Don’t get too excited boys; this neighborhood is not named with us in mind! (But we can say it is) Queen Village is actually named after Queen Christina of Sweden. This is because Swedish settlers occupied much of this neighborhood in the 1600’s.
The preservation of these historic homes mixed with the prime location makes this neighborhood a great place to call home. Queen Village is very comparable to Society Hill in its’ appeal, but is WAY more affordable. It boasts stunning old world architecture and its’ streets ooze with character, but property in this neighborhood costs substantially less than homes in Society Hill.
Queen Village is at the epicenter of dining, wining, and shopping. North just a few blocks and you hit South Street: a touristy area that is transforming from a once ‘punkish’ teenager hangout to a street with great bars and restaurants. South a few blocks and you hit the Italian Market: a delightful outdoor food market sprawling over several narrow side streets occupied by an array of food vendors that truly transport you to the markets of Sicily. In the middle of it all lies the gay mans dream- Fabric Row. There, you can find just about any fabric that you can possibly imagine at bottom dollar prices. Yas Queen!!
Due to the fact that Queen Village is not directly in Center City, parking is way less of a hassle. If you don’t feel like dealing with street parking, Queen Village Community Parking Lot offers parking to residents of the neighborhood for $105 per month. For those without a car, there are several Septa lines running throughout the neighborhood. My personal suggestion is to buy a bike or use Indego. Queen Village is very manageable on bike, and you can be in the heart of Center City within twenty minutes.