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Chestnut Hill is a neighborhood in the Northwest Philadelphia section of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.


Get in[edit]

By plane[edit]

The closest airport is the "Philadelphia International Airport." Philadelphia International Airport is the largest airport in the Delaware Valley region. As of 2008 it is ranked as the 10th busiest airport. The airport is primarily serves US Airways to destinations in the United States, Canada, the Caribbean, Costa Rica, Europe, and Mexico, and soon to China. Most of the airport property is located in Philadelphia. However, the international terminal and the western end of the airfield are located in Tinicum Township, Delaware County.

By train[edit]

Public transportation in southeastern Pennsylvania, which includes Philadelphia and the surrounding counties, is provided by SEPTA, the region's mass transit authority. There are two trains (Septa Regional Rail) that run through Chestnut Hill station, the R7 the R8. The R7 train also connects to Trenton, NJ. Both trains run through center city Philadelphia. At many center city stations passengers can connect to the R1, which connects to Philadelphia International Airport.

By car[edit]

Travel by car is possible but not suggested in Chestnut Hill. For drivers parking is a major issue due to the crowding. As a result public transportation is often preferred.

By bus[edit]

Chestnut Hill is served by SEPTA bus routes from both the City Transit Division (23, 77 and L) and the Suburban Division (94 and 134).


Get around[edit]

On foot[edit]

Walking is a very popular way to get around in Chestnut Hill. Chestnut Hill is full of scenic fountains, gardens and various other types of greenery. Many of the buildings are historic and have been built by various architects, who are famous in the Philadelphia region. The shopping streets (along Germantown Ave) are also very popular for tourists who like to walk. You will likely find many unique and exciting stores along the cobblestone streets in Chestnut Hill.

By bus[edit]

Chestnut Hill is served by SEPTA bus routes from both the City Transit Division (23, 77 and L) and the Suburban Division (94 and 134). SEPTA is relatively inexpensive, clean and very convenient. However, it is not always prompt. As a result you should try to be at the bus stop at least five minutes prior to the time listed on the schedule, and do not be surprised if the bus is five minutes late. Schedules can be found online at or aboard the bus itself. When boarding the bus be aware, doors close automatically before the bus starts moving. Hold on! Upcoming stops are announced by a recorded voice.


Cash- $2 per ride Tokens- can be purchased at token machines or some convenience stores $1.45 each Prices for in multi-token packets: 2-packs - $2.90 5-packs - $7.25 10-packs - $14.50

Transfers- to transfer from one bus, subway, trolley to another 0.75 each

Transpass- All modes with some restrictions Weekly $20.70 Monthly$78.00

By bike[edit]

Traveling by bike is very popular in Chestnut Hill. Bring your own or rent one. Travelers can rent bikes at Wissahickon Cyclery.

By car[edit]

Travel by car is possible but not suggested in Chestnut Hill. For drivers parking is a major issue due to the crowding. As a result public transportation is often preferred.


At Chestnut Hill's Morris Arboretum, you can see a model train exhibit one minute and swimming swans the next.

Woodmere Art Museum offers a large collection of artwork all displayed in an old mansion!!!

Stagecrafters- This unique play house accepts works by local playwrights and puts on shows several times throughout the year.

Wissahickon Creek- is a stream in southeastern PA which runs about 23 miles. The beauty of this area attracted the attention of local poet like Edgar Allan Poe. The area is now part of the Fairmount Park system in Philadelphia, and the Wissahickon Valley is known as one of 600 National Natural Landmarks of the United States. America's first papermill was set up along this stream. Many locals, go to the stream to relax, and you can even take a trip to feed the ducks. It makes for a great family outing.


Events and Festivals[edit]

  • Home and Garden Festival. Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove Avenue and Rex Avenue, will be closed to traffic and transformed into an outdoor marketplace for garden-related merchandise and fun. There is even a special "canine parade."
  • Pastorious Park Concerts. For 10 Wednesdays in the summer the Chestnut Hill Community Association sponsors outdoor concerts in Pastorius Park, located just off Germantown Avenue. The concerts are free and feature various local and non-local bands. You can easily grab dinner at one of the numerous restaurants nearby and then see a free concert in the park at 7:30!!

Fall for the Arts Festival This festival is fantastic!! It is a day of art, music, culinary delights and boutique shopping as Germantown Avenue, between Willow Grove and Rex Avenues is transformed into an outdoor arts and crafts marketplace. Over 150 talented artists from throughout the Mid-Atlantic region will come for this fabulous event. Various types of artwork will be on display including oils, watercolors, photography, sculpture, ect...!Germantown Avenue will be closed to all cars while fine arts and crafts, live entertainment, exhibits and children activities, are taking place. Adults stroll the streets and purchase arts and handcrafts, and enjoy the various types of restaurants. Children can create there own works of art, or enjoy a mini amusement park!! There is even a special parking fee of $5.00.


Holidays at Chestnut Hill are very special. Shops are open late during holiday season. Music fills Germantown Ave, and there is even a roaming Santa Clause.


