Published: May 31, 2019
By: Frances Ellison
As you stroll through its quiet, historic streets, you may not realize how many cool events and unique spots for food, drinks and culture are waiting to make you fall in love with Old City.
Much more than the neighborhood that used to be called home by the likes of Alexander Hamilton, George Washington and more, Old City is a beautiful and eclectic mix of Philly history and new, bustling innovation.
Grab a hunk of clay and take it for a spin--literally. The Clay Studio is a great place to get familiar with the potter’s wheel, with plenty of introductory classes and social sculpting sessions for all ages.
Philadelphia is home to some world-class theaters, and the Arden is no exception. Whether you’re looking for serious Shakespeare or something more kid-friendly, this Old City staple has it all.
This Old City gallery, the Center for Art in Wood, offers events and exhibitions with a focus on--you guessed it--wood. Stop in to see beautiful artworks and design pieces made from or in combination with natural materials.
NMAJH puts the story of Jewish Americans in the context of national history. You definitely don’t have to know what “gefilte” means to appreciate this beautiful museum, and if the terrace is open, we recommend making time to head all the way upstairs and check out the spectacular view of Independence Mall.
Don’t even talk to us until we’ve had our Old City Coffee! This popular coffee shop is the perfect place to get caf’d up while you’re exploring the neighborhood, and you can even catch intimate music performances on Sunday afternoons.
Buffalo Billiards' western-themed bar is more than just a pool hall and a great place to grab a brew. They also have dive bar favorites like skeeball, fooseball, shuffleboard and darts! Make things interesting and bet your challengers: winner has to buy the next round.
Have the meal of a lifetime at this Zagat rated restaurant offering modern Israeli cuisine. Zahav proves that Middle Eastern food is more than just hummus (though there’s plenty of that on the menu, too), and offers delicious small plates for sharing.
Iron Chef Jose Garces made his restaurateur debut with the opening of Amada in 2005, and its menu of Spanish cuisine offers some of the finest meals in the neighborhood.
Frances Ellison is the Assistant Manager of Digital Marketing for the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and handles all things Phillyfunguide, including all digital content, social media and of course, the weekly Funsavers email. If you enjoy irreverently yelling into the void, read her portfolio.