Washington Square District (Gayborhood/Midtown Village)

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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.

Must See:

1. Songwriters Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff produced a string of hits for artists such as Patti Labelle, the O’Jays and Teddy Pendergrass. See where they made musical magic at their historic Philadelphia International Records.

2. Fans of old-fashioned deals will enjoy perusing Antique Row on Pine Street and Jewelers’ Row on Sansom Street.

3. Visit the oldest piece of land continuously owned by African Americans, the stately Mother Bethel A.M.E Church and Museum. Or see the newly renovated Philadelphia History Museum at the Atwater Kent. Exhibits include everything from a new show about the city’s Mural Arts Program to a hat that Abraham Lincoln once wore as a disguise on a visit to Philly.

4. Midtown Village, known as the Gayborhood, is home to many LGBT-friendly boutiques, businesses and bistros.

Hot Cuisine:

Washington Square is home to many destination restaurants. Reserve a courtyard table at Chef Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr’s Talula’s Garden. Or sample Iron Chef Jose Garces’ Spanish-influenced fare at Garces Trading Company. It’s also home to the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board’s first wine boutique.

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