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Philadelphia's Old City is home to a large number of historical sites, galleries, restaurants, and bars, and is known for its active nightlife and cultural opportunities.


Old City Philadelphia, sometimes known as "olde" City, is the nation’s most historic square mile. The streets and most of the buildings still with the original brick and stone. This vibrant ‘old world’ neighborhood is the home to many shops, galleries, restaurants, bars and clubs.

Philadelphia’s most popular historic attractions; The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, Penn’s Landing, and much more are all just minutes from each other. Of special note is the proximity to the Pennsylvania Convention Center and several nationally renowned hospitals.

Shopping-wise, visit 'Third Street Corridor' from Chestnut Street to Vine to enjoy art, design and fashion hosted by the region's most exciting independently owned shops. It’s a HAVEN for fashionistas since clothing is TAX FREE!

Making this area even more attractive is the easy access to all major transportation arteries; it is just ten minutes from the Philadelphia International Airport and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station.

Old City hosts a lot of nightlife activity: expect to see a young, professional crowd here on weekends. Known especially for it's vibrant night life, Old City is a party inside and out of the clubs, resturaunts, and bars, with live music frequently playing on the streets. Penns Landing is on the waterfront, where you'll find the Comfort Inn, the Hyatt Regency and the Sheraton. Restaurants include the Chart House, Moshulu, Hibachi and La Veranda. Every New Year's Eve and Independence Day, you will see crowds gathered on the Great Plaza awaiting the fireworks. Nearby is Festival Pier, where many concerts are held.

  • Penn's Landing is the waterfront area, popular year-round with attractions such as an ice skating rink, concerts, and various city events. There are also many restaurants, hotels, and even a museum. Penn's Landing [41]
  • Old City is between Front and Fourth Streets to the east and west, and generally bounded by Race Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south. [42]


Get in

  • Driving: you can find parking structures and rates with the PPA Parking Finder. Parking along the streets in Old City is metered, scarce and frequently with a two-hour limit.
  • Bus service: Routes are available through the SEPTA website, as well as the PHLASH trolley that operates part of the year.
  • Subway: The Market-Frankford line has stops along Market St (2nd, 5th, 8th, 11th/Market-East)
  • Cabs are available throughout the city by hailing, as well.


Independence Hall
  • Independence National Historical Park and Visitor's Center, 6th and Market Streets, +1 215 965-7676, [1]. The visitor center is open daily 8:30AM-5PM. This national park, covering several blocks of Old City Philadelphia, includes some of the Philadelphia's most famous historic sites, including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Benjamin Franklin's house and grave, and the house in which the Declaration of Independence was written. The park also includes a modern interactive museum, the National Constitution Center. The Independence Visitor's Center, where you must buy tickets to see Independence Hall, offers a wealth of information on historical sites and other attractions in the area. Costumed interpreters at the Visitor's Center are a great source of entertainment for children. The National Park Service provides a helpful map of the historical sites in the park. Free.

