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Oct 28 2015

What's In The Washington Square West Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Galleries & Theaters In Washington Square West, Midtown Village & The Gayborhood

Three neighborhoods in one: That’s the perfect way to describe Washington Square West, a thriving enclave that also includes Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Running roughly from 7th to Broad streets and Chestnut to South streets, the buzzed-about ’hood is increasingly a go-to spot for trendy restaurants and owner-operated boutiques.

Midtown Village forged its personality thanks to a small-business boom concentrated along 13th Street, where power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran preside over a handful of restaurants and shops. The Gayborhood sets itself apart with restaurants and bars catering to an LGBT-friendly clientele, along with rainbow crosswalks and street signs.

A popular gathering spot for residents and visitors, the green and lively Washington Square attracts those who want a respite from the city action—picnickers, families, sunbathers and history buffs. Also worth a visit while in the neighborhood: Jewelers’ Row, boasting nearly 300 diamond and jewelry merchants, and Antique Row, the place for museum-quality furnishings, cute collectables and funky art.

Just a block away from Washington Square West, the Market East station serves as a transportation hub for SEPTA’s Regional Rail lines, with service from the suburbs and Philadelphia International Airport. The Market-Frankford elevated line—known as “the El” to locals—makes stops at 8th, 11th and 13th streets along Market, while various SEPTA and New Jersey Transit buses traverse the numbered streets between 8th and Broad streets and along Market and Chestnut streets.

Neighborhood tips, itineraries and maps are available at visitphilly.com/neighborhoods.

Restaurants & Quick Bites:

  • 1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge – A hidden favorite among sushi and saki lovers, 1225 Raw serves specialty rolls, traditional hot entrees and an impressive selection of exotic saki. During the spring and summer months, diners enjoy their sashimi in the outdoor courtyard. 1225 Sansom Street, (215) 238-1903, rawlounge.net
  • Amis – At this lively trattoria, James Beard Award-winner Marc Vetri emphasizes hearty Italian fare, which guests enjoy from kitchen-side seating and butcher-block tables. Relatively under-the-radar when it comes to brunch, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing daytime meal on Sundays. 412 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-2647, amisphilly.com
  • Barbuzzo – On power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s 13th Street corridor of businesses, Barbuzzo serves boutique European wines and Mediterranean eats, such as stuffed short rib and pork meatballs. People can grab a seat at the ledge of the open kitchen to watch their meals in the making. 110 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-9300, barbuzzo.com
  • Bareburger – This NYC-based chain opened a location in Philadelphia in 2014. The modern burger joint focuses on fair-trade ingredients; lean, all-natural meats; and pesticide-free produce. 1109 Walnut Street, (215) 627-BARE, bareburger.com
  • Barra Rossa – Pizza? Pasta? Wine? All of the Italian staples await diners at this 200-seat eatery by local restaurateur Dave Magrogan. Diners partake in the cheese, cured meats and olive selections—all curated by Di Bruno Bros.—along with salads, sandwiches and entrees. 929 Walnut Street, (215) 644-9074, barrarossa.com
  • Bleu Sushi II – This Japanese restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, diners find a chic ambiance dishes such as sushi, sashimi and teriyaki, along with fried ice cream for dessert. 262 S. 11th Street, (215) 829-0800, bleusushi.com
  • Bud & Marilyn’s – This retro-inspired restaurant-bar is named for Chef Marcie Turney’s restaurateur grandparents. The eatery serves new takes on American classics such as meatloaf, the wedge salad and chop suey, paired with cocktails like the Blinker, a whiskey sour made with rye, and Marilyn’s O-F, a brandy Old Fashioned. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2220, budandmarilyns.com
  • Caribou Cafe – Vintage French posters and pumpkin-colored walls create a bistro atmosphere at this Walnut Street staple. The French-inspired menu includes boeuf bourguignon and the not-to-be-missed onion soup topped with melted Gruyére. 1126 Walnut Street, (215) 625-9535, cariboucafe.com
  • Cheu Noodle Bar – Noodles are the main attraction at this 32-seat restaurant. The menu includes varieties ranging from ramen to hand-torn, matched with unexpected elements such as matzo balls, cauliflower and collard greens. 255 S. 10th Street, (267) 639-4136, cheunoodlebar.com
  • Cibo Ristorante Italiano – It’s all about the charm here. The menu focuses on Italian cuisine, and the restaurant stars singing waiters who perform nightly with a piano player. 1227 Walnut Street, (215) 923-8208, cibophiladelphia.com
  • Coco’s Restaurant & Bar – A modern bar menu of tapas, eat-with-your-hands options, deli specials and creative salads and sandwiches pairs perfectly with the cozy neighborhood vibes—comfy booths, well-worn wood fixtures and games on every flat screen TV. 112 S. 8th Street, (215) 923-0123, cocosphilly.com
  • Effie’s – Guests bring their own bottles and enjoy home-style Greek cuisine and warm hospitality in this converted townhouse. Sidewalk seating and the walled garden patio are perfect for the warmer months. 1127 Pine Street, (215) 592-8333, effiesrestaurant.com
  • El Fuego – El Fuego brings Tex-Mex and California-style burritos to the square. Whenever possible, ingredients for the restaurant’s filling burritos, tacos and other Mexican favorites come from small, independent purveyors. 723 Walnut Street, (215) 592-1901, elfuegophilly.com
  • El Vez – Inventive guacamole, rare tuna tostadas and specialty margaritas are menu highlights at this buzzing Mexican spot, which features a shiny motorcycle centerpiece above the circular bar. Bartenders pour an impressive selection of blanco, reposado and anejo tequilas. 121 S. 13th Street, (215) 928-9800, elvezrestaurant.com
  • The Farm & FishermanThe Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan said of this tiny BYOB, “This is a restaurant that should restore our faith in the possibilities of a philosophy that’s far more than a fleeting trend.” With just 30 seats, a reservation at the elegant farm-to-table gem is tough to get, but those foodies who do make it in the door count it as one of their all-time favorite meals. 1120 Pine Street, (267) 687-1555, thefarmandfisherman.com
  • Fat Salmon – Situated on Washington Square, this chic sushi bar features an ultra-modern dining room and an extensive sake menu. Inventive fusion rolls make for a different kind of sushi experience; 21-and-over diners wash it all down with sake samplers. 719 Walnut Street, (215) 928-8881, fatsalmonsushi.com
  • Fergie’s Pub – Philly’s version of Cheers, Fergie’s is a great watering hole, offering good grub, a killer jukebox and some of the best bartenders in town. Quizzo, live music and open-mic nights take place upstairs throughout the week. 1214 Sansom Street, (215) 928-8118, fergies.com
  • Franky Bradley’s – This two-level restaurant-bar features smartly updated spins on classic cocktails; a 300-person performance space that hosts a varied lineup of acts, including jazz, rock and burlesque; and dinner and weekend brunch. 1320 Chancellor Street, (215) 735-0735, frankybradleys.com
  • Fuel – Owner Rocco Cima challenges the notion that fast food can’t be healthy with his menu of wraps, panini and salads, all made from organic ingredients and all under 500 calories. Fuel also offers a juice and coffee bar, as well as desserts. 1225 Walnut Street, (215) 922-FUEL, fuelphilly.com
  • Garces Trading Company – One of Iron Chef Jose Garces’ many Philadelphia outposts, Garces Trading recently converted its in-house wine shop into a glass-walled private dining room, added a full bar and refocused its menu. The result: a European-style dining experience that’s even better than the lauded original. 1111 Locust Street, (215) 574-1099, garcestradingcompany.com
  • Giorgio on Pine – This neighborhood BYOB fills its patrons’ bellies with hearty, home-style Italian specialties. Menu favorites range from gnocchi tossed in a 12-hour braised beef ragout to Parmesan-encrusted chicken breast to sautéed calamari. 1328 Pine Street, (215) 545-6265, giorgioonpine.com
