December 21, 2017

Washington Square West Neighborhood Guide

Restaurants, Nightlife, Shops, Parks, Museums & More

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Historic Washington Square is an urban oasis two blocks from the Liberty Bell Center. Photo by M. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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A destination for vegans and omnivores alike, Vedge delivers plentiful options free of meat, eggs and dairy—and that includes desserts. Photo by N. Santos for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Lapstone & Hammer, a mecca for serious men's style aficionados and sneakerheads alike. Photo by VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Known for Mediterranean eats and European wines, Barbuzzo is also a destination for its luscious budino dessert. Photo by N. Santos for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Independent shop Open House stocks home accents and stylish Philly souvenirs. Photo by C. Gabello for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Walnut Street Theatre, the nation's oldest continuously operating theater and a National Historic Landmark. G. Widman for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Charlie was a sinner., a dark, alluring, vegan cocktail lounge that feels like an exclusive, members-only clubhouse. Photo by M. Fischetti for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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The stick-to-your-ribs menu at Little Nonna’s features Italian-American dishes like fontina-stuffed meatballs in a braised pork marinara. Photo by E. Mencher for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Enthusiastic sports fans flock to Mitchell & Ness for old-school jerseys, jackets, tees, hats, bags and more. Photo by C. Gabello for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Named “Southeast Square” in 1682, Washington Square was a grazing pasture, potter’s field and gathering spot for early African-Americans. Photo by M. Kennedy for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®
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Washington Square West is a historic Center City neighborhood named for a 17th-century park and including the vibrant enclaves of Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Named “Southeast Square” in 1682, Washington Square originally served as a grazing pasture, potter’s field and gathering spot for early African-Americans—who dubbed the park “Congo Square”—on the edge of the original city of Philadelphia. Today, modern residences surround the park, now home to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, a sycamore moon tree and a steady stream of visitors. To Washington Square’s north are the 150 jewelry merchants of Jewelers’ Row. To its south is Antique Row, tree-lined blocks of shops selling furnishings, collectables, art and more.

West of Washington Square, the Gayborhood serves as the hub of Philadelphia’s LGBT life and culture. Rainbow street signs proudly mark the neighborhood, from 11th to Broad Streets and from Pine to Chestnut Streets. Within the Gayborhood is Midtown Village, a stretch of busy modern restaurants, shops and bars along 13th Street between Locust and Chestnut streets.

A block north of the neighborhood, Jefferson Station serves as a transportation hub for SEPTA’s Regional Rail lines, with service from the suburbs and Philadelphia International Airport. The Market-Frankford elevated line—known as “the El”—makes stops at 8th, 11th and 13th Streets along Market Street, while various SEPTA and New Jersey Transit buses traverse the numbered streets between 8th and Broad Streets and along Market and Chestnut Streets.

Neighborhood tips, itineraries and maps are available at

Restaurants & Quick Bites:

