South Philly is a district of Philadelphia.

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Geno's Steaks

Opened in 1966, Geno's is situated kitty-corner from rival cheesesteak shop Pat's and has even larger, more garish signs to advertise its location. Owner Joey Vento also uses the store to air his personal views, such as his support for police; there is a small dedication to murdered officer Daniel Faulkner (by Mumia Abu-Jamal in 1981) and display cases of police badges from all over the United States. Notably, there is a window sign stating "This is America - When ordering, speak English" which has sparked controversy for being discriminatory to immigrants and tourists. Like Pat's, there are some outdoor tables available.

EAT   —  +1 215 389-0659 —  1219 S 9th St

Oregon Diner

The Oregon Diner has been family owned and operated since 1992. For over 15 years, The Oregon Diner's hard work has landed them numerous awards, countless write-ups in local publications and multiple appearances on local television programs. The chef prepares daily soups & specials along with monthly specials to accompany an already vast menu. The pastry chef also has an enormous bakery display including cookies, pastries, pies and cakes that are baked daily on premises.

The Legendary Dobbs

Historic rock bar that was originally opened in 1974 under the name JC Dobbs and was host to many acts prior to hitting the big time. Such acts included Green Day, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, The Smashing Pumpkins, and more. After closing down, it was reopened as the Legendary Dobbs and features most nights on both its first and second floor. Concerts include local and small touring act.

Grace Tavern

A local favorite watering hole, with a great selection of different draft beers that get rotated regularly and at affordable prices. They also make some of the best burgers for the price in Philly, which come with a helping of fries and a delicious bourbon mayonnaise sauce imported from Monk's, another local pub from the same owner.

Claudio's Specialty Foods

This is actually two storefronts. One is a specialty foods shop with Italian and some Spanish goods but the second, smaller storefront is a "mozzarella factory." They produce mozzarella daily and it's among the best mozzarellas in the US. For foodies, it's a must stop, especially if you're already at the Ninth Street Market.

Famous 4th Street Delicatessen

Since 1923, this corner delicatessen has been a Philadelphia tradition. Over the course of the decades, numerous celebrities and international personalities have dined at Famous. A number of films have even included the Famous Deli in their movies most notably, ''Philadelphia'' (1993) and ''In Her Shoes'' (2005).

EAT   —  +1 215 922-3274 —  700 S 4th St

Cups and Chairs Tea Cafe

Recently opened in June 2010, this bright and cozy shop offers a great alternative to the large chains. The friendly proprietor, Kylie, is from Taiwan and is knowledgeable about the over 60 teas offered from around the world. Cookies, paninis, and other light snacks are available. Try the green tea cup cakes.

Jim's Steaks

After Pat's and Geno's earned national recognition and fame by being featured on television shows, locals have sworn that it doesn't matter if they were overrun by tourists because Jim's had better cheesesteaks anyway. Of course, now everyone has heard this, and Jim's will have long lines around the corner.

EAT   —  +1 215 928-1911 —  400 South St

The Italian Market

Home to the freshest produce and goods in Philadelphia, the Italian Market is an absolute "must" for Philadelphia visitors. Combining the hustle and bustle of a market atmosphere with friendly merchants and high-quality products, the Italian Market is both a local and national attraction.

BUY   —  Map

John's Roast Pork

Not far from Tony Luke's is John's, with a similar menu. The name refers to the Philadelphia roast pork sandwich, derived from the Italian ''porchetta'', served with sharp provolone and broccoli rabe (rapini); however, John's is also well noted for its cheesesteaks. Outdoor seating only.

Bob & Barbara's

Classic dive bar atmosphere with PBR paraphernalia plastered on every imaginable surface—take a guess at what their drink of choice is. Known for its weekly drag show on Thursday nights (a must-see) but has added other events like a live band on weekends, ping-pong night, and Quizzo.

DRINK   —  +1 215 545-4511 —  1509 South St

Pat's King of Steaks

Located at the south end of the Italian Market, Pat's was credited with the invention of the original Philly cheesesteak in the 1930s. No indoor seating, but there are tables outside and a park across the street, where people will hang out to eat their steaks.

Tony Luke's Old Philly Style Sandwiches

Located under the shadow of I-95, Tony Luke's is popular with locals, and more difficult to get to for tourists without cars. Unlike Pat's, Geno's or Jim's, Tony Luke's offers a much wider variety of cheesesteak types, as well as burgers. Outdoor seating only.

South Street

Between 9th and Front Streets, holds a plethora of bargain stores and unique boutiques with a distinct urban Philadelphia flair. Retro Vintage, Guacamole and Condom Kingdom are among the most popular stores amidst a large amount of restaurants and bars.

