The rapidly-evolving River Wards—comprising Philadelphia's Fishtown, Port Richmond, and Kensington—is a hip, stylish, and walkable district located Northeast of Center City. Boasting an unmatched independent arts scene, craft breweries, distilleries, and dozens of trendy restaurants, the River Wards are down-to-earth artistic communities that attract a young and diverse crowd. Bursting with vibrant energy, Fishtown is a one-of-a-kind location where you can visit the world's only Pizza Museum, drink craft beer, and tour the strip of unique shops all in one night.
What to Love
- Hip and trendy area
- Independent arts scene
- Easily accessible
- New construction
- Plenty to see and do
People & Lifestyle
Tight-knit and active, the River Wards community is home to engaged and civic-minded individuals who are genuinely devoted to making their neighborhood the best it can be and supporting its artisan economy. Strolling through the endlessly walkable streets, you'll notice many residents decking out their homes with Fishtown pride via signs, shirts, and even decorated trash bins.
Among the available housing properties, the area has recently invited a resurgence of new construction. There are plenty of townhouses and condos available. A wildly popular and hip place to live, the River Wards have become increasingly popular for homebuyers over the years.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Award-winning all-day Lebanese market, restaurant, and café Suraya is the go-to spot for flatbreads, sandwiches, and homemade pastries. During the warmer months, enjoy al fresco dining overlooking their garden on the outdoor patio.
Looking for more international fare? Nemi's is an authentic Mexican restaurant complete with homemade ceviche, salsas, and made-from-scratch tortillas. In-house, you'll also find a genuine tequila bar. Also nearby is Israeli grill Laser Wolf.
Every town needs a staple barbecue joint, and in the River Wards, you can't beat Fette Sau, which is famous for its delicious dry-rubbed meats and side dishes. Wood-fired pizzas and classic Italian dishes accompanied by a well-stocked bar inside this restored 19th-century whiskey blending and bottling facility impress diners all day every day at W.M. Mulherin's Sons.
Have you ever tried a "dinosaur egg" at Over Easy Breakfast Club? The signature dish at this brunch destination comes nestled inside of a bacon-wrapped avocado. Find more comfort food at Pizzeria Beddia, a classic local pizzeria known for their daily specials.
Things to Do
Johnny Brendas is a one-of-a-kind performance house with three bars, a balcony to see touring music acts, and a menu that changes daily. The three-story building has a restaurant and a bar downstairs as well as a concert floor and balcony. Both of the upper floors have bars serving local beers. The Fillmore Philadelphia is a spacious, industrial-style venue with a full bar and several balconies for showgoers to watch various musical acts.
Celebrate the vibrancy of the local music scene at the annual RiverCity Festival. Plus, you won't want to miss the super-sized block party at the 2nd Street Festival.
The River Wards is known for hosting unique festivals focused on the arts, including the Philly Fringe Festival. Kensington is where you'll find an eccentric design competition—the Kensington Derby & Arts Festival—which culminates in a parade of handmade, human-powered floats.
There is also a wide range of private school options throughout the region, including:
- St. Peter's School- (PK-K)
- The Philadelphia School - (PK, 1-8)
- Springside Chestnut Hill - (5-8)
- Masterman - (5-12)
- Greene Street Friends - (PK-8)
- Friends Select - (PK-12)
- Germantown Friends - (PK-12)
- Germantown Academy - (PK-12)
- Friends Central - (PK-12)
- Abington Friends - (PK-12)
- The Shipley School - (PK-12)
- The Haverford School - (PK-12)
- Agnes Irwin - (PK-12)
- William Penn Charter - (PK-12)
Available Homes in Kensington
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