  • Giorgio Pizza on Pine – Earlier this year, the team from Georgio on Pine took over the corner space next door to open this family-friendly spinoff of the original. The menu features casual cuisine like Roman-inspired pizzas, panini and cheesesteaks. 1334 Pine Street, (215) 545-2571, giorgioonpine.com
  • Green Eggs Café – Green Eggs specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch. Neighbors and visitors wait in long lines to enjoy the chicken and waffles Benedict and the red velvet pancakes. 212 S. 13th Street, (267) 861-0314, greeneggscafe.com
  • Hummus Grill – This casual eatery cooks up Mediterranean delights like hummus (of course), tabouli salad, kabobs and falafel. The Moroccan cigars, a.k.a. deep-fried and potato-filled pastries, are a menu standout. 212 S. 11th Street, (267) 858-4634, hummusrestaurant.com
  • IndeBlue – This plush bistro serves freshly conceived modern Indian cuisine such as stuffed long hot peppers, homemade paneer and pork vindaloo. Unlike its BYOB counterpart in Collingswood, New Jersey, this IndeBlue stocks a full bar. 205 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-4633, indebluerestaurant.com
  • Jake’s Sandwich Board – In a city famous for its sandwiches, Jake’s adds an element of creativity to its crowd-pleasing dishes. The menu offers a selection of brisket, pork, turkey and veggies, complemented with flavorful ingredients like wasabi spread, caramelized onions and crunchy long hots. 122 S. 12th Street, (215) 922-0102, jakessandwichboard.com
  • Jamonera – Chef Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran turned to Spain for the inspiration for this restaurant. Tapas, tostas, charcuterie and small plates, along with the deep red hues and dark wood tables, transport diners to Seville. 105 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-6061, jamonerarestaurant.com
  • Jean’s Cafe – With delicious sandwiches and wraps, this tiny deli serves as a neighborhood hotspot for breakfast and lunch. What also satisfies here? The people-watching along bustling Walnut Street. 1334 Walnut Street, (215) 546-5353
  • Knock Restaurant and Bar – This chic restaurant features an ambitious New American menu and a lively bar. Grilled flatbreads and small plates are perfect for sharing, while entrees and decadent dessert round out the meal. 225 S. 12th Street, (215) 925-1166, knockphilly.com
  • Little Nonna’s – Red-sauce cuisine gets the Marcie Turney treatment at this old-school-style spot. The stick-to-your-ribs menu features delightfully updated versions of dishes like linguine with clam sauce and arancini, all made with farm-sourced ingredients that pack maximum flavor. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2100, littlenonnas.com
  • Lolita – Yet another winner from the Marcie Turney-Valerie Safran camp, Lolita brings the flavors of Mexico to 13th Street. Guests can expect a street food-style menu and interesting cocktails. 106 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-7100, lolitaphilly.com
  • M Restaurant – Located inside the historic Morris House Hotel, this gem of a restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to create contemporary American dishes. In season, those in the know make the outdoor garden/cafe a must. 231 S. 8th Street, (215) 625-6666, mrestaurantphilly.com
  • McGillin’s Olde Ale House – Open since 1860, McGillin’s holds the distinction as the oldest continuously operating pub in Philadelphia. The alehouse draws a loyal following thanks in part to its regional microbrews, including three house recipes. 1310 Drury Street, (215) 735-5562, mcgillins.com
  • Mercato – This popular BYOB infuses the slow-cooking traditions of Old World Italy with an experimental style and bold take on new Italian-American cuisine. The selection of meats, cheeses, olive oils and vinegars keeps foodies coming back. 1216 Spruce Street, (215) 985-BYOB, mercatobyob.com
  • Milkboy – Veterans of the music and restaurant industries joined forces to create this venue. The downstairs menu features modern takes on comfort food classics, while the upstairs, standing-room-only performance space buzzes with everything from hip hop to indie rock. 1100 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-MILK, milkboyphilly.com
  • Mixto – Mixto serves a blend of Cuban, Latin-American and Caribbean cuisines on the stretch of Pine Street commonly known as Antique Row. During the warmer months, diners feast on their large portions outside, and on weekends, they enjoy brunch starting at 9 a.m. 1141 Pine Street, (215) 592-0363, mixtorestaurante.com
  • More Than Just Ice Cream – This casual BYOB spot offers great sandwiches, homemade soups and fresh salads, but the gargantuan ice cream desserts are the stars of the menu. Signature sundaes include the Sweet & Salty, with caramel, chocolate syrup and sea salt; the S’More, with hot fudge, marshmallow and graham cracker; and the Hot Apple Pie, with cinnamon apples and caramel. 1119 Locust Street, (215) 574-0586, morethanjusticecream.com
  • Morimoto – Iron Chef Masaharu Morimoto helms one of the most exclusive restaurants in the Stephen Starr arsenal. The elegant menu features a selection of traditional Japanese dishes—sushi, dumplings and ramen—all presented with a modern flair and an elevated sensibility. 723 Chestnut Street, (215) 413-9070, morimotorestaurant.com
  • Nomad Roman – The second Philadelphia location of this pizza shop focuses on a small menu of wood-fired pizzas topped with locally grown produce and all-natural meats. Also on offer at the 65-seat joint: an assortment of salads, craft beers and wine. 1305 Locust Street, (215) 644-9287, nomadpizzaco.com
  • Opa – The underwater-themed dining room—serving up grilled octopus, dolmades and other Greek favorites—leads to a beer garden that Food & Wine dubbed “one of America’s best.” Both inside and out, patrons sip fine wines, local beers and specialty cocktails. 1311 Sansom Street, (215) 545-0170, opaphiladelphia.com
  • Pennsylvania 6 – Raw bar plus cocktail bar equals Pennsylvania 6, a retro-modern two-tier spot named after the reputedly longest-held phone number in Manhattan (at the Hotel Pennsylvania). The forward-thinking American menu includes roasted bone marrow, lobster rolls and crudo. 114 S. 12th Street, (267) 639-5606, pennsylvania6philly.com
  • Petit Roti – Unlike his first two local outposts—Caribou Café and Zinc—Chef Olivier Desaintmartin’s Petit Roti showcases the casual side of French cuisine. A simple menu, daily specials and a pantry of gourmet imported foods satiate hungry patrons stopping in for a quick bite or a takeout meal. 248 S. 11th Street, (267) 457-5447, petit-roti.com