  • 1225 Raw Sushi & Sake Lounge – This hidden favorite among sushi and sake lovers serves specialty rolls, traditional hot entrees and an impressive selection of exotic sake. During the spring and summer months, diners enjoy the outdoor courtyard. 1225 Sansom Street, (215) 238-1903,
  • Amis – This lively trattoria emphasizes hearty Italian fare, enjoyed at kitchen-side seating and butcher-block tables. Relatively under-the-radar when it comes to brunch, it’s the perfect spot to enjoy a relaxing daytime meal on Sundays. 412 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-2647,
  • Barbuzzo – One of the must-get reservations along the 13th Street restaurant empire of chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, this modern and rustic bistro is known for European wines, Mediterranean eats—top sellers include stuffed short rib and pork meatballs—and the luscious budino dessert. Patrons can grab seats at the ledge of the open kitchen to watch their meals in the making. 110 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-9300,
  • Bareburger – This modern, NYC-based burger joint focuses on fair-trade ingredients; lean, all-natural meats; and pesticide-free produce. 1109 Walnut Street, (215) 627-BARE,
  • Barra Rossa – Pizza? Pasta? Wine? All of the Italian staples await diners at this 200-seat eatery by local restaurateur Dave Magrogan. Diners partake in the cheese, cured meats and olive selections—all curated by Di Bruno Bros.—along with salads, sandwiches and entrees. 929 Walnut Street, (215) 644-9074,
  • Bleu Sushi II – This Japanese bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, diners find a chic ambiance dishes such as sushi, sashimi and teriyaki, along with fried ice cream for dessert. 262 S. 10th Street, (215) 829-0800,
  • Bocconcini – The former Giorgio Pizza on Pine has become a great little BYOB, serving small plates such as arancini and fra diavolo cauliflower, along with pastas, pizzas and gluten-free options. 1334 Pine Street, (215) 545-2571,
  • Bud & Marilyn’s – This retro restaurant-bar, named for chef Marcie Turney’s restaurateur grandparents, revives American classics such as meatloaf, wedge salads and chop suey, pairing them with cocktails like the Lakeside, vodka with lime juice, mint and violet, and Marilyn’s O-F, a brandy Old Fashioned. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2220,
  • Caribou Café – This traditional, Paris-inspired brasserie has vintage French posters and pumpkin-colored walls. The French menu includes boeuf bourguignon and Gruyère-topped onion soup. 1126 Walnut Street, (215) 625-9535,
  • Cheu Noodle Bar – Noodles are the main attraction at this hip tiny restaurant. The menu includes small plate options such as samosa Rangoons and black garlic wings, along with ramen matched with unexpected elements such as matzo balls and spicy carrot pickles. 255 S. 10th Street, (267) 639-4136,
  • Cibo Ristorante Italiano – It’s all about the charm here. The menu focuses on modern Italian cuisine, such as a New York strip steak in Barolo wine sauce, and the restaurant hosts performers nightly performing standards from Ella Fitzgerald, Nat King Cole and other soulful legends on loop—along with a piano player. 1227 Walnut Street, (215) 923-8208,
  • Craftsman Row Saloon – Every neighborhood deserves its own dimly lit pub, and this is Jewelers’ Row’s. Busy offering midday-through-late-night snacks and meals of Amish pretzel sticks with beer cheese, “smashed patty” burgers, wedge- and chicken-heavy salads, wings, fries and a full bar with local craft beers. 112 S. 8th Street, (215) 923-0123,
  • Destination Dogs – Founded by two friends in New Jersey, this designer frankfurter operation brings worldly dogs to Philly—plus a bar with international drink themes and arcade games, too. 1111 Walnut Street, (267) 773-7750,
  • Double Knot – This buzzed-about, multi-personality eatery does everything right. As a cafe for morning coffee, a place to grab Asian-inspired banh mi, rice and noodle bowls for lunch—and an absolutely stunning underground izakaya for dinner and drinks, chef Michael Schulson’s dream project is a delicious juggernaut. 124 S. 13th Street, (215) 631-3868,
  • Effie’s – Guests bring their own bottles and enjoy homey Greek cuisine—including an authentic brunch with spanakopita and Greek coffee—and warm hospitality in this converted townhouse. Sidewalk seating and a walled garden patio are perfect for the warmer months. 1127 Pine Street, (215) 592-8333,
  • El Fuego – Affordable, delicious California-style burritos, tacos, bowls and chips attract lunchtime lines to this quick-serve walkup. 723 Walnut Street, (215) 592-1931,
  • El Vez – Inventive guacamole, tuna tostadas, tacos and specialty margaritas are menu highlights at this bright and buzzing Mexican spot, which features a shiny low-rider bicycle centerpiece above its circular bar. Bartenders pour an impressive selection of mezcal, plus blanco, reposado and anejo tequilas. 121 S. 13th Street, (215) 928-9800,
  • Fat Salmon – Across the street from Washington Square, this contemporary sushi bar has a blue-lit dining room, invention fusion rolls and an extensive sake menu with three-piece flights. 719 Walnut Street, (215) 928-8881,
  • Fergie’s Pub – Serious beer drinkers have long sought out this great watering hole for good grub, a killer jukebox, weeknight Quizo and poetry readings—and some of the best bartenders in town. Fridays feature karaoke with a live band, while Irish music fills the air the rest of the weekend. 1214 Sansom Street, (215) 928-8118,
  • Franky Bradley’s – This two-level restaurant-bar features smartly updated spins on classic cocktails; a 300-person performance space that hosts jazz, rock, drag and burlesque; and dinner and weekend brunch. 1320 Chancellor Street, (215) 735-0735,
  • Fuel – Owner Rocco Cima challenges the does low-cal fast food with a menu of wraps, panini and salads made from locally sourced ingredients—and all under 500 calories. Fuel also offers a juice and coffee bar and desserts. 1225 Walnut Street, (215) 922-3835,
  • Garces Trading Company – Chef Jose Garces’ airy restaurant has a glass-walled private dining room, full bar and happy hour, dinner and brunch menus known for their Blue Bay mussels, short rib lasagna and roasted chicken. 1111 Locust Street, (215) 574-1099,
  • Giorgio on Pine – This neighborhood BYOB offers hearty, home-style Italian specialties. Menu favorites include gnocchi in a 12-hour braised beef ragout, Parmesan-encrusted chicken breast and sautéed calamari. 1328 Pine Street, (215) 545-6265,
