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.
1. Take in the global flavors of South Philly: Washington Avenue is a hub for Vietnamese restaurants specializing in Pho, a tasty noodle soup usually served with beef or chicken. Or venture to South Street to experience roti and jerk chicken at one of the many Caribbean shops and restaurants.
2. The Italian Market on 9th, between Christian and Wharton streets, is home to a century-old outdoor food market, as well as a variety of indoor fishmongers, cheese purveyors and butchers. At the end of it all: Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks duke it out for the title of best cheesesteaks in town.
3. The Fleisher Art Memorial gallery and art school incorporates an old Romanesque church into its Sprawling space. Violet Oakley murals, Samuel Yellin ironworks and a collection of statuary join changing Exhibitions by students and faculty.
4. Cap off your evening with a stop at the High Note Café for some great live music and tasty Italian desserts such as tiramisu, gelato and fresh homemade cannoli.
South Street between Front and 10th streets has been youth central in Philadelphia for decades — and today that means a plethora of tattoo shops, a bevy of comics and vinyl stores and enough Goth to furnish Dracula’s closet for the rest of his undead life. For a casual sit-down dinner, try the old school Italian American cuisine at Villa di Roma, a South Street institution. '
Video courtesy of South Street Headhouse District.