  • Ristorante La Buca – Nestled a few steps below street level, La Buca’s den-like dining room with frescoed walls transports guests from Washington Square to Italy. Wines imported from a variety of Italian regions pair with the daily fresh-from-the-market seafood selections. 711 Locust Street, (215) 928-0556, ristlabuca.com
  • Robek’s Fresh Juice & Smoothies – This popular food truck opened a brick-and-mortar location in late 2014. Health-conscious patrons love the nutritious, on-the-go blended drinks like the Strawnana Berry (ripe strawberries and banana) and the Mahalo Mango (sweet mango, papaya juice and pineapple). 1035 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-5500, robeks.com
  • Sampan – Chef Michael Schulson’s 95-seat eatery is a feast for the eyes, with reclaimed timber and distressed metal accents. Guests dine on modern Asian small plates served from the open-air kitchen. Outside, the hidden Graffiti Bar is a stylish setting for alfresco drinks and snacks. 124 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-3501, sampanphilly.com
  • Scratch Biscuits – Husband-and-wife team Mitch and Jen Prensky run this Southern-style eatery. Patrons choose from regular and gluten-free biscuits to supply the foundation for breakfast sandwiches (Pennsylvania Dutchman: homemade sausage, apple butter, grilled onion and cheddar), lunch sandwiches (Kentucky Klassic: country ham, house pickles and pimento cheese) and sweet biscuit puddings. 1306 Chestnut Street, (267) 930-3727, eatscratchbiscuits.com
  • Strangelove’s – From the team behind Memphis Taproom and Local 44, Strangelove’s puts a delicious spin on the no-muss, no-fuss neighborhood pub. In addition to an impressive beer list, the menu includes classic crowd-pleasers like an oyster po’boy, fish and chips, mussels and beer-braised chicken. 216 S. 11th Street, (215) 873-0404, strangelovesbeerbar.com
  • Sweetgreen – The Walnut Street outpost of this chain places a strong emphasis on sustainability by using plant-based materials in its packaging and reclaimed wood in its design. The menu focuses on made-to-order salads crafted from local, farm-fresh ingredients. 924 Walnut Street, (215) 454-6770, sweetgreen.com
  • Talula’s Daily – By day, patrons visit the market for gourmet sandwiches, breads, cheeses, coffee, juices and prepared meals. By night, they come for the $55, five-course tasting menu that changes monthly. 208 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-6555, talulasdaily.com
  • Talula’s Garden – Owner Aimee Olexy of Chester County’s Talula’s Table shares her culinary talents—and her passion for farm-fresh ingredients—with Washington Square diners. She paired up with restaurateur Stephen Starr to create a rustic space, an environmentally friendly wine list and a dreamy seasonal menu. 210 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-7787, talulasgarden.com
  • The Tavern – Both burger fans and vegetarians find a home at The Tavern, which serves modern American bar fare. Think wolffish and chips, mushroom and edamame black bean burger and kale chips with Parmesan aioli. Classic cocktails, local beers, wines by the glass and spiked floats wash it all down. 243 S. Camac Street, (215) 545-1102, thetavernphilly.com
  • Time – Three bars in one, Time hosts live jazz performances in the main room, televises sports in the Whiskey Bar and offers drinking and dancing upstairs. Food is also a focus here, with a solid menu of American and continental fare. 1315 Sansom Street, (215) 985-4800, timerestaurant.net
  • Tria Café – This popular spot focuses on all things fermented: wine, beer and cheese. Imbibe and Draft magazines have named Tria one of the best places in the country to enjoy beer, and the James Beard Foundation has recognized the bar’s wine service. 1137 Spruce Street, (215) 629-9200, triaphilly.com
  • Valanni – Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at this wonderful Medi-Latin eatery. This happy hour spot also boasts s great late-night menu, with satisfying bites such as crispy Brussels sprouts, Parmesan truffle fries and spicy pulled-chicken. 1229 Spruce Street, (215) 790-9494, valanni.com
  • Varga Bar – This pint-sized bar and restaurant serves small plates, a slew of beer, specialty cocktails and an atmosphere inspired by early 20th-century pin-up girls and tattoo art. It’s also a great spot for a late-night bite, with the kitchen cranking out elevated bar food until 1 a.m. daily. 941 Spruce Street, (215) 627-5200, vargabar.com
  • Vedge – Ranked third on GQ’s list of the most outstanding restaurants in 2013, Vedge has had vegans rejoicing since it opened in late 2011. Husband-and-wife team Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby deliver big, providing plentiful options free of meat, eggs and dairy—and the menu even includes desserts. 1221 Locust Street, (215) 320-7500, vedgerestaurant.com
  • Vetri – At this culinary sensation—a place Mario Batali called “possibly the best Italian restaurant on the East Coast”—Marc Vetri presents authentic Italian cuisine alongside wines from an award-winning cellar. The $155 four-course tasting menu is the sole dining option, and it’s just right. 1312 Spruce Street, (215) 732-3478, vetriristorante.com
  • Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro – More than 60 wines by the glass and tasty bistro specialties make this casual-but-sophisticated spot a popular one. On the menu: a cheese board, mussels and a raved-about burger. 129 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-3095, vintage-philadelphia.com
  • Xiandu Thai – The kitchen churns out Thai fusion dishes such as Asian duck tacos and striped bass with tomato and avocado, plus traditional fare like pho, curry and pad Thai. Another highlight: non-alcoholic cocktails. 1119 Walnut Street, (215) 940-8855, xianduthaifusion.com
  • Zavino – Gourmet Neapolitan pizzas, classic Italian dishes and a diverse wine selection make this cozy eatery a must-try. Diners can keep an eye on the neighborhood crowd thanks to large windows and outdoor seating. 112 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-2400, zavino.com
  • Zinc Bistro – This cozy cafe takes its style cues from the charming Le Marais section of Paris. Dishes such as escargot, foie gras, puff pastry and charcuterie showcase the menu’s seasonal French sensibility, while the distinctive wine menu includes selections from France, Belgium, the United States and the United Kingdom. 246 S. 11th Street, (215) 351-9901, zincbarphilly.com

