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Nov 18 2016

What's in the Washington Square West Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Cafes, Shops, Theaters and More

Washington Square West is a historic Center City neighborhood comprising a 17th-century park, the vibrant enclaves of Midtown Village, the Gayborhood and lots more.

Named “Southeast Square” in 1682, Washington Square once served as a grazing pasture and potter’s field on the edge of the original city of Philadelphia. Today, modern residences surround the park, home to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, a sycamore moon tree and a steady stream of visitors. To Washington Square’s north are the nearly 300 jewelry merchants of Jewelers’ Row. And to its south is Antique Row, tree-lined blocks of shops selling furnishings, collectables, art and more.

West of Washington Square, the Gayborhood serves as the hub of Philadelphia’s LGBT life and culture. Rainbow street signs proudly mark the neighborhood, from 11th to Broad Streets and from Pine to Chestnut Streets. Inside the Gayborhood is Midtown Village, a stretch of busy modern restaurants, shops and bars along 13th Street between Locust and Chestnut streets.

A block north of the neighborhood, Jefferson 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 Street, 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 sake lovers, 1225 Raw serves specialty rolls, traditional hot entrees and an impressive selection of exotic sake. During the spring and summer months, diners enjoy their sashimi in the outdoor courtyard. 1225 Sansom Street, (215) 238-1903, 1225raw.com
  • 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 – One of the must-get reservations along the 13th Street restaurant empire of chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, this modern and rustic bistro is known for European wines, Mediterranean eats—top sellers include stuffed short rib and pork meatballs—and the luscious budino dessert. Patrons can grab seats 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 bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) 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. 10th Street, (215) 829-0800, bleusushi.com
  • Bud & Marilyn’s – This retro-informed restaurant-bar is named for chef Marcie Turney’s restaurateur grandparents. The fun spot revives American classics such as meatloaf, wedge salads and chop suey, pairing them with cocktails like the Lakeside, vodka with lime juice, mint and violet, and Marilyn’s O-F, a brandy Old Fashioned. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2220, budandmarilyns.com
  • Caribou Café – This traditional, Paris-inspired brasserie has vintage French posters and pumpkin-colored walls. The French menu includes boeuf bourguignon and Gruyère-topped onion soup. 1126 Walnut Street, (215) 625-9535, cariboucafe.com
  • Cheu Noodle Bar – Noodles are the main attraction at this hip little restaurant. The menu includes varieties ranging from bok choy and black garlic wings to ramen matched with unexpected elements such as matzo balls and butternut squash. 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
  • Craftsman Row Saloon – Every neighborhood deserves its own pub, and this is Jewelers’ Row’s. Busy offering midday-through-late-night meals of French dips, classic burgers, wedge salads, wings, fries and a full bar with local craft beers, the handsome and dimly lit tavern knows just what a worker requires to get through the day. 118 S. 8th Street, (215) 923-0123, craftsmanrowsaloon.com
  • Destination Dogs – Started by two friends in New Jersey, this designer dog operation brings worldly frankfurters to Philly—plus a bar and arcade games too. 1111 Walnut Street, (267) 773-7750, destinationdogs.com
  • Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop at The Franklin – Famed Italian Market cheesemonger-grocers run this takeout or stay-in venue that pairs more than 300 cheeses from around the globe and craft beer. One platter of note: the towering “Temple of Awesomeness & Delight,” a three-tiered cheese and meat tray. 834 Chestnut Street, (267) 519-3115, dibrunobottleshop.com
  • Double Knot – This buzzed-about, multi-personality eatery manages to do everything right. As a cafe for morning coffee, a place to grab Asian-inspired banh mi, rice and noodle bowls for lunch—and an absolutely stunning underground izakaya for dinner and drinks, chef Michael Schulson’s dream project is a delicious juggernaut. 124 S. 13th Street, doubleknotphilly.com
  • Effie’s – Guests bring their own bottles and enjoy homey Greek cuisine and warm hospitality in this converted townhouse. Sidewalk seating and a walled garden patio are perfect for the warmer months. 1127 Pine Street, (215) 592-8333, effiesrestaurant.com
