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  • 9th Street Italian Market Festival

    Enjoy a weekend of authentic Italian American culture in South Philadelphia

    Dining outside at the Italian Market

    It all starts with the great sights, sounds and aromas of America’s oldest continuously operating open-air market: South Philadelphia’s famous Italian Market. And the most important thing for you to bring with you is your appetite.

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  • Adobe Cafe

    Southwestern supping in South Philly

    This Southwest-style, vegetarian-friendly abode features house-made sangria, generous happy hour specials and karaoke every Saturday night. Sports enthusiasts practically get a front-row seat to the game from any spot at the U-shaped bar.

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  • B2

    A locally loved coffee shop with a simple menu

    Like its nearby big sister Benna’s, this local coffee shop features fresh juices, loose teas, pastries and a simple sandwich selection, along with free Wi-Fi and monthly rotating work from local artists on the walls. Vegans delight in the soy soft serve.

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  • Belle Cakery

    Can’t-be-beat sweets

    Jessie Prawlucki, pastry chef and co-owner of nearby Fond, runs this tiny bakery, cranking out some of the best customs confections in town and absolutely killer croissants on weekend (better get there early).

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  • Benna’s

    A coffeeshop for commuters and the community

    Now a Pennsport neighborhood staple, B2’s big sister fuels those on their morning commutes and regulars who sit and sip for hours. Bagels and light sandwiches make it a destination for a casual morning pick-me-up, and those who bring their own cup enjoy discounted coffee.

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  • Birra

    Part gastopub, part pizzeria, all scrumptious

    Somewhere between a gastropub and pizza parlor is Birra, serving an assortment of thin-crust pizza (including the head-turning mac-and-cheese pizza), paninis (try the grilled cheese) and antipasto, as well as an impressive list of craft beers. Plenty of sidewalk seating adds to the modest table count and provides a view of the avenue.

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  • Black N Brew

    Coffee, yes, plus smoothies, sweets and veg-friendly cafe fare

    Smoothies, coffees and sweets complement a full, vegetarian-friendly breakfast and lunch menu at this cozy and family-friendly Passyunk staple, easily recognized by the mosaic art that covers the cafe. Happy hour means dollar cups of joe from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. on weekdays.

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  • Cantina Los Caballitos

    Hip Mexican fare and local brews in South Philly

    Cantina Los Caballitos

    Part restaurant, part bar, Cantina draws a pretty diverse and eclectic clientele. Longtime locals mix with neighborhood newbies… and even folk from Center City make their way this far south to experience the food and fun at Cantina.

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  • Capogiro Gelato Artisans

    The South Philly outpost of Philadelphia’s own gelato oasis

    The fourth location of this Philly-based gelateria empire combines Italian cafe classics—from the rich, inventive gelato made with locally grown ingredients to the expertly crafted espresso—with a charming, old-fashioned dining room. In warmer months, patrons take advantage of outdoor seating in the quiet and quaint backyard patio.

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  • Chaaya Cafe

    First-rate waffles and fair-trade coffee

    Chaaya’s unique offerings include organic fair-trade coffee brewed with a crazy siphon system and homemade waffles topped with everything from Nutella to chorizo.

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  • Chiarella’s Ristorante

    A family-owned and family-friendly South Philly staple

    Situated steps from Passyunk Avenue’s Singing Fountain, this family-owned South Philly mainstay—with roots on a Jersey Shore boardwalk—specializes in classic Italian fare with wallet-friendly prices. Locals bring their own bottles and dine outside in the warmer months.

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  • Chickie’s Italian Deli

    A South Philly institution

    Chickie's Italian Deli

    The award-winning Chickie’s Italian Deli’s notable menu items include classic hoagies like the Original Veggie (baked eggplant, sautéed broccoli rabe, roasted peppers and Chickie’s own blend of sharp provolone) and the Tuna Special (olive oil-packed tuna with provolone, roasted peppers, lettuce, tomato and onion), as well as hot sandwiches including an excellent version of the Philly classic, the Roast Pork sandwich.

