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What's In The Fishtown Neighborhood?
Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Art & Shops In Philadelphia’s 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 as home base for many of the city’s rising artists, and both residents and tourists can take in new gallery offerings every First Friday along the avenue and its environs.
Like many sections of Philadelphia, the borders of Fishtown are subject to debate, though the eastern border has always ended at the Delaware River. On the west, the border runs down Laurel Street to Front Street before moving north on Front Street to Norris Street; and to the south, Fishtown begins where Frankford Avenue, Laurel Street and Delaware Avenue meet. Depending who you ask, the northern part of Fishtown ends either at Norris Street, York Street or Lehigh Avenue. Folks in Center City looking to spend a day or evening in Fishtown should head northeast by snagging a cab, biking it or taking SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line to the Girard Avenue stop. Those in the Fairmount section of the city can take the restored trolley system that runs on Girard Avenue.
Neighborhood tips, itineraries and maps are available at visitphilly.com/neighborhoods.
Restaurants, Bars & Breweries:
- Barcade – Combine a sizable craft beer list with 40 25-cent classic arcade games, and the result is Barcade. Based on locations in Brooklyn and Jersey City, the bar-arcade combo also offers up a generous menu and outdoor space—for those who can tear themselves away from Tetris or Donkey Kong. 1114 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-4400, barcadephiladelphia.com
- Bottle Bar East – With a 12-tap bar, dartboard, foosball table and local art installations, this craft beer haven entices both Fishtowners and visitors. It doubles as a take-out retail shop, so patrons can fill up a growler or mix their own six-pack and take the party home. 1308 Frankford Avenue, (267) 909-8867, bottlebareast.com
- Cedar Point Bar & Kitchen – This 50-seat, retro-American restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner with a dose of contemporary Southern soul. Alongside new takes on traditional dishes—kale burger, fried egg BLT—15 taps showcase a variety of American craft, German and Belgian beers. 2370 E. Norris Street, (215) 423-5400, cedarpointbarandkitchen.com
- Cook and Shaker – Cook and Shaker is festooned with reclaimed wood and exposed brick. On offer: local beers, seasonal artisanal cocktails and locally sourced snacks such as fried buffalo Brussels sprouts, tater tots, pierogies and grilled kielbasa. Tulip & Albert Streets, (215) 426-2665, cookandshaker.com
- Dottie’s Dinette – This scaled-down diner features “America’s greatest hits” in place of the classic multi-page diner menu. All-day breakfast is a staple, as are comfort food entrees including meatloaf, corned beef and mac and cheese. 1080 N. Delaware Avenue, (267) 457-2431, dottiesdinette.com
- East Girard Gastropub – Dubbed “The Egg,” this 24-seat gastropub takes its acronym seriously, evidenced by its egg mural and menu items such as deviled eggs and The E.G.G. Burger, which comes with cheddar, onion jam, sunny egg, bacon and fries. No one-trick pony, the restaurant also features a raw bar, classic cocktails and a nice craft beer roster. 200 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 761-9343, eastgirardpub.com
- Eatalia – This affordable, northern Italian BYOB offers classics such as caprese salad and veal piccata, along with homemade desserts made fresh daily. Guests who’d rather rekindle the spark at home—or in their hotel room—can opt for takeout. 2723 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 423-6911, eataliabyob.com
- Ekta Indian Cuisine – Vegetarians and meat eaters alike find a lot to love at this Indian BYOB. Kadai chicken, lamb saagwala and homemade cottage cheese cubes with spinach (saag aur paneer) dot an expansive menu. Naan lovers, take heart: Ekta serves 16 different types—all cooked in a charcoal-fired tandoor oven. 250 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 426-2277, ektaindianrestaurant.com
- The El Bar – Situated, as the name implies, under SEPTA’s Market-Frankford elevated rail line (or “The El”), this quasi-dive bar attracts a loyal following, thanks to inexpensive beer and snacks, a pool table and live music on select nights. The enormous outdoor patio provides a perfect spot for enjoying a Kensington Happy Meal—the bar’s staple that includes two hot dogs, a bag of chips, a PBR and a toy for $5. 1356 N. Front Street, (215) 634-6430
