvania wine on draught. Housemade soda and kombucha, brewed from fermented peas, round out the libations, all of which complement the flatbread pizzas. 7136 Germantown Avenue, (215) 242-6666,
  • Frosted Fox Cake Shop – Basic chocolate chip cookies and over-the-top layer cakes are the specialty of this couple-owned bakery, a monogrammed cupcake-lover’s Pinterest board come to life. 6511 Germantown Avenue, (267) 900-5453,
  • High Point Cafés – The popularity of the made-to-order crepes and house-roasted coffee necessitated two West Mount Airy locations for this Bohemian bakery/coffee shop.
    602 Carpenter Lane, (215) 849-5153; Allens Lane Station, 7210 Creshiem Road, (215) 248-1900,
  • McMenamin’s Tavern – The locals show up here in force to catch Phillies, Flyers, Eagles
    and Sixers games; to eat what are arguably the best wings in the city; and to drink the local beers on tap. 7170 Germantown Avenue, (215) 247-9920
  • Trolley Car Diner – Just beyond the Chestnut Hill border, a shiny, circa 1952 trolley has become a family-favorite venue for stuffed French toast and milkshakes all day, plus burgers, homemade meatloaf, chicken croquettes and hot fudge sundaes. 7619 Germantown Avenue, (215) 753-1500,
  • Weavers Way Co-op: Mt. Airy – This co-op location is the original, opening its doors in 1973. Shoppers find a full-service natural grocer on the first floor and one of the largest bulk departments in the region upstairs. A separate store just across the street houses the personal care and pet care divisions. 559 Carpenter Lane, (215) 843-2350,


  • Big Blue Marble Bookstore – At this independently owned bookshop, patrons can browse the diverse selection of progressive and multicultural titles, or bring the kids in for weekly story time. 551 Carpenter Lane, (215) 844-1870,
  • Mt. Airy Read & Eat – This community-centric used bookstore and cafe aims to please all who enter via a respectable collection of thousands of low-priced, gently loved tomes, a play and story time space for children, La Colombe coffee and locally made ice cream and baked goods. 7141 Germantown Avenue, (215) 432-6092,
  • October Gallery: Main Art Gallery – The folks behind October Gallery have connected
    people to African-American creative and visual expression since 1985. Every November, the annual Philadelphia International Art Expo presents an array of masks, sculptures and canvas works representing images and artists from across the African Diaspora. 6353 Greene Street, (215) 629-3939,
  • Philadelphia Electric Wheels – This spot sells electric bikes, folding bikes and kits to convert regular bikes into electric ones. And for those who like to pedal old school, it also carries traditional bikes, sans motors. 7153 Sprague Street, (215) 821-9266,

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