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Philadelphia Neighborhoods

Centro de Oro
Credit : J. Fusco

Centro de Oro

Dozens of distinct neighborhoods comprise North and Northeast Philadelphia, a large segment of the city with numerous proud immigrant communities. El Centro de Oro (“The Golden Block”) describes both the stretch of Fifth Street featuring numerous Latinx businesses; and the greater, traditionally Puerto Rican and Dominican area. Latinx-owned music shops, galleries, gardens and performing arts centers join a vibrant lineup of restaurants, dance clubs, mom-and-pop cafés and bakeries.

Chinatown
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Chinatown

Knitted into roughly nine square blocks just north of Center City, Philadelphia’s Chinatown might seem slight compared to cities like New York or San Francisco. But the area—jammed full of bars, restaurants, cafés, bakeries and shops—offers a tremendous deal within its humble borders. Originally established by Cantonese immigrants in the mid-1800s, the neighborhood has always been a buzzing business hub for myriad Chinese communities. But in the 21st century the commercial scope began expanding to represent many Southeast Asian cultures, as well. A visit will always include (at least) one excellent meal, perhaps after the witching hour — locals, all of whom have their favorite(s), love Chinatown for late-night dining.

Address:
Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA, USA

East Passyunk
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East Passyunk

No neighborhood nails the elusive harmony between past and present as sharply as this idiosyncratic section of South Philly. East Passyunk Avenue (“pash-yunk”), an indigenous Lenape term meaning “in the valley,” emerged as a commercial thoroughfare for Italian immigrants in the early 20th century. That heritage remains via corner stores, social clubs and eateries, some of which are pushing 100 years old. More recently, however, an infusion of new small business blood has modernized retail and culinary offerings. Fashion boutiques, handmade gift shops, artisanal butcheries and craft-beer havens have folded gracefully into the Avenue’s wealth of new- and old-school restaurants and bars.

Address:
E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA, USA

Fishtown
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Fishtown

North of Old City lies the bundle of neighborhoods known as the River Wards, due to their proximity to the banks of the Delaware. Historically home to Philadelphians who worked on the water, Fishtown is still largely residential, but nowadays claims some of the city’s best nightlife, spanning high-end Italian, Japanese and Lebanese restaurants; cocktail bars, biergartens and laidback taverns; and live music venues both large-scale and intimate.

Address:
Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA, USA

University City
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University City

Just one of many dynamic neighborhoods west of the Schuylkill River, University City is indeed home to multiple institutions of higher learning and their student bodies. But it has so much to offer visitors and locals alike outside the classroom—eye-catching Victorian architecture, lush greenery, hidden-gem bookstores, boutiques, historical sites, specialty groceries, cafés, restaurants and more.

Address:
University City, Philadelphia, PA, USA

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