  • El Fuego – From the moment El Fuego brought Tex-Mex and California-style burritos to the square, it’s brought lunchtime lines too. Ingredients for the restaurant’s signature burritos, tacos and bowls come from small, independent purveyors. 723 Walnut Street, (215) 592-1901, elfuegophilly.com
  • El Vez – Inventive guacamole, tuna tostadas, tacos and specialty margaritas are menu highlights at this bright and buzzing Mexican spot, which features a shiny low-rider bicycle centerpiece above its circular bar. Bartenders pour an impressive selection of blanco, reposado and anejo tequilas. 121 S. 13th Street, (215) 928-9800, elvezrestaurant.com
  • Fat Salmon – Across the street from Washington Square, this contemporary sushi bar has a blue-lit dining room, invention fusion rolls and an extensive sake menu. 719 Walnut Street, (215) 928-8881, fatsalmonsushi.com
  • Fergie’s Pub – Serious beer drinkers have long sought out this great watering hole for good grub, a killer jukebox, weeknight Quizo and poetry readings—and some of the best bartenders in town. Fridays feature karaoke with a live band, while Irish music fills the air the rest of the weekend. 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 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 locally sourced ingredients—and all under 500 calories. Fuel also offers a juice and coffee bar and desserts. 1225 Walnut Street, (215) 922-FUEL, fuelphilly.com
  • Garces Trading Company – One of chef Jose Garces’ many Philadelphia outposts, airy Garces Trading has a glass-walled private dining room, full bar and happy hour, dinner and brunch menus known for their lentil fritters, warm vichyssoise and chicken paillard. 1111 Locust Street, (215) 574-1099, garcestradingcompany.com
  • Giorgio on Pine – This neighborhood BYOB offers hearty, home-style Italian specialties. Menu favorites include gnocchi in a 12-hour braised beef ragout, Parmesan-encrusted chicken breast and calamari. 1328 Pine Street, (215) 545-6265, giorgioonpine.com
  • Giorgio Pizza on Pine – Last 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 more casual cuisine: Roman 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 chicken and waffles Benedict, veggie burgers and red velvet pancakes. 212 S. 13th Street, (267) 861-0314, greeneggscafe.com
  • IndeBlue – This plush bistro serves 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 creations. Rolls come overstuffed with brisket, pork, turkey that get loaded up with veggies, Sriracha mayo, caramelized onions or 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 tones and dark wood tables, nearly transport diners to Seville. 105 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-6061, jamonerarestaurant.com
  • Jean’s Cafe – With delicious sandwiches and wraps, this tiny deli is a neighborhood hotspot for breakfast and lunch. What also satisfies here? The people watching along bustling Walnut Street. 1334 Walnut Street, (215) 546-5353
  • Kanella Grill – When Konstantinos Pitsillides moved his lauded Kanella restaurant to Queen Village, the chef and his wife turned the Cypriot restaurant’s former digs into a casual, cash-only BYOB serving authentic Greek kebabs, gyros, shawarma and multicourse meze dinners for parties of four or more. 1001 Spruce Street, (267) 928-2085, kanellarestaurant.com
  • Knock Restaurant and Bar – You can’t knock this basic, boisterous gay restaubar for its simple fare—grilled flatbreads, burgers, brunch—and great martinis. 225 S. 12th Street, (215) 925-1166, knockphilly.com
  • Little Nonna’s – Red-sauce cuisine gets the chef Turney treatment, old-school. The stick-to-your-ribs Italian-American menu features delightfully updated, farm-based versions of linguine with clam sauce and arancini. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2100, littlenonnas.com
  • Lolita – Yet another winner from the Turney-Safran camp, chic little Lolita brings new Mexican flavors to busy 13th Street. Guests can expect a street food-style menu and interesting cocktails, margaritas included. 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 of being the city’s oldest continuously operating pub. 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. Downstairs, an all-day pub menu features modern takes on comfort foods. Upstairs is a standing-room-only performance space for touring and local indie music. 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. On weekends, they enjoy brunch starting at 9 a.m. 1141 Pine Street, (215) 592-0363, mixtorestaurante.com
  • More Than Just Ice Cream – Gargantuan ice cream desserts star on this casual BYOB’s menu of great sandwiches, homemade soups and fresh salads. 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 this futuristic restaurant in restaurateur Stephen Starr’s portfolio. The elegant menu features a selection of traditional Japanese dishes—sushi, miso soup and sashimi—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 mid-size joint: 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 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 lobster rolls and crudo, as well as other unique takes on classic bistro fare. 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