  • Green Eggs Café – Green Eggs specializes in breakfast, lunch and brunch. Neighbors and visitors wait in long lines to enjoy chicken and waffles Benedict, veggie burgers, hearty skillet scrambles and red velvet pancakes. 212 S. 13th Street, (267) 861-0314,
  • Honeygrow – This casual build-your-own stir-fry and salads spot earns high marks for its stylish interior design. Veg and non-veg, gluten-free and whole-foods options abound, along with smoothies and a buzzing fruit and honey bar. 15 S. 11th Street, (215) 845-5592,
  • Hummusology – This well-priced Israeli-inspired café whips up six varieties of hummus, served in bowls or sandwiches, plus shakshuka and the less-known hamshuka. Diners can add a slew of veggie or bean toppings, like ful medames or mushrooms, and savor the pickled vegetables served with each dish. 1112 Locust Street, (215) 592-6505,
  • IndeBlue – This plush bistro serves modern Indian cuisine such as stuffed long hot peppers, homemade paneer and pork vindaloo. Unlike its BYOB counterpart in Collingswood, New Jersey, this IndeBlue stocks a full bar. 205 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-4633,
  • Jake’s Sandwich Board – In a city famous for its sandwiches, Jake’s adds an element of creativity to its crowd-pleasing creations. Rolls come overstuffed with brisket, pork, turkey that get loaded up with veggies, Sriracha mayo, caramelized onions or crunchy long hots. 122 S. 12th Street, (215) 922-0102,
  • Jamonera – Chef Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran turned to Spain for the inspiration for this restaurant. Tapas, tostas, charcuterie and small plates, along with the deep red tones and dark wood tables, nearly transport diners to Seville. 105 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-6061,
  • Jean’s Cafe – With delicious sandwiches and wraps, this tiny deli has made itself popular for breakfast and lunch. What also satisfies here? The people watching along bustling Walnut Street. 1334 Walnut Street, (215) 546-5353
  • Kanella Grill – When Konstantinos Pitsillides moved his lauded Kanella restaurant to Queen Village, the chef and his wife turned the Cypriot restaurant’s former digs into a casual BYOB serving authentic Greek kebabs, gyros, shawarma and multicourse meze dinners for parties of four or more. 1001 Spruce Street, (267) 928-2085,
  • Knock Restaurant and Bar – You can’t knock this basic, boisterous gay restaubar for its simple fare—grilled flatbreads, burgers, brunch—and great martinis. 225 S. 12th Street, (215) 925-1166,
  • Little Nonna’s – Red-sauce cuisine gets the chef Turney treatment, old-school. The stick-to-your-ribs Italian-American menu features a flowing plate of spaghetti and fontina-stuffed meatballs in a braised pork marinara. 1234 Locust Street, (215) 546-2100,
  • Lolita – Yet another winner from the Turney-Safran camp, chic little Lolita brings new Mexican flavors to busy 13th Street. Guests can expect a street food-style menu and interesting cocktails, margaritas included. 106 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-7100,
  • M Restaurant – Located inside the historic Morris House Hotel, this gem of a restaurant uses locally sourced ingredients to create contemporary American dishes. In season, those in the know make the outdoor garden/cafe a must—especially for romantic retreats. 231 S. 8th Street, (215) 625-6666,
  • Maison 208 – The gorgeous two-floor restaurant from “Top Chef” contestant Sylva Senat is a standout addition to the neighborhood’s dining scene, serving its menu of New American takes on classics like duck breast pork shank until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays. Until 2 a.m., bartenders arouse the senses with cocktails like the “black rose,” a vermouth-and-blackberry concoction dressed with rosemary, in a spacious and light-filled bar area with a retractable roof—the only one in the city. 208 S. 13th Street, (215) 999-1020,
  • McGillin’s Olde Ale House – Open since 1860, McGillin’s holds the distinction of being the city’s oldest continuously operating pub. The alehouse draws a loyal following, thanks in part to its regional microbrews, including three house recipes, as well as an exclusive stout brewed in Ireland. 1310 Drury Street, (215) 735-5562,
  • Mercato – This popular BYOB infuses the slow-cooking traditions of Old World Italy with an experimental style and bold take on new Italian-American cuisine. The selection of meats, cheeses, olive oils and vinegars keeps foodies coming back. 1216 Spruce Street, (215) 985-2962,
  • Middle Child – With an eat-in or takeout menu, this modern cafe serves breakfast all day and DIY and creative sandwiches, including turkey Reubens, prosciutto grilled cheeses and vegetarian “Phoagies.” 248 S. 11th Street, (267) 930-8344,
  • MilkBoy – Music and restaurant industry vets joined forces for this all-day pub serving modern takes on comfort foods (downstairs), and standing-room-only performance space hosting touring and local indie acts (upstairs). 1100 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-6455,
  • Mixto – Cuban, Latin-American and Caribbean cuisines come in generous portion on a stretch of Pine Street. During the warmer months, diners enjoy sidewalk tables; weekend brunch starts at 9 a.m. 1141 Pine Street, (215) 592-0363,
  • More Than Just Ice Cream – Gargantuan ice cream desserts star on this casual BYOB’s menu of great sandwiches, homemade soups and fresh salads and, of course, mammoth sundaes. 1119 Locust Street, (215) 574-0586,
  • Morimoto – Hiroshima native and “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto helms this futuristic restaurant. The elegant menu features modern elevated versions of traditional Japanese dishes—sushi, miso soup and sashimi—and a chef’s tasting menu, Omakase, Sundays through Thursdays. 723 Chestnut Street, (215) 413-9070,
  • Nico’s – Open morning until late night, this modern diner and lounge specializes in easygoing fare such as breakfast sandwiches and burgers. 707 Chestnut Street, (267) 455-3030,
  • Nomad Roman – The second Philadelphia location of this pizza shop on a small menu of wood-fired pizzas topped with locally grown produce and all-natural meats. Also on offer at the mid-size joint: salads, craft beers and wine. 1305 Locust Street, (215) 644-9287,
  • Oloroso – The third restaurant from chef Townsend West of Townsend and A Mano serves Spanish tapas, carefully curated small plates of grilled octopus, roasted bone marrow, marinated olives and paella. The bar-restaurant does a “siesta” (brunch) on weekends, serving tapas alongside its specialty cocktails. 1121 Walnut Street, (267) 324-3014,
