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A Tour through Philly’s Most Unique Neighborhoods

Whether you’re a Philadelphia native or transplant, the city has a lot to offer for just about any personality. Featuring an array of activities and cool spots, Philly neighborhoods never disappoint. If any of the featured areas interest you, make sure to visit them and take advantage of the sights. Check out the guide below to learn about each neighborhood.

For the hipsterNorthern Liberties, aka NoLibs, is a great neighborhood to begin with. Located near Old City, NoLibs is an up and coming neighborhood with many young professionals, students and artists living in the area. Featuring many cool coffee shops, clubs and art galleries, there is a lot to explore. Fun fact: Edgar Allen Poe’s home is also located in the neighborhood. Head on over there with some friends and check out the scene that NoLibs provides.

For the explorerCheck out the University City district. This area is primarily concentrated around Drexel and Penn’s campuses, however, there are still some worthy attractions worth checking out. It features dozens of farmers markets, such as Clark Park Farmer’s Market and University Square Farmer’s market, just to name a few. It also has theatres and galleries if you are into the arts scene. I would personally recommend checking out Philadanco, a dance company and Annenberg Center for Performing Arts for events. Make sure you don’t miss Drexel Park and Penn Park for some relaxation or recreation.

For the nature loverIf you can’t get enough of the outdoors then Rittenhouse Square is for you. Originally planned by William Penn in the 17th century, this park resembles a town square. It is filled with trees, high-rise residences, and businesses. Rittenhouse is an oasis in the midst of the bustling streets of Center City Philadelphia. It contains many sculptures and public art for your viewing pleasure. So head over to ease your mind, enjoy the green spaces and sip some good coffee. 

For the sightseer (or the history lover)Old City is rich in history. It has been deemed America’s “most historic square mile” and is home to Independence National Historic Park. Old City also contains many museums and historic homes. It also includes a waterfront area, near the Ben Franklin Bridge. Check out Old City to explore its many pubs, restaurants, antique shops, and thriving nightlife. It is also home to public art such as the Benjamin Franklin Statue and Bicentennial Dawn.

For the “life of the party”One of Philadelphia’s most famous streets, South Street, is your destination. Located just south of Center City, this area features endless boutiques, theatres, art attractions, bars and entertainment. If you want to get your nose pierced on a whim, check out Infinite Body Piercings. If you’re craving some rich soul food, visit Ms. Tootsies. Want to see your favorite artist in concert? Theatre of Living Arts might have them scheduled. South Street is a popular hangout spot for young people, and is a great place to take friends who love to have a fun and lively experience in Philly.

If you like this guide, visit the neighborhood that suits you or visit them all! Make it a weekend date or bring a friend and make it an adventure. 

Caitlin Byrd is originally from Washington, DC. She is a criminal justice major and an aspiring attorney. She loves to meet new people and writing is one of her favorite hobbies. 
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