Hyperlocal neighborhood guides to 5 great neighborhoods in Philadelphia

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If you have a day to explore a neighborhood, these itineraries will get you started.

Clark Park in West Philly / Photo by photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

When was the last time you went exploring in a neighborhood that wasn’t your own? Here are five ways to explore five different neighborhoods.

West Philly

Parks, civil rights landmarks, jambalaya and jazz

It’s known for its surrounding Eds and drugs, but there’s an underappreciated eclectic vibe in West Philly, which is short on retail chains and touristy spots but has plenty of character. So spend a great day there. Read more here.


Cliveden / Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Germantown and Mount Airy

A three mile walk through history and culture

Perhaps the city’s most historic street, the tree-lined Germantown Avenue – Northwest Philly’s “Great Road” – makes for a pleasant three-mile stroll through Germantown and Mount Airy. Read more here.


Bob & Barbara’s / Photo by A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Graduate Hospital

Shop, eat and play at these GradHo hotspots

Graduate Hospital, named after – you guessed it – a hospital in the Hood in the 1970s, is more charming than it sounds, though it’s often overshadowed (at least in the touristy sense) by posh neighbor Rittenhouse. But GradHo has its own attractions. Read more here.


Johnny Brenda’s in Fishtown / Photograph courtesy of Visit Philadelphia

Fishtown and Northern Liberties

Famous shrines, historical staircases and endless beers

The pizza at Beddia, the kebabs at Suraya, the Jollof platters at Suya Suya… You could fill the page with all the destinations in these much-hyped food hoods, but there are other notable attractions in Fishtown and Northern Liberties. Read more here.


Khinkali at Georgian Bread in Northeast Philadelphia / Photo by Michael Persico

Northeast of Philadelphia

Eat your way through the great Northeast at these five must-visit restaurants

Of course there are sights/places worth experiencing in the Northeast, but unless you’re primarily looking to do a food tour of the bustling, diverse food districts up here – Colombian bakeries, Middle Eastern grills, Russian markets, German butchers, the original Chickie’s & Pete’s – you’re doing it wrong. Read more here.

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Published as 150 Ways to Do Philadelphia Like a Tourist: Your Hyperlocal Bucket List in the July 2022 issue of Philadelphia Magazine.

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