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Bella Vista

Its original Italian heritage informs much of what exists today, but the family-oriented residential pocket has blossomed into a fascinating microcosm of South Philadelphia itself.
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Callowhill is a neighborhood with some of city’s best live music venues, a steady-growing restaurant identity and a fascinating cluster of independent artists.
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Cedar Park

Originally founded in the mid-19th century as a “streetcar suburb” of Center City Philadelphia, this area possesses an aesthetic originality and personalized energy that helps stand out from nearby neighborhoods.
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East Passyunk

One need only stroll down East Passyunk Avenue, where stalwart businesses catering to longtime residents coexist with new businesses and the city’s hottest bars and restaurants, to see where this exciting neighborhood is heading.
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Resting just beyond Benjamin Franklin Parkway, home to Philly’s truly world-class museums, Fairmount is synonymous with fine art — but it’s far from the only draw of Center City’s effusive northern neighbor.
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This classic working-class neighborhood, so named due to its history as the epicenter of the commercial shad fishing industry, features narrow streets beset with modest row homes and independently owned businesses.
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Graduate Hospital

Though the large medical institution that gave this south-of-Center City swath its name is no longer in operation, Graduate Hospital — or “G-Ho,” to fans of brevity — has solidified a reputation independent of its common moniker.
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Northern Liberties

This former manufacturing district first started turning heads in the early ‘90s, when a progressive, artist-heavy flock, lured by cheap studio space, began migrating north from Old City.
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Pennsport is Philadelphia's riverfront enclave that’s been building up exciting momentum in recent years. The influx of energy is welcome in a neighborhood already rich in Philly tradition.
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Powelton Village

One of Philadelphia’s most beautiful best-kept secrets, lovely, leafy Powelton Village is characterized by its unmistakable mix of stately houses and quirky, colorful businesses.
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Queen Village

Though it’s populated by some of the oldest residences in Philadelphia, Queen Village simmers with modern energy, making it an ideal neighborhood for visitors who love to keep their fashion, food and fun low-key and local.
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Spring Garden

Spring Garden’s charming, sleepy feel is a byproduct of sitting north of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the hopping boulevard that features Philly’s first-rate Museum Row.
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Spruce Hill

Spruce Hill features integration and ingenuity, attracting an energizing melange of athletes, artists, entrepreneurs, musicians and that unmistakable brand of West Philly “character” you just can’t find anywhere else.
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University City

The bustling heart of West Philadelphia and the academic epicenter of the entire region, University City is so named due to two of the largest and most influential institutions in town: the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University.
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The Philadelphia Neighborhoods campaign spotlights 14 of the visitor-ready areas that surround Center City. In these outrageously cool ’hoods, you can explore the storied streets, buzzed-about restaurants, craft beer-centric bars, emerging art galleries, indie shops, intimate music venues, plentiful parks and annual festivals. And the best way to experience all these neighborhoods have to offer is with the Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package, which includes a two-night stay AND free hotel parking.

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Our Neighborhood Videos

  • Northern Liberties

    Take a trip through Northern Liberties and its international restaurants, respected gastropubs and trendy boutiques that make the neighborhood so cool.

  • Graduate Hospital

    Graduate Hospital resident Rakia Reynolds takes you on a tour of her favorite restaurants, bars, cafes and shops that reflect the neighborhood's cool vibe.

  • Spring Garden & Fairmount

    Explore Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods, often dubbed the “Art Museum area.” See what seperates the personalities of these laid-back districts from nearby Center City.

  • Powelton Village

    Check out University City's northern neighbor, Powelton Village.

  • Queen Village

    Take a trip through the tree-lined streets of South Philadelphia's Queen Village neighborhood and its mix of new and well-established businesses.

  • East Passyunk

    Explore East Passyunk's eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and sushi fare, as well as the amazing Italian eateries that first made this neighborhood famous—not to mention the two across-the-street cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks.

  • Bella Vista

    Explore Bella Vista, a historic South Philadelphia neighborhood known for its incredible dining options and so much more.

  • Fairmount & Spring Garden

    Explore Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods, often dubbed the “Art Museum area.” See what seperates the personalities of these laid-back districts from nearby Center City.

  • Pennsport

    Explore Pennsport, home of the Mummers, and the parks, markets, bars, coffee shops and restaurants that make this Philly neighborhood unique.

  • University City

    Take a trip through the sites, shops and scenery of University City.

  • Fishtown

    Fishtown native Joey Sweeney takes you on a tour of his favorite restaurants, bars, cafes and shops that reflect the neighborhood's cool vibe.

  • Fishtown

    Explore Fishtown, which has quickly become one of the coolest sections of Philadelphia, thanks to an influx of quality restaurants, inventive bars, impressive music venues and forward-thinking art galleries.

