Old City / Society Hill Resources (bars, Restaurants, shopping, SEPTA stops everything!)
1) DINING AND ENTERTAINMENT
-Race St (208 Race St)
-Charlie's (114 N 3rd)
-Sassafras (48 S 2nd) Good unusual burgers...think bison, ostrich, etc
-National Mechanics (a bit larger, good music, 22 S 3rd)
-Society Hill Hotel (corner 3rd/Walnut)
-Eulogy (Belgian bar, 136 Chestnut)
-Il Panorama (Wine bar, 14 N Front)-the bar, not the restaurant dining room.
-Uzu Sushi (104 Market)
-Mizu Sushi (220 Market)
-Zento Sushi (138 Chestnut) -- None of these have atmosphere; they're all "takeout" style places though you can eat in. All great choices for regular quick meals or when you don't need to impress
-Haru Sushi (corner 3rd/Chestnut) has my least favorite sushi, though they have an impressive space and a great bar-its also good if you have someone in the group who would rather eat something besides sushi.
-Kisso Sushi (corner 4th/Race)-its BYO, has a traditional bar setup for omakase as well as a dining room. They're really friendly, and the food is pretty good. Our favorite with groups.
-Ristorante Panorama (14 N Front St) -Italian (traditional)
-Radicchio (402 Wood St) - Italian (more relaxed, modern)
Burgers-See bars above. Eulogy, Triumph, and Society Hill Hotel also have good burgers/bar food.
-Continental (corner 2nd/Market) is a Starr joint with a fun menu and has a retro modern martini bar vibe, Jones (also Starr, just outside OC at the corner of 7th/Chestnut) has more of a comfort food menu in a cool space. Farmicia (15 S 3rd) for good, locally sourced food.
-Fork (306 Market) is a fantastic dinner place for a reat food, great wine, and an elegant but not stuffy atmosphere.
-Amada (217 Chestnut) is amazing and you can spend an evening there.
-Cafe Ole (147 N 3rd) for simple but good fare. A good daily routine kind of place.
-Snow White (corner of 2nd/Market) is a basic greasy spoon choice to cure hangovers.
-Farmicia - Quick breakfast/lunch
-National Mechanics for really good food, though I've had some service hiccups there.
-Continental for the Starr take.
-Old City Cheese - (160 N 3rd) when the weather is nicer for a really nice fresh brunch in their "secret garden".
-Plough and Stars for a traditional Irish breakfast, with requisite puddings. All have fantastic drinks except Old City Cheese-its BYO, with really only juices, so make it champagne or prosecco unless you like your vodka straight.
SOHO (218 Market). We've tried them all and they are still the best. Strange service and spotty delivery "rules" but that garlic crust makes up for it.
Gianfranco - 3rd and Market
-Fork etc (306 Market) - is next to the restaurant and has upscale prepared foods and delicious salads.
-Old City Coffee is also good for a quick bite
-Old City Cheese has great fresh soups and panini sandwiches
-Campos (214 Market) for sandwiches/hoagies
-For ice cream (116 Market) Franklin Fountain is a throwback to the old time parlors
-Starbucks is at 3rd and Arch.
-Old City Coffee (221 Church) was first, and is nicer if you're going to sit and people watch.
-Double Shots is further south on Chestnut (never been!).
-Cafe Ole on 3rd also has great brew if you take your coffee simple.
-The Arden on 2nd for live performances; the Ritz (3 locations in OC) for movies.
-OC is more of a gallery scene...too much to list. Take a walk around!
-First Fridays-the art galleries open their doors to all comers for an "open house" type of event the 1st Friday of each month.
2) SHOPPING & AMENITIES
Food markets: general
-Mulberry (Arch btwn 2nd/3rd)
-Old City Market (2nd/Market)
---Use these for basic grocery needs. Sassafras and OCM have slightly more extensive selections, basic produce, etc.
-The closest supermarket is SuperFresh at 5th and Pine in Society Hill.
-The Whole Foods - 9th/South
-Trader Joe's is 22nd/Market.
Food markets: specialty
-Old City Cheese
-Metropolitan Bakery (in Farmicia)
-Old City Gourmet (26 N 3rd)
-Tartes (212 Arch) has delicious fresh baked desserts (cookies, pies, tarts).
Banks and ATMs
-ATMs inside any of the food markets
-Allegiance or Prudential on N 3rd between Market and Arch
-Wachovia and PNC are at 4th and Market
State stores and beer distributors
-State store - 32 S 2nd st for basics
-State store - 5th/Pine is a larger store with better selection. NJ it is.
Dry cleaners, laundromats, shoe repair
-Mulberry-234 Arch. Cash/Check only.
-Colonial-64 N 3rd
Gas stations / garages
Car rental / car share
PhillyCarShare-phillycarshare.org - Pods/variety of cars are all over Old City
-Old City Hardware-41 S 3rd St.
-Foster's-housewares, glassware, etc. Fun, local alternative to Crate and Barrel, etc.
-Old City Civic Association Old City Civic Association
-Old City District www.oldcitydistrict.org
-Market Frankford Line (EL) -2nd/Market
-Post Office-316 Market St.
-UPS store-51 N 3rd St.
Houses of Worship
Quick reference: council district(s), police district(s), trash pickup. etc.
Last edited by Malloy; 01-07-2009 at 01:56 AM.
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