It’s hard to even begin talking about Passyunk Square without jumping right into the dozens of mouth-watering restaurants located in the neighborhood, but I’m going to try my best.
When looking at a map of Philadelphia, you may have noticed that it is nearly one big grid… with the exception of a few streets, Passyunk Avenue being one of them. This diagonal street disrupts the flow of the many perpendicular streets crossing at a 45-degree angle, causing slight confusion for those new to Philadelphia. But I promise the confusion is absolutely worth it, because Passyunk Square is BOOMING right now, and you don’t want to miss out.
During the Colonial era, Federal Street was home to many of George Washington’s troops and was a frequent meeting spot for Washington. Moving forward, the Moyamensing Prison held Edgar Allen Poe and Al Capone during 1900’s. While the historical significance of Passyunk Avenue will always remain, it now serves as a compliment to the 21st century attractions that Passyunk is most often recognized.
If history doesn’t give you a hard-on, but eating, drinking, and shopping do; than Passyunk is where you belong. When walking on the avenue, I highly suggest you keep your phone away, discussion to a minimum, and attentiveness to a maximum. The beautifully lit street glows from the decorative lights above, the homes that now showcase one restaurant after another, each giving off a distinct and incredible smell. It is nothing short of a foodgasm. Dispersed between the top- notch restaurants are storefront boutiques with one of a kind home goods, records, and clothing apparel. The ambiance is magical, the stimulation of your senses is overwhelming, and the experience is so unique- you are bound to fall in love. If you don’t believe me, check out the 50 Best Restaurants of Philadelphia that showcase eight located on this one street. After roaming these blocks for a few hours, there’s a high likelihood that you will be sufficiently drunk, full beyond belief, and flat broke. This just means a successful night in my book!
The proximity to the Delaware River that attracted George Washington to this area remains a primary reasons that people continue to move to Passyunk Square. However, now a day, instead of having to travel up and down the Delaware like Washington, there is convenient access point to I 95 that allows residents to easily commute in and out of the city. If you plan to stay in the city for the most part, there is no need to have a vehicle in this neighborhood. Passyunk Square has a 97/100 walk score, 77/100 transit score, and 81/100 bike score.