  • Pinefish – Comfy couches, low coffee tables, tasty seafood tapas and a lovely bar makes this funky Antique Row spot a great find for dinner. And the buck-a-shuck happy hour brings patrons in early for oysters. 1138 Pine Street, (267) 519-2850, pinefish.fish
  • Ristorante La Buca – Nestled a few steps below street level, La Buca’s den-like dining room with frescoed walls offers impeccable, old-school service, right down to the seafood and meat carts. 711 Locust Street, (215) 928-0556, ristlabuca.com
  • Robek’s Fresh Juice & Smoothies – Once a popular food truck, this brick-and-mortar business serves health-conscious patrons 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 venue’s hidden Graffiti Bar is a stylish setting for alfresco drinks and snacks. 124 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-3501, sampanphilly.com
  • Strangelove’s – From the team behind Clarkville 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 high-end, made-to-order salads. 924 Walnut Street, (215) 454-6770, sweetgreen.com
  • Talula’s Daily – By day, patrons visit this foodie 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 – Cozy and welcoming inside Tavern on Camac, a long-running piano bar and nightclub, this subterranean hideaway serves seasonal, modern American fare. 243 S. Camac Street, (215) 545-1102, thetavernphilly.com
  • Time – Three bars in one offers 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
  • Tredici Enoteca – The elegant sibling restaurant to Zavino adds international flair to Italian fare—and is known for its deep wine list. 114 S. 13th Street, (267) 928-2092, tredicienoteca.com
  • Tria Café – This popular corner 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 are just one of the draws at this spacious Medi-Latin eatery. The happy hour spot also boasts s great late-night menu featuring crispy Brussels sprouts, Parmesan truffle fries and pulled-chicken empanadas. 1229 Spruce Street, (215) 790-9494, valanni.com
  • Varga Bar – This corner 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: The kitchen cranks out elevated bar food until 1 a.m. nightly. 941 Spruce Street, (215) 627-5200, vargabar.com
  • Vedge – Arguably the best vegan restaurant in the nation has had diners rejoicing since it opened in late 2011. Husband-and-wife team Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby deliver flavorful, global and humane edible revelations, appetizers through desserts. 1221 Locust Street, (215) 320-7500, vedgerestaurant.com
  • Vetri – At this special-occasion culinary sensation—the jewel box destination Mario Batali called “possibly the best Italian restaurant on the East Coast”—chef Marc Vetri presents authentic, elegant 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 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, seafood, duck, steak frites and charcuterie showcase the menu’s seasonal French sensibility, while the blackboard wine menu includes small producers’ jewels from France. 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. Note: It’s cash-only spot. 347 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-5010, dirtyfranksbar.com
  • ICandy – A 21-and-over nightclub for the LGBT crowd, ICandy hosts weekly events, including Drag Arena Mondays, Seductive Saturdays and Foreplay Fridays. A rooftop deck and happy hour specials round out the 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
  • Tabu – This gay sports bar and show lounge offers daily food and drink specials, as well as additional specials during sports games. In the upstairs lounge, guests enjoy karaoke, drag shows, burlesque shows, comedy acts and other entertainment. In the new, bottom-floor Joystixx arcade lounge there are vintage arcade games and open-mic events. 200 S. 12th Street, (215) 964-9675, tabuphilly.com
  • Tiki – What happens when you mix Polynesian culture with a Californian ethos under restaurateur Jason Evenchik’s helm? A tiki-theme cocktail bar featuring two floors and a roof deck, all with plenty of food, drinks and fun. 102 S. 13th Street, (215) 309-3435, tikiphilly.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 – The LGBT crowd heads here to imbibe in a low-key setting. 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. 1221 St. James Street, (215) 735-5772, voyeurnightclub.com
  • Woody’s Bar – Philly’s original and ever-expanding gay club is immensely popular with a young, professional and mostly male crowd. The corner spot comprises a dance club, sports bar and Rosewood, a craft beer and cocktail lounge that hosts energetic theme parties on Friday and Saturday nights. Rosewood has a separate entrance at 1302 Walnut Street. 202 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-1893, woodysbar.com

