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  • Abyssinia Restaurant & Bar

    Favorite spot for signature Ethopian cuisine

    Abyssinia is a long-time favorite of Spruce Hill residents fond of the singular spices and textures of Ethiopian and Eritrean cuisine. Abyssinia cooks up savory and authentic Ethiopian cuisine in a neighborhood packed with African dining destinations. The native Tusker Lager beer complements tasty vegetarian and meat-based entrees served on traditional injera bread.

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  • Allegro Pizza

    Gourmet pizza right by campus

    Gourmet pizzas—from Neapolitan to Sicilian—may be their specialty, but Allegro also takes pride in its hearty breakfast sandwiches, pancakes and egg dishes. On nice days, the terrace makes for a pleasant place to enjoy one of the 150 different bottles of local and imported beer.

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  • Atyia Ola’s Spirit First Foods

    Relaxing vegan cafe on Baltimore Avenue

    This cozy cafe entices people with nutritional goodness, including fresh juices, sandwiches and raw vegan and vegetarian options. For those who’d like sit and sip, there’s free wireless Internet access.

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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia

    Crowds pack the streets during the Baltimore Avenue  for cheap eats and entertainment.

    After a successful summer event in June, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning in September for an evening of live music and $1 deals.

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  • Blarney Stone

    Pub food perfected

    This local sports pub, boasting a pool table and nightly events such as Quizzo, has perfected the art of bar food.

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  • Bobby’s Burger Palace

    Cheap eats from a superstar chef

    With toppings like watercress, fresh goat cheese and more, chef/restaurateur Bobby Flay’s signature burgers—not to mention his savory sides and more than 10 milkshake flavors, a few of which are spiked—are undeniably delicious. All beef is certified Angus and cooked to order. This modern burger joint, which offers unconventional options like the “Philadelphia,” topped with provolone, grilled onions and hot peppers.

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  • Cavanaugh’s Restaurant

    Perfect place to catch the big game

    This college bar fits perfectly in the neighborhood thanks to plenty of televisions and great wings and burgers—not to mention 24 beers on tap and more than 100 in bottles.

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  • City Tap House

    Craft beer lovers’ paradise

    Reclaimed wood, slate and tile create a handsome space for this beer lovers’ haven, boasting 60 taps and 120 seats, plus outside seating. Classic American fare includes brick-oven pizzas, free-range chicken, mussels and plenty of vegetarian-friendly options.

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  • Clark Park

    At the center of it all

    Enjoyed by Spruce Hillers since the late 1800s, Clark Park always seems to play host of something intriguing, confusing, engrossing or all three. If food trucks, soccer leagues, cute dogs and that kind off stuff isn’t your jam, stick around for the LARPers, or live-action role players, gouging each other with foam weaponry.

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  • Clark Park Music and Arts Festival

    A free community celebration in West Philadelphia

    Celebrate music and the arts in Clark Park.

    A West Philadelphia tradition for more than 40 years, the Clark Park Music and Arts Festival is a free, day-long community celebration held every summer and fall.

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  • Copabanana

    Can’t miss Tex-Mex cuisine

    Margaritas, burgers, Spanish fries and Tex-Mex dinners served by friendly waiters make this a popular happy hour spot. The plentiful outside seating makes this a happening place in warm weather months.

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  • Desi Chaat House

    From mild to wild

    Fried dough, spices and fillings make up the basis for chaat, a popular Indian snack and the foundation for this casual restaurant. The 10 different variations include ingredients like cashews, melon seeds, yogurt, green curry and noodles with wildly divergent sauces, fruits, vegetables and meats.

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  • Desi Village

    Just the right spice

    Spices—and lots of them—define this cozy Indian spot, dishing out traditional cuisine with tons of flavor. Regulars swear by the restaurant’s signature dish, the chicken tikka masala.

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  • Drinker’s West

    An Old City and Rittenhouse favorite in West Philly

    With sister locations catering to the college and post-college crowd in the Old City and Rittenhouse Square neighborhoods, a West Philly branch finally brings the brand directly to the college area. Ping pong, pool, bubble hockey tables, DJs on the weekends and ultra-cheap food during sporting events mean there’s something to do at all hours of the day and night.

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  • Fiume

    Hidden tipple heaven

    There’s no sign, no phone number and no website for this beloved dive bar, and that’s exactly how patrons and employees like it. The cash-only Fiume has a tremendous selection of craft beer, but it’s underappreciated as a place for a good stiff cocktail. Regulars know to climb the stairs above Abyssinia to this hidden spot to partake in the “citywide special” (a cheap Pabst Blue Ribbon and whiskey combo) and listen to the live bands as they shake the miniscule space.

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  • Gojjo

    Half Ethiopian, half dive, all awesome

    One of the friendliest bars in West Philly, Gojjo is Ethiopian-owned, offering a small but solid selection of that native cooking (you gotta try the beef tibs). It also enjoys a reputation as a downhome dive bar, where the the High Lifes are so cheap they’re nearly free. These worlds collide in the form of amazing beer-muncie snacks like the “Ethiopian cheesesteak.” Even more surprising: live country and bluegrass acts.

