Old City


The Old City District spans the area between Front and Sixth Streets, and between Vine Street and Walnut Street.

Its unique charm is reflected in the historic legacies woven throughout, from quaint and narrow cobblestone streets, its location beside the Delaware River, and old world buildings from centuries ago. (Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest inhabited street in the country, is noted for being one of the most beautiful streets in the country.)

The neighborhood’s dynamism is also popular for its vibrant nightlife, collection of independent boutiques, acclaimed art galleries, and beautiful green spaces. N. 3rd St is home to a stock of shops offering everything vintage, handmade, one of a kind, and designer. (Read: PHG Guide to Shopping!) There’s no shortage of performance or visual arts venues bringing in internationally reclaimed names with specialties in wood, clay, painting, theater, and more.

On the First Friday of each month, you can stroll throughout the neighborhood and find yourself in an exciting crowd. Boutiques and galleries often stay open late to offer bites, drinks, and conversation. You can gallery hop from one opening to another! It’s a wonderful way to catch up with an old friend, discover something new, and take in some local buzz.

Of course, you will find no shortage of exquisite food and beverages here! The options are truly endless, from an emerging new restaurant, international cuisines, and established, formidable restaurants that launched an Iron Chef career.

Penn’s Landing, Old City’s spot on the waterfront, overlooks the river. In the warmer season, its hosts festivals, concerts, fireworks, and arts and crafts fairs.

History enthusiasts, science aficionados, shoppers, foodies will all be delighted here. Even those looking for an escape and some peace of quiet can find serenity in one of its many green spaces and gardens. There’s something for everyone!

Mackenzie Blue