Bars:

  • The Bike Stop – This popular spot has served the gay and lesbian community for more than 30 years. It boasts four very different floors: The Bike Stop (main bar), The Short Stop (sports bar), The Pit Stop (open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights; fetish gear encouraged) and The Top of the Stop (special events). 206 S. Quince Street, (215) 627-1662, thebikestop.com
  • Brü Craft & Wurst – The first Philadelphia bar to install a self-serve draught beer station has styled itself as a wursthaus. An all-German food menu complements the more than 35 taps that pour everything from domestic light lagers to obscure American crafts and German wheat beers. 1318 Chestnut Street, (215) 800-1079, bruphilly.com
  • Charlie was a sinner. – From the team behind fast-casual vegan eatery HipCityVeg, this dark, alluring, vegan cocktail lounge is a bar first and foremost. With dark woods and dim lighting, the ambiance feels like an exclusive members-only clubhouse. 131 S. 13th Street, (267) 758-5372, charliewasasinner.com
  • Dirty Franks – The mural of famous Franks (including Frank Zappa, Benjamin Franklin, a French franc and the newly added Pope Francis) graces the wall at Dirty Franks. The iconic dive bar draws patrons with cheap beer and a great jukebox. 347 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-5010, dirtyfranksbar.com
  • ICandy – A nightclub for the LGBT crowd, ICandy hosts weekly events, including Drag Arena Mondays, Seductive Saturdays and Frathouse Fridays, a dance party for both the 21-and-over and 18-20 sets. A rooftop deck and happy hour specials round out the fab features. 254 S. 12th Street, (267) 324-3500, clubicandy.com
  • Lucky Strike Lanes – This bowling-lounge hybrid offers two floors of high-tech bowling and billiards. In the third-floor lounge, bowlers (and non-bowlers) make a night of it with DJ music and bottle service. 1336 Chestnut Street, (215) 545-2471, bowlluckystrike.com
  • Rosewood – This LGBT craft beer and cocktail lounge rocks all weekend long. Theme parties attract energetic crowds on Friday and Saturday nights. 1302 Walnut Street, rosewood-bar.com
  • Tabu – This gay sports bar offers daily drink specials, plus deals when Philadelphia sports teams are playing. Upstairs, guests enjoy karaoke, drag shows, comedy acts and other entertainment. 200 S. 12th Street, (215) 964-9675, tabuphilly.com
  • U-Bahn – The team behind Brü Craft and Wurst keep the German vibe going at their subterranean bar U-Bahn. Small bands, singer-songwriters, DJs and Ms. Pac-Man provide the entertainment. 1320 Chestnut Street, (215) 800-1079, ubahnphilly.com
  • U Bar – When the LGBT crowd wants to imbibe in a low-key setting, they come here. The no-fuss bar features a sleek look, floor-to-ceiling windows and strong drinks at reasonable prices. 1220 Locust Street, (215) 546-6660, ubarphilly.com
  • Voyeur Nightclub – An after-hours club in the heart of the Gayborhood, Voyeur showcases well-known DJs from around the country during events for gay guys and gals. Partiers choose from the main dance floor, a VIP space upstairs and a basement lounge with special events and drink specials throughout the week. 1221 St. James Street, (215) 735-5772, voyeurnightclub.com
  • Woody’s Bar – Philly’s original gay club is immensely popular with a young, professional and mostly male crowd. The downstairs maintains a sports bar atmosphere, while the upstairs brings out the dancing queen in everyone. 202 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-1893, woodysbar.com

