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What's In The Fishtown Neighborhood?
Restaurants, Bars, Breweries, Cafes, Performing And Visual Arts, Shopping And More
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, sample Philly-made craft whiskeys 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 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 Station. 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:
- 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, 700 cans and bottles, dartboard, foosball table, local art installations and a menu of grilled cheese, tacos, burgers, sandwiches and the like, this craft beer haven entices both Fishtowners and visitors. It doubles as a takeout 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, pierogi and grilled kielbasa. 2301 Albert Street, (215) 426-2665, cookandshaker.com
- Eatalia – This affordable northern Italian bring-your-own-bottle (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 – 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 cater to the area’s cycling population. 1301 Frankford Avenue, (267) 687-8406, fishtowntavern.com
- Fishtown Social – Wine bars don’t have to be inaccessible. That’s the thinking behind Fishtown Social, where wine novices and connoisseurs alike feel at home as they order draft wine, beer and specialty cocktails. The wine cafe also offers small plates and snacks, happy hour every day and a relaxed vibe. 1525 Frankford Avenue, fishtownsocial.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 15 more in bottles. Authentic German foods such as large pretzels and bratwurst, an open-air picnic-table seating, and ping-pong and foosball tables make for a memorable evening (or day) on the town. Three fire pits and heat lamps by every table keep patrons warm all year long. 1210 Frankford Avenue, (215) 634-3338, frankfordhall.com
- Front Street Cafe – So much more than a cafe, 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
- Garage North – Pool tables, shuffleboard, Skee-Ball, 400 beers (almost all in cans) and TVs throughout draw eager crowds to the corner of Frankford and Girard Avenues. Though it maintains a BYO food policy, Garage North also features a rotating lineup of guest chefs who take over the open kitchen. 100 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 515-3167, garagephilly.com
- Girard – This chic BYOB bruncherie serves French-inspired breakfast and lunch all day. Dishes such as 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 a rotating selection of four soups, sandwiches, salads and sides, all made with local, organic and sustainably sourced ingredients. Fans know to check Instagram for the daily menu changes and extra treats like cookies, pastries and fresh juices that 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 tacos, burritos and quesadillas from the walk-up window and dine outside at the red picnic tables. Heat lamps keep them warm all year round. 1431 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-2309, heffetacos.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 $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 68-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
- Johnny’s Hots – Fans swear by this workaday breakfast-and-lunch joint. The simple menu relies on classics—and one unusual combination; there are egg sandwiches, hot dogs, cheesesteaks and “surf and turf,” hot dog and fish cake sandwiches. 1234 N. Delaware Avenue, (215) 423-2280
- 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 – Hungry neighbors and visitors come to this bi-level restaurant for the incredible dishes, welcoming bar and knowledgeable staff. The sustainability focus means the kitchen doesn’t waste animal parts (as is common in the restaurant industry), and those passionate about food sourcing take advantage of its whole-animal butchery. Culinary classes range from homemade pasta to butchering. 1310 Frankford Avenue, (267) 314-5086, kensingtonquarters.com
- Kostas – A laid-back atmosphere, three pool tables and classic Greek food keep customers happy, while 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 Coffee Roaster – The home base for the specialty coffee roasting company is situated in a giant Fishtown warehouse that acts as a restaurant, bakery, cupping lab and distillery for La Colombe’s Different Drum rum. Guests choose from the beverage menu of traditional blends, single-origin coffee or the revolutionary Draft Latte, a texturized true iced latte served on tap or in a can. 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 crispy chicken sandwich with habanero aioli 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, and the bocce court outside provides the perfect activity to work up an appetite. Adding to the vibe: a turntable, fireplace and patio. 2113 E. York Street, (215) 867-8881, marthakensington.com
- Medusa – In a former meatpacking warehouse, the Villico family serves wood-fired pizza, baked pasta, calzones, sandwiches, salads and pizza fritta, a deep-fried turnover. Espresso and desserts such as Nutella-stuffed pizzas and Sicilian cannoli finish the meal. Guests can enjoy their own wine, beer or even limoncello thanks to the BYOB policy. 2327 Gaul Street, (215) 644-8383, medusapizza.com