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  • Greek Lady

    Gyros and much more

    With heaping gyros, salads and desserts, Greek Lady fills hungry bellies without emptying wallets. Outdoor tables fill up fast when it’s warm outside.

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  • Green Line Cafe

    Organic coffee and locally sourced fare in two Spruce Hill locations

    Owned by an artist and her brother-in-law, all three Green Line and its twosister locations serve only organic, free trade-certified coffee and locally sourced sodas and food.Plus, the artwork on the walls changes frequently and is always for sale.

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  • Honest Tom’s Tacos

    Food truck turned laid-back taqueria

    Honest Tom's

    “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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  • House of Our Own Bookstore

    Quiet, comfortable bookstore on the edge of campus

    This bookshop focuses on cultural studies, history, literary criticism and social science. Located in a quiet, comfortable Victorian house on the edge of the Penn campus, the well-organized store showcases new volumes on the first floor and used titles on the second.

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  • Hummus

    Healthy mediterranean delights

    A number of toppings, from olives to tahini, add even more flavor to the homemade Mediterranean delights at this healthy hotspot, where the staff is friendly and the prices are reasonable. The combo platter comes with a taste of everything, including lamb kabob and falafel balls.

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  • Kabobeesh

    A carnivore’s dream

    This carnivore’s dream dishes out inexpensive and spicy beef skewers and quail in a restaurant that observes all Muslim dietary laws. The cooks at Kabobeesh, the oldest halal eatery in the city, authentically prepare the meat over a charcoal grill.

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  • Kaffa Crossing

    Ethiopian coffee and East African fare

    Ethiopian-American entrepreneur Habtamu Kassa took over this African coffee shop in part to promote fair trade and awareness about Ethiopia’s blessings and challenges. As such, he prepares light East African fare to go along with his Ethiopian roasts.

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  • Kilimanjaro

    Philadelphia’s Senegalese restaurant

    West African cuisine fills the menu at this intimate spot, where unusual spices flavor lamb and beef and where fried plantains are a favorite. It’s the only restaurant in the city to specialize in the foods of Senegal.

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  • Koch’s Deli

    A Spruce Hill stalwart since 1966

    The main thing a first-time will find at Koch’s, other than the ridiculously good “Special K” (corned beef, turkey, pastrami, kosher salami and potato salad with Swiss and Russian dressing!), is a long line of happy, patient customers snacking on gratis slices of pastrami while they wait.After tasting the fresh-baked goods, hoagies packed with meats and cheeses, milkshakes, cheesesteaks and sandwiches named for University City heavy-hitters, it’s easy to see why Koch’s has been a neighborhood favorite since 1966. The motto alone draws patrons: “More Food for Less Bread.”

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  • Lee’s Hoagie House

    Philly’s other famous sandwich

    You might call them subs or heros, but here in Philly they’re called hoagies — and few places in this part of town do them better than Lee’s. The tuna and the Italian!

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  • Lil’ Pop Shop

    Everything tastes better on a stick

    For those who think everything tastes better on a stick, Jeanne Chang is your new hero: her whole-other-ballgame artisan popsicle flavors include mango sriracha, apple pie “a la mode” and peanut butter curry.

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  • Local 44

    Six for here, six-pack to go

    raft beer flows from the taps at this University City bar, where crowds pump quarters into a killer jukebox and enjoy savory bar food (plus vegan and seafood options) along with their draughts. The owners opened a bottle shop next door, expanding the sudsy offerings with 500 bottles and a cask that pumps out beers to drink while shopping.

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  • Lovers and Madmen

    A must-stop for espresso lovers

    The area’s premier independently owned cafe, L&M brews Counter Culture Coffee and offers a small selection of light fare in a bright, welcoming environment.

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  • Manakeesh Cafe

    A wide variety of Middle Eastern eats

    A lively hangout and meeting place for locals, Manakeesh specializes in the oven-puffed, pizza-esque Lebanese flatbreads that give the cafe its name. They also hawk a wide variety of Middle Eastern eats and sweets, including some of the best baklava and ma’moul (shortbread date cookies) you’ve ever had. Vegan and gluten-free platters pack the evening menu, and crepes, fresh fruit juice and smoothies turn morning into a delicious trip to Beirut.

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  • Marigold Kitchen

    Adventurous new American cuisine

    Marigold Kitchen

    Nestled on a quiet, tree-lined block of Victorian houses in the Spruce Hill section of University City, Marigold Kitchen is one of the city’s most elegant and exciting dining destinations.

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  • Marvin Samson Center for the History of Pharmacy

    Fill your history prescription

    Housed at the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy—North America’s first college of pharmacy—more than 10,000 pharmaceutical and medical objects and artifacts cover more than five centuries of pharmaceutical practice.

