Philly’s original guard commingling with fresh new faces is a recurrent phenomenon in modern Philadelphia, and no neighborhood shows off the fruits of such open-minded growth better than East Passyunk.
For years, insiders have flocked to the South Philadelphia neighborhood for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, creating a sort of renaissance for the thoroughfare itself.
Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced ‘pashunk’ by those in the know) find eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and sushi fare, as well as the amazing Italian eateries that first made this street famous—not to mention the two across-the-street cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks.
The neighborhood is now garnering national praise for its fantastic restaurants, with Food & Wine magazine recently naming East Passyunk Avenue one of the 10 Best Foodie Streets In America.
East Passyunk Avenue
The diagonal south-to-north street that gives this area its name — a nod to its ancestry as an American Indian village — is a locus of change. Perma-packed bars (the P.O.P.E., Stogie Joe’s), cutting-edge restaurants (Fond, Stateside, Will) and indie boutiques (Metro, HOME) integrate with old-school food stalwarts and service providers for a mix that can’t be replicated anywhere else in the city. Don’t miss the “Singing Fountain,” an only-in-Philly attraction right in the middle of the action.