September 10, 2018

Washington Square West Neighborhood Guide

History, Nightlife, Bistros & Shops In Philadelphia’s Washington Square West

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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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Lolita brings modern Mexican flavors to busy 13th Street. Guests can expect a street food-style menu and interesting cocktails. Photo by G. Widman 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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Walnut Street Theatre, the nation's oldest continuously operating theater and a National Historic Landmark. G. Widman 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 that is named for a 17th-century park and includes 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 LGBTQ 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:

  • 1225RAW Sushi & Sake Lounge A 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 Raw’s 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 yet rustic bistro is known for European wines, Mediterranean eats—top sellers include Caciocavallo meatballs stuffed with ground short rib and pork—and salted caramel 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 huge, approximately 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 – This Japanese bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) restaurant doesn’t look like much from the outside, but inside, diners find a chic ambiance and 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) 545-2482,
  • Brickwall Tavern & Dining Room – The big outpost of a small chain of Jersey-based all-American pubs occupies an immense—10,000-square-foot—space connected to Porta (see below). The selection of burgers, ribs and craft beer is standard Brickwall, but the Philly version throws in fish and a few vegan dishes.1213 Sansom Street, (215) 309-3406,
  • Bud & Marilyn’s – This retro restaurant-bar, named for chef Marcie Turney’s restaurateur grandparents, revives American classics such as meatloaf, wedge salads and cheese curds, 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 seasonal French menu can include egg-topped frisée salad, mussels frites 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 blistered shishito peppers or black garlic wings, along with unusual ramen pairings with matzo balls or spicy carrot pickles. 255 S. 10th Street, (267) 639-4136,
  • CiBo Ristorante Italiano – It’s all about the charm at this modern Italian spot, where the menu includes New York strip steak in Barolo wine sauce, and the restaurant hosts singers nightly to perform 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. Midday-through-late-night snacks and meals include 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,
  • Dixie Picnic – The Malvern-based bakery serves Southern-style breakfasts and lunches, including a $10.99 boxed lunch that’s perfect for a picnic in the park. The lunchtime packages include a sandwich, side, deviled egg and an Upcake, basically the bottom half of a cupcake flipped upside down and covered in icing. 1306 Chestnut Street, (215) 575-5960,
  • 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 120 S. 13th Street, (215) 631-3868,
  • Effie’s – Guests bring their own bottles and enjoy homey Greek cuisine 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 order-at-the-counter 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 lowrider bicycle centerpiece above its circular bar. Bartenders pour an impressive selection of mezcal, plus blanco, reposado and añejo 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, inventive 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 service nightly. 1320 Chancellor Street, (215) 735-0735,
  • Fuel – Owner Rocco Cima 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,
  • Giorgio on Pine – This neighborhood BYOB offers hearty, home-style Italian specialties. Menu favorites include gnocchi in a 12-hour braised beef ragout, Parmesan-crusted 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, greeneggscafe.comcom
  • 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 honeybar. 15 S. 11th Street, (215) 845-5592,
  • Hummusology – This well-priced Israeli-inspired cafe whips up a variety of hummus bowls, pita sandwiches, shakshuka and the less-known hamshuka. Dishes can come with a slew of veggie or bean toppings, like ful medames or mushrooms, and a side of Israeli salad. 1112 Locust Street, (215) 592-6505,
  • IndeBlue This plush bistro serves modern Indian cuisine, such as stuffed long hot peppers, homemade paneer and braised pork vindaloo, alongside wine, beer and inventive cocktails from the fully stocked bar. 205 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-4633,
  • Jamonera Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran turned to Spain for the inspiration for this restaurant. Tapas, tostas and charcuterie, 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 Chef Konstantinos Pitsillides’ casual Cypriot BYOB serves authentic Greek kebabs, gyros, shawarma and multicourse meze dinners for parties of four or more.
    1001 Spruce Street, (267) 928-2085, com
  • 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,
  • Libertine Manayunk chef-restaurateur Derek Davis brings New American chow to a bright, contemporary space on the lower level of the new Fairfield Inn & Suites. The menu changes seasonally, always featuring 20 wines by the glass and a selection of Philly-made craft beers, with outdoor dining during warmer months. 261 S. 13th Street, (215) 398-5555,
  • Little Nonna’s Red-sauce cuisine gets the chef Turney treatment, old-school. This charming spot’s stick-to-your-ribs Italian-American menu includes 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 modern 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 – Inside the historic Morris House Hotel, this gem uses locally sourced ingredients for contemporary American dishes. In season, the outdoor garden is a must—especially for romantic rendezvous. 231 S. 8th Street, (215) 625-6666,
  • Maison 208 The gorgeous two-floor restaurant from chef Sylva Senat stands out not only for Senat’s inventive New American menu, or its late dinner service (until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays): Maison’s second-story bar has both an impressive retractable roof and cocktails like the Best of Luck, a gin with green chartreuse, strawberry, lemon and egg white. 208 S. 13th Street, (215) 999-1020,
