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Fishtown, Philadelphia: What to Eat, Drink, and Do

My home of Fishtown has been getting some national attention lately, in places like Vogue and the New York Times, thanks to all of the amazing restaurants, cafes and shops that have opened here over the past few years. Since a lot of friends visiting Philly have started asking me for my recommendations around the neighborhood, I thought it was about time I wrote up a little guide to Fishtown.

Fishtown is a great neighborhood to explore if you're visiting Philadelphia. Here's a complete guide!

The best places to eat, drink, and shop in Fishtown, Philadelphia

There are nearly endless places to explore in Fishtown, so it’s hard to narrow down to just the best. But if you’re coming to Fishtown for the first time, these are the places I think you should explore first.

Shop in Fishtown

If you read my blog, you’ll already be familiar with my favorite thrift store, Circle Thrift. It’s not huge, but I’ve found endless amazing finds here. Their furniture and housewares shop, Circle Thrift Too, always has something good, whether it be vintage bourbon bottles or working typewriters.
visit // 2233 Frankford Ave

Jinxed, while not a thrift store, is another great place for secondhand finds. It’s a vintage shop that focuses on housewares, knickknacks, and furniture, and the prices are extremely reasonable. I always love browsing through their selection of vintage books.
visit // 1331 Frankford Ave

(Also check out my post on where to thrift shop for furniture in Philadelphia.)

Eat in Fishtown

Pizzeria Beddia was named the best pizza in America, and it lives up to the hype. Plan your trip carefully — there will be a wait, and you have to come back later to pick up your pizza, but it’s worth it.
visit // 115 E Girard Ave

If you’re just looking for a slice, Pizza Brain is the place to go. Grab a scoop of Little Baby’s Ice Cream while you’re there for dessert.
visit // 2313 Frankford Ave

Loco Pez is a great place to stop for tex-mex style tacos and burritos. It’s also a great place to grab a beer or a drink, although it doesn’t have the same extensive craft beer menu that you’ll find elsewhere in the neighborhood.
visit // 2401 E Norris St

Front Street Cafe is one of my all-around favorite places in Fishtown, because it seems to manage to do everything and do it well. Wine flight? Cocktail? Beer? Great food with healthy and vegan options? All that, and an amazing outdoor patio.
visit // 1253 N Front St

For the best hole-in-the-wall Middle Eastern food in the city, stop by 5 Sisters. Everything in this place is amazing, from their chicken shawarma to their to-go coconuts (just stick a straw in it!) to their ice cream selection (get the baklava sundae.)
visit // 1949 N Front St

Coffee in Fishtown

Hands down, my favorite coffee shop in the neighborhood is Reanimator Coffee. The coffee is excellent — they roast and brew their own beans, so pick up a bag to take home as a souvenir. The vibe of the cafe is usually pretty studious, so it’s a great place to sit with your laptop.
visit // 1523 E Susquehanna Ave

La Colombe, on the other hand, is the better bet for sitting and chatting with friends. They’re known for not having wifi, so you need to unplug and spend time actually having a conversation. They also serve some pretty delicious food. My order at La Colombe? Always the Black & Tan, a mix of their cold brew and draft latte.
visit // 1335 Frankford Ave

Drink in Fishtown

Real talk: it’s a lot easier to get a craft beer in Fishtown than it is to get fresh groceries (although that’s changing now with the arrival of Riverwards Produce!) When in Rome, do as the hipsters do and see what’s on tap.

There’s no bad place to go for a drink in Fishtown, really, although I’m partial to places like Memphis Taproom and Kraftwork for both their prodigious beer selection and great food. Kraftwork also has my all-time favorite late night happy hour from 10 pm-11pm.
visit // Memphis Taproom: 2331 E Cumberland St // Kraftwork: 541 East Girard Ave.

If you’re looking for great outdoor spaces or back patios, there are plenty of options in the neighborhood. Frankford Hall is a perennial favorite, for good reason — after drinking a bit too much in beer gardens in Germany, I can vouch for its authenticity. Martha and Interstate Drafthouse are my other two favorite go-to’s for amazing outdoor space that transports you from the hustle and bustle of the city.
visit // Frankford Hall: 1210 Frankford Ave // Interstate Drafthouse: 1235 E Palmer St // Martha: 2113 E York St

Art in Fishtown

Little Berlin is an amazing alternative, collective art space that hosts exhibitions and performances. Check their schedule if you’re in town to see what’s going on.
visit // 2430 Coral St.

The Art Dept is a local gem that hosts small exhibitions and sells art supplies — all you need in one place. They also do occasional workshops and live nude drawing sessions, so check out their schedule if you’re in town.
visit // 1638 E Berks St.

If you go to any of these places, I’d love to know what you think! And if you’re another local, I’d love to know what your favorite Fishtown haunts are.

This post will be updated periodically as new places open and I discover new favorites.

PS: If you’re looking for more posts on Philadelphia, read all about my three year Philly anniversary, or what it’s like living in a Philadelphia trinity.

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  • Kate Minor September 16, 2016, 4:35 pm

    I love your photos. THey are so atmospheric! My husband lived in Philly for a couple of years before I knew him. I’ve always wanted to go visit. SOmeday we will!

    • Lola September 17, 2016, 5:54 pm

      Thank you so much! You definitely have to come visit sometime. I’m sure it’d be fun to see what’s changed and what’s stayed the same since your husband lived here!

  • Corinne September 18, 2016, 10:39 am

    This is a great list of places. I’m definitely going to have to do some exploring and try them out!

    • Lola September 20, 2016, 10:56 am

      If you do, would love to know what you think!

  • Roxanne September 19, 2016, 12:17 pm

    I’ve never been to philly before and I hope I manage to make a visit because it sounds like a great place 🙂

    • Lola September 20, 2016, 10:54 am

      You definitely have to come visit sometime! It’s a really great city to explore.

  • Camille September 19, 2016, 3:23 pm

    awesome post LOLA. you showcase so well how great fishtown and philly as a whole are – unique, exciting, and all around awesome!

    • Camille September 19, 2016, 3:24 pm

      Ah sorry for the aggressive capitalization of your name!!

      • Lola September 20, 2016, 10:54 am

        Ha! And thanks so much! 🙂

  • Amanda | Chasing My Sunshine September 19, 2016, 5:18 pm

    I LOVE this guide to Fishtown! I don’t get there as often as I’d like, but I’ve definitely hit up a few spots on your list – mostly for the coffee and the drinking…does that surprise anybody? Ha! I’ve been wanting to take a stab at circle thrift and see what i find. Maybe next week sometime!

    Lovely post, Lola!

    • Lola September 20, 2016, 10:52 am

      Thanks so much! Let me know if you want to hit up Circle Thrift together sometime!

  • Shannon Peterson September 20, 2016, 6:49 pm

    Jinxed is calling my name! I love EVERYTHING about that shop!

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