Area Where Known For
Art Museum Area

Generally associated with the area along the Ben Franklin Parkway, from Eakins Oval to Logan Circle (and Square). Includes the area around Boathouse Row and the historic Eastern State Penitentiary.

Home to many of the city’s premier museums: The Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, The Barnes Foundation, the Rodin Museum and the Academy of Natural Sciences. Also: The Free Library of Philadelphia, the magnificent Swann Memorial Fountain, and the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

Avenue of the Arts

Broad Street, the Arts and Entertainment Center of Philadelphia, is the Avenue of the Arts.

“The Avenue of the Arts is Philadelphia's signature street. It is where the region gathers when it celebrates its champions. It is where it commemorates the New Year. It is where symphonies rise, dancers glide and art lives. Statistically, the Avenue of the Arts is the longest, widest, busiest street in the region and operates at both street level and underground. It unifies a wide range of different neighborhoods, and bridges both the historic and the new. Moreover the Avenue is home to over fifty of the City's most important institutions dedicated to arts and culture, education and hospitality, while also becoming known as a place to stay, dine and shop.” -

Bella Vista

In South Philadelphia, bounded by 6th Street, 11th Street, South Street and Washington Avenue

Was the first neighborhood settled by Italian immigrants and continues to be one of Philadelphia’s Italian American neighborhoods. Home to the Italian Market (on 9th Street) , numerous restaurants, and well-tended homes and gardens. Considered the “brunch capital” of the city. Bella Vista translates to “beautiful sight.”

Fitler Square

Roughly between 21st Street, the Schuylkill River, Locust Street and South Street.

The new Schuylkill River Park and Trail, with an entrance at Locust Street. A new city favorite! With its tree-lined streets and well-tended gardens just a short walk from University of Pennsylvania, Drexel, Children’s Hospital and Rittenhouse Square it is an in-demand neighborhood.

Graduate Hospital Area

Roughly located between South Street, Washington Avenue, the Schuylkill River and Broad Street.

19th & 20th century row homes interspersed with newly constructed condominiums, corner stores and churches. Originally named after the medical facility which was on the northern edge of the neighborhood.

Northern Liberties

Just north of Old City, bordered by Girard Avenue, Callowhill Street, North 6th Street and the Delaware River.

Early in its history, it was a center of manufacturing such as mills, breweries, tool making factories and more. Today, it is a major enclave of young professionals, students and artists. You’ll find boutiques, galleries, small bars and restaurants.

Old City

The Old City Historic District is between Front and 6th Street, Vine Street and Walnut Street.

Where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. Home to Independence Hall, Elfreth’s Alley (the oldest continually inhabited street in America), The Betsey Ross house and many other historic sites. A wide array of restaurants, nightspots, galleries, boutiques, and charming parks are found here as well.

Penn’s Landing/Waterfront

Bordered by the Delaware River, Front Street, Spring Garden Street and Washington Avenue.

A social/entertainment gathering place in the summer, with many festivals and outdoor concerts. On New Year’s Eve, the city puts on a grand fireworks display on the river. Home to several historic ships, an active restaurant scene, and waterfront parks.


Bounded by Washington Avenue, Snyder Avenue, Fourth Street, and the Delaware River.

A real South Philly neighborhood, home to many Mummer clubs (on “Two Street”), trendy new restaurants and eclectic shops. Popular for being a quaint, quiet residential neighborhood.

Queen Village

Between Lombard Street, Washington Avenue, Front Street and 6th Street.

The city’s oldest residential neighborhood, encompassing South Street and Fabric Row (on 4th Street), lively restaurants and shops. Many historic houses are located here, as well as new construction.

Rittenhouse Square

The area surrounding beautiful Rittenhouse Square , from 17th to 21st and from Chestnut to Pine Streets.

One of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn in 17th century Philadelphia. One of THE most desired addresses in the city, home to high-rise residences, hotels, historic mansions and many shops and restaurants. Rittenhouse Square is on the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.

Society Hill

Between Walnut, Lombard, Front and 8th Streets.

The largest concentration of original 18th and 19th residential architecture in the United States. Cobblestone streets, brick townhouses, shops and restaurants. On the U.S. Register of Historic Places; located in a U.S. Historic District.

Washington Square West

Roughly located between 7th and Broad Streets and between Chestnut and South Streets, bordering the Independence Mall area.

A top tier residential community that is trendy, hip and offering a diverse array of shops, restaurants and coffeehouses. The area takes its name from Washington Square, a historic urban park in the northeastern corner of the neighborhood. Also located here: Antiques Row, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Pennsylvania Hospital, townhomes, condominiums and mid-rise apartments.