  • McGillin’s Olde Ale House – Open since 1860, this side-street tavern is the city’s oldest continuously operating pub. McGillin’s following keeps coming back for regional microbrews, including three house recipes, and an exclusive Ireland-brewed stout. 1310 Drury Street,
    (215) 735-5562,
  • Mercato – This popular BYOB combines slow-cooking traditions of Old World Italy with an experimental Mercato’s stellar menu of meats, cheeses, pastas and seafood keeps foodies coming back. 1216 Spruce Street, (215) 985-2962,
  • Middle Child – With an eat-in or takeout menu, this modern luncheonette serves breakfast all day along with salads and creative sandwiches, including turkey Reubens, prosciutto grilled cheeses and vegetarian “Phoagies.” 248 S. 11th Street, (267) 930-8344,
  • The Midtown – This newcomer channels a classic American pub. Patrons of the first-floor bar can order from a basic pub menu, and a second mezzanine drinking area offers three large, exposed windows. 114 S. 12th Street, (267) 639-5606,
  • MilkBoy – Music and restaurant industry vets joined forces for this all-day pub serving modern takes on comfort foods (downstairs), and a standing-room-only performance space hosting touring and local indie acts (upstairs). The pub is especially popular among hospital workers for post-shift, early-morning drinks. 1100 Chestnut Street, (215) 925-6455,
  • Mixto – Cuban, Latin American and Caribbean cuisines come in generous portion on a shaded stretch of Pine Street. During the warmer months, diners enjoy sidewalk tables; year-round, patrons enjoy weekend brunch. 1141 Pine Street, (215) 592-0363,
  • Morimoto – Hiroshima’s “Iron Chef” Masaharu Morimoto helms this streamlined, modern restaurant. Elevated traditional Japanese dishes—sushi, miso soup and sashimi—are available a la carte, with more daring selections on the omakase tasting menu. 723 Chestnut Street, (215) 413-9070,
  • Nomad Roman – The second Philadelphia location of this pizza shop has 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 Wentz 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 – A rustic dining room that serves grilled octopus, dolmades, gyros and more Greek-inspired fare also leads to a beer garden Food & Wine dubbed “one of America’s ” 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 make this funky Antique Row spot a great find for dinner. Daily buck-a-shuck happy hours attract early patrons for oysters and clams; Sunday seafood brunches bring in diners even earlier with fried oyster eggs Benedict. 1138 Pine Street, (267) 519-2850,
  • Porta – Sharing a massive space with sibling operation Brickwall Tavern, this stylish pizzeria specializes in Neapolitan pies made in ovens from Naples. The decor is worth a trip in itself: exposed brick walls, 80s-style graffiti and mismatched chairs and benches. 1216 Chestnut Street, (267) 534-2135,
  • Ristorante La Buca – Nestled a few steps below street level, La Buca’s den-like, frescoed dining room offers impeccable, old-school service, right down to the seafood cart. 711 Locust Street, (215) 928-0556,
  • Rosa’s Fresh Pizza – Mason Wartman’s unassuming pizzeria has made a big difference in the lives of those with limited to no financial resources: Customers can purchase a $1 slice of pizza for themselves, and pay another $1 for a slice for a stranger. Rosa’s policy earned it a shout-out on “The Ellen Degeneres Show.” 25 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,
  • Sandler’s on 9th This cheerful corner cafe’s piled-high burgers, grilled cheeses and turkey clubs made with sustainable and locally farmed ingredients check all kinds of feel-good boxes—not the least of which is deliciousness. 834 Chestnut Street, (215) 634-9800,
  • Sedition – This basement-level bar-restaurant warms satisfies with a menu of New American burgers, pork chops, baby back ribs—and flourless chocolate torte with popcorn ice cream. 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,
  • Souped Up – Bubbling, ramen-heavy, customizable hot pots are the specialty at this Chinese bistro. Guests choose from six soup bases, such as miso and spicy pepper, and then customize further with proteins, veggies and more. Paleo dieters will love the Carnivore course, with no fewer than five kinds of meat. 705 Chestnut Street, (267) 994-1332,
  • Strangelove’s Putting a delicious spin on the no-muss, no-fuss neighborhood pub, Strangelove’s has an impressive beer list and a menu of classic crowd-pleasers: 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,
  • Tradesman’s – The folks behind German-inspired joints Brü Craft & Wurst and U-Bahn turn their focus stateside at this massive restaurant and beer hall specializing in American-style barbecue and U.S.-made craft suds and whiskey. The bar menu mirrors the enormity of the space with a whopping 34 drafts, 40 bottles and 120 types of whiskey, while the food menu features Carolina pulled pork, Kansas City wings and West Texas brisket. 1322 Chestnut Street, (267) 457-3994,
  • 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 indoor-outdoor space, an environmentally friendly wine list and a dreamy seasonal menu. 210 W. Washington Square, (215) 592-7787,
  • The Tavern Cozy and welcoming inside the historic Tavern on Camac piano bar and nightclub, this subterranean hideaway serves seasonal, modern American fare. 243 S. Camac Street, (215) 545-1102,
  • Time – With jazz performances in the main room, televised sports in the Whiskey Bar and drinking and dancing upstairs, this spot is three bars in one. Food is also a focus, 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 and raw bar. 114 S. 13th Street, (267) 928-2092,
  • Tria Cafe 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 has a 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 chic 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 dining room, James Beard Award-winning chef Marc Vetri presents authentic, elegant Italian cuisine alongside wines from an award-winning cellar. The $165 four-course tasting menu is the sole option for dinner; on Fridays, the restaurant offers a $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 – Thai fusion dishes—barbecue duck tortilla roll and striped bass with tomato and avocado—share a menu with pho, curry, pad Thai and clever, 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 This cozy cafe takes its style cues from Paris’ charming Marais neighborhood. Escargot, foie gras, seafood, duck, steak frites and charcuterie display seasonal French sensibility; a chalkboard wine list features small-maker French vintages. 246 S. 11th Street, (215) 351-9901,