Coffee, Confections & Specialty Foods:

  • Cake and the Beanstalk – Warm and inviting, this whimsical cafe features hand-painted chairs, savory sandwiches and sweet treats baked on the premises. Neighborhood kids love the monthly Story Time at the Stalk events, complete with stories, cookies and crafts. 1112 Locust Street, (215) 592-6505, cakeandthebeanstalk.com
  • Capogiro Gelataria – Divine house-made gelato in seasonal flavors such as persimmon, honeysuckle and black walnut—along with year-round standards including the cioccolata scura (dark chocolate), stracciatella (chocolate chip), hazelnut and pistachio—rival anything produced in Italy. Honest. 119 S. 13th Street, (215) 351-0900, capogirogelato.com
  • Di Bruno Bros. – Family-owned since 1939, this Philly-proud specialty food store stocks its shelves with some of the best homemade and imported delicacies in the city. Dairy fans love the extensive selection of cheeses, and the shop even includes a small European-style coffee bar with fresh baked goods. The Franklin, 834 Chestnut Street, (267) 519-3115, dibruno.com
  • The Foodery – By offering 800 varieties of bottled craft beer from around the world, The Foodery helps to cement Philly’s reputation as a beer lover’s town—one mix-a-six-pack at a time. Regulars also snag newspapers, sandwiches, snacks and grocery essentials. 324 S. 10th Street, (215) 928-1111, fooderybeer.com
  • Go Popcorn – This popular Pittsburgh mini-chain sells flavors such as brown butter caramel, chocolate peanut butter and “Chicago Style” (cheddar cheese and caramel). Creative flavors-of-the-week such as creamy pumpkin pie and hazelnut Nutella keep patrons coming back to satisfy their cravings for sweet and salty snacks. 112 S. 12th Street, (215) 928-0169, letsgopopcorn.com
  • Good Karma Café – In addition to fair-trade and sustainably sourced coffee, Good Karma serves a delicious selection of snacks, salads, soups and sandwiches. A rotating display of works by local artists lines the walls, adding to the cafe’s community-oriented feel. 928 Pine Street, (267) 519-8860, thegoodkarmacafe.com
  • Greenstreet Coffee – Brothers Tom and Chris Molieri are passionate about coffee, which is why they founded Greenstreet. The company roasts its own beans in nearby South Philadelphia before serving it by the cup from this tiny corner cafe. 1101 Spruce Street, greenstreetcoffee.com
  • Grocery Market and Catering – At this modern gourmet shop, owned by chef Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran, customers pick up prepared foods for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On the menu: steel-cut oatmeal, homemade soups, gourmet salads and sweet treats. 101 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-5252, grocery13.com
  • The Igloo – Healthy frozen desserts are all the rage at this haven of homemade gelato and frozen yogurt. Favorites include chocolate hazelnut gelato topped with crunchy hazelnuts, dark chocolate sorbet and Greek frozen yogurt. 1205 Walnut Street, (267) 861-0300, igloodesserts.com
  • Nuts to You – Philadelphia’s longest-running nut house has been shelling out gourmet peanuts, almonds and other nutty treats for more than 30 years. The popcorn sold in large bags (both with and without salt) is a favorite Philly snack. 1328 Walnut Street, (215) 545-2911; 721 Walnut Street, (215) 925-1141, nuts-to-you.com
  • Philly Flavors – Customers’ mouths water as they watch the Philly Flavors crew scoop out large portions of ice cream and water ice. Tip: Check the freezer for a rotating selection of fresh, indulgent ice cream sandwiches. 343 S. 13th Street, (267) 519-8982, phillyflavors.com
  • Saxby’s – This Philly-based chain focuses on a simple premise: providing a welcoming space with consistently good coffee. The newest Philadelphia location doesn’t disappoint; the menu features pastries and baked goods, sandwiches and, of course, lots of delicious coffee. 234-236 S. 11th Street, (215) 309-3921, saxbyscoffee.com
  • Scoop DeVille – The ice cream varieties come in cone, blend, sundae or shake form at this old-fashioned shop. Fat-free frozen yogurt and sorbets, as well as non-ice cream treats (nonpareils, fresh-baked cookies), round out the menu. 1315 Walnut Street, (215) 988-9992, scoopdevilleicecream.com
  • Toast – Simple food, gourmet coffee and pastries comprise the cafe menu. The oversized windows and corner location make Toast ideal for people-watching. 1201 Spruce Street, (215) 821-1080, toastphilly.com

