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The Main Streets Trail of Greater Philadelphia

Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia County

CREDIT: J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

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The Main Streets Trail of Greater Philadelphia

Experience the charming shops, fantastic dining, history and fun of the Town’s Main Streets

For more than a century, Philadelphia’s Towns have been home to some of the nation’s best small-town shopping and eating. Charming mom-and-pop shops and book traders convivially co-exist with lively and contemporary boutiques that outfit discerning shoppers of all ages and tastes. Visitors can stroll at a slower pace and linger in shops and independent galleries, chatting with store owners and neighbors. And hungry visitors and residents can often grab a seat right on the sidewalk of many main drag restaurants and enjoy a meal alfresco.

When it comes to events, Philadelphia’s Main Streets don’t slouch either. Farmers’ markets crop up weekly, and First Fridays and Second Saturdays are the perfect occasions for businesses to stay open late and offer specials and discounts. Plus, nearly every Main Street is home to a unique festival or event, from Phoenixville’s Blobfest to Ambler’s First Thursday Progressive Dinner and Movie Night.

Come experience the charming shops, fantastic dining, history and fun with our Main Streets Trail of Greater Philadelphia.

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Wayne

Delaware County

North Wayne Avenue and Lancaster Avenue

Wayne’s upscale community blends the past and the present, as some of the best antique stores in the country mingle with designer boutiques, spas, quaint gift shops, elite hair salons, four-star restaurants, top universities, historic sites, famous gardens and acres of “horse country.”

It all comes together in the town’s compact central business district, which forms a “T” where short North Wayne Avenue intersects with Lancaster Avenue (Route 30), a broad avenue lined with shops, a few more restaurants and landmarks. Known as Restaurant Row, North Wayne Avenue has more than a dozen restaurants and bars, and foodies could easily pop into a different one for each course.
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Jenkintown

Montgomery County

611/Old York Road

611, or Old York Road as it’s more familiarly known, serves as Jenkintown’s main thoroughfare. The majority of the town’s shops are here, though its restaurants, which merit their own exploration, tend to be located on the side streets.

In fact, Jenkintown brims with historical interest and secret finds — curious visitors will find National Landmarks, an active arts scene and shops and restaurants that are just off the main drag.
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