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Historic Philadelphia

Historic Philadelphia is the birthplace of the nation and the first World Heritage City in the U.S. It is rich in history but it’s also home to buzzed-about restaurants and beer gardens, owner-operated boutiques, pushing-the-boundaries art galleries and more.

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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Chestnut Hill

Loaded with photo-worthy charm, Chestnut Hill is always ready for its close-up. Tucked up in the northwest section of Philadelphia just 25 minutes from Center City, the National Register Historic District enjoys an abundance of greenery and open spaces courtesy of its location near the Wissahickon and Cresheim creeks and Fairmount Park.
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Beyond the colorful Chinatown Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch Streets lives Philly’s vibrant Asian enclave, settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants.
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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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One of the oldest settlements in Philadelphia, Germantown has a relaxed, backyard feel that complements its many historic attractions.
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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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Logan Square

In Logan Square, office buildings, luxury high-rises, historic houses, world-class museums and green spaces all converge in one beautiful place.
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Manayunk rises up from the Schuylkill River banks and just keeps on going. Yet despite its famous inclines, or maybe because of them, what was once one of the city’s hottest industrial centers is now one of its hottest neighborhoods.
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Market East

The Market East neighborhood serves as a gateway to the city’s business, shopping and entertainment district. Originally known as High Street, what is now called Market Street is a busy boulevard, particularly during the daytime as shoppers, workers and visitors fill the street.
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Mt. Airy

Mt. Airy, only 20 minutes from Center City, is a happy combination of dense leafy park land, miles of multi-use trails, tree-lined residential communities and a historic cobblestoned business corridor.
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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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Old City

in Historic Philadelphia

Located just next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City still boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm—along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.
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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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Rittenhouse Square

Along the Rittenhouse sidewalks — many of which boast seating for alfresco dining and drinking in the warm months — residents and visitors find high-end stores, locally owned boutiques, small galleries, theaters and entertainment, cafes, beer, wine and cocktail bars and restaurants of all kinds.
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Society Hill

in Historic Philadelphia

While mostly residential, Society Hill boasts a comfortable combination of restaurants, historic attractions and shops that meet the needs of residents and visitors alike.
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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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Washington Square West

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. The buzzed-about neighborhood is increasingly a go-to spot for trendy restaurants and owner-operated boutiques.
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Philadelphia is a city of vibrant neighborhoods, each with its own distinctive personality. Use this section to explore the neighborhoods of Philadelphia and their storied streets, buzzed-about restaurants, cozy craft beer bars, progressive art galleries, independent shops, live music venues, plentiful parks and year-round events. Browse hundreds of attractions, sortable by type and neighborhood, in our interactive Google map and use the grid below to discover individual neighborhood guides that include general information, highlighted attractions and tips to help make your neighborhood visit a memorable one.

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  • 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.

  • Northern Liberties

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Powelton Village

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

  • 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.

  • Pennsport

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

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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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    September 7, 2017
    The Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning this year for two evenings of live music and $1 deals.

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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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