Cities / Philadelphia / Philadelphia's Neighborhood Guide

Philadelphia's Neighborhood Guide

By Philadelphia Bucket List

There's always a reason to visit the city of Brotherly Love πŸ’•


If you know anything about Philadelphia, you’ve probably heard of City Hall, Center City, and Rittenhouse Square. While these areas are lovely, there are so many other hidden treasure neighborhoods around the city that carry their own appealing quirks. We’re here to share Philadelphia’s Top Neighborhood Guide to inspire you to check out all that the 215 has to offer.

Fishtown

Known as a hipster’s paradise, Fishtown offers something for everyone, whether you’re rocking that beanie or not. Located just north of the once popular, now too trendy for some, Northern Liberties, Fishtown is home to a bustling food, music, and entertainment scene.

Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/BgCVOmGn5x5/

The Fillmore

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by The Fillmore Philadelphia (@fillmorephilly) on

Live music lovers, look no further! No matter your taste, the Fillmore hosts a range of performances (think Snoop Dogg, Gramatik, and Motion City Soundtrack), uniting concert lovers from all over the city.

Where: 29 E Allen St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

For More Information

Pizzeria Beddia

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Foodidelphia (@foodidelphia) on

For some of the top pizza and wine in Philly, head to Pizzeria Beddia, a trendy Fishtown hot spot serving up specialty pies.  

Where: 1313 N Lee St, Philadelphia, PA 19125

For More Information

Amrita Yoga

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Amrita Yoga & Wellness Studio (@amritayoga215) on

Need a little namaste in order to stay sane? Amrita North is the place for you. They have a range of classes including, flow, barre, yoga for back care, and Jump and Jam - 45 minutes of non stop trampoline jumping.

Where: 1204 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

For More Information

Northern Liberties

What used to be known as the “up and coming” place to live 10 years ago, can now be crowned Queen B of the Philadelphia ‘hoods. It’s no surprise that NoLibs is one of Philly’s most popular neighborhoods. Northern Liberties is busy, easy to navigate, and has that youthful touch that any young adult looks for when deciding on a place to visit.

Urban Village

 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

 

 

A post shared by Urban Village Brewing Company (@urbanvillagebrewing) on

If you like pizza, beer, quizzo, or sports, Urban Village should be your go-to spot. This massive NoLibs bar on 2nd Street serves up all American dishes and has an impressive draft selection. Come on Thursday nights for quizzo and take advantage of their outdoor patio when the weather is nice.

Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/B3m277KDGAK/

Where: 1001 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

For More Information

Swag Boutique

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Jen Singley - Realtor (@homesweethomephl) on

Forgot about your sister-in-law’s birthday? Invited to a last minute holiday party? Retail therapy calling you name? Instead of giving away that unused candle in your nightstand, head to Swag Boutique - a trendy gift shop selling, plants, jewelry, mugs, kitchen accessories, and any other cute knick knack you can think of.

Where: 935 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

For More Information 

Point Breeze

Point Breeze is a multicultural neighborhood in South Philadelphia that is recently making headlines for the influx of coffee shops, neighborhood bars, and street festivals taking over the area. Due to affordable home prices and the close proximity to Center City, many young adults are choosing PB when it comes to Philly living.

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by American Sardine Bar (@americansardine) on

Burg’s Hideaway Lounge

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Burg's Hideaway Lounge (@burgshideaway) on

Only in Philly can you get a burger and fries for $7.50. Burg’s Hideaway is an intimate, tropical hut themed dive bar in the heart of Point Breeze serving affordable eats and drinks.

Where: 1200 S 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

For More Information

Tuck Barre & Yoga

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by tuck barre & yoga (@tuckbarreyoga) on

There is no lack of workout studios in Philadelphia, but Tuck Barre & Yoga stands out due to the effectiveness of the classes and their affordable prices. The owners are personable and friendly, making sure you’re comfortable no matter your relationship with exercise.

Where: 1155 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

For More Information

Two Eagles Cafe

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by twoeaglescafe (@twoeaglescafe) on

Two Eagles is a popular family owned and operated coffee shop serving standard American fare as well as tasty Albanian dishes.

