Discover Old City & Society Hill

With more historic buildings from the colonial and federal periods of American history than anywhere else in the United States, many of Philadelphia’s original structures have been preserved in the Old City and Society Hill neighborhoods. Cast-iron storefronts, art galleries and Belgian block streets create a look and feel of an artist enclave and on the first Friday of each month, the galleries, studios, shops and restaurants open their doors in Old City for an exhibition of the neighborhood’s vibrant arts scene.

Photo by Casey Wood for Chestnut Hill Business District (19)

Things To Do

Discover America’s spirit in the city where it all began at Independence National Historical Park. Then stroll through the quaint cobblestone streets, where you’ll find cool boutiques and art galleries.

To Do

Where to Eat and Drink

Savor international flavors, old school ice cream, or a traditional Philadelphia cheesesteak while surrounded by structures and streets rich in American history.

Eat and Drink


Places to Stay

To truly immerse yourself in Philadelphia’s historic district, consider booking a room at one of these unique offerings, including a charming bed and breakfast in a historic home and a four-diamond boutique hotel with a rooftop lounge next to Independence Hall.


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