  • Opa – The rustic dining room—serving grilled octopus, dolmades—leads to a beer garden Food & Wine dubbed “one of America’s best.” Both inside and out, patrons sip fine wines, local beers and specialty cocktails. 1311 Sansom Street, (215) 545-0170,
  • Pinefish – Comfy couches, low coffee tables, tasty seafood tapas and a lovely bar makes this funky Antique Row spot a great find for dinner. The daily buck-a-shuck happy hours brings patrons in early for oysters; weekend seafood brunches attracts diners even earlier with a fried oyster eggs Benedict. 1138 Pine Street, (267) 519-2850,
  • Ristorante La Buca – Nestled a few steps below street level, La Buca’s den-like dining room with frescoed walls offers impeccable, old-school service, right down to the seafood and meat carts. 711 Locust Street, (215) 928-0556,
  • Robek’s Fresh Juice & Smoothies – Health-conscious patrons come here for blended fresh-fruit drinks and breakfast bowls made of pineapple, banana, spinach, cucumber, mint or açai, peanut butter and papaya juice. 1035 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-5500,
  • Rosa’s Pizza – Mason Wartman’s unassuming pizzeria has made a big difference in the lives of those with limited to no financial resources. Customers here can purchase a $1 slice of pizza for themselves and pay another $1 to underwrite the cost of a slice for someone in need. 25 S. 11th Street, (215) 627-6727,
  • Sampan – Chef Michael Schulson’s 95-seat eatery is a feast for the eyes, with reclaimed timber and distressed metal accents. Guests dine on modern Asian small plates served from the open-air kitchen. Outside, the venue’s hidden Graffiti Bar is a stylish setting for alfresco drinks and snacks. 124 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-3501,
  • Six Feet Under – This basement gastropub warms bellies with seasonal stews and a substantial all-day breakfast of frittatas and bacon pancakes—not to mention a plate-sized warm chocolate chip cookie. The bar’s diverse drink menu is notable for its inclusion of sours, ciders, porters, stouts and even spice ales. 727 Walnut Street, (215) 391-1100,
  • Strangelove’s – From the team behind Clarkville and Local 44, Strangelove’s puts a delicious spin on the no-muss, no-fuss neighborhood pub. In addition to an impressive beer list, the menu includes classic crowd-pleasers like a fried tomato, bacon cheeseburger, fish and chips, mussels and a fried chicken sandwich. 216 S. 11th Street, (215) 873-0404,
  • Talula’s Daily – By day, patrons visit this foodie market for gourmet sandwiches, breads, cheeses, coffee, juices and prepared meals. By night, they come for the $55, five-course tasting menu that changes monthly. 208 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-6555,
  • Talula’s Garden – Owner Aimee Olexy of Chester County’s Talula’s Table shares her culinary talents—and her passion for farm-fresh ingredients—with Washington Square diners. She paired up with restaurateur Stephen Starr to create this rustic space, an environmentally friendly wine list and a dreamy seasonal menu. 210 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-7787,
  • The Tavern – Cozy and welcoming inside Tavern on Camac, a long-running piano bar and nightclub, this subterranean hideaway serves seasonal, modern American fare. 243 S. Camac Street, (215) 545-1102,
  • Time – Three bars in one hosts jazz performances in the main room, televises sports in the Whiskey Bar and puts on drinking and dancing upstairs. Food is also a focus here, with a solid menu of American and continental fare. 1315 Sansom Street, (215) 985-4800,
  • Tredici Enoteca – The elegant sibling restaurant to Zavino adds international flair to Italian fare—and is known for its deep wine list. 114 S. 13th Street, (267) 928-2092,
  • Tria Café – This popular corner spot focuses on all things fermented: wine, beer and cheese. Imbibe and Draft magazines have named Tria one of the best places in the country to enjoy beer; the James Beard Foundation has recognized the bar’s wine service. 1137 Spruce Street, (215) 629-9200,
  • Valanni – Fancy drinks are just one of the draws at this spacious Medi-Latin eatery. The happy hour spot also boasts s great late-night menu featuring crispy Brussels sprouts, Parmesan truffle fries and spicy pulled-chicken empanadas. 1229 Spruce Street, (215) 790-9494,
  • Varga Bar – This corner bar and restaurant serves small plates, a slew of beer, specialty cocktails and an atmosphere inspired by early 20th-century pin-up girls and tattoo art. It’s also a great spot for a late-night bite: The kitchen cranks out elevated bar food until 1 a.m. nightly. 941 Spruce Street, (215) 627-5200,
  • Vedge – Arguably the best vegan restaurant in the nation has had diners rejoicing since it opened in late 2011. Husband-and-wife chef-restaurateurs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby deliver flavorful, global, edible revelations, appetizers through desserts, in a truly sensational space. 1221 Locust Street, (215) 320-7500,
  • Vetri Cucina – At this special-occasion culinary sensation, James Beard Award-winning chef Marc Vetri presents authentic, elegant Italian cuisine alongside wines from an award-winning cellar. The $155 four-course tasting menu is the sole dining option for dinner; in 2017, the restaurant introduced a weekly $85, four-course lunch menu. 1312 Spruce Street, (215) 732-3478,
  • Vintage Wine Bar & Bistro – More than 60 wines by the glass and bistro specialties make this casual but sophisticated spot a popular one. On the menu: a cheese board, mussels and a raved-about burger. 129 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-3095,
  • Xiandu Thai – The kitchen churns out Thai fusion dishes such as Asian duck tortilla roll and striped bass with tomato and avocado, plus traditional fare like pho, curry and pad Thai. Another highlight: non-alcoholic cocktails. 1119 Walnut Street, (215) 940-8855,
  • Zavino – Gourmet Neapolitan pizzas, classic Italian dishes and a diverse wine selection make this cozy eatery a must-try. Diners can keep an eye on the neighborhood crowd thanks to large windows and outdoor seating. 112 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-2400,
  • Zinc Restaurant – This cozy cafe takes its style cues from the charming Le Marais section of Paris. Dishes such as escargot, foie gras, seafood, duck, steak frites and charcuterie showcase the menu’s seasonal French sensibility, while the blackboard wine menu includes small producers’ jewels from France. 246 S. 11th Street, (215) 351-9901,


