Philadelphia's Northwest district is a huge area north of Lehigh Ave and west of Front St. This isn't the most visited part of town, but nonetheless there are plenty of interesting neighborhoods to explore.

30 things to do

All Places United States Pennsylvania

Duff's Steaks

If you're not willing to make the trip into the city to the all time favorite Pat's steaks, Duff's will do the trick. Duff's offers amazing authentic cheese steaks. You even have to order it like at Pat's, "wiz with or wiz without". Come in on Tuesdays for $5 steaks, every Tuesday/every steak $5. Phenomenal steaks at a great price!

Tag Clothing

Tag is an amazing shop that offers upscale clothing lines. Diesel, 7 For All Mankind, Joe's Jeans, Free People, 3 Dots, Michael Stars, you name it, TAG has it. It is expensive but with name brands like these, the quality of the clothing is worth it. Loud and upbeat music will have shoppers pumped to browse the store for hours!


Fleur is a classic and elegant flower shop that has a variety to choose from. Quite pricey, but the quality of these flowers will keep you coming back for more. They always have a fresh assortment greeting you on the sidewalk so it's almost impossible to not stop. Great place for timeless centerpieces!

The Morris Arboretum of the University of Pennsylvania

The Morris Arboretum features over 13,000 plants of over 2,500 types spread out over 92 acres. Temporate floras of North America, Asia, and Europe are represented here; the Asian floras are represented particularly well. The arboretum was designed in an English park style with Japanese influences.

Bourbon Blue Restaurant and Canal Lounge

A little more up-scale. The Canal Lounge is more for an older crowd. It's open every Friday and Saturday from 10PM-2AM and has live entertainment from 10:30PM til close. They play jazz and blues music and have some cover bands. Parking isn't a problem because they have valet on the weekends.

DRINK   —  +1 215 508-3360 —  2 Rector St

Mad River Manayunk

Looking for a fun night out in Manayunk? Look no further. With 20 flat screen TVs to watch games, the largest dance floor in Manayunk, DJs and live music nearly every night, 3 frozen drink machines, nightly drink specials and a brand new deck on the river, this is the place to be.

DRINK   —  +1 215 482-2666 —  4100 Main St

Flat Rock Saloon

This place allows smoking so if you're a smoker and are just looking for a quiet night at the bar listening to music from a jukebox then this is the place for you. But make sure you have cash on you because they don't accept credit cards.

DRINK   —  +1 215 483-3722 —  4301 Main St

Machismo Burrito Bar

One of a kind "build your own burrito" spot. It is a sit down restaurant with a twist. One can order saffron rice with spinach or even vegan style cheese, meats and sour cream! Toppings can be traditional or outrageous.

EAT   —  +1 215 508-3333 —  4330 Main St

Gary P Mann Design

Owner operated really special jewelry store. Beautiful one of a kind jewelry you won't see anywhere else- experts in custom design- appraisals, repairs, vintage and items in every price range.

BUY   —  +1 215 482-7051 —  4349 Main St

Main Street Music

The prices on the new music ranged from very reasonable to a little expensive. The store is pretty small, but they use the space well, and there's far more CDs in there than you'd assume.

BUY   —  +1 215 487-7732 —  4444 Main St

J.D. McGillicuddy's Pub

If you're looking for a more low key night out to grab a couple drinks with some friends then this is the place to go. Friday nights they have karaoke here, which is usually a good time.

DRINK   —  +1 215 930-0209 —  111 Cotton St

A.I. Poland Jewelers

Family owned for 107 years. If you are looking for nice jewelry at a relatively cheap price, this is the place to look. $10 sterling items to varied prices of gold and diamonds jewelry.

BUY   —  +1 215 483-1316 —  4347 Main St

Beans Beauty Supply

Family business since 1980. The staff is very helpful with the large array of products available. The salon is great with hair color and specializes in cuts for curly hair

BUY   —  +1 215 487-3333 —  4405 Main St


Great drinks, nightly drink specials. Illusuions is the new club inside that has DJs and VIP bottle service. Fun night out if you are looking for a more upbeat night.

