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Jan 29 2015

What's In The Logan Square Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars, Cafes, Galleries & Theaters In Logan Square

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 statue of William Penn, all of which was designed by Alexander Milne Calder.

Undoubtedly, the neighborhood highlight is the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Its attractions and green spaces captivate residents and visitors. The buildings on its borders are a who’s-who of culture: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, The Franklin Institute, the Barnes Foundation, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The stretch is also street-party central, with massive events such as the Fourth of July concert, Made In America, Thanksgiving Day Parade and other large-scale to-dos taking place throughout the year.

In 2015, the neighborhood will welcome a guest of special distinction when Pope Francis visits Philadelphia in September for the eighth World Meeting of Families. It’s just the second time the city will host a Papal visit, and while in town, Pope Francis will say a public mass on the Parkway.

Logan Square sits between Broad Street and the Schuylkill River and includes everything from Market to Spring Garden streets. It is close to many Center City hotels, and it’s easily accessible by public transportation. SEPTA buses and regional rail lines stop at Suburban Station, and the Market-Frankford Line (“the El”) and Broad Street subway both stop at City Hall.

Restaurants & Bars:

  • Amuse – Le Méridien Philadelphia’s French brasserie whips up French classics such as onion soup gratinee and memorable steak frites in a sophisticated yet cozy setting. 1421 Arch Street, (215) 422-8200, amusephiladelphia.com
  • Animo – Guests at this juice/burrito bar indulge in hand-rolled burritos, made-from-scratch soups, fresh-squeezed juices, protein shakes and other organic items that are so yummy, it’s easy to forget they’re healthy. 1701 Arch Street (215) 501-7754, animojuice.com
  • Cherry Street Tavern – A local landmark since 1905, this low-key watering hole serves up a mean hot roast beef sandwich and a selection of seasonal brews. Sports fans come to catch the game on four giant TV screens. 129 N. 22nd Street, (215) 561-5683, cherrysttavern.com
  • Chima Brazilian Steakhouse – Calling all carnivores. The unlimited supply of steak, chops, chicken, sausages and fish sate even the heartiest appetite. 1901 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (215) 525-3233, chimasteakhouse.com
  • City Tap House Logan Square – With craft beers from local breweries and others from around the world, plus brick-oven pizza and elevated American pub fare, City Tap House offers an updated gastropub experience. Solid happy hour specials offered Monday through Friday make it a popular spot for the after-work crowd. 2 Logan Square, (215) 587-9040, citytaphouselogan.com
  • Con Murphy’s – An authentic bi-level Irish pub right on the Ben Franklin Parkway, Con Murphy’s offers steaks, seafood, pasta, cheesesteaks and more. Also on the menu: a dozen draft beers, including five rotating local brews, and a great selection of wines, Irish whiskies and bourbons. The outdoor patio is a great people-watching perch on warm-weather days.
    1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (267) 687-1128, conmurphyspub.com
  • Fountain Restaurant – The well-deserved list of accolades for its cuisine isn’t the only reason the Four Seasons’ restaurant earned its premier status for special-occasion dining in Philadelphia. The stunning views of the Swann Memorial Fountain sculpture and the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway provide a picturesque setting for breakfast or lunch. For afternoon tea or cocktails, guests get cozy by the fireplace with a selection of fine teas and liqueurs in The Lounge. 1 Logan Square, (215) 963-1500, fourseasons.com/philadelphia/dining
  • Kite & Key – Named for Ben Franklin’s famous electricity experiment, Kite & Key quenches brew thirsts with one cask, 16 taps, countless bottles and even some cans of local, domestic and foreign beers. The full bar and wine menu keeps the non-beer drinkers happy too. 1836 Callowhill Street, (215) 568-1818, thekiteandkey.com
  • McCrossen’s Tavern – McCrossen’s consistently puts forth exceptional cuisine, along with a few classic favorites, in what The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig Laban called “the best of the Art Museum area.” A progressive beverage program is matched by friendly and informative service. 529 N. 20th Street, (215) 854-0923, mccrossens.com
  • Pizzeria Vetri – Chef Marc Vetri, whose Italian cuisine has earned legions of fans, turns his culinary skills to pizza, cooking up authentic wood-fired pizza, calzones and other scrumptious items in a casual, relaxed setting. 1939 Callowhill Street, (215) 600-2629, pizzeriavetri.com
  • Rose Tattoo Cafe – Family-owned and -operated for 26 years, the Rose Tattoo serves American cuisine at its cozy bar and in its greenhouse-inspired dining rooms. Popular menu items include the mushroom bisque soup, jumbo lump crab cakes and the just-try-to-resist chocolate macadamia nut brownie. 1847 Callowhill Street, (215) 569-8939, rosetattoocafe.com
  • Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too – South Philadelphia’s Italian Market darling for brunch boasts an outpost northwest of Center City, where hungry diners fill up on oversized portions of comfort food during brunch, lunch and dinner. Hint: The brunch line is worth the wait. 1804 Callowhill Street, (215) 636-9061, sabrinascafe.com
  • Tir Na Nog Bar and Grill – Combine the warmth of an Irish pub with a New American menu and specials that change weekly, plus more than 20 beers on tap, and it’s easy to see why Tir Na Nog has earned kudos as one of the best spots for happy hour and beyond. 1600 Arch Street, (267) 514-1700, tirnanogphilly.com
  • Water Works Restaurant and Lounge – Located steps from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, this idyllic spot overlooks the Schuylkill River and the iconic Boathouse Row. It’s situated in the very same Fairmount Water Works that pumped water to the city until 1909.
    640 Water Works Drive, (215) 236-9000, thewaterworksrestaurant.com