Coffee, Confections & Specialty Foods:

  • Bodhi Coffee – Spare and serene, this walk-up cafe specializes in locally roasted Elixr cold brews and, every once in a while, terrarium planting classes. 263 S. 10th Street, @bodhicoffee
  • Capogiro Gelataria – Divine house-made gelato in seasonal flavors such as persimmon, honeysuckle and black walnut—along with year-round standards including the cioccolato scuro (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 South 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 hundreds of 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 shop 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 – This cozy, comfortable cafe with plenty of seating features 100% fair-trade, organic certified coffee and serves a delicious variety of salads, soups and sandwiches. An outdoor greenery patio and a rotating display of works by local artists add 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 meals to go. 101 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-5252, grocery13.com
  • Nuts to You – Philadelphia’s longest-running nut house has been shelling out gourmet peanuts, almonds and other nutty treats for more than 40 years. The popcorn sold in large bags (both with and without salt) is a favorite 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 cookie sandwiches. 343 S. 13th Street, (267) 519-8982, phillyflavors.com
  • Saxbys – This Philly-based chain focuses on a simple premise: Provide a welcoming space with consistently good coffee. This 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 – Customers choose from unique ice cream flavors and under-250-calorie frozen yogurts at this old-fashioned shop. The menu of yummy extends further with a large selection of dairy-free options, homemade chocolates, cupcakes, ice cream cakes and seasonal treats. 1315 Walnut Street, (215) 988-9992, scoopdevilleicecream.com
  • Square One Coffee – Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, these micro-roasters partner with coffee producers and pay the farmers and all employees a living wage. The coffee itself has racked up numerous awards, which makes the expansion into Philadelphia so appreciated. 249 S. 13th Street, (267) 758-6352, squareonecoffee.com
  • Sweet Charlie’s – Customers line up out the door and down the street of this shop for ice cream and frozen yogurt that gets mixed with chopped toppings on a frozen slab—then rolled up, Thai style—and, if so ordered, served on a warm glazed fritter. 711 Walnut Street, (267) 761-9063, sweetcharlies.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: Philadelphia magazine recently dubbed Addiction Studios as the city’s best consignment shop. 1024 Pine Street, (267) 687-5446
  • Bella Turka – This jewelry shops carries creations from makers across the globe. The owner looks to a few dozen European and American designers to create distinctive pieces.
    113 S. 13th Street, (215) 560-8733, bellaturka.com
  • Blendo – This packed-with-goods shop sells 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 – With several Philadelphia locations, including one in Washington Square West, this upscale pet care emporium sells food, accessories, toys and other products for dogs, cats, small animals, fish reptiles and birds. 1032 Pine Street, (215) 545-4100, doggiestylepets.com
  • Duross & Langel – This inviting soap shop offers squeaky-clean goodness, with its own line of 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
  • Everyone’s Racquet – For more than 40 years, this local business has stocked 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 jewelry, both one-of-a-kind and vintage, sparkle at this delightful trove, 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 – Known for a large collection of international dolls, this shop carries classic toys and books parents and grandparents might recall playing with. Puzzles and puppets, tea sets and dollhouses, board games and wooden toys make a visit here a trip down memory lane. 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. Brands like Carhartt, Dickies, Woolrich and The North Face line three floors of racks. 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
  • Jewelers’ Row – More than 300 retailers, wholesalers and craftspeople comprise America’s oldest diamond district. Although many of these businesses operate to the trade only, many are open to the public, offering a glittering variety of new, secondhand and, in the case of iconic I. Switt, antique adornments. Between 7th & 9th Streets and Walnut & Chestnut Streets
  • Lapstone & Hammer – Sneakerhead meets gallery artist in this absolute homage to authentic men’s fashion. Shoppers find limited-edition sneakers, owner Brian Nadav’s own hand-hewn wardrobe additions—including Philly-made denim—for city gents, plus investment-worthy leather jackets, hats, custom hand-destructed T-shirts—pretty much anything a guy needs for serious style cred. 1106 Chestnut Street, (215) 592-9166, lapstoneandhammer.com
  • LL Pavorsky Jewelers – Handcrafted fine jewelry and unique art glass line the cases and walls at this gallery-like showroom. The real treats are the custom-designed items that jeweler Lee Pavorsky has been creating for 28 years. 707 Walnut Street, (215) 627-2252, llpavorsky.com
  • Locks Gallery – Modern and contemporary mid-career and established 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
  • Lolli Lolli – Across the street from Washington Square, this chocked-full children’s boutique specializes in higher-end clothing and an essential selection of birthday gift toys for the newborn and up set. Bonus: They gift wrap too. 713 Walnut Street, (215) 625-2655
  • 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. Only the purest of the pure here: no salt, sugar, preservatives, anti-caking agents, extracts, oils or flavorings added. The knowledgeable staff offers help to budding cooks and experienced chefs alike. 1042 Pine Street, melange-tea.com
