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On the list of Philadelphia’s quirkily named geographic landmarks, Manayunk is right up there. This Native American word, meaning “where we go to go drink,” references the neighborhood’s location next to the Schuylkill River. While the river helped shape Manayunk’s identity, so do the hills. Yet despite its famous inclines, or maybe because of them, what was once one of the city’s hottest industrial centers is now one of its hottest neighborhoods, with plenty of places where people can go to drink.

The combo of singles, young families, and life-long residents whose families have lived here for generations infuses Manayunk’s blue-collar origins with a modern edge. Row homes that once housed millworkers during the community’s late 19th- and early 20th-century industrial boom are now a hot commodity and as in demand as the trendy loft apartments and stately Victorian houses that dot the community. And bikers from around the world used to travel here to take on the legendary “Manayunk Wall,” a section of Levering Street that has defeated some of the world’s best cyclists with its 17% incline.

The heart and soul of the community is Main Street, a mercifully level thoroughfare bustling with dozens of restaurants, owner-operated boutiques, bars, and galleries. Daytime activities give way to nighttime action as foodies and revelers hit the streets, scoping out new menu additions at restaurants, jockeying for views at the riverside clubs, catching up-and-coming local musicians or dancing to a DJ.

How to get there

Leave the driving to SEPTA. Take the Manayunk/Norristown Line to Manayunk Station or hop Bus Routes 9, 27, 35 or 61.


There are many ways to get here on SEPTA, there are also many ways to pay. Click here to learn which fare is best for you.

Things To Do

There are a wide array of dinner options in Manayunk, from The Goat's Beard, which offers many locally-sourced products, to Bourbon Blue (a taste of New Orleans in Philly!), and boasting the local Schuylkill Punch is the Manayunk Brewery, always offering fresh flavors and a stunning view of the river and Towpath. 

Speaking of Towpath, if walking, strolling, hiking, and even horse-riding is your choice of pastime, explore this walk by the river, or go a little farther and wander through the gorgeous, wild Wissahickon, where there are over 57 miles of luscious trails to take in, steps away from downtown Philadelphia. 

Manayunk also has a vibrant business community. Book lovers head over to The Spiral Bookcase for the next story to occupy your commute. Music lovers can peruse new and old records at Main Street Music (and sometimes catch a show!). And if you're not a lover of either of these and just looking to redecorate, get in some furniture shopping at Nadeau-Furniture With a Soul. There's all of this and so much more in the 'Yunk; you'll never run out of places to go.

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