Noodles are the main attraction at this 32-seat restaurant. The menu includes varieties ranging from ramen to hand-torn, matched with unexpected elements such as matzo balls, cauliflower and collard greens.   — Photo by C. Smyth for Visit Philadelphia


  • The Bike Stop – This popular spot has served Philly’s LGBTQ community for more than 35 years, with four very different floors: 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,
  • Boxers PHL – Philly’s newest gay sports bar is most known for its strapping shirtless bartenders, but the seven-days-a-week happy hour, featuring top-shelf spirits, comes in at a close second. Patrons can chill at the bar downstairs while taking in games or music videos on big screen TVs, or head upstairs for a few rounds of pool. 1330 Walnut Street, (215) 735-2977,
  • Brü Craft & Wurst The first Philadelphia bar to install a self-serve draught beer station styles itself as a wursthaus, with a mostly German food menu complementing dozens of taps pouring domestic light lagers, obscure American crafts and German wheat beers. 1318 Chestnut Street, (215) 800-1079,
  • Charlie was a sinner. – From Nicole Marquis, owner of other vegan spots, fast-casual HipCityVeg eateries and Rittenhouse Square’s Bar Bombón, this dark, alluring (and vegan) cocktail lounge is a bar first and foremost. Dark woods and dim lighting impart a clubby ambiance; the plant-based menu is equally refined with plenty of items for snacking.
    131 S. 13th Street, (267) 758-5372,
  • Dirty Franks – The mural of famous Franks, including Frank Zappa, Benjamin Franklin, Pope Francis and Aretha Franklin, graces the facade at this iconic dive bar 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 – In September 2018, Philly’s original gay sports bar relocates one block, swapping a narrow brownstone space for a larger, more contemporary club—in the old iCandy. The new digs offers a foursome of nightlife experiences: a spacious sports bar (Spectrum) on the first floor, a neon-hued dance floor (Heaven) on the second, a seated venue for live shows (Cabaret) on the third and a rooftop deck (Boardwalk). 254 S. 12th Street, (215) 964-9675,
  • Tiki Polynesian culture mixes with California ethos for a cocktail bar with two floors and a roof deck, plenty of food, tropical drinks and fun. 102 S. 13th Street, (215) 309-3435,
  • Toasted Walnut – The Gayborhood’s sole lesbian bar draws crowds for excellent weekday happy hour specials and a host of events, including karaoke and DJ dance parties. Two bars on the first floor glow with neon lights, and sports and music videos broadcast on three big-screen TVs. 1316 Walnut Street, (215) 546-8888,
  • U-Bahn The team behind Brü Craft & Wurst looked to Berlin for inspiration behind graffiti-laden, subterranean bar U-Bahn. Fifteen taps pour local craft beers; there’s light pub fare at the bar; and late-night DJs, weekend dance parties and old-school arcade games provide the entertainment. 1320 Chestnut Street, (215) 800-1079,
  • U Bar A low-key setting provides for peaceful imbibing in a sleek, no-fuss bar with 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 and occasional drag shows. Partiers choose from the newly renovated main dance floor, an upstairs VIP room and a basement lounge. 1221 St. James Street, (215) 735-5772,
  • Woody’s Philly’s popular, ever-expanding LGBTQ club fills a busy corner with the dance club, happy hour and events lounge Glo Bar; a large sports bar and Rosewood, a craft beer and cocktail lounge hosting energetic theme parties on Friday and Saturday nights. (Rosewood and Glo Bar have separate entrances on Walnut Street.) 202 S. 13th Street, (215) 545-1893,
  • Writer’s Block Rehab At a comfortable, dimly lit hangout with Scrabble-lettered walls and a bound library book for a menu, bartenders serve woodsy, floral, Instagram-worthy craft cocktails, plus beers and wines. Upstairs seating is custom-made for libations-enhanced reading and conversation. 1342 Cypress Street, (267) 534-3134,

Coffee, Confections & Specialty Foods:

