South Philadelphia is quickly becoming one of our favorite areas of the city. You'll find community art centers (for when you're feeling creative), hot music venues (with the best local and visiting talent), tons of bars (think: craft beer) and amazing restaurants (hello new favorite brunch spot). Read on for our top picks!
You know what? We could probably start and end the list with this amazing spot right here. Shut. It. Down. Just kidding--you can read on for more, but trust us, this flagship location of the ever-expanding Federal Donuts empire should be your first stop in South Philly. Have some chicken, have some fancifully flavored donuts, and oh, don't forget to also have THE FREE DONUT THAT COMES WITH YOUR CHICKEN! Pro tip: Also grab an iced coffee--Federal's brew cannot be beat.
Federal Donuts is open now! Check their official website to place a takeout order.
No guide to South Philadelphia would be complete without a recommendation for the Italian Market neighborhood. Spend the day exploring greasy spoons and quaint restaurants (re: stuffing your face with pizza, pastries and pasta), or pick up all the groceries and ingredients you need to make your own delicious Italian feast at home.
The vendors at the Italian Market have teamed up on a delivery service throughout the pandemic. Find out more on their official website.
Fleisher Art Memorial is a community hub in the Bella Vista neighborhood of South Philly, with classes for all ages. If you're looking for a creative outlet, try your hand at painting, sculpture, photography and more! Lots of courses are even FREE.
Fleisher just reopened for classes! Learn more on their reopening and commitment to safety.
Theatre Exile has long been one of the best spots to catch innovative, challenging theater work in Philadelphia. Be on the lookout for tickets for the next season, so you can snap them up before everyone else does!
Though Theatre Exile is physically closed, they are still bring innovative art to South Philly and beyond - check their official website to learn more about their virtual 2020/2021 season!
Located right on the corner of 22nd and Christian Street, The Sidecar Bar & Grill is a favorite of the Graduate Hospital area. Head to Sidecar for a great atmosphere, dozens of craft beers and one of the best burgers in the city. Serving for over 10 years, Sidecar is a great place for a night out with friends, or the brunch you get after a night out with friends.
They're currently available for all your takeout food and cocktail needs: http://www.thesidecarbar.com/
This sunny corner cafe is the perfect place to grab a strong cup of morning joe on your way to the office, or get it to stay and camp out with your laptop. Plus, it shares space with Brew, the craft beer carryout shop where you can build your own sixpack with varieties from all your favorite local breweries.
If you need a cup right now, you're in luck - they're open for pickup and walk in orders daily.