  • Mitchell & Ness – The legendary, Philly-born line of throwback sports jerseys, jackets and caps are esteemed the world over—but call this storefront home. This is the hot shop to score the latest renditions of retro styles, pennants and all. Enter on 12th Street. 1201 Chestnut Street, (267) 273-7622, mitchellandness.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. The specialty: hard-to-find brands Vinylize, Andy Wolf and Rapp. 145 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-3300, modern-eye.com
  • M Finkel & Daughter – In the heart of what is historically known as Antique Row, this family-owned-and-run business sells furniture and accessories from the 18th and 19th centuries and specializes in antique embroidery and other and needlework. 936 Pine Street, (215) 627-7797, samplings.com
  • Nest – This hotspot for families with young children houses a boutique with kids’ clothes, toys, gifts and a kiddie hair salon on its first floor—and loads more fun upstairs. Guests—who are typically annual members—enjoy access to all manner of movement and music classes, book custom parties and take advantage of an indoor playground. 1301 Locust Street, (215) 545-6378, nestphilly.com
  • Nutz & Bolts – This intimate Gayborhood boutique specializes in fancy men’s underwear and swimsuits and also carries loungewear, T-shirts and other apparel. 1220 Spruce Street, (267) 639-5958, nutzandboltzfashion.com
  • Open House – The place to find distinct and modern home and office accents, this independent 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. and order custom invitations and stationery. 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 – One of the oldest independent LGBT bookstores in the country was recently acquired by Philly AIDS Thrift, allowing the landmark to carry on its important and iconic tradition. With a focus on LGBT literature, the shop also carries clothing, collectibles and gift items. All proceeds go to people living with HIV or AIDS. 345 S. 12th Street, (215) 923-2960, phillyaidsthriftatgiovannisroom.com
  • Rikumo – A Japanese lifestyle brand, this store carefully selects products created by craftspeople from that country and culture. For fans of a simple and clean design aesthetic, browse the home goods, bath accessories, jewelry, bags, office supplies and gifts for the kids. 1216 Walnut Street, (215) 609-4972, rikumo.com
  • Rustic Music – Music mavens and mavericks make a habit of his small, independent music shop, where used guitars, vinyl records, cassette tapes and CDs are 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
  • Shibe Vintage – Mets and Cowboys fans need not apply at this Philly fans-owned stockist and designer of apparel and gifts that are all about the present and past Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, 76ers and Union. 137 S. 13th Street, (215) 566-2511, shibevintagesports.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, which 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 during its season, winter through spring. 1114 Walnut Street, (215) 923-1515, forrest-theatre.com
  • Lantern Theater Company – Audiences have enjoyed the Lantern’s intimate stage productions for more than 20 years. Each season celebrates and explores the human spirit through a diverse series of 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 produces 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 – This hair haven (a.k.a. AMMO) caters to the young and young at heart with its modern cuts and color (read: all colors). Named one of the country’s top 100 salons twice by Elle, the salon prides itself on high-end, pretense-free service. 727 Walnut Street, (215) 574-1234, americanmortals.com
  • Architeqt Salon & Gallery – The talented stylists specialize in dry cuts, balayage, Keratin treatments and designer styles. As a mixed-used space, Architeqt also hosts 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 about 10% 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 – Sexy, sophisticated hair and award-winning spa services, including manicures, pedicures, waxing, skin and body care arrive in a four-story townhouse on Washington Square. 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 a variety of services including therapeutic massage and bodywork, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition, physical therapy, yoga, Pilates and psychotherapy. Community members gather here for body-mind therapies, group yoga/movement classes, workshops and celebrations. 519 S. 9th Street, (267) 229-7323, healingartscollective-pa.com
  • Mama’s Wellness Joint – This yoga and wellness studio offers classes for the whole family as a supportive community of health, love, birth and beauty. From prenatal and postpartum yoga classes to those for kids and parents, Mama’s offers a wide range of services for those of any age. 1100 Pine Street, (267) 519-9037, mamaswellnessjoint.com
  • Renaissance Healing Arts – Dr. Jim Doyle and Jackie Fisher founded their bodywork practice in 1985 and 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

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, phlvisitorcenter.com/attraction/city-hall-visitor-center; 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 half of a city block, this recreation center includes basketball courts, tennis courts, two playgrounds and, in summer, a kids’ fountain. Neighborhood canines from all over the neighborhood love to run around Seger Dog Park, which offers separate pens for large and small dogs. 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 several thousand 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 of the American Revolution, a monument featuring an eternal flame and a statue of George Washington. 6th & Walnut Streets

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