  • The Bike Stop – This popular spot has served the gay and lesbian community for more than 30 years. An impressive four very different floors include The Bike Stop (main bar), The Short Stop (sports bar), The Pit Stop (open Wednesday, Friday and Saturday nights; fetish gear encouraged) and The Top of the Stop (special events). 206 S. Quince Street, (215) 627-1662,
  • Brü Craft & Wurst – The first Philadelphia bar to install a self-serve draught beer station has styled itself as a wursthaus. A mostly German food menu complements the more than 39 taps that pour everything from domestic light lagers to obscure American crafts and German wheat beers. 1318 Chestnut Street, (215) 800-1079,
  • Charlie was a sinner. – From the team behind fast-casual vegan eatery HipCityVeg, this dark, alluring, vegan cocktail lounge is a bar first and foremost. With dark woods and dim lighting, the ambiance feels like an exclusive, members-only clubhouse. 131 S. 13th Street, (267) 758-5372,
  • Dirty Franks – The mural of famous Franks (including Frank Zappa, Benjamin Franklin, a French franc and Pope Francis) graces the wall at Dirty Franks, an iconic dive bar that with cheap beer and a great jukebox. Note: It’s cash only. 347 S. 13th Street, (215) 732-5010,
  • Lucky Strike Lanes – This bowling-lounge hybrid offers two floors of high-tech bowling and billiards. In the third-floor lounge, bowlers and non-bowlers can make a night of it with DJ music and bottle service. 1336 Chestnut Street, (215) 545-2471,
  • Tabu – This gay sports bar and show lounge offers daily food and drink specials, as well as additional specials during sports games. In the upstairs lounge, guests enjoy karaoke, drag shows, burlesque shows, comedy acts and other entertainment. 200 S. 12th Street, (215) 964-9675,
  • Tiki – What happens when you mix Polynesian culture with a Californian ethos under restaurateur Jason Evenchik’s helm? A tiki-theme cocktail bar featuring two floors and a roof deck, all with plenty of food, tropical drinks and fun. 102 S. 13th Street, (215) 309-3435,
  • U-Bahn – The team behind Brü Craft and Wurst keep the German vibe going at their subterranean bar U-Bahn. Small bands, singer-songwriters, DJs and Ms. Pac-Man provide the entertainment. 1320 Chestnut Street, (215) 800-1079,
  • U Bar – The LGBT crowd heads here to imbibe in a low-key setting. The no-fuss bar features a sleek look, floor-to-ceiling windows and strong drinks at reasonable prices. 1220 Locust Street, (215) 546-6660,
  • Voyeur Nightclub – This after-hours Gayborhood club hosts well-known national DJs from during events for the LGBT crowd. Partiers choose from the main dance floor, an upstairs VIP room and a basement lounge. 1221 St. James Street, (215) 735-5772,
  • Woody’s Bar – Philly’s original and ever-expanding gay club is immensely popular with partygoers. The corner spot comprises a dance club, happy hour and events lounge Glo Bar, sports bar and Rosewood, a craft beer and cocktail lounge that hosts energetic theme parties on Friday and Saturday nights. Rosewood has a separate entrance at 1302 Walnut Street. 202 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-1893,
  • Writer’s Block Rehab – At this dimly lit and comfy hangout with Scrabble-lettered walls and a bound library book for its menu, bartenders serve exquisite craft cocktails of both the woodsy and floral variety—and certainly the Instagram-worthy variety—along with beers and a plentiful selection of wines. Upstairs seating is available for libations-enhanced reading sessions or casual conversations. 1342 Cypress Street, (267) 534-3134, @writersblockrehab