- Fette Sau – Brooklyn’s notable barbecue restaurant opened a second location in Philadelphia, replete with all the characteristics that made the New York outpost a hit—dry-rubbed, well-prepared meats from local farms that are smoked in-house; simple and elegant side dishes; and communal seating on wooden picnic tables. Fette Sau (German for “fat pig”) also keeps nine beers and a cider on tap and offers an extensive list of 100 North American bourbons and whiskeys. 1208 Frankford Avenue, (215) 391-4888, fettesauphilly.com
- First Street Steaks and Hoagies – This Front Street (what would be 1st Street) sandwich shop breaks the traditional Philly cheesesteak mold with house-made “White Wizz” cheese sauce, gourmet filet tip sandwiches and breakfast sandwiches. Hand-cut fries and the signature Pilgrim sandwich are favorites. 1204 Front Street, (215) 425-5565, firststreetsteaks.com
- Fishtown Tavern – Owned and run by the people behind Buffalo Billiards in Old City, this neighborhood pub sports a local feel. Folks stop by for the bar food and selection of beers—from budget to pricey—and the handful of bike racks out front bring in the area’s cycling population. 1301 Frankford Avenue, (267) 687-8406, fishtowntavern.com
- Frankford Hall – Build a modern German beer garden, and they will come. This indoor/outdoor hotspot pours 12 draft beers, most of which patrons can order in half- and full-liter helpings, and 10 more in bottles. Authentic German foods such as pretzels and bratwurst, open-air picnic-table seating, a center campfire and ping-pong tables make for a memorable evening (or day) on the town. 1210 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-3338, frankfordhall.com
- Girard – This BYOB brasserie and bruncherie serves French inspired dishes such as croquet monsieur, foie gras tartine and chicken paillard for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Elixir coffee, teas, fresh-squeezed OJ and pastries are available at the grab-and-go coffee bar. 300 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 457-2486, girardongirard.com
- Good Spoon Soupery – Soup lovers rejoiced when this Philly wholesaler expanded to a cafe stocked with three to four soups, as well as breads, fresh pastries and salads. Soup flavors change with the seasons. 1400 N. Front Street, goodspoonfoods.com
- Ida Mae’s Bruncherie – Diners at this breakfast destination find a cozy atmosphere, friendly staff and a huge menu of delicious brunch goodies. The beans on toast, huevos rancheros and full Irish breakfast start the morning (or afternoon) right. 2302 E. Norris Street, (267) 259-6493
- Interstate Draft House – At the bar, restaurant and outdoor patio of this Southwest-style locale, people chow on alligator and beef chili, grilled seitan tips and burgers topped with applewood bacon and mac and cheese, and they wash it all down with refreshing brews. Tuesday nights rival the weekends here, thanks to $1 tacos and $3 select draft beers. 1235 E. Palmer Street, (267) 455-0045
- Jovan’s Place – A family-operated neighborhood hang that feels more like someone’s living room than a restaurant, Jovan’s Place showcases Yugoslavian cooking at its most authentic, right down to mom’s chicken noodle soup. With ingredients picked up fresh daily, Jovan’s schnitzel, mom’s hand-rolled stuffed cabbage and dad’s bean soup always deliver. 2327 E. York Street, (215) 634-3330, jovansplace.com
- Kensington Quarters – Sustainability and respect for animals are the focus at this bar and restaurant, which also serves as a full-service butcher shop and classroom. Students learn practical skills like chicken butchery and at-home meat curing. 1310 Frankford Avenue, (267) 314-5068, kensingtonquarters.com
- Kostas – A laid-back atmosphere, three pool tables and classic Greek food keep customers happy. The friendly bartenders and weekly drink specials keep them coming back. 15 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 639-2417
- Kraftwork – This industrial-sleek bar pours 25 draft beers from around the world, plus specialty cocktails and wines. Kraftwork keeps the food local, serving diverse selections that range from the dry-aged burger to Korean BBQ pork tacos. The soon-to-be-available beers listed on the menu keep suds lovers coming back again and again. 541 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 739-1700, kraftworkbar.com
- La Colombe – The home base for this world-renowned coffee roasting company and local cafe chain is situated in a giant Fishtown warehouse that acts as a restaurant, bakery, tasting room, roasting facility and distillery for La Colombe’s signature rum. Regulars flock here after work for the weekday half-price happy hour. 1335 Frankford Avenue, (215) 800-8759, lacolombe.com
