Published: October 2, 2020
Updated: August 2023
By: Frances Ellison & Phillyfunguide Staff
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!
*Please be sure to view and participate in these activities safely. For up-to-date information on the City of Philadelphia's COVID-19 restrictions and guidelines, visit their official website.
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.
Check their official website to place an order for takeout, or just go visit them in-person!
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.
At the beginning of the pandemic, the vendors at the Italian Market teamed up on a delivery service for customers. Now, they're back open for in-person shopping, dining AND grocery delivery from select vendors. 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 is open 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!
Check their official website to learn more about their reopening and safety requirements.
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.
The Sidecar Bar & Grill is open for both indoor and outdoor dining, as well as takeout and delivery. Visit their website to start planning your brunch order now!
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.