Neighborhoods

Neighborhoods are the fabric of Philadelphia.

Intimate, well-lit streets provide the adventure of discovery in city that is easy to navigate. Quintessentially American with a European flavor, Center City is walkable from river to river and beyond.

Old City

New Bohemians

With its cast-iron storefronts, art galleries and Belgian block streets, this neighborhood has the look and feel of an artist enclave, with all the charm of a historic district. On First Fridays, it’s packed with tech entrepreneurs (along N3RD Street) and other creative types checking out art gallery open houses.

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Parkway Museums District

Paris in Philadelphia

An American Champs-Élysées, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to some of the nation’s most iconic museums and institutions, as well as a stunning display of public art. This lively public space is also the scene of music festivals and the city’s annual Fourth of July concert.

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Convention Center District

A Movable Feast

Home to the recently expanded Pennsylvania Convention Center and some of Philadelphia’s finest hotels, this neighborhood is the place where locals and visitors meet and mingle while experiencing culinary and cultural delights from around the world.

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Rittenhouse Square

Leisurely Life

Home to high-end shops and fancy French restaurants, this district may be ritzy but it’s far from pretentious. Visitors can enjoy alfresco people-watching from heated sidewalk cafes well into the early winter if not year-round.

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Washington Square District

Urban Renewal

The sunny residential streets of Washington Square mixed with the sidewalk seating of Midtown Village’s ultra-chic restaurants give this district a distinctly downtown feel. Another of William Penn’s five original squares, Washington Square is rich in cultural history, too.

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South Philadelphia

Diverse City

South Philadelphia represents a vast swath of the city, but at its core are the Italian Market and South Street, two very different but equally intriguing commercial strips that showcase Philadelphia’s vibrant street life.

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University City

Discovery District

University City is home to six colleges and universities and is a hub of life-sciences innovation. Travel west on Market Street from Amtrak's 30th Street Station and you’ll find the city’s high-tech corridor. It’s also home to a vibrant African expatriate commercial district and plenty of green space to enjoy the neighborhood’s bustling street scene.

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Northern Liberties

The Social Network

Originally an industrial area, Northern Liberties’ former warehouses, modest rowhouses and grand 19th-century buildings have been reclaimed by artists and inventive developers, making it the go-to destination for the creative class. It is home to many of the city’s trendiest and friendliest bistros, vintage shops and record stores.

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Manayunk

Main Street, USA

Defined by its picturesque canal and streets, this was once the center of the city’s 19th-century mill industry. Today, it’s a mix of established families that have lived in the ’hood for generations, young singles and recent college graduates. At night, the bars and restaurants of Manayunk draw visitors from across the Delaware Valley and around the world.

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Chestnut Hill & Historic Germantown

Making History

Take a quick drive or short train ride from Center City to visit the charming towns along cobblestoned Germantown Avenue: Chestnut Hill and Germantown. Although they may resemble smallvillages more than a big city neighborhood, their sophisticated cafes and boutiques – not to mention some stellar cultural attractions – will soon have you thinking differently.

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