DRINK   —  +1 215-50-6005 —  4421 Main St


Manayunk’s only contemporary American Crafts & fine art gallery. Also carries gift for any occasion, such as glass sets carvings. Small but colorful appearance.

BUY   —  +1 215 508-6728 —  4312 Main St

Kildare's Irish Pub

Not that far from the Irish ''Cill Dara'' atmosphere; one of the six Irish Pubs of that brand in Pennsylvania.

DRINK   —  +1 215 482-7242 —  4417 Main St

Chabaa Thai Bistro

''Chabaa'', one of the Thai words translating the ''hibiscus'' flower, is a peaceful invitation in itself.

EAT   —  +1 215 483-1931 —  4371 Main St

Manayunk Diner

Breakfast all day, upscale entrees, home-made desserts and full-service bar with a separate lounge.

EAT   —  +1 215 483-4200 —  3722 Main St

Chestnut Hill Hotel

In the heart of the Chestnut Hill commercial district - a 25 min train ride from center city.

SLEEP   —  +1 215 242-5905 —  Map

Castle Roxx Cafe

This bar has two floors with live music, djs, and lots of drink specials.

DRINK   —  +1 215 482-9000 —  105 Shurs Lane

Manayunk Brewery

A restaurant too, serving American Regional Cuisine.

DRINK   —  +1 215 482-8220 —  4120 Main St

Earth, Bread and Brewery

A great place with amazing flatbreads and beers!

The Couch Tomato Cafe'

Dine-in, take-out or delivery upscale café.

EAT   —  +1 215 483-2233 —  102 Rector St

Manayunk Diner

— free Wi-Fi for customers.

EAT   —  +1 215 483-4200 —  3722 Main St

Jake's Restaurant

"Nouvelle Cuisine" and bar.

