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Graduate Hospital

A downtown feel with neighborhood charm

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Overview

Though the large medical institution that gave this south-of–Center City swath its name is no longer in operation, Graduate Hospital has solidified a reputation independent of its common moniker.

South Street West is the neighborhood’s main thoroughfare. It’s clean, well-lit and extremely pedestrian-friendly thanks to a vibrant entrepreneurial energy coming from the neighborhood’s restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and more.

The stretch of South Street east of Broad has long been considered a draw for out-of-towners, but Graduate Hospital’s western half is on the serious come-up thanks to ambitious restaurateurs and shop owners.

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Essential Information

Characterized by a mix of single-family homes, new and old, and thriving places of worship, Graduate Hospital is a remarkably kid-friendly place (hence the stroller-filled sidewalks). It also distinctively possesses some of the best neighborhood bars in the area, from long-established institutions to gastropubby newcomers. An under-the-radar aspect of Graduate Hospital’s personality is its handmade-arts scene, which draws wide acclaim.

Getting Here

South Street West is the area’s main corridor. The Lombard-South stop on the neighborhood’s eastern end is an easy access point, while SEPTA’s Route 40 bus travels South Street from west to east. With the neighborhood’s rapid growth, finding parking can be a challenge.

Major Annual Events

The Odunde Festival celebrates African culture each year, continuing a more-than-40-year tradition. Area streets shut down to automobile traffic for this massive outdoor party, which features food, dancing and vendors.

Each October, Bloktoberfest offers food, drink and outdoor music along South Street West. Lining the streets, food trucks, craft tents and local businesses show off their wares amid the revelry.

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The Odunde Festival   — Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

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