- Memphis Taproom – An epic bottled beer list is just one highlight of Memphis Taproom, which also pours 20 craft beers and offers vegan-friendly brunch, lunch and dinner. 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 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
- Pizza Brain – Luckily for pizza fans, this Fishtown pizzeria doubles as the world’s first pizza museum. It houses the Guinness-certified largest collection of pizza-related memorabilia in the world, complete with pizza-related vinyl records and pizza-bearing action figures, from Homer Simpson to Spider-Man. With pie 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. Pie 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
- Root – Wine may be the star here, but the various versions of gin and tonics, traditional cocktails with new spins, craft bottled beer and Italian-Spanish-American menu of small and large plates are not far behind. In the warmer seasons, the front floor-to-ceiling windows open up, and seating spills onto the sidewalk. 1206 Frankford Avenue, (215) 515-3452, rootrestaurant.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 the build-your-own option, vegan varieties, skin-on fries and thick milkshakes. Sketch posts a daily list of specials, including desserts, on social media. Diners inspired by the business' name use paper and crayons to sketch creations that get taped on the wall throughout the restaurant. 413 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 634-3466, sketch-burger.com
- SliCE – The Fishtown outpost of this local pizzeria is dedicated to organic, natural and hormone-free ingredients. Guests can opt for whole-wheat dough or order gluten-free or vegan pies, and if they can manage to grab one of the few tables available, they can pair their selections with their own beer or wine. 431 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 425-1555, slicepa.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, stock-philly.squarespace.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
- Taila’s Mediterranean Restaurant & Grille – Hand-rolled bagels boiled in real New York water—yes, really—bring the bagel and breakfast sandwich lovers to this mostly take-out spot. Deli sandwiches, fresh muffins, Mediterranean dishes and wings satisfy everyone else. 122 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 413-9737, taliasgrille.com
- Wm. Mulherin’s Sons – Inside this beautifully restored building—a 19th-century whiskey blending and bottling facility—everything is just right: the dark wood ambiance, the well-stocked bar, the attentive staff and, most notably, the food. Melt-in-your-mouth pastas, wood-fired pizzas (try the Spicy Jawn for a tasty kick) and expertly prepared meat and seafood dishes wow everyone who walks in the door for dinner and weekend brunch. 1355 N. Front Street, (267) 753-9478, wmmulherinssons.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
Breweries & Distilleries:
- Federal Distilling Room – With a full bar, this tasting room caters to all types of drinkers on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays. To get the true Federal Distilling experience, visitors must try a cocktail made with the flagship Stateside Vodka. Those interested in the activity inside the distillery, separated from the bar by a glass wall, can take a tour. 1700 N. Hancock Street, statesidevodka.com
- Philadelphia Brewing Company – Housed in a restored 19th-century brewing facility—technically in neighboring East 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
- New Liberty Distillery – People come here Friday evenings to enjoy the tasting room and on Saturday and Sunday for tours, which include tastings. The distillery produces whiskey, bourbon, rye and vodka for its three brands—New Liberty, Maryland Heritage Series and Kinsey. 1431 Cadwallader Street, (800) 996-0595, newlibertydistillery.com
- Rowhouse Spirits – Owner Dean Browne proudly distills and bottles all his products on-site at his East Kensington “limited distillery.” Thursday through Saturday, people can stop by to purchase the available products, tour the 1,200-square-foot space and enjoy a tasting, if available that day. 2440 Frankford Avenue, (267) 825-7332, rowhousespirits.us
- Saint Benjamin Brewing Company – Long anticipated, this Kensington brewery’s tasting room and brewhouse offers tours on Saturday afternoons. But, patrons can order beers and food in the renovated 19th century brewery every day but Monday. 1710 N. 5th Street, stbenjaminbrewing.com
- Yards Brewing Company – This brewery’s 1994 opening ended a decades-long drought for Philly breweries. This 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; its tasting room is open seven days a week. 901 N. Delaware Avenue, (215) 634-2600, yardsbrewing.com
Cafes & Markets:
- Cake Life Bake Shop – This isn’t your typical wedding cake shop—though Cake Life regularly whips up Instagram-worthy masterpieces. Those not in the market for nuptial desserts come here for sweet and savory pastries (cake slices, croissants, brownies, breakfast hand pies, sausage rolls), Rival Bros. coffee and espresso drinks. Tip: It’s a BYOB, and there are six-packs for sale at Bottle Bar East, next door. 1306 Frankford Avenue, (215) 278-2580, cakelifebakeshop.com