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Our Neighborhood Picks

  • Laurel



    Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood is proud to welcome a Top Chef to the neighborhood. Chef Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef New Orleans, continues his winning-streak with the modern French-influenced American BYOB Laurel.

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  • Federal Donuts

    Federal Donuts


    The lines out the door explain it all; people across the city crave deep-fried joy. The original location for Federal Donuts in Pennsport has perfected the combination of Korean-style fried chicken and delectable donuts, selling out regularly since opening in the fall of 2011.

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  • Pizza Brain


    Widely known as the world’s first pizza museum, this Fishtown destination features plenty of pizza-themed memorabilia and serves up tasty brick-oven pies

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  • Dock Street Brewery and Restaurant


    Dock Street became a Cedar Park stalwart the second the respected craft brewery settled down in a lovingly converted firehouse at 50th and Baltimore. In addition to award-winning beers, it also offers a selection of expertly tossed wood-fired pizzas.

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  • Sabrina’s Cafe

    Sabrina’s Café

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    Nestled near the Italian Market in South Philadelphia, this corner bakery-turned-restaurant serves outstanding, consistent dishes in a cozy, inviting atmosphere. And it just may be Philadelphia’s most popular restaurant.

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  • Penn Treaty Park

    Penn Treaty Park


    According to legend, Pennsylvania founder William Penn signed his treaty of peace with the local Lenape tribe under an elm tree just off the Delaware River in 1683.

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  • Pub on Passyunk East

    Pub On Passyunk East – P.O.P.E.


    Fourteen taps with a focus on microbrews and a jukebox stuffed with early rock—hardcore and everything else—make this cavern-like tavern a hipster haven. The inclusive bar menu, ranging from the P.O.P.E.’s namesake burger (topped with a juicy fried tomato) to vegetarian specialties like the seitan cheesesteak, complements the extensive 80-bottle beer list.

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  • Headhouse Farmers Market

    Headhouse Farmers Market


    Held every Sunday beneath the historic Headhouse Shambles, The Food Trust’s largest weekly farmers market also happens to be its most popular and well-attended. Look for a rotating roster of food trucks in addition to local vendors.

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  • Honest Tom’s

    Honest Tom’s Tacos


    “Honest” Tom McCusker parlayed a successful food truck into this low-key, living room-chill taqueria, which doles out the tortilla-wrapped goodness from morning (breakfast tacos!) to evening. Breakfast tacos overflowingwith bacon, potatoes, tomatoes and fresh guacamole draw crowds from all over the city. BYO Tecate, leaving the hot sauce to them.

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  • Johnny Brenda’s

    Johnny Brenda’s


    Located at the intersection of Frankford and Girard Avenues on the southern tip of Fishtown, Johnny Brenda’s is, at once, the catalyst, champion, living room, kitchen/dining room and concert hall of its neighborhood.

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  • Magpie Artisan Pie Bakery

    Magpie Artisan Pie Bakery & Boutique

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    Baker Holly Ricciardi shares her skill for sweets with South Street at this quaint pie boutique, where her flavors rotate by the season.

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  • Cosmi’s Deli

    Cosmi’s Deli


    Award-winning and independently owned for decades, Cosmi’s serves some of the best hoagies, cheesesteaks and roast pork sandwiches in Philadelphia.

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  • The bar at Distrito.



    At Distrito, Jose Garces’ two-story Mexican outpost in University City, incredible tapas dishes mingle with a funky (and mostly pink) décor — including the restaurant’s famous Volkswagen Beetle booth — to bring you a thoroughly entertaining night out.

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  • Fette Sau

    Fette Sau


    Brooklyn’s notable barbecue restaurant recently added a second location in Philadelphia, replete with all the characteristics that made the New York outpost buzz-worthy.

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  • Pat’s Cheesesteaks

    Pat’s King of Steaks


    Pat’s claim to fame is that its founder, Pat Olivieri, invented the steak sandwich in 1930. Since then, Pat’s has grown from a little stand at the southern end of South Philly’s Italian Market to one of the most famous cheesesteak shops in the world, albeit still in the same location (and still the only location).

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  • Penn Park

    Penn Park


    A beautiful green area situated between Penn’s campus and the Schuylkill River waterfront, Penn Park features open space and recreational facilities available to the public from 6 a.m. to midnight.

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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

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    The Dollar Stroll is an annual summer series that sees more than 30 West Philly businesses setting up shop on the sidewalk and offering their wares for just $1. The cheap thrills are accompanied by live music and street performances.

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  • Mario Lanza Park

    Mario Lanza Park


    Named for the beloved tenor and movie star born and raised just a few blocks away, the well-maintained Mario Lanza Park plays regular host to community gatherings and also features a separate area or dogs.

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  • Spencer ETA Burger


    The burgers here come in beef, turkey and vegetarian form, but the flavors deviate wildly from your standard options.

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  • The Palestra

    The Palestra


    The most storied gymnasium in the history of collegiate athletics

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