- Lloyd – Lloyd Coudriet, a retired science teacher from nearby Penn Treaty Middle School, heads up his namesake whiskey-heavy bar in partnership with his son Scott, who ran Whiskey Ward on the Lower East Side in New York City. The menu features 80 rotating varieties of whiskey, and guests are encouraged to sample the goods. 529 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-4600, lloydwhiskeybar.com
- Loco Pez – Patrons at this Mexican gastropub swear by the 10 kinds of tacos (carne asada, seitan and spinach, chorizo and potato) offered as low-priced singles, encouraging eaters to try as many varieties as they can. Other stars include the monster helping of nachos; the bacon-wrapped Street Dog, overflowing with refried beans, ketchup, mustard, mayo and jalapenos; and 36 sipping tequilas. 2401 E. Norris Street, (267) 886-8061, locopez.com
- Memphis Taproom – An epic bottled beer list is just one highlight of Memphis Taproom, which also boasts 10 craft beers on tap and vegan-friendly brunch, lunch and dinner menus. Those looking for something different should try the raved-about smoked coconut sandwich or the deep-fried pickles with horseradish. In the warmer months, the beer garden and its accompanying canned-beer-and-dog truck draw outdoor (drinking) lovers. 2331 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 425-4460, memphistaproom.com
- Mugshot Diner – At this 5,000-square-foot corner eatery, vibrant colors and glowing neon set a retro tone that combines kitsch with style. Crowds frequent Mugshot for a wide selection of dishes, from filling breakfasts such as banana-stuffed French toast and creamed chipped beef, to classic diner fare including the Reuben sandwich and Mediterranean chicken wrap. 2424 E. York Street, (215) 426-2424, mugshotdiner.com
- Murph’s Bar – The sign outside Murph’s Bar reads, “A comfortable place to be,” and with $2 PBR drafts every day, along with a more expansive craft beer list, it’s tough to argue with that. Live entertainment and a solid menu, with dishes ranging from shrimp scampi pizza to baked-eggplant patties, make Murph’s a go-to. 202 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-1847
- Philadelphia Brewing Company – Housed in a restored 19th-century brewing facility—technically in neighboring Kensington—PBC has been supplying its year-round hand-crafted ales and limited-run microbrews to the city and beyond since 2007. Every Saturday from noon to 3:00 p.m., people pile in for guided tours and a generous amount of beer samples. 2440 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-2739, philadelphiabrewing.com
- The Pickled Heron – This 50-seat bistro serves French-inspired dishes with local and seasonal products, and it’s a BYOB to boot. In-the-know diners make sure to leave room for dessert. 2218 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-5666, thepickledheron.com
- Pizzeria Beddia – This cash-only pizzeria serves a tiny menu of 16” pies—and when they’re sold out for the day, latecomers are out of luck. Carb cravers should check Twitter, where owner Joe Beddia announces new ingredients, menu changes and the rare appearance of freshly baked loaves of organic bread made from extra pizza dough. 115 E. Girard Avenue, pizzeriabeddia.wordpress.com
- Pizza Brain – According to Guinness World Records, Brian Dwyer possesses the world’s largest collection of pizza-related memorabilia. Lucky for all pizza fans, his restaurant doubles as the world’s first pizza museum, complete with pizza-related vinyl records and pizza-bearing action figures, from Homer Simpson to Spider-Man. The brick-oven pies are as quirky as their home, with names like Forbes Waggensense and Felix Huppert. 2313 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-2965, pizzabrain.org
- Sancho Pistola’s – Younger sibling of Jose Pistola’s in Center City, Sancho Pistola’s serves dinner and weekend brunch. Patrons pile in for hip takes on Mexican classics, a raw seafood bar and a stellar beer selection. 19 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 324-3530, sanchopistolas.com
- Sketch Burger – People looking for huge, delicious hamburgers can count on Sketch Burger’s seven griddled variations, including the Cyclops Burger with bacon and a fried egg, as well as vegan options, skin-on fries and thick milkshakes. True to its name, diners can use paper and crayons to draw their odes to Sketch, which are taped on the wall throughout the restaurant. 413 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 634-3466, sketch-burger.com