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  • Cosmi’s Deli

    A corner deli in South Philly executing excellent cheesesteaks, hoagies, roast pork and more

    Cosmi's in South Philadelphia

    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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  • East Passyunk Car Show
    & Street Festival

    South Philly, start your engines

    The East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festivalbrings together revelers, food, music and classic American muscle cars.

    A true shoutout to South Philly’s sock-hoppin’ heritage, this annual fam-friendly summer event brings together revelers, food, music and some of the hottest classic American cars you’ve ever seen.

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  • East Passyunk Restaurant Week

    Eat and explore East Passyunk’s fantastic dining scene

    Now's your chance to get to Noord, one of 24 restaurants participating in East Passyunk Restaurant Week.

    Now in its second year, East Passyunk Restaurant Week is the perfect opportunity to explore the fantastic dining scene one of Philadelphia’s most popular neighborhoods.

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  • El Zarape

    Simple eats from south of the border

    Hungry patrons can count on hearty portions of authentic Mexican cuisine from breakfast until dinner in a simple dining room with big, perfect-for-people-watching windows. Next door, the grocery store stocks pastries and staples.

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  • Fond

    Sophisticated new American cuisine with flecks of French influence

    Diners relax and indulge in New American cuisine at this BYOB spot, focusing on inventive flavors and eye-catching presentation. Those who save room are rewarded with decadent desserts and French press coffee.

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  • FrancoLuigi’s Pizzeria & High Note Café

    Pasta and pizza with a side of opera

    People visit the High Note Café for a side of live opera or piano with their house-made gnocchi. Owner Franco Borda (a.k.a., “The Singing Chef”) will have it no other way. This family-owned Passyunk Square restaurant serves up authentic Italian cuisine in their musical dining room and crave-worthy pizzas and sandwiches from the attached FrancoLuigi’s Pizzeria.

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  • Fuel

    Where everything on the menu is under 500 calories

    West Coast influence shines through the menu at this health-conscious cafe, where all the fresh options—from smoothies to paninis—come in under 500 calories. Healthy brunchers indulge in protein-packed fare such as the frittata made with organic eggs.

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  • Geno’s Steaks

    One half of South Philadelphia’s famous cheesesteak corner

    Geno's Steaks

    Geno’s has been slinging its famous cheesesteaks from the same location here for more than forty years now and has never been more popular. Like Pat’s, Geno’s is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week so you can visit whenever you get the urge.

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  • Green Aisle Grocery

    A treasure trove for foodies

    This tiny, foodie-filled market stocks its shelves with high-quality cooking must-haves, local produce and packaged signature eats from local restaurants and bakers. The shop’s own line of house-made products, including organic spices in little glass jars, make great gifts.

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  • Green Eggs Cafe

    Locally sourced ingredients make for a crowd-pleasing menu

    The Passyunk-area outpost of this Philly brunch spot serves up whopping portions of breakfast and lunch favorites to a full house every day of the week. Locals and newcomers love its eco-friendly sensibilities, locally grown produce (including herbs right from their roof) and menu for everyone (from staunch meat-eaters to vegans).

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  • Izumi

    Stylish spot for super sushi and small plates

    The owners of nearby restaurant Paradiso created South Philly’s answer to posh sushi spots. The richly appointed Japanese bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot looks out to the Singing Fountain, where diners can eat in the warm-weather months. Though the extensive menu pleases all sushi lovers, the inventive small-plate specialties like rock shrimp tempura draw adventurous diners.

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  • Karina’s

    Home-style Italian cuisine, with Spanish and South American touches

    This small, friendly BYOB offers its diners a home-style Italian menu, with a splash of Spanish and South American dishes thrown in for good measure. House-made breads and pastas soak up the savory sauces appearing in most dishes, from marinara and brown gravy to garlic wine and porcini mushroom sauces.

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  • Laurel

    Intimate East Passyunk location for Top Chef winner

    Laurel, an East Passyunk BYOB by Top Chef winner Nicolas Elmi.

    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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  • Le Virtu

    A tasty tour of the Abruzzi table

    An impressive wine list complements the authentic Abruzzese cuisine prepared in an open kitchen. An intimate dining room and outdoor patio complete the warm and rustic atmosphere, and the seasonal menu melds local produce and meats with artisanal delicacies like honey and sheep’s milk cheeses imported from Italy’s Abruzzi region.