Where: 1401 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19146

For More Information

Old City

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Olga (@dancing_unicorn_princess) on

They don’t call it Old City for the hell of it. Old City is known for Colonial-era sites such as the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross house, Independence Hall, and is home to some of the oldest streets in Philadelphia. Don’t let those old-school vibes fool you though, Old City still delivers a busy urban personality with plenty of offices, tourist attractions, restaurants, and a popular nightlife scene.

Cuba Libre 

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Philadelphia Bucket List (@phlbucketlist) on

One of Old City’s top dance spots, Cuba Libre will take you on a trip to Old Havana with vibrant patterns and a tropical ambiance. Dance the night away to upbeat Latin music or come in for a contemporary Cuban meal.

Where: 10 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

For More Information 

Khyber Pass Pub

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Bob Bruhin (@bobbruhin) on

What looks like a seemingly average pub, is actually Khyber Pass, a NOLA inspired Old City bar with nightly live entertainment. Khyber Pass is known for delicious soul food - order their brisket, po boys, and mac n cheese for a true Southern experience.

Where: 56 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

For More Information

East Passyunk Crossing

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by East Passyunk Avenue BID (@eastpassyunk) on

Home to over 150 businesses, East Passyunk Crossing is arguably what makes South Philly cool. Lined with bars, restaurants, cafes, shops, parks, and more, East Passyunk is home to trendy spots like Cantina Los Caballitos, The Singing Fountain, and Pat’s & Geno’s - so head on over and debate the ultimate cheesesteak winner, once and for all.

Barcelona Wine Bar

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Barcelona Wine Bar (@barcelonawinebar) on

You guessed it! Barcelona Wine Bar serves Spanish inspired tapas such as charcuterie + cheese boards, crispy calamari, and palella. Don’t forget to try their wine flight and patatas bravas!

Where: 1709 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

For More Information

 

Bing Bing Dim Sum

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Bing Bing Dim Sum (@bingbingdimsum) on

Chinese food with a Jewish twist? Who would’ve thought - but it exists at Bing Bing Dim Sum, an East Passyunk spot serving fusion food and Scorpion bowls.

Where: 1648 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148

For More Information

Farmers Market

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by East Passyunk Avenue BID (@eastpassyunk) on

Keep your Wednesday evenings open this summer! From 3-7pm, The Singing Fountain which is located in the heart of East Passyunk, transforms into a farmers market with treats from local vendors all organized by Farm To City, a Philly based program with a goal to unite communities through locally grown food.

Where: E. Passyunk Ave. (at Tasker St.)

For More Information

 

Bella Vista/Queen Village

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Philly Philly! (@phlspecial) on

Bella Vista and Queen Village are small neighborhoods that tend to be more quiet and residential, while still maintaining that Philly charm (after all, Queen Village claims the East part of South Street which is known to get wild). Both areas have a number of local shops and restaurants scattered throughout, and are close in proximity to some more action-packed neighborhoods such as Old City and East Passyunk.

Cry Baby Pasta

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Cry Baby Pasta (@crybabypasta) on

Wipe away those tears, Cry Baby Pasta is serving the Italian food you’ve been craving. Enjoy pesto, meatballs, eggplant, and essentially any other authentic Italian dish you can think of at this trendy Queen Village eatery.

Where: 627 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

For More Information 

Magic Gardens

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (@phillymagicgardens) on

Magic Gardens is the largest mosaic created by artist Isaiah Zagar, and includes everything from old wheels, glass bottles, and bike spokes. You know what they say, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure!”

Where: 1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

For More Information

South Street

When we said Queen Village and Bella Vista were quiet and residential, we were excluding South Street - one of Philly’s most popular tourist destinations. Lined with costume shops, smoke shops, sex shops, and pizza shops, we mean it when we say, there’s a shop for everyone on South Street.

Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/B5qI-rShSIT/

Where: East End - Front Street up to Broad Street 

Hungry Pigeon

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Hungry Pigeon (@hungrypigeonphilly) on

Sip on cocktails and enjoy tasty American fare at this exposed brick, plant obsessed restaurant. Think you’ll be extra hungry? Order the lasagna or fried chicken 24 hours in advance for $60 an entree (plates are shareable - or not).

