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.
The stretch between Front and Third, better known as “Two Street,” is the home of the Mummers, the bedazzled paraders who’ve been tearing up Broad Street on New Year’s Day for more than 100 years. Mummer clubs and pubs blend into the neighborhood’s quaint, narrow, well-maintained blocks in this historically residential part of town.
A growing number of new restaurateurs and shop owners are breathing new energy into the area, helping expand the neighborhood’s already robust identity.
A network of quiet, safe streets, Pennsport is not most convenient neighborhood to access via public transport, though buses do run north-south on Front and Moyamensing and east-west on three streets below Washington Avenue. The unorthodox nature of Pennsport’s more prominent corridors, especially the diagonally oriented Moyamensing, can make driving a little murky for the unfamiliar, though it’s close to 95 and there is typically street parking.
“Two Street” is dotted with small neighborhood pubs, many Mummer-affiliated, due south, but the strip closer to Washington Avenue features visitor-drawing landmarks like the Riverfront Mummers Museum and the incredibly popular Federal Donuts. On New Year’s Day, the street turns into one of Philly’s biggest block parties.
Running parallel to the Delaware River, Moyamensing counts beautiful church architecture, tidy rowhomes and neighborhood draws like The Industry, a popular pub and restaurant.