  • Capogiro Gelateria – 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 nibbles from a snacks menu. 834 Chestnut Street, (267) 519-3115,
  • Dottie’s Donuts – Loyal fans of these vegan do Page 9/Washington Square West ughnuts can save themselves the trip to Dottie’s original location on 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 store stocks more than 800 varieties of bottled craft beer, helping cement Philly’s reputation as a beer lover’s town, one mix-a-six-pack at a time. Also for sale: newspapers, sandwiches and snacks. 324 S. 10th Street, (215) 928-1111,
  • Good Karma Café – Cozy, comfortable cafe with loads 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 Co. – 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 and 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 merveilleux and the exclusive “Paris Philadelphia.” 212 S. 12th Street, (267) 928-3172,
  • Lombard Café – The corner coffee outpost—just steps from the Washington Square—is a quick stop for La Colombe coffee, a classic egg-and-cheese sandwich or bagel. Outdoor seating is available during warmer months. 700 Sansom Street, (267) 455-0327, @lombardcafe
  • MOM’s Organic Market – This welcome addition to the busy neighborhood stocks only organic produce, reasonably priced good-for-you (and for the environment) foods and minimal artificial add-ins. The onsite Naked Lunch cafe churns out wholesome snacks: rice-and-bean bowls, veggie burgers and raw organic juices. 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,
  • Passero’s Coffee drinks (lattes, pour overs, cold brews) at this third-wave cafe in the historic Ben Franklin House are made from house blends of globally sourced, Port Richmond-roasted beans. Lunch, served daily, means wraps, panini and warm chocolate chip cookies. 834 Chestnut Street, (267) 318-7074,
  • Philly Flavors – The neighborhood outpost of a local chain is known for large-portioned ice cream and water ice—and a freezer of ice cream cookie sandwiches. 343 13th Street,
    (267) 519-8982,
  • Quaker City Coffee Strong cups of locally roasted java is only one reason to visit this inviting cafe, co-founded by Federal Donuts and Bodhi Coffee co-owner Bob Logue. Quaker City employs formerly incarcerated workers and donates $1 for every bag of coffee sold to Philadelphia nonprofit Redemption Housing, which offers programming and support for returning citizens. 263 S. 10th Street, (215) 948-2123,
  • Saxbys – This Philly-based chain focuses on a simple premise: Provide a welcoming space with consistently good Saxbys’ Gayborhood outpost features pastries and baked goods, green smoothies and lots of delicious coffee. 234 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. 1109 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 Box Bakeshop – It’s hard not to be lured in by the brightly colored cupcakes in the display case at this adorable bakery near Antique Row, but those only scratch the surface of the delicious confections up for grabs. Sandwich cookies, homemade Twinkies, crumb cakes and cookie dough are mixed, baked and sold onsite too. 339 S. 13th Street, (215) 237-4647,
  • Sweet Charlie’s – Customers line up out the door and down the street 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 doughnut. 711 Walnut Street, (267) 841-7655,


This old-time sporting goods store is the multimillion-dollar world leader in creating and selling official reproductions of uniforms worn by professional baseball, basketball and football players. The store's enthusiastic following makes regular trips to the Midtown Village store for old-school jerseys, jackets, tees, hats, bags and more.   — Photo by C. Gabello for VISIT PHILADELPHIA®

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 pristine, well-priced jewelry shop carries creations from a few dozen European and American designers and has a second location near Rittenhouse Square.
    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, sculpture and photography by emerging and mid-career artists with solo and group showings. 709 Walnut Street, (215) 413-8893,
  • Carré d’Artistes – Browsers thumb through hundreds of contemporary artworks at this France-based boutique that believes great art is not just for the one percent. At any given time, original, certified creations from 10 to 15 national and international artists are up for grabs starting at $125. 104 S. 13th Street, (215) 735-2800,
