Where To Stay In Philadelphia? Here’s Your Neighborhood Breakdown

With multiple and diverse areas of the City of Brotherly Love, you will definitely need a neighborhood breakdown of Philadelphia.

Philadelphia is Pennsylvania’s largest city. Not only does this mean the population is vast, but the diversity and multiculturalism is expansive. This developmental distribution has led to Philly’s nickname: City of Neighborhoods.

Center City

Center City
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This is the heart of Philadelphia. If you want to soak in amazing views of skyscrapers and metropolitan life, Center City is the place for you. In addition, the nightlife scene is amazing with great shopping opportunities. Specifically at The Shops at Liberty Place where you can find over 60 stores to fulfill your retail needs.

Be sure to visit Love Park while you’re here and snap a photo in front of the famous “LOVE” statue. You may even have a chance to catch a street performer in the park or make wishes at the beautiful fountain.

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square philadelphia neighborhood
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Rittenhouse Square is located in the middle of Center City. This neighborhood is known as one of the most wealthy and exclusive areas in all of Philadelphia where you can bask in the sun on the lawn, or enjoy a nice walk around the square to catch one of many events.

For shopping opportunities, head to Rittenhouse Row. Here, you will find hundreds of boutiques, ranging from independent brands to food to high-end chains. Rittenhouse Square is also home to exquisite restaurants where you can enjoy a nice and exclusive meal. Vernick Food & Drink, Parc, and Goldie are all popular restaurants.


Fairmount Park philadelphia neighborhood
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Fairmount is the perfect neighborhood to visit if you are looking to immerse yourself into the museum culture since it consists of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Franklin Institute, the Barnes Foundation, and more.

It is also home to Fairmount Park which is more-than-2,000-acre of greenery, making it the perfect opportunity to get away from the bustling city lifestyle. Hike on the trails, fish in the Schuylkill River, play a game of spikeball, or relax in the sun. The neighborhood of Fairmount delivers the chance to do it all.

Old City

Old City philadelphia neighborhood
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Old City lives up to its name, as it belongs to Philadelphia’s Historic District. You can tell as you walk through numerous historical artifacts and landmarks including: Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell, National Constitution Center and Penn’s Landing.

Old City is also a popular destination for foodies, some favorites include: Fork, Buddakan, and High Street on Market.

East Passyunk

East Passyunk philadelphia neighborhood
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East Passyunk is the perfect neighborhood to visit if you are looking to spend lots of money. East Passyunk Avenue boasts over 150 independently-owned businesses; from boutiques, food, to hair salons. Whatever you choose, chances are, you will be supporting a small business.

Passyunk has a rich history since the strip used to be a Lenape Trail for the Native American Lenape tribe where the name Passyunk or “pachsegink” means “in the valley” in the Lenape language. Moreover, this is where many immigrants settled in America back in the early 1800s.

Bella Vista

Bella Vista
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Bella Vista is a classic South Philadelphia area where Italian culture is as authentic as it gets. This was the first neighborhood where Italian immigrants settled upon after arriving in America during the nineteenth century.

The most prominent feature of this neighborhood is the 9th Street Italian Market which originated around the time when Italian immigrants arrived. Despite its name, the Italian Market boasts food of various nationalities, particularly Vietnamese and Mexican, since immigrants were prominent during the 1980s.

Around this time was when Bella Vista received its name: beautiful sight. In this residential neighborhood, you’ll find families, row homes, parks and much more. If you come to Bella Vista in the springtime, you can’t miss the opportunity to visit the Italian Market Festival.

Midtown Village

Midtown Village philadelphia neighborhood
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Midtown Village is perhaps the most popular destination for those belonging to the LGBTQ+ community, or “The Gayborhood” is where you can find many clubs as well as many delicious restaurants. The William Way LGBT Community Center is also located here and provides access to wellness programs to allow members in the LGBTQ+ community feel as welcome as possible.

Here, you be accessible to other happening areas in Philly since Midtown Village is within close proximity to neighborhoods like Old City and Rittenhouse Square.


Fishtown philadelphia neighborhood
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One of Philadelphia’s new and trendiest neighborhoods is Fishtown, where you will be submersed into a world of art, local businesses, delicious food and drinks, and entertainment.

In this vibrant and young neighborhood, you can be shopping at boutiques by day, and dancing your heart out at clubs by night. It is also necessary to explore the beautiful street art all over Fishtown while you are here.

Kennedy Kollar

Content Associate

Kennedy is an entertainment junkie hailing from Pennsylvania. When she is traveling, you can find her searching for the best gluten-free foods as well as matcha and chai teas. She loves immersing herself in new cultures and wishes to visit the less-traveled hidden gems.

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