Pastorious Park- hosts concerts and other events throughout the year

Philadelphia Cricket Club- is the oldest cricket club in the US city of Philadelphia, and one of the oldest country clubs in the nation. It was founded in 1854 by a group of English expatriates while studying in the University of Pennsylvania.

Andorra Nature Center- this beautiful center is designed to educate visitors about nature and the environment. There is a wonderful trail for visitors that can be very relaxing. A trip to the nature center can be a wonderful experienc,e because it is relaxing and its free!


Bumble Beads- This unique store is filled with gorgeous and uniquely colored beads. The best part is that you can make and design your own jewelry to create a truly on of a kind gift.

Spa- Need to relax? Chestnut Hill is home to two magnificent spas: 3000BC, & Diamond Spa. 3000bc has won Best in Philly numerous times and is guaranteed to be a pleasant experience.

Art- Carol Schwartz Gallery, Chestnut Hill Gallery & Frame Shoppe, Lavender Hill & McCarty Antiques & Gallery all offer some amazing art pieces, which definitely worth checking out!



Shopping is HUGE in Chestnut Hill. You will find countless one of a kinds shops and merchandise that you can not find anywhere else. You will also find your common chain stores! The retailers are very helpful, and shopping is very popular in this region, particularly on Sundays. Every year numerous shops in Chestnut Hill make it to the "Best of Philly" list.

Shops to check out:

Brendenbecks Bakery- This is local favorite. The bakery serves various goodies and has a ice cream parlor next door!

Hideaway Music- You can find rare music and records here in various genres

Mango- This is a very unique store with various types of jewlery and attire. It is slightly Caribbean inspired with a very relaxed vibe (incense ect...)

Odoodles- Something for the kids? Odoodles is a children's toy store that sells educational toys for kids.

Bumble Beads- Make/design your own jewlery

There are many more shops worth visiting, it just all depends on your interest. Visit for a comprehensive list of stores.


How could you go wrong? Food in Chestnut Hill is excellent. There are many fine restaurants, from with the Melting Pot, to the Asian and French inspired restaurant CinCin! While visiting Chestnut Hill, you can dine at any of the fabulous restaurants. You will find everything from cozy cafes,taverns, ethnic restauraunts, or coffee shops. Bakeries, cheese shops, bread shops and gourmet markets, and comfortable pizza parlors are available as well. Throughout the year many of the restaurants offer outdoor dining. The local farmers market offers fresh meat and foods of various cultures. You are sure to find a restaurant you like in this area, because there are so many options.


Chestnut Hill Farmers Market- serves fresh meats and vegetables. You will be able to find rare seasonings here that you may not be able to find elsewhere. There are also various kinds of ethnic food all at a reasonable price.

Bruno's- casual dinner style restaurant serving classic American food. It is located next door to an ice cream parlor (Nannies).

Cosimo's Pizza Café- classic pizza parlor

McDonald's Restaurant- worldwide

Caruso's Market- an old style grocery market offering various types of meats, poultry and seafood

Trolley Car Diner & Ice Cream Shoppe- Classic dinner, very nice and clean. Has great service, and very inexpensive!


CinCin- classic asian cuisine with a french flair. Very nice, clean atmosphere. There is occasionally a long wait for service. However, the "takeout" menu is cheaper than the regular menu.

Solaris Grille- Upscale restaurant at a reasonable price. Very nice atmosphere, amazing service, beautiful outdoor seating. This restaurant is highly recommended. Rated Best of Philly 2000.

Top of the Hill Cafe- offers there own signiture, homemade soups, salads, and sandwiches

Valley Green Inn- is located in Philadelphia's last remaining roadhouse. It has an inviting and relaxing atmosphere, and is open seven days a week year round


Melting Pot- upscale restaurant offering a unique experience with various kinds of fondues, meats cooked in front of your eyes, numerous kinds of fine wines, and four course fondue dinners.

Omaha Steaks- gourmet steaks

Osaka Japanese Restaurant- modern Asian restaurant with a full sushi bar. Offers private dining room which seats up to 12. Traditional Japanese tatami room.

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McNally's Tavern- this is a favorite of locals and visitors. It has the warm atmosphere of an old Irish pub.

Tavern on the Hill- classic food and drinks with a warm, friendly, neighborhood atmosphere



Silverstone Bed & Breakfast: The rooms and suites in this 19th century mansion are spacious and well-appointed. Cable TV, VCR and private bathrooms are offered, and a private kitchen and laundry room are available for the use of guests. The garden offers you herbs and vegetables.


Chestnut Hill Hotel: This hotel is centered perfectly among the shops and restaurants of the Chestnut Hill strip. A selection of 28 rooms and suites are beautifully decorated in 18th century style furnishings and offer all modern amenities.


Anam Cara Extended Stay Apartments: if you intend to stay for a long period of time this is the place for you. They have both weekly and monthly accommodations for visitors staying for long periods of time.


There are wifi spots in various places in Chestnut Hill including the Starbucks, Borders Bookstore, and Chestnut Hill McDonald's.

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