- 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 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 small, 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 – This nationally recognized non-profit urban farm is a go-to spot for local-food devotees. It’s home to a community-supported agriculture (CSA) program, food access and educational programs, a farm stand and a garden center. Visitors shop for plants for their gardens, sample greens grown on-site and say hello to Milkshake the pig. 2501 E. Cumberland Street, (215) 427-2702, greensgrow.org
- The Igloo – Offering an exercise in self-control, The Igloo allows customers to pour their own soft serve frozen desserts—frozen yogurt, gelato, custard and shakes—and pile on their own toppings. The crowd-pleasing specialty pops are made fresh daily. 1514 Frankford Avenue, (267) 567-2195, igloodesserts.com
- Little Baby’s Ice Cream – Specializing in handmade, super-premium ice cream created with locally sourced ingredients, Little Baby’s has earned 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. 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, and Bon Appétit dubbed the classic lox sandwich the “Best New Sandwich in America.” 1451 E. Columbia Avenue, phillystylebagels.com
- ReAnimator Coffee – ReAnimator features rotating single-origin coffees and blends. 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
- Snap Kitchen – Busy, health-conscious Fishtowners rely on Snap Kitchen for grab-and-go meals and juices to get them through the day—from almond butter and maple pancakes to grass-fed beef lasagna. The food is produced at a commissary in neighboring Kensington. 1325 Frankford Avenue, (267) 838-6590, snapkitchen.com
- 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
- Weckerly’s – Even before opening its brick-and-mortar home in Fishtown, Weckerly’s gained a loyal following for its French-style ice cream and ice cream sandwiches. Husband-and-wife owners Andy and Jen Satinsky keep the flavors simple and seasonal, mixing a custard base with fruits and herbs they can get from local farms. At the shop, they scoop six rotating ice cream flavors and two sorbets. 9 W. Girard Avenue, (215) 423-2000, weckerlys.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
- The Fillmore Philadelphia – In a rehabbed former factory outfitted with giant chandeliers, exposed brick, a merchandise stand in a VW bus and the giant, photo-worthy LIVE sign at the entrance, The Fillmore matches its cool space with fantastic music. 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 – Show-goers 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 downstairs before heading to the second floor for intimate concerts and DJ events. 1250 N. Front Street, (215) 291-4919, kungfunecktie.com
- Punch Line Philly – This comedy club encourages patrons to come early and stay after the shows to enjoy the bar, restaurant and outdoor patio. Still, the stand-up comedians are the main draw—think Dave Chappelle, Jay Pharaoh, Bill Bellamy, Marlon Wayans and Nikki Glaser. The 300-seat venue is Live Nation’s first comedy club outside of California. 33 E. Laurel Street, (215) 606-6555, punchlinephilly.com
- Revolutions – This sprawling 52,000-square-foot, two-floor venue houses 26 bowling lanes, arcade games, a full-service restaurant and the Flair Bar, where bottle-flipping bartenders mix over-the-top cocktails. Bowlers don’t have to worry about missing the big game thanks to the huge TVs above the lanes. 1009 Canal Street, (267) 348-0544, penntreaty.revolutionsbowl.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 has 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 has staff artists who 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
- Crane Arts – Contemporary art flourishes at the Crane Arts building, a former plumbing warehouse on the edge of Fishtown and Kensington. In addition to housing a number of studios and arts organizations, the space also features events (InLiquid’s Art for the Cash Poor) and galleries (Icebox Project Space, Philadelphia Photo Arts Center). 1400 N. American Street, (215) 232-3203, cranearts.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 catchall. The studio differs from its contemporaries in its focus on wellness and earth spirituality. Reiki classes, meditation workshops and seasonal celebrations fit comfortably into its schedule, alongside First Friday events and rotating local artist spotlights with poets, musicians, filmmakers and visual artists. 2033 Frankford Avenue, facebook.com/space2033
- 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, single-speed and city commuter bikes from Tribe Bicycle Co., as well as refurbished bikes. 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
- Blend – Shoppers browse two cozy floors to find women’s clothing and accessories, plus small collections of men’s clothing, housewares and art. It’s a great spot to find original gifts.