Coffee, Confections & Specialty Foods:

  • Bodhi Coffee – Spare and serene, this walk-up cafe specializes in locally roasted Elixr cold brews, Stumptown roasts and, every once in a while, a terrarium planting class. 263 S. 10th Street, @bodhicoffee
  • Capogiro Gelataria – Divine house-made gelato in seasonal flavors such as persimmon, honeysuckle and black walnut—along with year-round standards including the cioccolato scuro (dark chocolate), stracciatella (chocolate chip), hazelnut and pistachio—rival anything produced in Italy. Honest. 119 S. 13th Street, (215) 351-0900,
  • Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop at The Franklin – Famed 9th Street Italian Market cheesemongers run this takeout or stay-in specialty grocery and cafe that carries more than 300 international cheeses and craft beer. Stay-in diners pair cheese and charcuterie, and, if they wish, craft beers or snacks menu. 834 Chestnut Street, (267) 519-3115,
  • Dottie’s Donuts – Loyal fans of these vegan doughnuts can save themselves the trip to Baltimore Avenue by heading here for these specialty rings, often topped with nuts, brownies and other treats. Bagels, coffees and teas are also on the menu. 509 S. 6th Street, @dottiesdonuts
  • The Foodery – This corner spot stocks more than 800 varieties of bottled craft beer from around the world, helping cement Philly’s reputation as a beer lover’s town, one mix-a-six-pack at a time. Regulars also snag newspapers, sandwiches, snacks and grocery essentials. 324 S. 10th Street, (215) 928-1111,
  • Go Popcorn – This popular shop sells flavors such as brown butter caramel, peanut butter cup and “Chicago style” (cheddar cheese and caramel). Creative flavors-of-the-week such as creamy pumpkin pie and hazelnut Nutella keep patrons coming back to satisfy their cravings for sweet and salty snacks. 112 S. 12th Street, (215) 928-0169,
  • Good Karma Café – This cozy, comfortable cafe with plenty of seating features 100% fair-trade, organic certified coffee and serves a delicious variety of salads, soups and sandwiches. An outdoor greenery patio and a rotating display of works by local artists add to the cafe’s community-oriented feel. 928 Pine Street, (267) 519-8860,
  • Greenstreet Coffee – Brothers Tom and Chris Molieri are passionate about coffee, which is why they roast their own beans in nearby South Philadelphia before serving it by the cup from this tiny corner cafe. 1101 Spruce Street,
  • Grocery Market and Catering – At this modern gourmet shop, by chef Marcie Turney and partner Valerie Safran, customers pick up prepared foods for breakfast, lunch or dinner. On the menu: steel-cut oatmeal, homemade soups, gourmet salads and meals to go. 101 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-5252,
  • J’aime French Bakery – This chic, all-white cafe and bakery turns out French basics with absolute precision—baguettes, Napoleons, French jams, macaroons and chouquettes with whipped cream are constants on the menu, as are chocolate or speculoos merveillieux and the exclusive “Paris Philadelphia.” 212 S. 12th Street, (267) 928-3172,
  • Lombard Café—The corner coffee outpost—just steps from the park—is a quick stop for La Colombe coffee, a classic egg-and-cheese sandwich or bagel. Outdoor seating is available during warmer months. (267) 455-0327, 700 Sansom Street, @lombardcafe
  • MOM’s Organic Market – This welcome addition to the busy neighborhood stocks only organic produce, reasonably priced got-for-you (and for the environment foods), and zero artificial anything (including colors, sweeteners and preservatives). 34 S. 11th Street, (215) 709-0022,
  • Nuts to You – Philadelphia’s longest-running nut house has been shelling out gourmet peanuts, almonds and other nutty treats for more than 40 years. The popcorn sold in large bags (both with and without salt) is a favorite. 1328 Walnut Street, (215) 545-2911; 721 Walnut Street, (215) 925-1141,
  • Philly Flavors – Every neighborhood ought to have a basic ice cream spot like this one, known for its bigly portioned ice cream and water ice—and a freezer of ice cream cookie sandwiches. 343 S. 13th Street, (267) 519-8982,
  • Saxbys – This Philly-based chain focuses on a simple premise: Provide a welcoming space with consistently good coffee. This Philadelphia location doesn’t disappoint; the menu features pastries and baked goods, green smoothies and lots of delicious coffee. 234-236 S. 11th Street, (215) 309-3921,
  • Scoop DeVille – Customers choose from unique ice cream flavors and under-250-calorie frozen yogurts at this old-fashioned shop. The menu of yummy extends further with a large selection of dairy-free options, homemade chocolates, cupcakes, ice cream cakes and seasonal treats. 1315 Walnut Street, (215) 988-9992,
  • Square One Coffee – Based in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, these micro-roasters partner with coffee producers and pay the farmers and all employees a living wage. The coffee itself has racked up numerous awards, which makes the expansion into Philadelphia so appreciated. 249 S. 13th Street, (267) 758-6352,
  • Sweet Charlie’s – Customers line up out the door and down the street of this shop for ice cream and frozen yogurt that gets mixed with chopped toppings on a frozen slab—then rolled up, Thai style—and, if so ordered, served on a warm oven-baked glazed dougnut. 711 Walnut Street, (267) 761-9063,
  • Toast – Simple food, gourmet coffee and pastries comprise this cafe’s menu. The oversized windows and corner location make Toast ideal for people watching. 1201 Spruce Street, (215) 821-1080,

