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Fishtown

The Fishtown section of Philadelphia, named for its history as a commercial fishing hub, is located north of Girard along the Delaware River. In recent years, Fishtown has seen an influx of bars, restaurants, music venues, studios, and galleries as a result of Philly’s young creative class moving in. These newcomers’ integration and collaboration with the neighborhood’s long-time residents and families has given Fishtown a one-of-a-kind flare.

Whether its eating, drinking, seeing a show, or just enjoying the outdoors, there are countless things to see and do in Fishtown. Some the most popular destinations include La Colombe’s flagship café, Pizzeria Beddia, Johnny Brenda’s, and Penn Treaty Park. While you’re in the area, check out Punch Line Philly and use your SEPTA Pass for 10% off food and drinks!

How to get there

Hop SEPTA's Market-Frankford Line to Girard Station, the Route 15 Trolley to 2nd & Girard, or Bus Routes Routes 5, 25, or 57.

Fare

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Things To Do

There’s no shortage of cool things to do in Fishtown, which has emerged as Philly’s truest harbor of artistic, culinary and musical action.

Great new bars, restaurants, music venues, studios and galleries, sets Fishtown apart as one of Philadelphia’s most exciting neighborhoods.

Whether its eating, drinking, seeing a show, or just enjoying the outdoors, there are countless things to see and do in Fishtown. Some the most popular destinations include La Colombe’s flagship café, Pizzeria Beddia, Johnny Brenda’s, and Penn Treaty Park. While you’re in the area, check out Punch Line Philly and use your SEPTA Pass for 10% off food and drinks!

Here are some tips from our friends at Where Traveler:

Since Philly-based La Colombe is now in nearby cities like New York City and Washington, D.C., it’s likely you’ve heard of the coffee purveyor. But there is no other La Colombe like the company's HQ. The massive space (even in city standards) not only serves the brewer's signature drips, lattes on draft and tasty sandwiches, it also has a distillery that produces top-notch rum, which can be enjoyed in the café, along with wine and beer.

Find organic coffee and vegan food offerings at Rocket Cat Cafe.

Philly Style Bagels is a small shop with a big reputation—word of advice? Get here early. The bagels quickly sell out, and the classic lox sandwich was named one of the five “Best New Sandwiches in America” by Bon Appètit magazine. But if lox isn’t your thing, there are plenty of other tasty options. Order a few to go and enjoy them at Palmer Park, located just outside.

Although Fishtown isn’t necessarily known as a retail hub, new shops have joined mainstays creating a small shopping district worth visiting. Vintage and second-hand boutiques dominate the area, with places like Two Percent to Glory mixing it up with a curated collection of found objects, jewelry, furniture and original designs, all with a Midwest feel. Jinxed has a more masculine vibe and carries a variety of rugs, art and a small collection of vintage clothing. Urban Exchange is the new kid in town, offering secondhand name brands like Gucci, Chanel and Prada. Minnow Lane sells natural and organic products for infants and parents.

As the first pizza museum in the country, Pizza Brain is a fun place to grab a slice and explore. The walls are lined with pizza-themed memorabilia and fun facts, but the pie is where they really shine. Order the Forbes Waggensense with fontina, fresh basil and smoked pepperoni and then pop in next door for a scoop of hand-made ice cream (plus non-dairy options) at Little Baby's Ice Cream.

If it’s a nice day out, walk off lunch at Penn Treaty Park. This small green space lines the Delaware River, offering great views and a tranquil atmosphere to relax mid-day.

At first glance, Bottle Bar East looks like a grab-and-go beer store. But once inside, you’ll discover a two-story space complete with a full bar and dining area. Go here for a drink pre-dinner (happy hour is Monday-Friday from 5 pm to 7 pm) and order from the long list of brews, plus rotating specialty cocktails, wine and appetizers.

Dine at another Bon Appètit favorite, Wm. Mulherin’s Sons for some of the, dare we say, world’s best pizza, topped with ingredients like lamb sausage, caramelized onions and pistachio. Or head here for weekend brunch and try the popular donut sandwich with fried ham, fontina and egg.