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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 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.
As they are in 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 on 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 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.
- Pete Angevine – Along with a couple of friends, Pete Angevine began selling homemade ice cream and non-dairy frozen desserts from a custom-built tricycle in 2011. A year later the “world headquarters” of Little Baby’s Ice Cream opened in Fishtown. The brand continues to grow and pints of Little Baby’s will hit Whole Foods shelves soon, but Pete is staying in Fishtown. He and his wife, a lifelong Fishtowner, own a home in the neighborhood and are committed to the community. (267) 687-8567, email@example.com
- Nancy Barton – Nancy Barton has been in business—the beer business—in Fishtown and neighboring Kensington for years. The co-founder of Philadelphia Brewing Company fondly remembers one of the first craft beer bars in the area, Johnny Brenda’s, approaching the Fishtown Neighbors Association for the proper zoning 16 years ago. Barton shows her deep commitment to the neighborhood through simpler acts, such as participating in street cleanup days, to business deals, including a partnership with Greensgrow Farms. (215) 427-2739, firstname.lastname@example.org
- Phyllis Farquhar – A restaurant vet who’s been working in the industry since she was a teen, Phyllis Farquhar is a bit of a Fishtown staple. She’s been part of the community for 15 years and has owned and operated Fishtown favorite Sketch Burger since 2008. Prior to Sketch, Phyllis ran Canvas, a beloved neighborhood coffee shop. Business was booming, but Phyllis craved simplicity. She closed Canvas and moved across the street to open a burger joint. Sketch regulars know they can catch Phyllis in the kitchen on most days. (215) 609-6665, email@example.com
- Chad Ludeman – Labeled one of “The Best Philadelphians” by Philadelphia magazine, Chad Ludeman has been building modern, attractive, environmentally sound housing in Fishtown since 2009. He is president and co-founder of Postgreen Homes, a real estate development company dedicated to changing the way people live in and buy houses. An emphasis on community and innovative designs make Postgreen projects highly sought after homes in an already desirable neighborhood market. (267) 250-2184, firstname.lastname@example.org
Restaurants, Bars & Breweries:
- Andy’s Chicken – Crispy, crackling Korean fried chicken served with a variety of sauces—that’s the star at this no-frills takeout spot. Chef Andy Choi’s take on Korean classics such as bulgogi, kimchi and pork fried rice round out the menu. Regulars know to call ahead to reserve their chicken for dinner. 2001 Memphis Street, (215) 291-0700
- Barcade – Combine a sizable craft beer list with more than 50 25-cent classic arcade games, and the result is Barcade. Based on locations in Brooklyn and Jersey City, the bar-arcade combo also offers a generous menu and outdoor space—for those who can tear themselves away from Tetris and Donkey Kong. 1114 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-4400, barcadephiladelphia.com
- Bottle Bar East – With a 16-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 including fried buffalo Brussels sprouts, tater tots, pierogies and grilled kielbasa. 2301 Albert Street, (215) 426-2665, cookandshaker.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, a 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 its second location in Philadelphia. All the characteristics that made the New York outpost a hit are accounted for: 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 100 North American bourbons and whiskeys. 1208 Frankford Avenue, (215) 391-4888, fettesauphilly.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 15 draft beers, most of which patrons can order in half- and full-liter helpings, and 10 more in bottles. Authentic German foods such as large 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
- Front Street Cafe – So much more than a café, this versatile space opens at 6 a.m., offering coffee and fresh juices to neighbors on their commute. The full-service restaurant serves healthy and sustainable breakfast, lunch and dinner with vegan and gluten-free options, while the bar draws happy hour crowds with cocktail specials. In warmer months, the patio, garden and outdoor bar turn into an urban oasis. 1253 N. Front Street, (215) 513-3073, frontstreetcafe.net
- Girard – This chic BYOB bruncherie serves French-inspired breakfast and lunch all day. Dishes such as croque madame, avocado toast and the daily $5 early-morning breakfast special have regulars and first-timers saying “oui oui.” 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 – Soup lovers rejoiced when this Philly wholesaler expanded to a cafe stocked with three or four soups, sandwiches, salads and sides, all made with local, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. Menu items change daily, and extra treats like cookies, pastries and fresh juices pop up throughout the week. 1400 N. Front Street, (267) 239-5787, goodspoonfoods.com