BUY   —  Map

Chickie's and Pete's Cafe

A great place for every event. Huge T.V.'s are always showing games around the country, but you can also get the privacy of a booth. If you feel like picking on the food there you can't go wrong with their world famous crab fries.

DRINK   —  1526 E Packer Ave

Celebre Pizzeria

Opened for over 50 years, Celebre Pizzeria has been serving up some delicious pizzas for thousands of Philadelphians to enjoy. Located one block away from the stadiums, Celebre's is a must before heading to a sporting event.


Brunic's is a gem. A great little place for breakfast or lunch. The service is attentive, the food arrives hot. A real family feel. Homemade comfort food, great soups during the week! A staple in the South Philly area.

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens

Mosaic art gallery located on South Street created by artist Isaiah Zagar. A truly unique experience in which he can view the statues, hand made tiles, mirrors, etc made by the artist. Tours are available.

DO   —  1020 South St

Lincoln Financial Field

Current home of the Philadelphia Eagles (NFL) and the Temple Owls football team (NCAA). Also the host to numerous concerts and other events throughout the year such as the Army-Navy football game.

SEE   —  1020 Pattison Ave

Old Original Nick's Roast Beef

Opened in 1938, this South Philly staple offers delicious juicy tender roast beef sandwiches and their signature gravy fries to go along with the sandwich. Great place to hangout and watch games.


Since 1979, Ishkabibble's has been serving cheesesteaks, chicken cheesesteaks, hoagies, fries & more plus a lemonade/grape juice fusion drink called "The Gremlin." Now with two locations.

EAT   —  Map

Wells Fargo Center

Current home of the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA) and the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL). Also host to numerous concerts and other events throughout the year.

SEE   —  Map


A cozy, family-owned Italian restaurant featuring award-winning pizza in the heart of South Philly's Italian district.

Theater of the Living Arts

The TLA is a small, more intimate concert venue that often features a good mix of national acts and local musicians.

Royal Tavern

Tavern with upscale (but reasonably priced) bar food. Plenty of vegetarian options. Popular with hipsters.

Mamma Maria

Fantastico. Just like sitting down at a table in the owners town of Valle San Giovanni in Abruzzo, Italy.

EAT   —  1637 E Passyunk Ave

Holiday Inn Stadium – Philadelphia

Free airport shuttle service, an outdoor swimming pool, and near Philadelphia International Airport.

SLEEP   —  +1 215 755-9500 —  900 Packer Ave

Navy Yard Business Center

Newly re-developed business park formed from the old Philadelphia Navy Yard.

SEE   —  Map

Mia's Boutique

Voted coutless time for the city's best selection of evening wear.

BUY   —  1748 E Passyunk Ave

Bicycle Therapy

Considered ''the'' place to go for everything on two wheels.

BUY   —  2211 South St

Doc's Union Pub

A classic Irish pub with classic Irish characters.

DRINK   —  2nd & Mifflin Sts

Ishkabibble's I

The original location, with window service only.

EAT   —  +1 215-423-4337 —  337 South St

Skyview Plaza Hotel

Within walking distance of the sports complex.

SLEEP   —  +1 215 336-4600 —  2033 Penrose Ave

Benny the Bum's

Great bar atmosphere with a diverse crowd.

DRINK   —  7th & Packer Ave

Ishkabibble's II

Dining room service available

EAT   —  +1 215-922-0494 —  517 South St

About Philadelphia/South

Famous for its Italian heritage as well as being featured in Rocky, South Philly is also home to FDR Park and most of Philadelphia's major professional sports teams including the Philadelphia Flyers, Sixers, Eagles, and Phillies. (The city's MLS team, Philadelphia Union, plays in the suburb of Chester). South Philly is also the home to the Philadelphia Soul, an arena football league team. You want a cheese steak? South Philly's where it's at! Recently, South Philly has become home to many Asian and Mexican immigrants. It also includes Ninth St Market (aka Italian Market) and East Passyunk St (roughly 11th and Passyunk SE to Broad St and Snyder), also known as Passyunk Square which is lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. Its upper boundary is South Street, arguably the center of nightlife and urban activity in Philadelphia, South Street encompasses almost every kind of urban attitude you'd expect in a major city. Tattoo parlors, cheese steak joints, local designer clothing stores, restaurants, music venues, and local cafes line South Street from Penn's Landing up to about 10th street. Some of the most famous include Jim's cheese steaks, Philadelphia Eddie's Tattoo parlor, and the Famous 4th Street Deli. Every night it seems as if there is a street festival going on here.

Society Hill-Queen Village is one of Philadelphia's oldest neighborhoods, site of Gloria Dei (Old Swede's) Church. Walking around Queen Village will give you a taste of what Ben Franklin might have experienced in Philly when he was alive, as well as give you a peek at Philly's old European roots.

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