South of South Street, between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers, is one of Philadelphia’s largest residential areas. South Philadelphia is densely made up of neighborhoods, which are individually unique. The most well-known neighborhoods east of Broad Street are Queen Village, Bella Vista, Hawthorne, Pennsport, Dickinson Narrows, and Whitman. And notable neighborhoods west of Broad are Graduate Hospital, Grays Ferry, Point Breeze, Newbold, West Passyunk, and Girard Estates.
South Philly is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Philadelphia with Italian, Irish, Vietnamese, Cambodian, and Mexican influences spread throughout the region. This area is rich in culture and tradition, most notably, a rich and distinct food scene. Where else can you find the best and most original cheesesteak in the world? Look for it at Pat’s or Geno’s. It might actually be at Jim’s on South Street, but don’t tell anyone we said so. But it doesn’t stop there, East Passyunk is lined with a mix of fine dining from Philadelphia’s most respected chefs to taverns that specialize in cold brews and cheesy burgers.
Ego busting is a popular pastime in South Philly, so watch your attitude. Yeah, you better get down to South Philly. The area is home to the Sports Complex, where you can check out the Eagles, Flyers, Sixers, and Phillies play. South Philly becomes more than just a neighborhood, but an attractive destination for entertainment and fun. In addition to being home of the city’s expansive professional sports complex, South Philadelphia is probably best known for the open-air Italian Market, a food lovers playground with fresh produce stands, fish markets, butchers, bakeries, cheese shops, and some of the best no-frills eateries stretched along 9th Street. South Philadelphia is also home to the famous Mummers, the costumed dancers and string bands that have participated in the oldest continuous folk parade on New Year’s Day in Philadelphia. You can find the Mummers on Two Street (2nd Street) for the post-parade celebrations and block parties.
A great spot for truly local flair, South Philly is full of tradition, entertainment, top-notch neighborhood bars and restaurants that you might be searching for.