- Stock – This tiny, minimalist space takes its pho seriously. There are two varieties available: the beef pho made from grass-fed beef bones and the vegan mushroom pho. Starters like green papaya salad and coconut chia seed pudding for dessert round out the small menu. 308 E. Girard Avenue, stockphilly.com
- Soup Kitchen Café – Open seven days a week, Soup Kitchen Café draws a loyal following for its hearty food selection, including meatloaf, crab cakes and chocolate-chip cookies—all homemade. Adding to the community-oriented vibe, the spot also showcases a rotating display of local art. 2146 E. Susquehanna Avenue, (215) 427-1680, soupkitchencafe.com
- Yachtsman – This proud-to-be-tiki bar goes all out—with a wooden mermaid mounted to the wall, a Caribbean sunset mural, giant tiki heads and, of course, drinks. The Zombie Punch, Bird of Paradise Fizz and Piña Colada transport the bar (there is no kitchen) patrons to a kitschy, Hawaiian alternate universe. 1444 Frankford Avenue, (267) 909-8740, yachtsmanbar.com
- Yards Brewing Company – When Yards opened in 1994, it resuscitated the city’s brewing legacy by ending a decades-long period without any operational breweries. Now on Delaware Avenue, the 100% wind-powered brewery churns out signature ales, a few seasonals and the Ales of the Revolution line, based on recipes conceived by Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and George Washington. Yards offers free Saturday and Sunday tours, and its tasting room, open seven days a week, gives fans of the suds an area to sit and sip. 901 N. Delaware Avenue, (215) 634-2600, yardsbrewing.com
Cafes & Markets:
- Coffee House Too – Quality java is the priority here. Enthusiasts sip the brewed goodness that comes from fair-trade Dallis Brothers Coffee beans, grown 3,000 to 5,000 feet above sea level. The breakfast and lunch eats are just as impressive—and effective, if ordering the Famous Hangover Hoagie. 2514 E. York Street, (267) 324-5888, coffeehouseco.com
- Emerald Street Urban Farm Project – The owners of this neighborhood-run urban farm/garden turned five vacant lots into an impressive community production. Events and fundraisers dot the garden’s calendar. 2312 Emerald Street, (518) 225-4762
- Falafel Hummus & Juice Bar – The authentic Middle Eastern menu includes plenty of vegan options, plus fresh smoothies. Crowds favor the classics like hummus, chicken kabobs and gyros. Guests can choose from 10 smoothie flavors or make their own mix from a variety of fruits and veggies. 402 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 291-5066, falafelhummusphiladelphia.com
- Greensgrow Farms – Home to a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, farm stand and garden center, this nationally recognized urban farm is a go-to spot for all local-food devotees. Visitors to the farm stand pick and choose what they want to sample. 2501 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 427-2702, greensgrow.org
- Little Baby’s Ice Cream – Specializing in handmade, super-premium ice cream made from locally sourced ingredients, Little Baby’s boasts a major fan base in the city and beyond. The dazzling flavors, ranging from balsamic banana and cardamom caramel to non-dairy flavors such as earl gray sriracha, taste as interesting and delicious as they sound. 2311 Frankford Avenue, (267) 687-8567, littlebabysicecream.com
- Milkcrate Cafe – Combine a quality cafe with a record store—that’s Milkcrate Cafe. Guests peruse new and used vinyl while they sip local coffee favorite La Colombe. Diners indulge in Le Bus pastries or choose from the dozen of menu options with musically inspired names, such as Bagella Fitzgerald and Ike & Tina Tuna. 400 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 909-8348, milkcratecafe.com
- ReAnimator Coffee – Coffee roasters since 2010, ReAnimator’s flagship cafe sits in the heart of Fishtown. The only aspects of this spot that draw more raves than the exceptional coffee are the friendly staff and skilled baristas. 1523 E. Susquehanna Avenue, (215) 425-5805, reanimatorcoffee.com
- The Rocket Cat Cafe – What else could one want from a coffee shop besides delicious vegan and non-vegan foods, a cool atmosphere and, of course, locally roasted, fair-trade, organic coffee? Food is made to order and enjoyed on the outdoor patio or on a comfy couch. 2001 Frankford Avenue, (215) 739-4526
- Steap and Grind – From the team behind Center City’s tea shop Premium Steap, Steap and Grind touts itself as the first Philly outlet for Gimme! Coffee. More than the average coffee shop, this eat-in cafe offers table service, as well as coffee and tea wares and loose teas to brew at home. 1619 Frankford Avenue, (267) 858-4427, steapandgrind.com