- Heffe – The motto: “tacos that don’t suck.” Heffe’s confidence in its menu more than makes up for what they lack in space. Guests order creative Mexican fare such as the Kraken (fried octopus tacos) from the walk-up window and dine outside at the red picnic tables. Heat lamps and a temporary enclosure keep them warm all year round. 1431 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-2309
- 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 $4 select draft beers. 1235 E. Palmer Street, (267) 455-0045, interstatedrafthouse.com
- Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop – The staff at this cheesesteak spot have been slinging the classic sandwich since 1949 at its mom-and-pop shop in Northeast Philadelphia. The Fishtown location stays true to tradition, serving the 67-year-old recipe with beef or chicken and alongside milkshakes, ice cream sodas and egg creams. 1 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 423-5637, joessteaks.com
- 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 the 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 culinary classroom. Students learn practical skills such as chicken butchery and at-home meat curing. 1310 Frankford Avenue, (267) 314-5086, 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, kostasfishtown.com
- 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 entice suds lovers to come back again and again. 541 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 739-1700, kraftworkbar.com
- La Colombe – The home base for the 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, (267) 479-1600, 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
- Martha – Technically in Kensington, but worth the few extra blocks, Martha takes the idea of a friendly, neighborhood bar and ramps up the hipness. Twenty-four bar taps dispense beer, wine, kombucha and cocktails. A limited kitchen keeps the menu pared down to vegetables, charcuterie, cheese plates and sandwiches. A turntable, fireplace and balcony create plenty of welcoming corners where guests cozy up as if in their own living rooms. 2113 E. York Street, (215) 867-8881, marthakensington.com
- Memphis Taproom – An epic bottled beer list is just one highlight of Memphis Taproom, which also boasts 20 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
- Murph’s Bar – The sign outside reads, “A comfortable place to be.” With $2 PBR drafts every day and an 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 handcrafted ales and limited-run microbrews to the city and beyond since 2007. Every Saturday from noon to 3 p.m., people pile in for guided tours and a generous number 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
- 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. With names like Forbes Waggensense and Felix Huppert, the brick-oven pies are as quirky as their home. 2313 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-2965, pizzabrain.org
- Pizzeria Beddia – Anointed “the best pizza in America” by Bon Appétit, 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 and pizza master 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
- 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 seven griddled variations, including the Cyclops Burger with bacon and a fried egg, as well as vegan options, skin-on fries and thick milkshakes. Savvy diners know to check social media for a daily list of interesting specials and always-changing house-made desserts. Inspired by the 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 chicken pho made from free-range Lancaster chickens and the vegan mushroom pho. Starters including green papaya salad and coconut chia seed pudding for dessert round out the small menu. 308 E. Girard Avenue, stockphilly.com
- Streetside – Inspired by Southeast Asian street food, this casual BYOB serves authentic food with a twist from its tiny menu. Diners can “pho it up” with hand-cut beef pho or indulge in the popular vermicelli bowl served with a choice of protein and two “crispy parcels,” also known as fried spring rolls. 165 W. Girard Avenue, (267) 737-9165, streetsideshop.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
- Travinia Italian Kitchen – Right next to the music venue The Fillmore, this Italian spot draws concertgoers before the show with its robust wine list of 60 by-the-glass options. The menu is full of Italian classics like veal piccata and tagliatelle alfredo, and the emphasis is on fresh foods made from scratch. 1000 Frankford Avenue, (267) 687-2020, traviniaitaliankitchen.com
- Yachtsman – This proud-to-be-tiki bar goes all out: 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 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
- 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 opt for their own mix from a variety of fruits and veggies. 402 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 291-5066, falafelhummusphiladelphia.com