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  • Lucky 13 Pub

    A chill hangout with way-above-average bar food and a rockin’ jukebox

    The staff serves New American cuisine alongside local draught beers at this tiny, punk rock-themed bar, featuring a jam-packed jukebox, a DJ night and weekend brunch. Nachos, stuffed meatloaf, creative sandwiches and even vegan and vegetarian fare pack the menu.

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  • Marra’s Cucina Italiana

    Serving Italian-American favorites for more than 80 years

    A South Philly mainstay, Marra’s has been cranking out Italian-American favorites like thin-crust brick-oven pizzas and homemade pastas for more than 80 years. Hungry diners can opt for the Sunset Menu, which includes a traditional main dish with soup or salad. The no-frills dining room adds to the old-school vibe.

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  • Melrose Diner

    A South Philadelphia landmark for brunch and great diner food

    Melrose Diner

    Simply stated: everybody who knows goes to Melrose.

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  • Mr. Martino’s Trattoria

    Recieve a warm welcome before tucking in to homemade Italian specialties

    It’s open on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays only, which only enhances the appeal of this cozy BYOB—a Passyunk mainstay. The homey atmosphere (more like someone’s home than a restaurant) and friendly staff (including Mr. Martino himself) almost outshine the delicious Italian food. Almost.

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  • Noir

    South Philly meets French-Canada

    The chef at Noir is a Montreal native, which means he cranks out native specialties like poutine and smoked brisket in addition to upscale bar food.

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  • Paradiso Restaurant & Wine Bar

    A mainstay for super-fresh Italian and seriously addictive gnocchi

    Comfort and elegance blend seamlessly in this contemporary Italian spot, where a lively bar and an open kitchen provide the entertainment, and the rooftop garden provides (some of) the ingredients. Fluffy house-made gnocchi and other light Mediterranean dishes keep locals coming back for more.

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  • Pat’s King of Steaks

    The original and still among the best

    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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  • Pho 75

    If you’re the type who loves to seek out where the chefs eat, seek out 75, a spartan dining room that does pho soup and pho soup only.

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  • Pho Ta

    One of the few Asian restaurants in the area that serves liquor, Pho Ta does its namesake soup well, but the huge menu’s got something for everybody (including vegetarians).

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  • Plenty

    Grab-and-go gourmet sandwiches, salads and sweets

    It’s “gourmet quick-serve” at this Passyunk Avenue newcomer. In the modern yet rustic dining room, deli cases display prepared fixins, ready for takeout or to enjoy at one of the few coveted tables. Simple organic and local ingredients steal the spotlight for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and those in the know stock up on high-quality olive oil and other pantry items for later.

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  • Pub On Passyunk East – P.O.P.E.

    The quintessential Passyunk pub

    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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  • Ristorante Tre Scalini

    Delicious and dependable old- and new-school Italian

    This family-owned, bi-level BYOB serves authentic Italian dishes such as the traditional zuppa di pesce, as well as the exotic saffron gnocchi or wild boar. Warm, knowledgeable staff and valet parking on weekends enhance the dining experience.

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  • Stateside

    A popular eatery starring all things American

    As the name suggests, this bar pours American-made craft beers, wines and spirits, with a focus on whiskeys and bourbons. The tempting dinner menu features mainly small plates that use locally sourced products.

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  • Stogie Joe’s Tavern

    A straightforward pub for all seasons

    A no-frills bar menu and “Sundays with Sinatra” define this South Philly joint. The garage door-enclosed dining area offers open-air seating in the warmer months and a fireplace when the weather gets cool.

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  • Victor Cafe

    Italian with a side of opera

    If this looks familiar, it's because Victor Cafe was the stand-in for the fictitious “Adrienne’s” restaurant in 2006's Rocky Balboa.

    First opened in 1933, Victor Cafe is the only restaurant in Philadelphia that continues the old world tradition of waiters and waitress performing operatic arias for diners each and every night.

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  • Will

    Next-level BYO

    Chef Christopher Kearse, who’s cooked at some of America’s best restaurants, brings his formidable kitchen experience into full focus at Will, his popular BYOB on the far end of East Passyunk.

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