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 discover Philadelphia’s Avenue of Technology, the city’s high-tech corridor. It’s also home to a vibrant African expatriate commercial district and plenty of green space where everyone comes together to enjoy the neighborhood’s bustling street scene.
1. Baltimore Avenue is famous among students for its inexpensive eats, East African cuisine and vegetarian-friendly cafes. For local Philadelphia flavor, visit Elena’s Soul for live music, tasty mac and cheese and peach cobbler.
2. For more multicultural experiences, visit New Delhi, Philadelphia’s oldest Indian restaurant, for the tasty $8.95 lunch buffet.
3. Dedicated to the study of humankind, The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, commonly called The Penn Museum, is internationally renowned and utterly compelling.
4. Discover more diversity at World Café Live, a three-tiered music venue known for hosting emerging local folk, world and alt-country artists as well as nationally touring acts such as Adele and Band of Horses. And look for regularly scheduled concerts geared to kids.
5. In the old days, Amtrak’s grand 30th Street Station was the main point of entry to Philadelphia for travelers. It still sees nearly four million out-of-town passengers each year. It’s home to The Porch, a public space created from a parking lane and sidewalk that attracts locals on their lunch hour.