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Washington Square West

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CREDIT: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia
CREDIT: G. Widman for Visit Philadelphia

Three neighborhoods in one: That’s the perfect way to describe Washington Square West, a thriving enclave that also includes Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Running roughly from 7th to Broad streets and Chestnut to South streets, the buzzed-about neighborhood is increasingly a go-to spot for trendy restaurants and owner-operated boutiques.

What To Do

Washington Square

A popular gathering spot for residents and visitors alike, the green and lively Washington Square attracts those who want a respite from the city action — picnickers, families, sunbathers and history buffs.

Midtown Village

Midtown Village maintains its own personality thanks to a small-business boom concentrated on the 13th Street corridor, where power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran preside over a handful of popular restaurants and shops.

Gayborhood

The Gayborhood sets itself apart with dozens of rainbow street signs that adorn poles throughout the area, along with many restaurants and bars catering to an LGBT clientele and their friends.

Jewelers’ Row and Antique Row

Also worth a visit while in the neighborhood: Jewelers’ Row, boasting nearly 300 diamond and jewelry merchants; and Antique Row, the go-to spot for museum-quality furnishings, cute collectables and funky art objects.

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Getting Around

Just steps a block away from Washington Square West, the Market East station serves as a transportation hub for SEPTA’s regional rail lines with service from the suburbs and Philadelphia International Airport. The train — known as the El to locals — makes stops at 8th, 11th and 13th Streets along Market, while various SEPTA routes and New Jersey transit buses traverse the numbered streets between 8th and Broad Streets and along Market and Chestnut Streets.

Accommodations

The Avenue of the Arts is conveniently located near Midtown Village and the Gayborhood with luxurious hotels like the DoubleTree by Hilton and The Ritz-Carlton. For a more intimate stay, check out The Morris House Hotel or the Alexander Inn.

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Neighborhood Highlights

Washington Square West Highlights

Alexander Inn

A beautifully restored, meticulously decorated boutique hotel in Center City

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M Restaurant M Restaurant

M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel

Locally sourced American cuisine in a historic setting

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The dining area at Sampan Philadelphia The dining area at Sampan Philadelphia

Sampan

A modern Asian restaurant by Michael Schulson in Philadelphia’s Midtown Village

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Magic Gardens Magic Gardens

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Artist Isaiah Zagar’s masterpiece on South Street

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Volver Volver

Volvér

A theatrical dining experience by Chef Jose Garces at the Kimmel Center

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El Vez

Stephen Starr’s dazzling Mexican outpost

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