East Passyunk Avenue Business Improvement District
One of the few diagonal streets cutting through Philadelphia’s grid design, Passyunk Avenue — and the surrounding neighborhood — has always stood out from the crowd.
The highly walkable thoroughfare that gives East Passyunk (pronounced “Pashyunk” by locals) its name is lined with indie boutiques, bars and cafes. It’s home to traditional red gravy Italian restaurants, world-famous cheesesteak spots and highly acclaimed eateries that have earned it a spot on Food and Wine’s list of 10 Best Foodie Streets in America.
Straying just off Passyunk Avenue reveals even more exciting finds that highlight the neighborhood’s blend of old-school charm and influx of dynamic new energy.
The diagonal south-to-north street that gives this area its name — a nod to its ancestry as a Native-American village — is full of vibrant change and traditional charm. Neighborhood-favorite bars (P.O.P.E., Stogie Joe’s), cutting-edge restaurants (Fond, Stateside, Will) and indie boutiques (Metro Men’s Clothing) integrate with classic neighborhood food institutions, for an experience not easily replicated elsewhere in the city. Don’t miss the Singing Fountain, an only-in-Philly attraction right in the middle of the action.
Neighborhood bars, stylish boutiques, and creative eateries draw visitors to East Passyunk.
East Passyunk is a short walk from the Tasker Morris Station on the Broad Street Line or cab ride from downtown. Available street parking is minimal, but valet parking is offered Tuesday through Sunday outside the Singing Fountain.
This walkable stretch of the city offers ample attractions. Visitors can pick up one-of-a-kind gifts at cute boutiques and independently owned shops, sip coffee or tea at local cafes or weigh in on the debate over Pat’s King of Steaks versus Geno’s Steaks — two cheesesteak places that have held opposite ends of the same corner for five decades.
Weary walkers can sit a spell at the Singing Fountain, a happening park at Passyunk and Tasker Streets that plays hits of yesterday and today.
East Passyunk draws crowds for events year-round. Second Saturday finds local businesses offering discounts and events throughout the neighborhood.
In the springtime, visitors come to sample creations from more than two dozen of the area’s eateries at the Flavors on the Avenue. There are also plenty of activities for kids and the whole family.
Motorheads cruise in for the Car Show and Street Festival each summer, where awards are named for a variety of categories.
The Singing Fountain in East Passyunk
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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