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 Kennett Square’s annual Mushroom Festival.
Come experience the charming shops, fantastic dining, history and fun with our Main Streets Trail of Greater Philadelphia.
Beyond mushrooms, Kennett Square boasts a large downtown that combines festive community events, arts, boutiques and authentic Mexican shops. From May through Thanksgiving, the Kennett Square Farmers Market pleases food lovers every Friday from 2-6 p.m.
Gay, Market and High streets
Home to West Chester University, this quaint town in the Brandywine Valley also exudes an energetic, young vibe. In the bustling downtown area, casual eateries and food-centric events satiate hungry palates, and throngs of charming shops line the streets.
Bridge Street and Main Street
Phoenixville blends historic charm with a modern mindset, and boasts an artsy, low-key vibe that attracts visitors craving a relaxing day with a creative twist. Specifically, its arts and entertainment district showcases eclectic art displays and a weekly farmers’ market that draws shoppers from all over the county.
North Wayne Avenue and Lancaster Avenue
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.
On most Thursdays, the Media Farmers Market brings fresh edibles downtown, and Second Saturdays keep shops open late and colors the business district with art openings, kids’ activities and live concerts.
The town also caters to treasure seekers with its bounty of antique shops and thrift stores. The Clover Market, held three weekends in the spring and two weekends in the fall, attracts shoppers from all over to its beautifully displayed tents of vintage goods and artisan wares.
Local businesses offer specials on First Fridays, held from April through October, which celebrate local art and music with activity spilling out onto porches and sidewalks.
East Butler Avenue and West Butler Pike
First Fridays marks a transformation of the downtown area into a concert hall, as musicians line the streets to provide a soundtrack. And the Saturday Ambler’s Farmers’ Market showcases the best of the region’s bounty, from Horsham-grown produce to New Jersey seafood to locally roasted organic coffee.
611/Old York Road
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.
Restaurants and pubs line the main drag, and the options for indulging in a marvelous meal are numerous. With 10 blocks of locally owned shops and nationally recognized brands, Chestnut Hill features everything from yarn shops and toy stores to antique emporiums and home décor showplaces.
When the last Friday of the month rolls around, local businesses, restaurants, galleries, guest vendors and artists stay open late for Final-ly Friday.
Daytime activities give way to nighttime action as foodies and revelers hit the streets, scoping out new menu additions at restaurants, jockeying for views at the riverside clubs or catching up-and-coming local musicians or dancing to a DJ.
Mill Street and Radcliffe Street
On the First Friday of every month, businesses in the historic Bristol shopping district stay open late and offer discounts, specials and giveaways.
Main Street and Court Street
While strolling along the Main Street sidewalks lined with brick pavers and Victorian-style street lamps, visitors will adore the remarkable architecture of Doylestown and its impressive belt of historical attractions. After a day of exploring and shopping, quiet your grumbling stomach at one of the many charming outdoor cafés in restored 18th- and 19th-century buildings dotted along the main drag of this alluring town.
Main Street and Bridge Street
The vibrant Main Street of New Hope offers travelers eclectic charm comfortably offset by casual sophistication. Packed with specialty boutiques, distinct bed & breakfasts, upscale galleries, diverse restaurants and historical treasures, this lively Main Street offers visitor’s big city culture with a small town charm. And New Hope’s retail sector is as fashion-forward, elegant, kitschy and cool as they come.