Shops & Galleries:

  • Addiction Studios – Shoppers never know what they’ll find at this designer consignment store, which specializes in high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Balenciaga. Bonus: Addiction’s owner also offers professional makeup services. 1024 Pine Street, (267) 687-5446
  • Bella Turka – This jewelry shops carries creations from makers across the globe. The owner looks to 25 European designers and more than 40 American designers to create often distinct pieces. 113 S. 13th Street, (215) 560-8733, bellaturka.com
  • Blendo – This packed-with-goods shop sells all things old and new, including furniture, ceramics, handbags, clothing, art, jewelry and housewares. On decent-weather days, the shopkeeper fills tables and baskets on its Pine Street sidewalk with even more merchandise for perusing. 1002 Pine Street, (215) 351-9260, shopblendo.com
  • Bridgette Mayer Gallery – Featuring contemporary paintings and works on paper, this gallery supports and promotes emerging and mid-career artists with solo and group showings in an 18th-century brownstone. 709 Walnut Street, (215) 413-8893, bridgettemayergallery.com
  • Cella Luxuria – Polished, contemporary shelter style is what it’s all about at this gargantuan furnishings store, where velvet, leather, exotic woods and shiny surfaces dominate the international design pieces. 1214 Chestnut Street, (215) 923-0784, cellaluxuria.com
  • Doggie Style – When a pooch deserves nothing but the best, canine lovers stop here. Doggie Style operates several Philadelphia locations, including one in Washington Square West, where food, accessories, toys and other dog- and cat-related products line the shelves. 1032 Pine Street, (215) 545-4100, doggiestylepets.com
  • Duross & Langel – This inviting soap shop offers squeaky-clean goodness, with products focused on natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. A yoga studio brings a touch of Zen to the inviting space, and the hair salon delivers on-trend cuts, color and blowouts. 117 S. 13th Street, (215) 592-7627, durossandlangel.com
  • Emilie – This clothier offers women of all ages stylish pieces from popular designers such as Eileen Fisher and Babette. The outfits are perfect for work, a night out or a weekend coffee date. 113 S. 12th Street, (215) 829-8830, shopemilie.com
  • Everyone’s Racquet – This shop stocks its racks with clothing and equipment related to any and all racket sports. Athletes of all levels utilize the shop’s stringing services and attend tennis lessons at nearby Seger Park. 130 S. 12th Street, (215) 627-4192, everyonesracquet.com
  • Halloween – Unusual jeweled treasures and distinctive trinkets sparkle at this delightful shop, named after owner Henri David’s favorite holiday. There’s no signage, but the gothic doorbell lets visitors know they’ve found the right place. 1329 Pine Street, (215) 732-7711
  • Happily Ever After – In addition to plush stuffed animals and low-tech toys, this shop on Antique Row sells classic toys and dolls. Shoppers find familiar characters such as Winnie the Pooh and Raggedy Ann, plus dolls from artists such as the Madame Alexander Doll Company. 1010 Pine Street, (215) 627-5790, happily.com
  • I. Goldberg Army & Navy – Hearty goods for just about a century have filled this family-run store, a spot to score marvelous surplus, camping and otherwise outdoorsy gear and goods and hard-wearing, no-nonsense clothes that last just about a lifetime. Note: Look for a new location in 2017. 1300 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-9393, igoldberg.com
  • Janus Gallery – Named for the Roman god of transition, this gallery and shop showcases a mix of old and new artistic objects. Workshops taught by local artists inspire creativity in all who attend. 1135 Pine Street, (267) 207-5254, janusonpine.com
  • Kitchenette – Cooks of all skill levels can domesticate in style with kitchen gear from this shop, which sells brands including Breville and Le Creuset, as well as a selection of gourmet foods and gifts. Among the great finds for chefs: novelty aprons and stylish gadgets that only experienced cooks would know how to use. 117 S. 12th Street, (215) 829-4949, shopkitchenette.com
  • Lapstone & Hammer – Sneakerhead meets gallery artist in this absolute homage to authentic men’s fashion, from Jordan Metallic 5s to owner Brian Nadav’s own hand-hewn wardrobe additions for city gents, plus investment-worthy leather, hats, jeans, hand-destructed T-shirts—pretty much anything a guy needs for serious style cred. 1106 Chestnut Street, (215) 592-9166, lapstoneandhammer.com
  • LL Pavorsky Jewels and Gifts – Handcrafted pieces—from rings to glassware—line the cases at this funky, gallery-like showroom. The real treats are the custom-designed items that jeweler Lee Pavorsky has been creating for 25 years. 707 Walnut Street, (215) 627-2252, llpavorsky.com
  • Locks Gallery – Modern and contemporary mid-career and emerging artists share their work at this Washington Square venue, which draws local and national crowds and brings attention to regional artists. Each month, exhibitions fill the space with interesting pieces in a variety of media. 600 Washington Square South, (215) 629-1000, locksgallery.com
  • Luxe Home – A modern design aficionado founded this independent furniture shop, where art photography mixes with serious coffee tables and midcentury-inspired Jonathan Adler separates. 1308 Chestnut Street, (215) 732-2001, luxehomephiladelphia.com
  • Melange Tea & Spice – When customers need quality, hard-to-find spices, salts, teas and tisanes, they come to this specialty shop. Gift baskets and samplers make perfect gifts for home cooks. 1042 Pine Street, melange-tea.com
  • Modern Eye – People are proud of their “four-eyes” when they snag frames from this full-service optical shop, which also offers contact lenses and eye exams. Hard-to-find brands lining the walls include Vinylize, Andy Wolf and Mel Rapp. 145 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-3300, modern-eye.com
  • M Finkel & Daughter – In the heart of Antique Row, this family-owned-and-run business sells furnishings and accessories from the 18th and 19th centuries. This shop also specializes in rare antique needlework and silk embroideries. 936 Pine Street, (215) 627-7797, samplings.com
  • Nest – This hotspot for the family crowd houses a boutique with handmade gifts—but it’s so much more. It’s also a lounge where mom and dad can grab coffee while their little ones take a class, get a haircut or enjoy playtime. 1301 Locust Street, (215) 545-6378, nestphilly.com
  • Open House – The place to find distinct and modern home accents, this pint-sized shop packs a mega amount of merchandise on its tables and shelves. It’s also a popular spot for sure-to-be-coveted Philadelphia souvenirs that come in the form of coasters, totes, tees, pint glasses and notecards. 107 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-1415, openhouseliving.com
  • Paper on Pine – Don't be fooled by the name; this delightfully quaint paper and printing boutique is actually on 13th Street, not Pine. Lovers of the written word indulge in designer stationery and writing-ware from labels such as Vera Wang, Kate Spade and Crane & Co. 115 S. 13th Street, (215) 625-0100, paperonpine.com
  • The Papery – This stationery boutique inhabits a bright and airy space brimming with charm. Shoppers browse artsy cards for every occasion, customizable invitations, fine stationery and elegant paper goods, as well as a curated selection of picture frames, scented candles and baby gifts. 1219 Locust Street, (215) 922-1500, paperyofphilly.com
  • Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room – People find secondhand items of all sorts—clothing, board games, books, vintage posters—at this multi-level wonderland. Proceeds benefit local organizations involved in the fight against AIDS. 345 S. 12th Street, (215) 923-2960, phillyaidsthriftatgiovannisroom.com
  • Pileggi Boutique – Couture fashion awaits shoppers looking for sought-after name-brand clothes and accessories sourced from around the globe. The polished storefront, easy-to-navigate displays and assistance from the fashion-forward owner make for a simple and sophisticated shopping trip. 715 Walnut Street, (215) 922-3526, pileggiboutiquephiladelphia.com
  • Rustic Music – Every music maven and maverick sings with joy after visiting this small, independent music shop, with used guitars, vinyl records, cassette tapes and CDs all available under one roof. Aspiring musicians channel their inner Dylan during reasonably priced guitar and harmonica lessons. 259 S. 10th Street, (215) 732-7805, rusticmusic.com
  • SOTA Spirit of the Artist – SOTA has been showcasing American handmade crafts for two decades. Many the goods—from jewelry and garden art to toys and instruments—are created by owner Frank Burkhauser’s circle of artisan friends. 1022 Pine Street, (215) 627-8801
  • Steven Singer Jewelers – This guy-friendly jewelry shop offers guests beer and snacks as they survey a wide selection of modern diamond jewelry. Offbeat events like the “World’s Largest Bubblebath” amp up the fun. 739 Walnut Street, (215) 627-3242, ihatestevensinger.com
  • Verde – Chef Marcie Turney makes and sells her gourmet chocolates in the back of this small boutique. The rest of the shop is stocked with clothing, jewelry, prints, handbags and just about anything else that strikes the fancy of Turney and partner Valerie Safran, making it a go-to for wow-worthy gifts. 108 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-8700, verdephiladelphia.com
  • Yarnphoria – Yarns in every color of the rainbow occupy the shelves of this Pine Street shop. Yarnphoria even holds knitting and crochet classes for all skill levels. 1020 Pine Street, (215) 923-0914

Theaters:

