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.
South Street West is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare; it’s clean, well-lit and extremely pedestrian-friendly thanks to a vibrant entrepreneurial energy coming from the neighborhood’s restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and more.
Characterized by a mix of single-family homes new and old and thriving places of worship, it’s a remarkably kid-friendly place (just look at the stroller-filled sidewalks), but Graduate Hospital also has the distinction of possessing some of the best neighborhood bars in the area, from long-running institutions to gastropubby newcomers.
The stretch of South Street east of Broad has long been considered a draw for out-of-towners, but Graduate Hospital’s western half is on the serious come-up thanks to ambitious restaurateurs and shop owners.
Restaurants and Dining
High-end is not the name of the game in Graduate Hospital dining — it’s all about affordability and accessibility, without sacrificing culinary ambition or options.
Bars and Nightlife
One of the absolute best neighborhoods in Philly for bar-hoppers, Graduate Hospital’s pub roster is formidable.
Shops, Galleries and Boutiques
An under-the-radar aspect of Graduate Hospital’s personality, the handmade art scene here is one that’s going in citywide relevance on the daily.
Parks, Landmarks and Attractions
Graduate Hospital is home to several of the city’s best outdoor gatherings, drawing thousands of revelers to the streets every year.