December 29, 2016

Logan Square Neighborhood Guide

Restaurants, Shops, Parks, Museums & More

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The Swann Memorial Fountain, built in 1924, is a focal point of Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Photo by G. Widman for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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A towering T. Rex at America's oldest natural natural museum, The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. Photo by J. Fusco for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Claes Oldenburg's "Giant Three-Way Plug" in the Anne D’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden. Photo by M. Edlow for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Assembly Rooftop Lounge at the Logan Hotel Philadelphia offers stunning views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Logan Square’s personality defies a single definition. What’s there? Corporate and municipal office buildings; the museum-packed Benjamin Franklin Parkway; and green spaces, including the square that gives the area its name. Once called Northwest Square, Logan Square—one of the city’s original five squares—was renamed to honor 18th-century mayor James Logan.

City Hall is a natural focal point of the Logan Square neighborhood. Its elaborate architecture and ornamentation makes people stop and take notice—and photos. The sprawling building is adorned with carvings of allegorical figures and is capped off with a massive statue of William Penn, all of which was designed by Alexander Milne Calder.

Undoubtedly, the neighborhood highlight is the grand Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Its attractions and green spaces captivate residents and visitors. The buildings on its borders are a who’s-who of culture: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, The Franklin Institute, the Barnes Foundation, the Free Library of Philadelphia, the Rodin Museum and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The stretch is also street-party central, with massive events such as the Fourth of July concert, Made In America, Thanksgiving Day Parade and other large-scale to-dos taking place throughout the year.

Logan Square sits between Broad Street and the Schuylkill River and includes everything from Market to Spring Garden streets. It is close to many Center City hotels, and it’s easily accessible by public transportation. SEPTA buses and regional rail lines stop at Suburban Station, and the Market-Frankford Line (“the El”) and Broad Street subway both stop at City Hall.

Restaurants & Bars:

  • Amuse – Le Méridien Philadelphia’s French brasserie whips up French classics such as onion soup gratinee and memorable steak frites in a sophisticated yet cozy setting, complete with fireplaces and a sleek bar. People stop in for breakfast, lunch and dinner or for pleasures of the liquid variety. 1421 Arch Street, (215) 422-8200,
  • Animo – Guests at this juice/burrito bar indulge in hand-rolled burritos, made-from-scratch soups, fresh-squeezed juices, protein shakes and other organic items that are so yummy, it’s easy to forget they’re healthy. 1701 Arch Street, (267) 519-0949,
  • Assembly Rooftop Lounge – The sophisticated atmosphere, the delicious cocktails and the wine and sparkling selection would be enough to draw a crowd. The stunning views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway make it a bona fide destination. Perched atop The Logan, the nine-story-high Assembly Lounge provides the just-right vantage point for an amazing view of the mile-long stretch. It’s open all year long with both indoor and outdoor seating available. 1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 783-4171,
  • Cherry Street Tavern – A local landmark since 1905, this low-key watering hole serves up a mean hot roast beef sandwich and a selection of seasonal brews. Sports fans come to catch the game on four giant TV screens. 129 N. 22nd Street, (215) 561-5683,
  • Chima Brazilian Steakhouse – Calling all carnivores. The unlimited supply of steak, chops, chicken, sausages and fish sate even the heartiest appetite. 1901 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (215) 525-3233,
  • City Tap House Logan Square – With craft beers from local breweries and others from around the world, plus brick-oven pizza and elevated American pub fare, City Tap House offers an updated gastropub experience. Solid weekday happy hour specials make it a popular spot for the after-work crowd. 2 Logan Square, (215) 587-9040,
  • Con Murphy’s – A bi-level Irish pub right on the Ben Franklin Parkway, Con Murphy’s serves steaks, seafood, pasta and cheesesteaks. Also on the menu: a dozen draft beers, including five rotating local brews, and a healthy selection of wines, Irish whiskies and bourbons. The outdoor patio is a great people-watching perch on warm-weather days. 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (267) 687-1128,
  • James – Named after James Logan, Colonial mayor of Philadelphia, this contemporary yet cozy restaurant satisfies everyone in the group, with dishes such as filet mignon, lobster ravioli, Moroccan-spiced wings and braised halibut. At the bar, guests choose from local brews, six wines on tap and cocktails made with fresh ingredients. The mirrors turn into TVs when there’s a game, and the bartenders take a break on BYOB Sundays. 1835 Arch Street, (267) 324-5005,
  • Kite & Key – Named for Ben Franklin’s famous electricity experiment, Kite & Key quenches brew thirsts with one cask, 16 taps, countless bottles and even some cans of local, domestic and foreign beers. The full bar and wine menu keeps the non-beer drinkers happy too. 1836 Callowhill Street, (215) 568-1818,
  • Matt & Marie’s – Open Monday to Friday for breakfast and lunch, Matt & Marie’s caters to people who care about sandwiches (and most Philadelphians do). Here, they come with top-quality meats, flavorful toppings and, perhaps most importantly, bread that’s the perfect mix of crispy and soft. Salads, breakfast sandwiches and Illy Italian coffee round out the menu. 100 N. 18th Street, (267) 273-1940,
  • McCrossen’s Tavern – McCrossen’s consistently puts forth exceptional cuisine, along with a few classic favorites, in what The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig Laban called “the best of the Art Museum area.” A progressive beverage program is matched by friendly and informative service. 529 N. 20th Street, (215) 854-0923,
  • Misconduct Tavern – The second location of this popular Center City hangout promises the same laidback vibe, satisfying menu and nautical theme. Also on tap: outdoor seating, a dozen draft beers, a 50-strong beer bottle list and plenty of HD TVs to watch the game. 1801 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (267) 928-4297,
  • Pizzeria Vetri – Chef Marc Vetri, whose Italian cuisine has earned legions of fans, turns his culinary skills to pizza—much to the delight of museumgoers, neighbors and, well, anyone who’s hungry for a really good pie. Diners order authentic wood-fired pizza, calzones and other Italian-leaning fare in a casual, relaxed setting. 1939 Callowhill Street, (215) 600-2629,
  • Rose Tattoo Cafe – Family-owned and -operated for nearly three decades, the Rose Tattoo serves American cuisine at its cozy bar and in its greenhouse-inspired dining rooms. Guests order light bites, dinner and house-made desserts. 1847 Callowhill Street, (215) 569-8939,
  • Sabrina’s Café & Spencer’s Too – South Philadelphia’s Italian Market darling for brunch runs an outpost northwest of Center City, where hungry diners fill up on oversized portions of comfort food during brunch, lunch and dinner. Hint: The brunch line is worth the wait, and the BYOB policy makes mimosas an interactive experience. 1804 Callowhill Street, (215) 636-9061,
  • SkyGarten – This sky-high German biergarten holds the designation of being Philadelphia’s highest beer garden. On the 51st floor, people sip their brews and nosh on Bavarian delights inside or outside (when weather permits) Wednesday through Saturday. Tip: Claim an outdoor sunset-watching spot early. 1717 Arch Street, (215) 557-7887,
  • Tir Na Nog Bar and Grill – Combine the warmth of an Irish pub with a weekly changing new American menu, plus more than 20 beers on tap, and it’s easy to see why Tir Na Nog has earned kudos as one of the best spots for happy hour (and all hours). In the warm-weather months, the good times spill outside onto the patio. 1600 Arch Street, (267) 514-1700,
  • Uptown Beer Garden – Situated in the courtyard of the BNY Mellon building, this 9,000-square-foot beer garden makes the happy hour crowd, well, happier. During the warm-weather months, Uptown Beer Garden’s two bars pour popular and craft beers, and the kitchen churns out summertime barbecue fare. 1735 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (215) 800-1079
  • Urban Farmer – A stuffy corporate steakhouse, this is not. This rustic-modern mashup features the origin of its meat on the menu—grain-finished Pennsylvania strip, grass-fed Missouri tenderloin and grain-finished Montana tenderloin. Other standouts: oysters, candied bacon and a twice-baked fingerling potato tart. 1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 963-2788,


  • Capriccio Café and Espresso Bar at Café Cret – Located in a glass pavilion with views of LOVE Park, City Hall and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Capriccio offers hot and cold beverages, fresh breakfast options, soups, salads and sandwiches, along with ice cream and other snacks. 110 N. 16th Street, (215) 735-9797,
  • Logan Square Café – Located directly in front of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, this casual and kid-friendly cafe is open daily for a relaxing breakfast, lunch or light dinner. Floor-to-ceiling windows and outdoor seating offer beautiful views of Logan Square, the Swann Memorial Fountain and Parkway museums. Adjacent to the cafe, a visitor center sells tickets for museums and attractions. 200 N. 18th Street, (215) 665-8600,
  • Square One – This Lancaster-based, family-owned roaster brings its small-batch coffee to Center City, making Philadelphians very happy. Guests may order a quick to-go cup or opt for a slowly crafted brew to accompany a delicious baked treat. 1811 John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (267) 930-8654,

Shops & Markets:

  • Du Jour Market and Cafe – Located within a high-traffic office center, Du Jour caters to customers who are on tight schedules. Still, the cafe delivers a delicious selection of items for breakfast and lunch. Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, (215) 735-8010,
  • Pagano’s Market & Bar – Part market, part cafe, part bar, this longstanding Philadelphia food purveyor is a one-stop shop where folks can linger over a meal, meet friends for lunch or shop for dinner and cheese specialties to take home. Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, (215) 523-6200,
  • Book Corner – Around the corner from the Free Library of Philadelphia, this bookshop is the Friends of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s outlet for book donations. A large and frequently changing selection and great prices ($3 and less) make it a must for bookworms. Records, DVDs and CDs add to the eclectic mix. 311 N. 20th Street, (215) 567-0527
  • The Market and Shops at Comcast Center – Those on the go can satisfy any culinary craving at this eat-in/take-out food court, which also features an array of fresh produce and last-minute dinner items. 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard,

Salons & Spas:

  • Drybar – It’s all about the perfect blowout at Drybar. Those looking for a little more can add on a scalp massage, up-do, braid or hair mask. 1701 Market Street, Suite 500, (215) 622-2835,
  • Panache Hair Design – The veteran stylists at this chic salon can tame even the most uncooperative locks into an updated, trendy look. Eyelash extensions give clients that extra wow factor. Commerce Square, 2001 Market Street, (215) 545-7166,
  • The Spa at The Logan – Men and women who truly care about their skin and body treatments know that The Logan delivers. Massages, facials, body scrubs, nail care and waxing aren’t the only reasons to go—spa guests can also use the tranquil relaxation room, serene indoor pool and top-notch fitness facilities. 1 Logan Square, (215) 405-2815,

Parks & Outdoors:

  • Eakins Oval – Named for famed Philadelphia artist Thomas Eakins, Eakins Oval is the exclamation point on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Situated directly in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, it’s dominated by a sculpture dedicated to George Washington and includes several pools representing America’s four great waterways: the Mississippi, the Potomac, the Delaware and the Hudson. In spring, summer and fall, the space comes alive with pop-up beer gardens and entertainment. Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 26th Street,
  • Anne D’Harnoncourt Sculpture Garden – This one-acre terraced garden, dedicated to the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s late director, brings art to the outdoors with works by Noguchi, Oldenburg, LeWitt and others. It’s free, open to the public and boasts a spectacular view. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,
  • Logan Circle – Also called Logan Square, this park gives the neighborhood its name, and for good reason. One of city founder William Penn’s original five squares, the park contains one of the most striking features of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway—Swann Memorial Fountain. 19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • LOVE Park – In late spring 2017, LOVE Park will reopen with green space and structural improvements, including a new water feature and concession areas. Although its official name is John F. Kennedy Plaza, locals and visitors know it as LOVE Park thanks to its centerpiece sculpture by Robert Indiana. It serves as a grand entrance to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which stretches 10 blocks to the Philadelphia Museum of Art, and is home to the Fairmount Park Welcome Center. The park is a popular spot for food trucks, photo opps, entertainment or just relaxing by the fountain. 16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard
  • Schuylkill River Trail – Whether on bike, foot or rollerblades, people can join the trail behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art and follow it east all the way to Phoenixville and beyond (more than 30 miles), or west to the Schuylkill Boardwalk and South Street Bridge. The scenic trail has a paved surface through Philadelphia and Montgomery counties and turns to crushed stone in Chester County.
  • Sister Cities Park and AMOR Sculpture – Sister Cities complements the grandeur of its neighboring attractions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The contemporary, eco-forward pavilion, which houses a cafe and a visitor center, is surrounded by the outdoor Children’s Discovery Garden, a boat pond and a fountain that pays tribute to Philadelphia’s 10 sister cities. The AMOR sculpture is a must-Instagram highlight. 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway,

Arts & Culture:

  • The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University – At the oldest natural history museum in the Americas, people of all ages experience natural science in a fun and engaging way. Visitors can stroll through a tropical butterfly garden, touch live animals, get face-to-face with a towering T. rex, dig for fossils, explore dioramas and even meet scientists. 19th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 299-1000,
  • Barnes Foundation – The Barnes is home to one of the world’s most important collections of impressionist, post-impressionist and early modern paintings—including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos and 7 Van Goghs—and African sculpture, all displayed as the late collector intended. The gallery space is part of a 93,000-square-foot building, which also includes a changing exhibition gallery, conservation lab, auditorium, library, cafe and gift shop. 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 278-7200,
  • Fairmount Park Welcome Center – When it reopens in summer 2017, the Fairmount Park Welcome Center will once again serve visitors looking for souvenirs, tickets and information about attractions and activities. Conveniently located at LOVE Park, it’s the perfect place to start a visit to Philadelphia. 16th Street & John F. Kennedy Boulevard, (215) 683-0246,
  • Fairmount Water Works – This National Historic Landmark was constructed in the early 1800s and provided safe, clean drinking water to a growing city. Fairmount Water Works is dedicated to fostering stewardship of shared water resources by encouraging informed decisions about the use of land and water. Guests discover the past, present and future of water through interactive exhibits, hands-on programs and guided tours. 640 Water Works Drive, (215) 685-0723,
  • The Franklin Institute – This renowned institution is dedicated to creating a passion for science by offering access to hands-on learning—through blockbuster exhibitions, engaging theatrical experiences, compelling permanent exhibits and widely respected community outreach. In the entrance lobby, a massive memorial dedicated to Philly’s favorite Founding Father (Ben Franklin) welcomes curious visitors. 222 N. 20th Street, (215) 448-1200,
  • Free Library of Philadelphia – The gorgeous Beaux-Arts building serves as the heart of the Free Library of Philadelphia system, which includes more than 50 libraries. The Parkway Central Library invites book lovers to check out its massive collection, plus explore rare collections, sit in on author readings and lectures, enjoy special exhibits and events and celebrate the glory that is free literature. 1901 Vine Street, (215) 686-5322,
  • Moore College of Art & Design – Founded in 1848, Moore is the first and only women’s visual arts college for undergraduates in the country, and it offers programs for both men and women through its graduate studies, continuing education and workshops. Art appreciators can browse The Galleries at Moore, where admission is free, to see works by established and emerging artists and designers, and then visit The Art Shop to take home original artwork by Moore students and alumni. 20th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 965-4000,
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts (PAFA) – Two distinct buildings comprise PAFA, the oldest art museum and school in the nation. The original building’s elaborate and fanciful Frank Furness architecture is as compelling as the American art on display within. One of Gilbert Stuart’s portraits of George Washington is a highlight, as are other well-known paintings by artists such as Winslow Homer, John Singer Sargent, Edward Hopper and Cecilia Beaux. 118-128 N. Broad Street, (215) 972-7600,
  • Philadelphia Museum of Art – One of the largest art museums in the U.S., the Philadelphia Museum of Art rises majestically at the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and houses vast collections, including Renaissance, American and impressionist art. The one-acre Sculpture Garden extends the museum’s galleries to the outdoors. 26th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,
  • Rodin Museum – Housing one of the largest public collections of the master’s works outside of Paris, the Rodin greets visitors with bronze casts of The Thinker and The Gates of Hell. The gallery collection includes a stunning marble copy of The Kiss, while the garden features the cast of The Burghers of Calais. 22nd Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 763-8100,
  • Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building – Housed in a 1927 Art Deco building, the Perelman Building showcases selections from the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s costume and textile collection, as well as modern and contemporary design and photographs, and also hosts traveling exhibitions. An Art Museum general admission ticket includes entrance to the Perelman Building. Fairmount & Pennsylvania Avenues, (215) 763-8100,

Architectural Stunners:

  • Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul – The largest brownstone Catholic Church in Pennsylvania, the Cathedral Basilica was modeled after the Lombard Church of Saint Charles (San Carlo al Corso) in Rome and built in the Roman-Corinthian architectural style. Inside, visitors stand in awe of various shrines, altars, statues and paintings by Constantino Brumidi, famed painter of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. 18th Street & Benjamin Franklin Parkway, (215) 561-1313,
  • City Hall – Covering more than 14.5 acres, City Hall is the largest municipal building in the U.S. and one of the most elaborate. The exterior features sculptures representing the continents and people of the world, as well as allegorical figures, heads and masks—all of which were designed by Alexander Milne Calder. The most notable sculpture is the one at the very top: a 37-foot, 27-ton statue of city founder William Penn. Two-hour tours of the building and 15-minute tower tours are offered every weekday, and both include a view from the observation deck. Broad & Market Streets, Room 121, (215) 686-2840,
  • Comcast Center – It might be an office building, but everyone should stop in the Comcast Center for The Comcast Experience, conveniently located right in the lobby (read: free). — Appearing on the wall above the elevator banks, one of the world’s highest resolution LED displays, presents original programming in resolution five times sharper than high-definition. The Comcast Center stands as the tallest building in Philadelphia—until its neighboring Comcast Technology Center opens with 60 stories in early 2018. 1701 John F. Kennedy Boulevard,
  • Media Wall at Commerce Square – Super crisp, super clear and super fun, the giant Media Wall in the courtyard at Commerce Square airs sporting events, shows Philadelphia images and artwork and provides updates about activities and events taking place in the city. During the summer, outdoor movie nights, parties and other activities enliven the space. 2001 Market Street,

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