Cafes:

  • Capŕiccio Cafe and Espresso Bar @ Café Cret – Located in a glass pavilion with views of LOVE Park, City Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Capŕiccio offers hot and cold beverages, fresh breakfast options, soups, salads and sandwiches, along with ice cream and other snacks. 110 N. 16th Street, (215) 735-9797, capricciocafe.com
  • Logan Square Café @ Sister Cities Park – Located directly in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, this casual and kid-friendly cafe is open daily for a relaxing breakfast, lunch or light dinner. Floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor seating offer beautiful views of Logan Square fountain and Parkway museums. Adjacent to the cafe is a visitor center, offering ticket sales for museums and attractions. 200 N. 18th Street, (215) 665-8600, logansquarecafe.com

Shops & Markets:

  • Du Jour Market and Cafe – Located within a high-traffic office center, Du Jour caters to customers who are on tight schedules. Still, the cafe delivers a delicious selection of items for breakfast and lunch. Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, (215) 735-8010, dujourmarket.com
  • Pagano’s Market & Bar – Part market, part cafe, part bar, this longstanding Philadelphia food purveyor is a one-stop shop where folks can linger over a meal, meet friends for lunch or shop for dinner and cheese specialties to take home. Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, (215) 523-6200, paganosmarketandbar.com
  • Book Corner – Around the corner from Ben Franklin’s great idea—the library—this bookshop is the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s outlet for book donations. A large and frequently changing selection and great prices ($3 and less) make it a must for bookworms. Records, DVDs and CDs add to the eclectic mix. 311 N. 20th Street, (215) 567-0527, libraryfriends.info/read
  • The Market and Shops at Comcast Center – Those on the go can satisfy any culinary craving at this eat-in/take-out food court, which also features an array of fresh produce and last-minute dinner items. 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, themarketandshopsatcomcastcenter.com

Salons & Spas:

  • Panache Hair Design – The veteran stylists at this chic salon can tame even the most uncooperative locks into an updated, trendy look. Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, (215) 545-7166, panachehairdesign.net
  • The Spa at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia – The aestheticians here have turned pampering into an art form. Services include massages, scrubs, micro-current therapy facials and other indulgences. Bonus: heated pool and Jacuzzi. 1 Logan Square, (215) 963-1500, fourseasons.com

Parks & Outdoors:

  • Eakins Oval – Named for famed Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, Eakins Oval is the exclamation point on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Situated directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it’s dominated by a sculpture dedicated to George Washington and includes several pools representing America’s four great waterways: the Mississippi, the Potomac, the Delaware and the Hudson. In spring, summer and fall, the space comes alive with pop-up activities and environments. Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street, theovalphl.org
  • Anne D’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden – This one-acre terraced garden, dedicated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s late director, brings art to the outdoors with works by Noguchi, Oldenburg, LeWitt and others. It’s free, open to the public and boasts a spectacular view.
    26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org/sculpturegarden
  • Logan Circle – Also called Logan Square, this park gives the neighborhood its name, and for good reason. One of city founder William Penn’s original five squares, the park contains one of the most striking features of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—Swann Memorial Fountain. 19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • LOVE Park – Although its official name is John F. Kennedy Plaza, locals and visitors know it as LOVE Park thanks to its centerpiece sculpture by Robert Indiana. It serves as a grand entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which stretches 10 blocks to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and is home to the Fairmount Park Welcome Center. The park is a popular spot for lunchtime gatherings, food trucks, photo opps, entertainment or just relaxing by the fountain. 16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, lovepark.pl
  • Schuylkill River Trail – Whether on bike, foot or rollerblades, outdoor enthusiasts work it out along the Schuylkill River Trail. People can join the trail behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and walk/run/bike/blade all the way to Valley Forge and beyond, or to the South Street Bridge, which includes the recently constructed Schuylkill Boardwalk. The paved trail is smooth, scenic and easily accessible. schuylkillrivertrail.com
  • Sister Cities Park – Sister Cities complements the grandeur of its neighboring attractions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The contemporary, eco-forward pavilion, which houses a cafe and a visitor center, is surrounded by the outdoor Children’s Discovery Garden, a boat pond and a fountain that pays tribute to Philadelphia’s 10 sister cities. 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, sistercitiespark.org

Arts & Culture:

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University – The oldest natural history museum in the Americas, The Academy of Natural Sciences connects people to nature through historic dioramas of animals from around the world, live animals, a walk-through tropical garden filled with live butterflies and Dinosaur Hall, with a fossil preparation lab and hands-on fossil dig site. 19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 299-1000, ansp.org
  • Barnes Foundation – The Barnes exhibits one of the world’s most important collections of post-impressionist and early modern paintings—including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos and 7 Van Goghs—and African sculpture, all displayed as the late collector intended. The gallery space is part of a 93,000-square-foot building, which also includes a changing exhibition gallery, conservation lab, auditorium, library, cafe and gift shop. 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200, barnesfoundation.org
  • Fairmount Park Welcome Center – Visitors stop here for information about attractions and activities, tickets and souvenirs. Conveniently located at Love Park, it’s the perfect place to start a visit to Philadelphia. 16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (215) 683-0246, phlvisitorcenter.com
  • Fairmount Water Works – Fairmount Water Works, now a National Historic Landmark, was constructed in the early 1800s and provided safe, clean drinking water to a growing city. The interpretive center tells the story of the Schuylkill River and its human connection then and now so that visitors can discover the links between daily life and the environment.
    640 Water Works Drive, (215) 685-0723, fairmountwaterworks.org
  • The Franklin Institute – This renowned institution is dedicated to creating a passion for science by offering access to hands-on learning—through blockbuster exhibitions, engaging theatrical experiences, compelling permanent exhibits and widely respected community outreach. In the entrance lobby, a massive memorial dedicated to Philly’s favorite Founding Father welcomes curious visitors. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200, fi.edu
  • Free Library of Philadelphia – The gorgeous Beaux-Arts building serves as the heart of the Free Library of Philadelphia system, which includes more than 50 libraries. The Parkway Central Library along the Parkway invites book lovers to check out its massive collection, plus explore rare collections, sit in on author readings and lectures, enjoy special exhibits and events and celebrate the glory that is free literature. 1901 Vine Street, (215) 686-5322, freelibrary.org
  • Moore College of Art & Design – Founded in 1848 as the nation’s first and only women’s visual arts college, Moore continues to train aspiring female artists and offers classes for kids and continuing education for adults. Art appreciators can browse The Galleries at Moore, presenting free exhibitions, programs and publications that explore the work of established and emerging artists and designers. The Art Shop, sells original artwork by Moore students and alumnae. 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 965-4000, moore.edu
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) – Two distinct buildings comprise PAFA, the oldest art museum and school in the nation. The original building’s elaborate and fanciful Frank Furness architecture is as compelling as the American art on display within. One of Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of George Washington is a highlight, as are other well-known paintings by artists such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper and Cecilia Beaux. 118-128 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600, pafa.org
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art – One of the largest art museums in the U.S., the Philadelphia Museum of Art rises majestically at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and houses vast collections, including Renaissance, American and impressionist art. The one-acre Sculpture Garden extends the museum’s galleries to the outdoors. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org
  • Rodin Museum – Housing one of the largest public collections of the master’s works outside of Paris, the Rodin greets visitors with bronze casts of The Thinker and The Gates of Hell. The gallery collection includes a stunning marble copy of The Kiss, while the garden features the cast of The Burghers of Calais. 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100, rodinmuseum.org
  • Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building – Housed in a 1927 Art Deco building, the Perelman Building showcases selections from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s costume and textile collection, as well as modern and contemporary design and photographs, and also hosts traveling exhibitions. An Art Museum general admission ticket includes entrance to the Perelman Building. Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues, (215) 763-8100, philamuseum.org

Architectural Stunners:

  • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul – The largest Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, the basilica was modeled after the Lombard Church of St. Charles in Rome and is the only cathedral in the United States built in the Roman-Corinthian architectural style. Inside, visitors stand in awe of various shrines, altars, statues and paintings by Constantino Brumidi, famed painter of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 561-1313, cathedralphila.org
  • City Hall – Covering more than 14.5 acres, City Hall is the largest municipal building in the U.S. and one of the most elaborate. The exterior features sculptures representing the continents and people of the world, as well as allegorical figures, heads and masks—all of which were designed by Alexander Milne Calder. The most notable sculpture is the one at the very top: a 37-foot, 27-ton statue of city founder William Penn. Two-hour tours of the building and 15-minute tower tours are offered every weekday, and both include a view from the observation deck. Broad & Market Streets, Room 121, (215) 686-2840, phlvisitorcenter.com/cityhall
  • Comcast Center – The tallest building in Philadelphia and one of the tallest “green” buildings in the nation, the Comcast Center is known for The Comcast Experience—one of the world’s highest resolution LED displays, presenting original programming in resolution five times sharper than high-definition. Situated in the lobby, it’s free and open to the public.
    1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, visitphilly.com/comcast
  • Media Wall at Commerce Square – Super crisp, super clear and super fun, the giant Media Wall in the courtyard at Commerce Square airs sporting events, shows Philadelphia images and artwork and provides updates about activities and events taking place in the city. During the summer, outdoor movie nights, parties and other activities enliven the space. 2001 Market Street, commerce-square.com

VISIT PHILADELPHIA®, formerly known as Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation, makes Philadelphia and The Countryside® a premier destination through marketing and image building that increases the number of visitors, the number of nights they stay and the number of things they do in the five-county area.

On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.
 

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