Shops & Galleries:

  • Addiction Studios – Shoppers never know what they’ll find at this designer consignment store, which specializes in high-end brands such as Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Prada and Valentino. 1024 Pine Street, (267) 687-5446
  • Bella Turka – This jewelry shops carries creations from makers across the globe. The owner looks to a few dozen European and American designers to create distinctive pieces. 113 S. 13th Street, (215) 560-8733,
  • Blendo – This packed-with-goods shop sells things old and new, including furniture, ceramics, handbags, clothing, art, jewelry and housewares. On decent weather days, the shopkeeper fills tables and baskets on its sidewalk with even more merchandise for perusing. 1002 Pine Street, (215) 351-9260,
  • Bridgette Mayer Gallery – An 18th-century brownstone houses this gallery of contemporary paintings and works on paper by emerging and mid-career artists with solo and group showings. 709 Walnut Street, (215) 413-8893,
  • Damari Savile – The Eagles’ own Malcolm Jenkins and business partner Jay Amin are responsible for this natty Jewelers’ Row men’s boutique offering bespoke, made-to-measure and off-the-rack men’s suits, each one named for a Philly street. 709 Walnut Street, (267) 218-5760,
  • Doggie Style – With several Philadelphia locations, including one in Washington Square West, this upscale pet care emporium sells food, accessories, toys and other products for dogs, cats, small animals, fish reptiles and birds. 1032 Pine Street, (215) 545-4100,
  • Duross & Langel – This inviting soap shop offers squeaky-clean goodness, with its own line of products focused on natural ingredients and eco-friendly packaging. A yoga studio brings a touch of Zen to the inviting space, and the hair salon delivers on-trend cuts, color and blowouts. 117 S. 13th Street, (215) 592-7627,
  • Everyone’s Racquet – For more than 40 years, this local business has stocked its racks with clothing and equipment related to any and all racket sports. Athletes of all levels utilize the shop’s stringing services and attend tennis lessons and leagues at nearby Seger Park. 130 S. 12th Street, (215) 627-4192,
  • Halloween – Unusual jewelry, both one-of-a-kind and vintage, sparkle at this delightful trove, named after owner Henri David’s favorite holiday. There’s no signage—the gothic doorbell lets visitors know they’ve found the right place. 1329 Pine Street, (215) 732-7711
  • I. Goldberg Army & Navy – Hearty goods— miliary surplus, camping and otherwise outdoorsy gear and goods and hard-wearing, no-nonsense clothes that last just about a lifetime—have filled this family-run store, which relocated to a smaller location in 2017, for just about a century. Brands like Carhartt, Dickies, Woolrich and The North Face line three floors of racks. 718 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-9393,
  • Janus Gallery – Named for the Roman god of transition, this gallery and shop showcases a mix of old and new artistic objects. Small, intimate workshops taught by local artists inspire creativity in all who attend. 1135 Pine Street, (267) 207-5254,
  • Jewelers’ Row – More than 150 retailers, wholesalers and craftspeople comprise America’s oldest diamond district. Although many of these businesses operate to the trade only, many are open to the public, offering a glittering variety of new, secondhand and, in the case of I. Switt, antique adornments. Between 7th & 9th Streets and Walnut & Chestnut Streets
  • Kin – Owner Joey Clark’s new 700-square-foot boutique stocks sizes 0 to 14, sells basics (white button-downs, distressed denim, leather jackets) at reasonable prices—and understands today’s shoppers post their favorite looks on Instagram. 1014 Pine Street, (215) 309-3870,
  • Lapstone & Hammer – Sneakerhead meets gallery artist in this absolute homage to authentic men’s fashion. Shoppers find limited-edition sneakers, owner Brian Nadav’s own hand-hewn wardrobe additions—including Philly-made denim—for city gents, plus investment-worthy leather jackets, hats, Malin + Goetz grooming products, custom hand-destructed T-shirts—pretty much anything a guy needs for serious style cred. 1106 Chestnut Street, (215) 592-9166,
  • LL Pavorsky Jewelers – Handcrafted fine jewelry and unique art glass line the cases and walls at this gallery-like showroom. The real treats are the custom-designed items that jeweler Lee Pavorsky has been creating for 29 years. 707 Walnut Street, (215) 627-2252,
  • Locks Gallery – Modern and contemporary mid-career and established artists share their work at this Washington Square venue, which draws local and national crowds and brings attention to regional artists. Each month, exhibitions fill the space with interesting pieces in a variety of media. 600 Washington Square South, (215) 629-1000,
  • Luxe Home – A modern design aficionado founded this independent furniture shop, where art photography mixes with serious coffee tables, sofas, corner chairs and midcentury-inspired Jonathan Adler separates. 1308 Chestnut Street, (215) 732-2001,
  • Mitchell & Ness – The legendary, Philly-born line of throwback sports jerseys, jackets and caps are esteemed the world over—but call this storefront home. This is the hot shop to score the latest renditions of retro styles, pennants and all. Enter on 12th Street. 1201 Chestnut Street, (267) 273-7622,
  • Modern Eye – People are proud of their “four eyes” when they snag frames from this full-service optical shop, which also offers contact lenses and eye exams. The specialty: hard-to-find brands Vinylize, Andy Wolf and Rapp. 145 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-3300,
  • M Finkel & Daughter – In the heart of what is historically known as Antique Row, this family-owned-and-run business sells furniture and accessories from the 17th through mid-19th centuries and specializes in antique embroidery and other and needlework. 936 Pine Street, (215) 627-7797,
  • Nest – This fun zone for families with young children houses a boutique with kids’ clothes, toys, gifts, snack cafe and a kiddie hair salon on its first floor—and loads more fun upstairs. Guests—who are typically annual members—enjoy access to all manner of movement and music classes, book custom parties and take advantage of an indoor playground. 1301 Locust Street, (215) 545-6378,
  • Nutz & Boltz – This intimate Gayborhood boutique specializes in fancy men’s underwear and swimsuits and also carries loungewear, T-shirts and other apparel. 1220 Spruce Street, (267) 639-5958,
  • Open House – The place to find distinct and modern home and office accents, this independent shop packs a mega amount of merchandise on its tables and shelves. It’s also a popular spot for sure-to-be-coveted Philadelphia souvenirs that come in the form of coasters, totes, t-shirts, pint glasses and notecards. 107 S. 13th Street, (215) 922-1415,
  • Paper on Pine – Don’t be fooled by the name: This delightfully quaint paper and printing boutique is actually on 13th Street, not Pine. Lovers of the written word indulge in designer stationery and writing-ware from labels such as Vera Wang, Kate Spade and Crane & Co. and order custom invitations and stationery. 115 S. 13th Street, (215) 625-0100,
  • The Papery – This walk-up stationery boutique inhabits a bright and airy space brimming with charm. Shoppers browse artsy cards for every occasion, customizable invitations, fine stationery and elegant paper goods, as well as a curated selection of picture frames, scented candles and baby gifts. 1219 Locust Street, (215) 922-1500,
  • Philly AIDS Thrift @ Giovanni’s Room – One of the oldest independent LGBT bookstores in the country, the Gayborhood extension of Bella Vista’s Thrift for AIDS, focuses on LGBT literature. The shop also carries clothing, collectibles and gift items. 345 S. 12th Street, (215) 923-2960,
  • Ps & Qs For Her – The women’s outpost of the popular South Street men’s boutique stocks eponymous, made-in-Philly clothing, heritage brands Herschel Supply Co. and Pendleton, on-trend Norse Projects, Penfield and Saturdays NYC, along with classic Tretorns, great candles, and more style essentials. 1018 Pine Street, (215) 279-7523,
  • Rikumo – This Japanese lifestyle brand and shelter store carefully selects products created by craftspeople from that country and culture. The aesthetic here is simple and clean among home goods, bath accessories, jewelry, bags, office supplies and gifts for the kids. 1216 Walnut Street, (215) 609-4972,
  • Rustic Music – Music mavens and mavericks make a habit of this small, independent music shop, where used guitars, vinyl records, amps, cassette tapes and CDs are all available under one roof. Aspiring musicians channel their inner Dylan during reasonably priced guitar and harmonica lessons. 259 S. 10th Street, (215) 732-7805,
  • Shibe Vintage – Mets and Cowboys fans need not apply at this Philly fans-owned stockist and designer of apparel and gifts that are all about the present and past Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, 76ers and Union. New here: a line of T-shirts celebrating Philly music icons. 137 S. 13th Street, (215) 566-2511,
  • Verde – Chef Marcie Turney makes and sells her gourmet chocolates in great little gift boutique. The rest of the shop is stocked with clothing, jewelry, prints, handbags and just about anything else, making it neighborhood go-to. 108 S. 13th Street, (215) 546-8700,
  • Yarnphoria – Yarns in every color of the rainbow occupy the shelves of this Pine Street shop, which holds knitting and crochet classes for all skill levels. 1020 Pine Street, (215) 923-0914


