One Block: Favorite Spots in Philadelphia’s Old City

History and contemporary sights mingle in this classic neighborhood.

Laced with cobblestone streets and historic sites, Philadelphia’s Old City holds many charms, making it a popular area near the Delaware River Waterfront for locals and visitors alike. Throughout the year, find treasures from eye-opening museums preserving artifacts to indie galleries and shops stocking only-in-Philly finds. Here are a few of our favorite things to see and do in Old City.


America’s oldest neighborhood offers plenty of enticements, including tasty and lauded fare at James Beard-nominated Fork and Jose Garces’ handsome Olde Bar. Cafe Square One serves up healthy sandwiches, salads and smoothies in homey digs.

Cafe Square One, 50 S. 3rd St., 215.645.2712

Fork, 306 Market St., 215.625.9425

The Olde Bar, 
125 Walnut St., 215.253.3777

The Olde Bar


Retail in Old City runs the gamut from art by well-known and emerging creatives at Bluestone Fine Art to popular comic books and collectibles at Brave New Worlds and sweet treats at charming Shane Confectionery.

Bluestone Fine
 Art Gallery, 72 N. 2nd St., 856.979.7588

Brave New Worlds, 55 N. 2nd St., 215.925.6525

Shane Confectionery, 110 Market St., 215.922.1048

Shane Confectionery


Explorers making their way through this historic enclave quench their thirst with craft brews at 2nd Story Brewing, wines from 120 taps at Panorama, located inside the Penn’s View Hotel, and hand-crafted cocktails at vintage favorite Sassafras.

2nd Story Brewing, 117 Chestnut St., 267.314.5770

Panorama, 14 N. Front St., 215.922.7800

Sassafras, 48 S. 2nd St., 215.925.2317


The Museum of the American Revolution highlights treasured items like George Washington’s original war tent. FringeArts pushes the theatrical envelope, while Olde City Escape Games challenges teams to beat the clock and unlock Philly-themed rooms.

FringeArts, 140 N. Christopher Columbus Blvd., 215.413.9006

Museum of the American Revolution, 101 S. 3rd St., 215.253.6731

Olde City
 Escape Games, 221 Chestnut St., Suite 300, 484.297.9560