Music & More:
- The Barbary – This 200-person music venue presents the latest in rising local and touring indie music. Weekly DJ dance parties, karaoke nights and comedy shows keep crowds dancing and laughing into the wee hours. Artists that have performed here include Spank Rock, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, The Ting Tings, Pink Skull and Paint It Black. 951 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-7400, thebarbary.org
- Johnny Brenda’s – Showgoers snap up great views (and a bit of a break) on the balcony at Johnny Brenda’s, a 250-person venue that plays host to touring indie music acts year-round. The three bars—downstairs in the restaurant/bar, upstairs on the concert floor and on the balcony—pour all-draft, all-local beers. The menu changes daily depending on what the kitchen can get from local farmers. 1201 N. Frankford Avenue, (215) 739-9684, johnnybrendas.com
- Kung Fu Necktie – Think low lighting, inexpensive beer and one of the best-sounding small rooms in the city. Concert early birds can shoot some pool in the game room upstairs. 1250 N. Front Street, (215) 291-4919, kungfunecktie.com
- SugarHouse Casino – Located just off the Delaware River, Philadelphia’s first casino houses an array of live tables and slot machines. One of three on-site restaurants, The Refinery serves up contemporary American and new Asian fare, along with great views of the Delaware River waterfront and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge. 1001 N. Delaware Avenue, (877) 477-3715, sugarhousecasino.com
Performing & Visual Arts:
- Art Machine Productions – A shop, studio, gallery and tattoo parlor rolled into one, this 2,700-square-foot space provides plenty of working room for its featured artists. With such an impressive pool of talent, it’s no wonder that Art Machine landed on Philly Hot List’s Best Tattoo Studio for four years in a row. 1345 Frankford Avenue, (267) 239-2724, artmachineproductions.com
- Black Vulture Gallery – Pulling double duty as a gallery and tattoo parlor, Black Vulture’s four staff artists are game for ink requests ranging from the traditional to the out-there. Live music often accompanies the art shows, which have been titled “Lord of the Flies” and “Merry Hex-Mas.” 208 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 423-3666, blackvulturegallery.com
- Little Berlin – This undefined exhibit space serves as the gallery for the artist-run collective of the same name. Each month, a member of the collective puts together a new show. Music and other fun events round out the offerings here. 2430 Coral Street, littleberlin.org
- Mascher Space Cooperative – An artist-run dance co-op since 2005, Mascher supplies a space for both artists and companies to develop their work, as well as a location for classes and workshops. Thanks to the addition of mounted theater seats several years ago, the space doubles as an informal performance venue. 155 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, mascherdance.org
- Philadelphia Argentine Tango School – Since 2008, Philadelphia Argentine Tango School has taught the seductive art of tango to dancers ranging from beginners to professionals. The school’s studio, part of the Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor, hosts group and private lessons, seminars, large events, festivals and performances from international tango sensations. 2030 Frankford Avenue, (617) 291-3798, philadelphiatangoschool.com
- Space 2033 – Located on Frankford Avenue, Space 2033 is a true artistic catchall. The studio differs from its contemporaries in its focus on wellness. Tribal belly dance, Reiki and meditation workshops fit comfortably into its schedule, alongside First Friday events and rotating local artist spotlights. 2033 Frankford Avenue, (267) 679-3199
- Walking Fish Theatre – Home to B. Someday Productions, Walking Fish embraces alternative theater and produces entertainment for the whole family. The proof: burlesque and sketch comedy for adults, a Family Theatre series for kids, alternative and original live theater performances and affordable acting classes. 2509 Frankford Avenue, (215) 427-9255, walkingfishtheatre.com
- Adorn Boutique – Jewelry designer Sarah Lewis sells her exquisite, travel-inspired collections at this bright and airy shop. With a curated selection of apparel, accessories and gifts, as well as a strong commitment to sustainability and to the local community, the boutique pleases trendsetters and tree huggers alike. 1314 Frankford Avenue, (215) 739-2120, adornbysarahlewis.com