  • Forrest Theatre – This Shubert-owned theater bears the name of Edwin Forrest, a Philadelphia-born actor popular in the 19th century. One of the city’s premier venues for more than 90 years, the Forrest frequently hosts touring productions of hit Broadway shows during its season, winter through spring. 1114 Walnut Street, (215) 923-1515,
  • Lantern Theater Company – Audiences have enjoyed the Lantern’s intimate stage productions for more than 20 years. Each season celebrates and explores the human spirit through a diverse series of classic, modern and original works; the theater also organizes an education program for local high schools. 923 Ludlow Street, (215) 829-0395,
  • Walnut Street Theatre – The oldest continuously operating theater in the country, this National Historic Landmark produces award-winning musicals on its main stage and smaller indie productions in its Independence Studio. A limited number of mezzanine seats are available for $20 for every main-stage performance. 825 Walnut Street, (215) 574-3550,

Lookin’ Good:

  • American Mortals – This hair haven (a.k.a. AMMO) caters to the young and young at heart with its modern cuts and color (read: all colors). Named one of the country’s top 100 salons twice by Elle, the salon prides itself on high-end, pretense-free service. 727 Walnut Street, (215) 574-1234,
  • Architeqt Salon & Gallery – The talented stylists specialize in dry cuts, balayage, Keratin treatments and designer styles. As a mixed-used space, Architeqt also hosts trunk shows, pop-up shops, gallery openings, fashion shows and educational workshops. 265 S. 10th Street, (215) 567-5005,
  • Beauty Is… – Operating under the philosophy of helping clients feel beautiful by making them look beautiful, this salon donates about 10% of guest services to causes that support environmental sustainability. All hair products here are organic or crafted from wild ingredients, and sourced from indigenous communities. 258 S. 11th Street, (215) 792-4109,
  • Green City Beauty – Antique’s Row new-world newcomer has won awards for its gentle, natural sugaring and offers a range of customizable facial and body treatments, using eco-friendly ingredients along the way. 1036 Pine Street, (267) 209-3096,
  • The King of Shave – This corner storefront is an old-school barbershop for the modern man. Guys come here for services such as haircuts, color treatments, beard trims and hot-towel shaves. 1201 Pine Street, (215) 732-2900,
  • Pileggi on the Square – Sexy, sophisticated hair and award-winning spa services, including manicures, pedicures, waxing, skin and body care arrive in a four-story townhouse on Washington Square. 717 Walnut Street, (215) 627-0565,

Wellness and Community Services:

  • 12th Street Gym – For more than 25 years, this fitness center has been one of Philadelphia’s go-to workout spots. Patrons love the one-on-one training, group classes, pool and tanning facilities. 204 S. 12th Street, (215) 985-4092,
  • Healing Arts Collective – This center for healing offers a variety of services including therapeutic massage and bodywork, sound journey, acupuncture, Chinese medicine, nutrition, physical therapy, yoga, Pilates and psychotherapy. Community members gather here for body-mind therapies, group yoga/movement classes, workshops and celebrations. 519 S. 9th Street, (267) 229-7323,
  • Mama’s Wellness Joint – This wellness studio aims to support the community’s health, love, birth and beauty. Mama’s wide range of services includes prenatal and postpartum, kids and adults’ yoga classes. 1100 Pine Street, (267) 519-9037,
  • Renaissance Healing Arts – Dr. Jim Doyle and Jackie Fisher founded their bodywork practice in 1985 and opened this Antique Row storefront in 2015. Specialties include acupuncture, chiropractic therapy, craniosacral therapy, nutritional counseling and traditional Chinese medicine. 1004 Pine Street, (215) 985-1344,

Parks & Landmarks:

  • Louis I. Kahn Memorial Park – Coming in under an acre, this corner park and garden serves as an oasis for neighborhood residents and visitors. During the warm-weather months, visitors enjoy a free monthly concert series. 11th & Pine Streets,
  • Seger Park & Playground – Basketball courts, tennis courts, two playgrounds, a dog park (with separate spaces for small and large dogs) and, in summer, a kids’ fountain comprise this block-long recreation space. The indoor recreation center offers free knitting classes every Thursday. 10th & Lombard Streets, (215) 686-1780,
  • Washington Square – One of William Penn’s five original squares has served as an animal pasture, burial ground for victims of the 1793 yellow fever epidemic, Africans and several thousand soldiers who died during the Revolution; and as a gathering space for early African-Americans, who referred to the venue as “Congo Square.” The square is now a popular place for picnicking, reading, playing Frisbee and other leisure activities. It’s also the site of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier of the American Revolution, a monument featuring an eternal flame and a statue of George Washington. 6th & Walnut Streets

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