Passyunk Square is an old-fashioned yet up-and-coming neighborhood known for its historic trinity houses, brownstones, and booming hub of restaurants, cafés, artisanal shops, and book stores. Buzzing with creative and entrepreneurial energy, Passyunk is particularly attractive to the younger crowd, who can't get enough of its outdoor street festivals, vintage shops, gastropubs, and world-famous cheesesteak eateries.
Passyunk ranks as one of the best locations for avid foodies. With so much to do between the older historical charms and new businesses, it's always bustling with a diverse crowd of visitors and locals alike. It helps that the immensely walkable streets and public transportation make it easily accessible.
What to Love
- Easily accessible
- Craft beers and spirits
- Iconic cheesesteak spots
- Fantastic dining scene
- The Italian Market
- Outdoor street festivals
People & Lifestyle
While mostly home to young professionals, Passyunk is also a great place to raise a family. Slightly more affordable than some of its surrounding neighborhoods, many Passyunk residents rent out mixed-use duplexes and the narrow trinity or rowhouses. Single-family residences are also on the rise.
The schools nearby have also improved immensely over the years, thanks to the influx of families. As a bonus, everything in Passyunk is accessible, with most stores within walking distance. You'll find grocery stores, shops, gyms, and more all within just a few blocks of your home. Plus, the famed Italian Market is right around the corner and is a significant draw to the area.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Pat's King of Steaks versus Geno's Steaks is an iconic cheesesteak rivalry that goes back years. The only way you can weigh-in on this seemingly ageless debate is to try them both for yourself! Pat's is the self-proclaimed "inventor of cheesesteaks," serving different versions of the classic sandwich. Geno's is a no-frills location specializing in cooking up delicious cheesesteaks 24/7.
Top Chef New Orleans winner Chef Nicholas Elmi settled down in Philly to open his French-American BYOB Laurel in East Passyunk. Elmi's inventive talent is all over his menu, which features seasonal dishes.
You'll notice the line for the famous Termini Brothers Bakery long before you get to the shop itself. Situated on the edge of the Italian Market, this bakery is home to sensational cannolis and other decadent Italian pastries, including cakes, cookies, and other glorious confections.
Known for its craft beers and spirits, Passyunk Square is home to several notable bars. Manatawny Still Works is a crafts spirit shop complete with a tasting room. Other popular spots in the area include The Pub on Passyunk East, Garage, Stateside, Boot & Saddle, and Watkins Drinkery.
Things to Do
The Italian Market is a big deal to Philadelphia residents. Running for almost ten blocks along Ninth Street, this market is one of the country's oldest and largest open-air markets. Aside from dozens of vendors and shops, there are multiple restaurants within the area to sample, and it's where you'll find the famous Pat's and Geno's.
As the name suggests, the predominant cuisine in the area is Italian, but the market has evolved to include more international flavors over the years. You'll find Vietnamese pho spots, Mexican food, Korean barbecue, and lots more.
The Flavors on the Avenue Street Festival is a springtime staple in Passyunk. This event unites the best restaurants for a massive outdoor party, allowing guests to sample dishes from dozens of award-winning eateries. Other activities include vendors, a craft market, and live music.
Rocky fans will want to check out the famous Rocky Statue and Rocky steps located at the Philadelphia Museum of the Art. The statue is situated at the bottom of the museum's steps, erected specifically for a scene in Rocky III.
In the summer, the free-to-attend East Passyunk Car Show & Street Festival features many of America's most popular classic cars. There is also a craft show, tons of food, and plenty of kid-friendly activities in the family-friendly Kid Zone.
- Julia R. Masterman Secondary School (5-12)
- Central High School (9-12)
- Science Leadership Academy (9-12)
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)
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