- Green Aisle Grocery – The shelves at the third outpost of this tiny, boutique general store are packed with local, organic and gourmet provisions. Think grass-fed steaks, from-scratch ice cream and legendary Dizengoff hummus. 11 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 309-3784, greenaislegrocery.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 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 created with 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
- Philly Style Bagels – This tiny corner takeout joint bakes bagels in small batches the Philly way: pre-boiled in a mixture of water and beer for an extra malty flavor that draws lines of hungry breakfast-seekers on Saturday and Sunday mornings. Weekdays and afternoons are quieter, assuming they don’t sell out. Traditionalists argue the bagels need nothing more than butter or a schmear of cream cheese, but the BLT with avocado is a favorite sandwich among the lunch crowd. 1451 E. Columbia Avenue, phillystylebagels.com
- ReAnimator Coffee – 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 – Steap and Grind touts itself as the first Philly outlet for Gimme! Coffee. This eat-in coffee-and-tea 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
- The Fillmore Philadelphia – In a rehabbed former factory outfitted with giant chandeliers, exposed brick and a merch stand in a VW bus, The Fillmore opened with immediate buzz as the hottest new music venue in Philadelphia. A 2,500-person mainstage brings in national acts, and the more intimate 450-person Foundry space attracts DJs and local talent. 29 E. Allen Street, (215) 309-0150, thefillmorephilly.com
- Johnny Brenda’s – Showgoers take in 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 tables and slot machines. On-site restaurants, special events and great views of the Delaware River waterfront and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge attract even non-gamblers. 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 so many years. 1345 Frankford Avenue, (267) 239-2724, artmachineproductions.com
- Black Vulture Gallery – Pulling double duty as a gallery and tattoo parlor, Black Vulture’s 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 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 – Dancers ranging from beginners to professionals learn the seductive art of tango here. The 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 catch-all. 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 – 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
- 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 visit by appointment only 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 about basic bookbinding and silver or bronze clay jewelry making. 701 Belgrade Street, (267) 977-8499, craftfoundry.com
- Delicious Boutique – Shoppers step right up to this circus-inspired store, home to men’s and women’s clothes and an astounding corset collection. 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 vintage condition. Fans know to follow Jinxed on Instagram to scoop up 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 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
- Minnow Lane – More than just a kids’ store, Minnow Lane is a gathering space for young families to participate in classes and workshops such as Prenatal Yoga and Breastfeeding Support Group. It also sells cute, natural, eco-friendly and socially conscious kid and baby gear. Parents stock up on toxin-free wooden toys and the latest in baby-wearing trends in this warm and charming space. 2029 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-1875, minnowlane.com
- Philadelphia Record Exchange – Philadelphia Record Exchange has been the record shop for Philly’s vinyl heads for three decades. 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
- Toile – An atelier and showroom for designer Bianca De Pietro, Toile offers 100% custom, in-house clothing. Handmade ready-to-wear clothing and accessories by local designers fill the racks. 1333 Frankford Avenue, (267) 587-7221, 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 & Recreation:
- Fishtown Bikes-n-Beans – The one-stop bike shop tunes up and repairs mountain bikes, road bikes, hybrids, cruisers and more. Those in the market can purchase fixed-gear and single speed bikes from PureFix and State Bicycle. Owner and mechanic JT is always on-site to offer suggestions, fit bikes and install accessories. The one-pound Vermont Coffee Co. bags for sale put the “beans” in Bikes-n-Beans. 1321 N. Front Street, (215) 426-3474, fishtownbikesnbeans.com
- Keystone Mini Golf & Arcade – It’s hard to not have fun at this 1950s Americana-themed nine-hole golf course, complete with old-school arcade games. The BYOB course is partially indoors, and fire pits keep the outdoor holes toasty 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 and festivals. 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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