- Catch & Release – “Quality goods created stateside” is the motto at this new-school mom-and-pop shop, run by Ryan Kozar (husband) and Melissa Colosi (wife). Shoppers come for quirky gifts, such as silk-screened vintage ties wrapped inside a vintage tin safety deposit box, and fun household antiques, such as 1980s Phillies drinking glasses. 1832 Frankford Avenue, (267) 319-1844, catchandreleasemerchants.com
- Circle Thrift – Selling gently used vintage clothes, housewares, toys, books and furniture, Circle Thrift delivers what many thrift stores don’t—quality goods and a nice experience. The inventory constantly changes, drawing savvy deal-hunters back for repeat visits and shopping sprees. 2233 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-1222, circlethrift.com
- Craft Foundry – Craft Foundry specializes in eco-friendly crafts and gifts, such as artisan jewelry, journals, organic skin care, soy wax candles, organic tea and clothing—mostly made by locals. People also come to the shop for crafty classes. 701 Belgrade Street, (215) 977-8499, craftfoundry.com
- Delicious Boutique and Corseterie – Shoppers step right up to this circus-inspired store, home to men’s and women’s clothes that go beyond the astounding corset collection highlighted in its name. In addition to jewelry, accessories and clothing from independent designers from around the country, the space also hosts art openings, fundraisers and parties. 212 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 413-0375, deliciousboutique.com
- DiPinto Guitars – Located a couple blocks from Fishtown’s main music drag, DiPinto Guitars began as a repair shop in 1995 before morphing into what it is today—a showroom for (sometimes bizarre) vintage guitars, as well as owner Chris DiPinto’s own creations. Many musicians, including The White Stripes’ Jack White, swear by DiPinto. 407 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 427-7805, dipintoguitars.com
- Fishtown Jewelers – Dripping in diamonds and a friendly, neighborhood feel, this jewelry shop specializes in vintage pieces and impeccable service. Window shoppers are often lured in with free cleanings and a no-pressure sales staff. 1617 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-3277, fishtownjewelers.com
- Jinxed Fishtown – The Fishtown outpost of this local vintage furniture and antique store is located in a soaring warehouse space stocked with second-hand mirrors, rugs and armchairs, all in excellent condition. Fans know to follow Jinxed on Instagram, where shop workers post the latest hauls at incredible prices. 1331 Frankford Avenue, (215) 800-1369, jinxedphiladelphia.com
- Keys to the Attic – This resale furniture store has its customers covered. New vintage wares arrive every day, and they’re sold along with a variety of paints, waxes, finishes and hardware so that enterprising DIYers can spruce up (or distress) the pieces to their satisfaction. Those new to second-hand game can sign up for in-store workshops to sharpen their skills. 314 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 324-3681, keystotheattic.com
- Lola Rose – A funky yet classic gift shop tucked into a Philly row house, this boutique is filled with vintage clothing, designer hats, antiques and even a selection of vinyl. 242 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 314-5262, lolarosephila.com
- Philadelphia Record Exchange – Philadelphia Record Exchange has been the record shop for Philly’s vinyl heads for 30 years. One of the original partners at the shop is now the CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. The shop moved from Philadelphia’s South Street in 2013, and the legend lives on at the Frankford Avenue location. 1524 Frankford Avenue, (215) 425-4389, philarecx.com
- Street Glitter Gallery – Gallery co-owners Tami Horvath and Casey Lynch describe Street Glitter as a shop for oddities. The duo collects curiosities (vintage clocks, cookie jars and the like) and sells them along with locally made art and jewelry. 306 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 528-1267, streetglittergallery.com
- Toile – An atelier and showroom for designer Bianca De Pietro, Toile offers 100% custom, in-house clothing. Handmade readywear clothing and accessories by local designers fill the racks. 1333 Frankford Avenue, (917) 945-5575, shoptoile.com
- Two Percent to Glory – Named for the percentage of profits donated to Lakota Nation, this vintage shop sells high-quality vintage clothes and jewelry. Shoppers swoon over pre-loved boots, bags and even books, all of which are artfully displayed on furniture created by the owner. 2301 Frankford Avenue, (917) 348-4477, twopercenttoglory.com