EAT   —  +1 215 483-0444 —  4365 Main St

About Philadelphia/Northwest

Northwest Philadelphia can be divided into two sections - west and east, which could be called the "Ridge Avenue Corridor" (Roxborough, Manayunk, Wissahickon, and East Falls) and the "Germantown Avenue Corridor" (Germantown, Mount Airy, and Chestnut Hill). These two sections are separated physically by the Wissahickon Creek and Fairmount Park, with only a few bridges passing in between. East Falls, though along the Ridge Ave. Corridor, is only connected to Manayunk by Ridge Ave and Henry Ave, and is much more connected to Germantown. The Wissahickon Creek runs to the east of the two avenues, and is flanked by the Wissahickon section of Fairmount Park. The park offers many paths and beautiful vistas, and is a popular, though not crowded, spot for runners or people who enjoy light hiking. '''Roxborough''': It is not certain where Roxborough received its name from, but it is likely that the original settlement was named after Roxburghshire, Scotland which is the original home of an early settler Andrew Robeson. Roxborough has two main Avenues running almost parallel through it which connects the neighborhood to the rest of the city. Roxborough connects to Manayunk through Ridge Ave and to East Falls by Henry Ave. Most of Roxborough’s business is placed along Ridge Ave consisting of many hoagie shops and restaurants as well as regular shops and coffee shops. Roxborough is connected to the city through a number of different modes of SEPTA transportation including the train and bus. It is also easily accessed by driving. The neighborhood lies on the edge of the city’s limits and is often mistaken as a suburb of Philadelphia. It has one of the lowest crime rates within the city and because of the low crime rates along with the “suburban feel,” easy access public transportation and community parks, Roxborough is a attractive place to live. One of the main parks is called Valley Green. It consists of one main path that runs along side of the Wissahickon Creek and stretches for about 15 miles. Connected to this main path are numerous of smaller trails reaching all ends of the park. Valley Green attracts many runners, walkers, bicyclists, and horseback riders. Located along the path there is a restaurant called the Valley Green Inn. The surrounding area of the restaurant, one can find a number of ducks to feed, which has become a popular activity. '''Manayunk''' is known as the "city on a hill," home to many unique stores and shops as well as a thriving student and artist community. The neighborhood is built on a hill up to Ridge Ave. Some very interesting, beautiful, and historic architecture lines the winding Green Lane up the hill, as well as many other roads in the neighborhood. These beautiful rowhomes, townhomes, and single-family homes are home to everyone from working class laborers to middle class professionals, young adults, college students, and young families. The same is true of the surrounding Roxborough neighborhood, which acts as the "suburbs" of Manayunk, though it, too, falls within the city limits. Manayunk's demographics and architecture are largely extended into Roxborough, although instead of the nightlife hotspot of Main St., Roxborough's main thoroughfare is Ridge Ave, which is lined with shops, markets, and restaurants as well as convenience stores. Manayunk also hosts an annual Arts Fest and the main climb for the Philadelphia International Cycling Championship in summer months. Main Street runs through the heart of this unique shopping and dining destination with over 70 chic boutiques and galleries and 30 restaurants and eateries. It is also a popular nightlife destination for young adults. '''Flat Rock''' was the original name given to this section of the Schuylkill River, where rapids churned through the rocks in the section of the river, above the Wissahickon Creek. In 1824, a community meeting of the newly formed town changed the name to Manayunk, derived from the Lenape Amerindian word ''manaiung'' (''place to drink''). It was named a National Historic District in 1983. '''East Falls''' is named for its eastern location to the falls across from the Wissahickon Transfer Center. It is home to Philadelphia University, Drexel University College of Medicine, and Women's Medical College (the first women's medical school in the world), which is currently being renovated into a mixed-used development by a team that includes Philadelphia's own Wulff Architects. The end of Kelly Drive culminates at East Falls; take the bridge over the Schuylkill River to MLK Drive to continue your 8 mile bike ride back down to the Art Museum. Ridge Ave. intersects Midvale Ave, in the heart of East Falls, where you can expect to find a mixture of markets, pizzerias, sports bars, and unique restaurants. Beautiful and interesting architecture abound on the rowhomes and townhomes of Queen Lane, Indian Queen Lane, Penn St., and the surrounding blocks. Travel up Midvale Ave. to see old world style rowhomes populated by middle and upper class professionals. Take Vaux St towards Philadelphia University to find mansions and other old world and tutor style large homes that mix urban and suburban layouts on winding roads. This neighborhood is also populated by wealthy Philadelphians, including Ed Rendell, governor of Pennsylvania from 2003 to 2011, and former US Senator Arlen Specter. '''Mt. Airy''' is a residential neighborhood that could be described as eclectic, with its main streets crossing at the site of a natural food co-op. Young families tend to live here on many tree-lined streets. Mt. Airy is subdived into two areas, West Mt. Airy and East Mt. Airy, with Germantown Ave ("the Avenue") forming the border between the two. The Avenue (along with the rest of the neighborhood) is undergoing a renaissance, anchored by the popular North By Northwest restaurant/music venue. Characteristics of the neighborhood include some amazing architecture of all different styles and better-than-average public transit access. There are also some historical sites related to the Revolutionary War's Battle of Germantown. It is a very liberal area, politically speaking, with a very diverse population. '''Chestnut Hill''' is the next neighborhood west from Mt. Airy along Germantown Ave, Chestnut Hill is largely a leafy, quaint, residential neighborhood that has, historically, been associated with wealth. It boasts beautiful rowhomes as well as large homes on large properties and a few mansions. The architecture is beautiful, including some famous buildings. Germantown Ave. has the feeling of a quaint small town main road reminiscent of a New England, or even old England, town. It has a bustling main st complete with restaurants, a hotel, a farmer's market, bakeries, and plenty of stores and boutiques. It feels like a charming small town on the edge of the city.

Source: wikivoyage