Washington Square West
Home of Philadelphia’s Gayborhood, Washington Square West is full of narrow colonial streets that are ideal for the wandering pedestrian. Visitors to Washington Square enjoy the shopping, eating, and play-watching that this neighborhood has to offer.
Where? South of Chestnut, north of South, west of 7th, and east of Broad.
Don’t miss: Pennsylvania Hospital and its surgical amphitheater.
This is where it all began: Old City includes several major historical sites, such as Independence Hall and the Betsy Ross House. If you’re not looking for a history lesson, take a stroll through Independence Park, or enjoy some of Old City’s galleries and restaurants. Newcomers to Philadelphia should make Old City their first stop.
Where? South of Vine, north of Chestnut, west of Front, and east of 7th.
Don’t miss: The Liberty Bell
Society Hill is one of Center City’s oldest residential neighborhoods, and a lot of the colonial architecture remains today. With plenty of cobblestone streets, Society Hill is pleasant to walk through on your way to South Street.
Where? South of Chestnut, north of South, west of Front, and east of 7th.
Don’t miss: Strolling the streets of this classy and historic neighborhood.
Meaning “beautiful view” in Italian, Bella Vista offers some of the best views of Philly’s skyline. As the name might suggest, this neighborhood is distinctly Italian, and has been a settling place for immigrants since colonial times. So if you’re in the mood for Italian food or a game of bocce, this is your neighborhood.
Where? South of South, north of Christian, west of 6th, and east of Broad.
Don’t miss: The Italian Market
Originally settled by Swedish immigrants-and named after their favorite monarch-Queen Village is now best known as being home to the heart of South Street.
Where? South of South, north of Christian, west of Front, and east of 6th.
Don’t miss: Gloria Dei (aka Old Swedes’ Church)
One of the ritzier parts of town, the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood is known for its fine dining and shopping. The town square from which this neighborhood gets its name is a popular outdoor hangout spot for locals and visitors alike, and frequently hosts cultural events.
Where? South of Chestnut, north of South, west of Broad, and east of the Schuykill River.
Don’t miss: Rittenhouse Square