Where: 743 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

For More Information

 

Fairmount

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Ryan Mohl (@ryan.mohl) on

Home to a majority of Philadelphia’s museums and parks, Fairmount makes for a family friendly area that provides many activities besides eating and drinking. But who are we kidding, we love a good snack and cocktail and lucky for us, Fairmount delivers both!

Kelly Drive

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by 6abc (@6abcactionnews) on

Kelly Drive is one of Philly’s most popular biking/running routes, spanning almost nine miles along the Schuylkill River. Kelly Drive is an easy way to take a deep breath and appreciate the beautiful nature that is often overshadowed by the craziness of the city. 

Where: 1 Boathouse Row Philadelphia , PA 19130

For More Information

Bar Hygge

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Bar Hygge (@bar_hygge) on

Located right on Fairmount Ave, Bar Hygge is an industrial brewpub best known for their “make your own” boards where you can select between different cheese, protein, and veggie options.

Where: 1720 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

For More Information

Brewerytown

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Crime and Punishment Brewing (@crimeandpunishmentbrewingco) on

Home to over 20 breweries, Brewerytown is the hub for all beer lovers in Philadelphia. While it’s not as developed as Northern Liberties or Fishtown, Brewerytown has made a name for itself with new breweries, bars, restaurants, and shops and is predicted to be one of Philly’s hottest neighborhoods within the upcoming years. 

Crime & Punishment Brewing

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Crime and Punishment Brewing (@crimeandpunishmentbrewingco) on

Small and cozy, Crime & Punishment is a perfect place to grab a brew on a cold night. Their menu serves Russian inspired fare as well as a wide draft selection. Come in any day of the week because remember, there’s no crime in drinking on a Monday night ;)

Where: 2711 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

For More Information  

2637 Brew

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by 2637brew (@2637brew) on

2637 Brew is a hip bar serving up craft beers and spectacular food. Their deals are unbeatable with $6 margaritas on Taco Tuesday and half priced bottles of wine on Wednesday. Don’t forget the bubbly - head there for $5 mimosas during their weekend brunch!

 Where: 2637 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

For More Information 

 

Brewerytown Beats 

 

 

 

View this post on Instagram

 

 

 

A post shared by jaymcquirns (@jaymcquirns) on

Forget Spotify and Alexa, Brewerytown Beats is spreading music the old fashioned way. This small business sells vinyls of all genres, but focuses specifically on funk, soul, and hip-hop so head on over and get groovin’!

Where: 2710 W Girard Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130

For More Information

Rittenhouse Square

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Philadelphia Bucket List (@phlbucketlist) on

Okay, we caved! We wanted to share some lesser known neighborhoods on this list, but you know we couldn’t exclude Rittenhouse Square when it came to a neighborhood rundown of the city. Rittenhouse Square is the posh, central stomping ground of Philadelphia, adorned with luxury high-rises, 5 star hotels, high-end shops, and a plethora of nightlife and entertainment.

Rittenhouse Square - Park

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Philly Happening (@phillyhappening) on

Given the same name as the neighborhood it resides in, Rittenhouse Square is a small, yet famous park located in the heart of the city. Come every Saturday (year round) for the farmers market or bring a book, picnic, and some friends to take advantage of all the park has to offer.

Where: 210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Pod Philly

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by Pod Philly (@podphilly) on

With rooms under $100, Pod Philly is the no frills, pay for what you need hotel. Although Pod may not come with the room service and luxury tub you’d get at the Four Seasons, the hotel is practical, clean, and in a prime location. If you don’t need a room, check out one of their unique dining and drink options - Condesa, El Techo or El Cafe, all located within the building with different offerings.  

Where: 31 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

For More Information 

El Techo

 
 
 
View this post on Instagram
 
 
 

A post shared by El Techo Philly (@eltechophilly) on

Philly’s finally getting with the program by realizing rooftop bars will up their cool faxtor x 100. Brand new to the city, El Techo opened at the end of October and overlooks Philadelphia, spanning the 11th floor at the Pod Hotel.

Where: 31 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

For More Information


You May Also Like