  • Forrest Theatre – This Shubert-owned theater bears the name of Edwin Forrest, a Philadelphia-born actor popular in the 19th century. One of the city’s premier venues for more than 80 years, the Forrest often hosts touring productions of hit Broadway shows. 1114 Walnut Street, (215) 923-1515, forrest-theatre.com
  • Lantern Theater Company – Audiences have enjoyed productions by the Lantern Theater Company at St. Stephen’s Theater for 20 years. Each season celebrates and explores the human spirit through classic, modern and original works. 923 Ludlow Street, (215) 829-0395, lanterntheater.org
  • Walnut Street Theatre – The oldest continuously operating theater in the country, this National Historic Landmark hosts award-winning musicals on its main stage and smaller indie productions in its Independence Studio. A limited number of Mezzanine seats are available for $20 for every main-stage performance. 825 Walnut Street, (215) 574-3550, walnutstreettheatre.org

Lookin’ Good:

  • American Mortals – A hipster haven for cuts, colors and styles, American Mortals (“AMMO,” as the regulars call it) combines youthful, indie vibes with a laid-back atmosphere conducive to good looks and good conversation. The devoted following keeps up their ’dos with the shop’s own hair-care products. 727 Walnut Street, (215) 574-1234, americanmortals.com
  • Architeqt Salon & Gallery – The talented stylists specialize in dry cuts, Balayage color, Keratin treatments and designer styles. As a mixed-used space, Architeqt also serves as great place for trunk shows, pop-up shops, gallery openings, fashion shows and educational workshops. 265 S. 10th Street, (215) 567-5005, architeqtsalon.com
  • Beauty Is… – Operating under the philosophy of helping clients feel beautiful by making them look beautiful, this salon donates 10 percent of revenue from all hair product sales to causes that support environmental sustainability. 258 S. 11th Street, (215) 792-4109, beautyissalon.org
  • The King of Shave – This corner storefront is an old-school barbershop for the modern man. Guys come here for services such as haircuts, color treatments, beard trims and hot-towel shaves. 1201 Pine Street, (215) 732-2900, thekingofshave.com
  • Pileggi on the Square – Pileggi pampers with a full-service salon and spa offering services from aromatherapy and facials to manicures and hair treatments. Regulars love the cost-effective spa packages that rejuvenate from head to toe. 717 Walnut Street, (215) 627-0565, pileggisalon.com

Wellness and Community Services:

  • 12th Street Gym – For more than 25 years, this fitness center has been one of Philadelphia’s go-to workout spots. Patrons love the one-on-one training, group classes, pool and tanning facilities. 204 S. 12th Street, (215) 985-4092, 12streetgym.com
  • Healing Arts Collective – This center for healing offers therapeutic massage and bodywork, acupuncture, physical therapy, yoga, Pilates and movement therapies. Community members gather here for group yoga classes, workshops and celebrations. 519 S. 9th Street, (267) 229-7323, healingartscollective-pa.com
  • Mama’s Wellness Joint – While this yoga and wellness studio offers classes for everyone, it caters to new and soon-to-be moms. Classes include beginner meditation, Vinyasa, toddler yoga and Baby Bump Boot Camp. 1100 Pine Street, (267) 519-9037, mamaswellnessjoint.com
  • Renaissance Healing Arts – Drs. Doyle and Fisher founded their bodywork practice in 1985, and they opened this Antique Row storefront in 2015. Specialties include acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, craniosacral therapy, nutritional counseling and traditional Chinese medicine. 1004 Pine Street, (215) 985-1344, renaissancehealingarts.com
  • Shanti Yoga Shala – With a name meaning “peace union center,” this yoga studio offers instruction in a range of practice styles, including Ashtanga, Vinyasa and Mysore. The on-site boutique is the perfect place to stock up on props, gear and yoga-related literature. 262 S. 12th Street, (215) 923-9642, shantiyogashala.org
  • William Way Community Center – The city’s official LGBT community center displays art exhibits in the lobby, hosts weekly games (chess, bridge and mahjong) and houses an extensive library and reading room with 10,000 books. A massive mural called Pride & Progress—commissioned by the Mural Arts Program and painted by Ann Northup—adorns the side of the building. 1315 Spruce Street, (215) 732-2220, waygay.org

Parks & Landmarks:

  • City Hall – The largest City Hall in the country is also one of the most elaborate. Designed by Alexander Milne Calder, the exterior is covered with sculptures representing the seasons, continents and allegorical figures, and it’s topped by a 27-ton sculpture of William Penn. Its Observation Deck provides a panoramic view of the city, and tours lead visitors into some of the most lavishly decorated rooms in the city. Just outside, the newly transformed Dilworth Park features a cafe, public art displays, lawn games and, depending on the season, an ice skating rink or sprayground. Broad & Market Streets, Room 121, (215) 686-2840, phila.gov/virtualch; dilworthpark.org
  • Louis I. Kahn Memorial Park – Coming in under an acre, this park and garden serves as an oasis for neighborhood residents and visitors. During the warm-weather months, visitors enjoy a free monthly concert series. 11th & Pine Streets, kahnpark.org
  • Seger Park & Playground – Occupying a full city block, this recreation center includes basketball courts, tennis courts, multiple playgrounds and a kids’ fountain. Four-legged friends from all over the neighborhood love to run around Seger Dog Park, which offers separate pens for large and small canines. 11th & Lombard Streets, (215) 686-1780, segerpark.net
  • Washington Square – One of William Penn’s five original squares has served as an animal pasture and as a burial ground—for victims of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic, African-Americans and 2,600 soldiers who died during the Revolution. The square is now a popular place for picnicking, reading, playing Frisbee and other leisure activities. It’s also the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument featuring an eternal flame and a statue of George Washington gazing toward Independence Hall. 6th & Walnut Streets

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