Parks & Rec:
- Bicycle Stable – Located in a brick building that once served as a stable for police horses, Bicycle Stable handles a full line of bicycle services, from tune-ups to complete rebuilds. Those in the market for a new ride can browse a huge selection of refurbished bikes and new models from Bianchi, Linus, Marin and more. 1420 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-0633, bicyclestable.com
- Keystone Mini Golf – It’s hard not to have fun at this 1950s Americana-themed nine-hole golf course, complete with old-school arcade games. The space is all indoors and BYOB, so putt-putters can bring the party all year long. 161 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, (267) 627-4653, keystoneminigolf.com
- Penn Treaty Park – According to legend, Pennsylvania founder William Penn signed his peace treaty with the local Lenape tribe under an elm tree just off the Delaware River in 1683. Though the tree fell in a storm in 1810, the city officially opened Penn Treaty Park on the surrounding land in 1894. Today, a statue of William Penn greets local picnickers and dog walkers, and throughout the year, people from all over the city come for special events. Delaware Avenue & Beach Street, penntreatypark.org
- Triangle Dog Park – A real treat for local dog owners, this community-run dog park is fenced in behind a double-gated entrance, meaning pets can run off-leash. Occasional events include the adorable Yappy Hour Meet and Greet. 898 Aramingo Avenue
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Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced pashunk by those in the know) find eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and sushi 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...
Once considered Philadelphia’s favorite up-and-coming neighborhood, Northern Liberties has officially arrived, evidenced by the international restaurants, respected gastropubs and trendy boutiques—all this while maintaining the artistic vibe that made it so cool in the first place.
The warehouses that populate the former manufacturing district found new life as condos, galleries, stores and restaurants, and along with newly designed buildings, the area enjoys a pleasant mix of older functional and modern design. Two shopping/dining/art/entertainment plazas helped make Northern Liberties an accessible and thriving area: Liberties Walk and The Piazza at Schmidts.
The neighborhood lies north of Old City, and its borders...
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....
Just near the renowned institutions that line the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often lumped together and dubbed the “Art Museum area,” but the personalities of these laid-back districts separate them from nearby Center City.
Fairmount easily stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. Despite its proximity to downtown, the residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to the friendly residents and atmosphere. What to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-attraction. Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and the better-known Fairmount, Spring Garden distinguishes itself...
Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. What’s there? Corporate and municipal office buildings; the museum-packed Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and green spaces, including the square that gives the area its name. Once called Northwest Square, Logan Square—one of the city’s original five squares—was renamed to honor 18th-century mayor James Logan.
City Hall is a natural focal point of the Logan Square neighborhood. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation makes people stop and take notice—and photos. The architectural equivalent of a wedding cake, the sprawling building is adorned with carvings of allegorical figures and is capped off with a massive...
With its cobblestone streets and original 18th- and 19th-century buildings that line the streets from the Delaware River to 7th Street and Walnut to Lombard Streets, Philadelphia’s quaint Society Hill neighborhood remains as picture-perfect today as it was hundreds of years ago. Its proximity to Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Independence Visitor Center make it hard for visitors and locals to resist the appeal of walking the same streets the nation’s founders once strolled.
Following an era when the neighborhood was home to a number of luminaries—Samuel Powel, the first mayor of the...