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  • Metropolitan Bakery

    Home of homemade carbohydrate delights

    In addition to selling more than 30 varieties of homemade breads, the retail shop offers freshly roasted coffees, fine loose teas, English and local jams and American artisan cheeses.

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  • Milk and Honey Market

    Farm-to-market convenience

    Truly a convenience store for the 21st century, Milk & Honey focuses on locally produced foods, farm-fresh produce, sustainably raised meats and imported cheeses and charcuterie.

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  • Millcreek Tavern

    This American restaurant, bar and live music venue pours 20 draught beers and offers drink specials during its daily regular and late-night happy hours.

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  • Mizu Sushi Bar

    Sushi that is a cut above

    Trained sushi chefs use only the freshest ingredients to make their high-quality maki, nigiri, salads and soups.

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  • New Africa Center/Muslim American Museum & Archive

    First Western Islamic museum of its kind

    Dedicated to preserving the history of Islam in the West, this is the first museum of its kind in the country.

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  • New Delhi

    Philadelphia’s oldest Indian restaurant

    Established in 1988, it’s the oldest Indian restaurant in the city.

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  • Paul Robeson House Museum

    Historic home of local Civil Rights leader

    Honoring the life, legacy, philosophy and historical significance of Philadelphian Paul Robeson.

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  • Pho Cafe Saigon

    A bowl full of flavor

    Inexpensive pho and Vietnamese entrees entice people at this understated restaurant.

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  • Ramen Bar

    Nuts for noodles

    A big, modern ramen-ya, or ramen restaurant, located on Locust, this is the spot if you’re craving authentic Japanese noodle soups, plus other snacks of the pan-Asian persuasion.

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  • Rave Cinemas

    Popcorn movie central

    The beauty of this mainstream movie theater is that the points loss due to lack of edgy, obscure art-house fare is nullified by the fact that you can purchase alcoholic beverages inside and bring them to your seat.

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  • Saad’s

    Top falafel and killer kabobs

    “Best Falafel in West Philly,” and sometimes even best-in-Philly period, are superlatives tossed Saad’s way with some regularity.

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  • Sitar India Restaurant

    All-you-can-eat Indian cuisine

    Sitar has something for every palate on its all-you-can-eat buffet, filled with plenty of healthy and vegetarian options.

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  • Slought Foundation

    Redefining the public and political spectrum

    This internationally recognized non-profit cultural center hosts exhibitions and programs with a socio-political focus.

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  • Smokey Joe’s

    A West Philadelphia “Pennstitution”

    The walls are covered with sports photos of great Penn athletes, and the beer taps are programmed for students on a budget.

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  • Studio 34

    Multi-purpose performance space and yoga studio

    Art shows and performances take place often inside this 5,000-square-foot yoga and dance studio.

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  • Tampopo

    Bento boxes and rice bowls in West Philly

    Tampopo’s second location brings West Philadelphia diners a range of Japanese and Korean cuisine, including sushi, bento boxes, soups and noodle and rice dishes, all at reasonable prices.

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  • Tandoor India

    BYOB and all-you-can-eat Indian cuisine

    This casual Indian restaurant with an all-you-can-eat buffet also has an à-la-carte menu that includes all the traditional favorites at very reasonable prices.

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  • The Bottle Shop at Local 44

    A craft-beer geek’s paradise, this beer shop stocks more than 500 hard-to-find bottles from around the world that can be imbibed at home or on-site.

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  • The Last Word Bookshop

    Meander through stacks of used books

    The Last Word deals in used books ranging from popular novels to out-of-print history books—all protected by Lester, a former stray cat who entertains customers by climbing the bookshelves.

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  • The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College

    Up and coming chefs are ready to serve

    Four distinct restaurants (International Bistro, Italian Trattoria, American Heartland, The Great Chefs of Philadelphia) feature student chefs, creative concepts and deeply discounted checks.

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  • The Rotunda

    Performance space and community gathering place

    The Rotunda hosts live music, movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibits.

    Built as a house of worship in 1911, The Rotunda is now a smoke-free and drink-free space for world, soul, hip-hop, rock, jazz and experimental music. When bands aren’t playing, the socially conscious venue hosts movie screenings, yoga classes, theater projects and art exhibits.

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  • The Woodlands Cemetery and Mansion

    1840s cemetery and Federal-style mansion

    The Woodlands Cemetery and Mansion.

    Renowned for his work in horticulture, landscape design and botany, William Hamilton, Andrew’s grandson, was asked by Thomas Jefferson to plant some seeds harvested during Lewis and Clark’s expeditions. Eventually, the estate boasted more than 10,000 species of plants. Today, more than 720 historic trees and plants have survived and are scattered throughout the property.

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  • Wah-Gi-Wah

    Savory, spicy chicken and no frills dining

    This no-frills Pakistani eatery serves what might be the best chicken dish in all of West Philly, a spicy, savory, scored-breast fried whole bird called Lahori Chargha. To order it without fresh-baked naan is a crime.

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