  • 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, this cheekily named 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 colorful, squeaky-clean goodness from it own line of products focused on natural ingredients and eco-friendly The upstairs 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: A gothic doorbell lets visitors know they’ve found the right place. 1329 Pine Street, (215) 732-7711
  • Goldberg Army & Navy – Hearty goods—military surplus, camping and other outdoorsy gear and hard-wearing, no-nonsense clothing that lasts 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,
  • James Oliver Gallery – This ultra contemporary art space, also known as JOG, fills its loft-style gallery with painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography and installation works by artists from Philly and around the world. In the back, the brand-new HOT BED gallery focuses on works that mix art and nature. 723 Chestnut Street, 4th floor, (267) 918-7432,
  • Janus Gallery – Named for the Roman god of transition, this gallery and shop showcases a mix of old and new artistic 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 Switt, antique adornments. Between 7th & 9th Streets and Walnut & Chestnut Streets
  • Kin – Owner Joey Clark’s 700-square-foot women’s boutique stocks reasonably priced basics— white button-downs, distressed denim, leather jackets—in sizes 0 to 14. Customers stay apprised of Kin’s latest looks via the shop’s Instagram. 1014 Pine Street, (215) 309-3870,
  • Lapstone & Hammer – Sneakerhead meets gallery artist in a homage to authentic men’s fashion: 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 30 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,
  • lou lou – This Philly outpost of the East Coast chain of women’s clothing and accessories shops is known for flowing frocks, statement-piece bling, totes and scarves, by makers such as Free People, HOBO and Katie Loxton. 143 S. 13th Street, (267) 538-1267,
  • 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. M & N’s storefront is the spot to score the latest renditions of retro styles. Enter on 12th 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 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, nestphillycom
  • 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 and humorous 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 LGBTQ bookstores in the country, now an extension of Bella Vista’s Philly AIDS Thrift, maintains a strong focus on LGBTQ literature and also carries a selection of secondhand clothing, collectibles and quirky 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 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, supplier of used guitars, vinyl records, amps, cassette tapes and CDs, while aspiring musicians can channel their inner Dylan during reasonably priced guitar and harmonica lessons. 259 S. 10th Street, (215) 732-7805,
  • Shibe Vintage Sports – Mets and Cowboys fans need not apply at this Philly fans-owned shop of apparel and gifts that are all about the present and past Eagles, Phillies, Flyers, 76ers and Union. Also available: a line of T-shirts celebrating Philly landmarks such as Fergie’s Pub and the iconic eagle sculpture at Macy’s. 137 S. 13th Street, (215) 566-2511,
  • Verde Chef Marcie Turney makes and sells her gourmet chocolates in this great little gift boutique. With clothing, jewelry, prints, handbags, art and other gifts in front and a gourmet chocolatier in back, this shop by Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran is the ultimate spot for finding the ultimate host gifts. 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 prominent yet controversial 19th-century Shakespearean actor and Philadelphia native. One of the city’s premier venues for more than 90 years, the Forrest frequently hosts touring productions of Broadway shows, winter through spring. 1114 Walnut Street, (215) 923-1515,
  • Lantern Theater Company Audiences have enjoyed the Lantern’s intimate stage productions for nearly 25 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 is a National Historic Landmark that produces musicals on its main stage and 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,