1860 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-4700
- Catch & Release – “Quality goods created stateside” is the motto at this new-school mom-and-pop shop, run by husband-and-wife team Ryan Kozar and Melissa Colosi. Shoppers visit by appointment only for interesting vintage items, such as jadeite dishware, cat iron hooks, industrial storage drawers, silk-screened ties and other fun household antiques.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 – 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, The Cars’ Elliot Easton and the band Los Straitjackets, swear by DiPinto. 407 E. Girard Avenue, (215) 427-7805, dipintoguitars.com
- Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles – Offering city and cargo bikes and accessories, this full-service bike shop and showroom caters to urban cyclists. Featured brands include Yuba, Xtracycle, Babboe, Gazelle, Linus, Pure Fix and Pure City. Shoppers can also opt to have a bike custom-built by the shop’s owners. 1105 Frankford Avenue, (215) 425-4672, transportcycle.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
- Franklin & Poe – The anti-fast fashion boutique, Franklin & Poe sells items that transcend trends and will last years, if not decades. All the men’s and women’s jeans, shirts, tees and shoes, plus accessories and personal care items, are made in the U.S.A. 1817 Frankford Avenue, franklinandpoe.com
- Jinxed Fishtown – The Fishtown outpost of this local vintage furniture and antique store fills its space with secondhand mirrors, rugs, lamps, armchairs, books, decor and the like, 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 secondhand game can sign up for in-store workshops to sharpen their skills. 314 E. Girard Avenue, (267) 324-3681, keystotheattic.com
- Lululemon – One of just a few Lululemon Local concepts in the country, the Fishtown location of the athletic apparel chain blends retail and community. People can participate in neighborhood-focused events, yoga classes and local art showcases. 1424 Frankford Avenue, (215) 423-4170, shop.lululemon.com
- Made and Maker – This small shop packs its racks and shelves with vintage clothing and accessories, works by local artists, housewares and jewelry made on-site. The rotating selection means there are always new reasons to stop by. 2021 Frankford Avenue, madeandmaker.com
- Minnow Lane – More than just a kids’ store, this, warm and charming storefront doubles as a gathering space for young families to participate in classes and workshops such as birth preparation classes, infant and child CPR 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. 2029 Frankford Avenue, (215) 291-1875, minnowlane.com
- Parlour Hair and Skin – Cuts, color, style and waxing might be their stock-and-trade, but the quiet star of this softy edgy salon are its co-owner’s line of holistic, Ayurvedic-based skincare products—best tried via a Parlour facial. 1339 Frankford Avenue, (215) 278-7613, parlourhairandskin.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 & Roll Hall of Fame. 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
- Ulises – The city’s first indie arts bookshop—meaning, all books are works of art or independent art publications—is right at home in this artful neighborhood. Set in a rehabbed garage, the warm, spare space hosts art exhibitions, lectures and other gatherings. 31 E. Columbia Avenue, ulises.us
- Vestige – Vintage clothing and textiles and artisan-made housewares and accessories come together in this spot made for all sorts of shoppers—stylish shoppers, that is. 2041 Frankford Avenue, (267) 457-3088, shop-vestige.com
- Wild Mutation Records – Punk fans spend hours sifting through the new and used records, CDs, cassettes and music memorabilia at this genre specialist. That’s not to say that those who prefer classic rock, soul, pop, jazz, country, metal, hip-hop, folk, blues and reggae won’t get caught up in the collection too. 2223 Frankford Avenue, (215) 425-5066, wildmutation.com
Parks & Recreation:
- Keystone Mini-Golf & Arcade – It’s hard to not have fun at this 1950s Americana-themed 18-hole golf course, complete with old-school arcade games. The BYOB course is partially indoors, and fire pits keep the outdoor holes toasty so putters can bring the party all year long. It’s an ideal spot for family outings, parties for people of all ages or just a Saturday night activity. 161 Cecil B. Moore Avenue, (267) 627-4653, keystoneminigolf.com
- Palmer Park – People come to this small park to relax, enjoy a picnic and gather with friends and family. Just steps from Steap and Grind and Philly Style Bagels, it’s perfectly located when hunger or a caffeine craving strikes. Frankford Avenue & Palmer Street
- 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. Coming in 2017: a new playground for the children and families who frequent the riverside park. Delaware Avenue & Beach Street, penntreatypark.org
- PlayArts – Focusing on the family community in Fishtown, this 4,500-square-foot space offers developmentally appropriate play and art areas for children and a mezzanine with coffee and Wi-Fi for parents. Drop-ins can enjoy the membership-based facility by purchasing a day pass or attending a fun class, space permitting. 1241 N. Front Street, (267) 225-8434, playartsphilly.com
- 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
- Urban Axes – This ax-throwing club is perfect for big groups and, believe it or not, would be a great date night too. Here, people pretty much play darts, but with axes, and competitors can bring their own food, beer and wine. 2019 E. Boston Street, (267) 585-AXES, urbanaxes.com
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