Eraserhood and the Loft District

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Prohibition Taproom Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia
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Callowhill’s also called The Loft District, a shout to its stylish modern high-rises and factory residences, or “The Eraserhood,” as filmmaker David Lynch’s bizarro-world opus Eraserhead was inspired by the area.

Don’t worry, there are no terrifying radiator ladies to scare you here — just some of the city’s best live music venues, a steady-growing restaurant identity and a fascinating cluster of independent art venues.


Essential Info

Opposite Broad Street from Fairmount and Spring Garden lies Callowhill, a neighborhood where edge and verve keep the creatively inclined blood pumping.

With Spring Garden and Vine streets as its north and south borders and 6th Street cutting off the ’hood to the east, this spread-out, historically industrial enclave lies just north of Chinatown. The tight rowhomes that characterize so many other Philly neighborhoods are not found here.

Getting Here

Getting to Callowhill by bike or on foot from surrounding neighborhoods is no problem. SEPTA’s Broad Street line also provides an easy in, with stops at at both Spring Garden and Vine streets. It’s an area easily explored by car as well, though parking can sometimes pose a challenge (However, Vine Street features secure lots).

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Bufad on Spring Garden Street in Callowhill   — Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia



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