Salons & Day Spas:

  • 3000BC – The second location of the Chestnut Hill-based wellness spa keeps patrons glowing with a menu of medical-grade chemical peels, hydrafacials, collagen boosters and tattoo removal services. 834 Chestnut Street, (215) 989-3500,
  • 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 10% of its revenue to causes that support environmental sustainability. All hair products here are organic or crafted from wild ingredients and sourced from global indigenous 258 S. 11th Street, (215) 792-4109,
  • Eviama Life Spa This new age spa is dedicated to helping guests find their inner radiance with organic, all-natural beauty products, facials, massages, body wraps and guided meditation. Skilled practitioners offer inventive spa packages such as Wish You Were Beer, a head-to-toe exfoliation process using a barley malt scrub. 109 S. 13th Street, Suite 2N, (215) 545-3344,
  • Green City Beauty – Antique Row’s day spa 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,
  • Mixxia – A fish bowl-like studio is the new home of six stylists and an on-trend, well-priced menu of cuts, color—think Pink Lemonade Color Melt and Peanut Butter and Jelly Hair—blowouts and texture treatments. 1220 Spruce Street, (267) 639-5958,
  • 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:

  • 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, kid and adult yoga classes. 1100 Pine Street, (267) 519-9037,
  • Renaissance Healing Arts – Jim Fisher and Jackie Doyle 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,
  • William Way LGBT Community Center A gathering space and resource center for Philly’s LGBTQ community for more than 40 years, William Way continues to serve by hosting all manner of meetings, revolving art shows by local gay artists, weekly game nights, and concerts and drag shows in a second-story performance space. The building also houses the John J. Wilcox Jr. Archives, a mind-boggling collection of Philly LGBTQ memorabilia: old-school protest signs, countless photos and knickknacks from some of the city’s first gay bars. 1315 Spruce Street, (215) 732-2220,

One of William Penn's five original squares, historic Washington Square is an urban oasis just a few blocks from the Liberty Bell Center. Many visitors pay tribute at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier memorial.   — Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Parks & Landmarks:

  • Louis I. Kahn Memorial Park – This small corner park and garden, named for the 20th-century Philadelphia architect, serves as an oasis for neighborhood residents and visitors. Spring through fall, the park hosts 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, African-Americans and several thousand soldiers who died during the Revolution; and as a gathering space for early Africans, 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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