Sites within Independence National Historical Park

  • Independence Hall, Chestnut Street between 5th and 6th Streets, [2]. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa-Su 9AM-6PM. The centerpiece of the park and arguably its most important building. Originally known as the Pennsylvania State House, this is where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4, 1776, and where the U.S. Constitution was drafted in 1787, among other momentous historical events. Visitors to the park are encouraged to take a tour of the interior of the building, which is furnished with period pieces, including the exact desk and chair the Declaration of Independence was signed. Timed tour tickets must be reserved in advance online or at the Visitor's Center in order to enter. Tickets reserved online have a $1.50 processing fee, but are free at the Visitor's Center. Admission is free.
The Liberty Bell
  • Liberty Bell Center, Market Street, between 5th and 6th Streets, [3]. M-F 9AM-5PM, Sa-Su 9AM-6PM. The Liberty Bell once rang out public announcements from above the Pennsylvania state house (now Independence Hall). It became a public symbol of freedom when it toured the country after the Civil War to help mend political and social divisions. Returning to Philadelphia in 1915, it is now housed in the Liberty Bell Center where visitors can get an up close look at the 2000-pound bell and its mysterious crack. Admission is free.
  • National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street, [4]. M-F 9:30AM-5PM, Sa 9:30AM-6PM, Su Noon-5PM. This brand-spanking new museum, which opened its doors in 2003, bills itself as the most interactive history museum in America. A visit to the museum begins with a performance of "Freedom Rising," a multimedia presentation about the major themes and origin of the Constitution. Afterwards, visitors can experience the democratic process first hand and see exhibits like the 42 life-size bronze statues of the signers of the Declaration of Independence. Fun for all ages. Upcoming special events and exhibits are posted on the Center's website. Tickets to the museum are $12 for adults, $11 for seniors, and $8 for children ages 4-12. Active military personnel and children under 4 enter free.
  • Carpenter's Hall, 320 Chestnut Street, +1 215 925-0167, [5]. Tu-Su 10AM-4PM. The delegates from the first Continental Congress gathered in this building, built in 1770, and voted to declare independence from Great Britain. Afterwards, the Hall housed the first and second banks of the United States and was the site of the first bank robbery in America. Free.
The interior of Congress Hall
  • Congress Hall, 6th and Chestnut Streets, [6]. Daily 9AM-5PM. This smaller building to the right of Independence Hall is where the U.S. Congress met from 1790-1800 when Philadelphia served as the nation's capital. The Bill of Rights was ratified here, and it was the site of George Washington's second inauguration. A tour of the interior is a must, since much of the furniture and decoration is original. Free.
  • Franklin Court, 316-322 Market Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets, [7]. Printing office and underground museum open daily 10AM-5PM; B. Free Franklin Post Office open M-Sa 9AM-5PM. This area contains the remnants of Benjamin Franklin's house (torn down 20 years after his death), the first Post office (still in operation today), a Postal Service museum, an 18th century printing office, and a Franklin museum. U.S. Park Rangers conduct printing demonstrations and performances of Franklin's "Glass Armonica." Great for kids. Free.
  • Declaration (Graff) House, [8]. W-Su 9:30AM-Noon. This is a reconstruction of the house built by Jacob Graff in 1775, where, a year after it was built, Thomas Jefferson rented two rooms and wrote the Declaration of Independence. Today, the first floor of the house contains exhibits and a short film about the Declaration, while the second floor where Jefferson lived has been recreated with period furniture. Free.
  • Christ Church and Burial Ground, 20 N. American Street (corner of 2nd Street and Market Street), +1 215 922-1695, [9]. Church visiting hours are M-Sa 9AM-5PM, Su 1PM-5PM; cemetery is open M-Sa 10AM-4PM, Su Noon-4PM from March-November. Christ Church, the first parish of the Anglican church in Pennsylvania, was founded in 1695 and is still active today; the existing building dates from 1744. Many of the founding fathers worshiped here, such as George Washington and Benjamin Franklin, as well as Francis Hopkinson and Robert Morris. Seven signers of the Declaration of Independence and five signers of the Constitution, including Benjamin Franklin, are buried in the cemetery, located at the corner of Arch Street and Independence Mall East. The earliest grave dates to 1721. Visiting the church is free, but a $3 donation is suggested; tours of the cemetery are $2 for adults, $1 for students.
  • Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, 3rd and Pine Streets, [10]. W-Su Noon-4PM. The house of this little-known freedom fighter and military engineer who designed fortifications for the colonists during the Revolutionary War is now open to the public. Visitors can watch a video of Kosciuszko's career in Poland and the United States, see his bedroom, and view exhibits commemorating his accomplishments. Audio materials are presented in English or Polish. Free.

Some historic sites in Philadelphia are associated with the Independence National Historic Park but are not located within its boundaries or the boundaries of Old City. These include the Gloria Dei (Old Swedes') Church in South Philly, the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial at the Franklin Institute in Center City West, and the Edgar Allan Poe National Historic Site in North Philly.

Important Historical Sites Outside the Park

The Betsy Ross House
  • Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street, +1 215 686-1252, [11]. Daily 10AM-5PM April through October; closed Mondays October through March. This house, more than 250 years old, was the home of Betsy Ross. In 1777, Ross sewed by hand the first American flag, with its distinctive circle of thirteen stars. Visitors may tour the house independently, or purchase an audio guide for $5, and afterwards "meet" Betsy Ross and other colonial craftsmen in the courtyard of the house. A fun, low-key activity for children. $3 suggested admission for adults; $2 children.
  • Elfreth’s Alley, off 2nd Street, between Arch and Race streets, +1 215 574-0560, [12]. Tu-Sa 10AM-5PM, Su Noon-5PM; closed Monday. Elfreth's Alley is the oldest continually inhabited residential street in the entire United States. The earliest dated house was built in 1702. The Alley comes alive in the summer, when historical reenactments take place regularly. Each house is privately owned, and visitors are not usually allowed to take a tour of the interior, except on "Fete Day" (the first Sunday of June) when most of the houses will be open for public touring. On all other days, however, the museum at numbers 126 and 124 is accessible to the public and offers a look at the lives of the houses' earliest inhabitants. Free; admission to the museum $5; Fete Day admission $25.
  • Fireman's Hall Museum, 147 N. 2nd Street, +1 215 923-1438, [13]. Tu-Sa 10AM-4:30PM, First Fridays 10AM-9PM. The restored firehouse was built in 1902 and today is a museum of firefighting owned by the city of Philadelphia. The museum exhibits include firefighting equipment, photographs, uniforms and fire marks from the 18th century to the present. Free.

Other Attractions and Museums

  • United States Mint, 151 North Independence Mall East, [14]. M-F 9AM-3PM M-F; summer hours M-Sa 9AM-4:30PM. Taking a self-guided tour of the first and largest US Mint in America is an interesting but often overlooked activity. The tour allows visitors to see how new money is made, and exhibits describe the history and coinage of the Mint. A gift shop sells commemorative and new coins. Please note that visitors will be asked to show government-issued ID before entering. Free.
The Real World House
  • National Museum of American Jewish History, 55 North 5th St, +1 215 923-3811, [15]. A museum devoted to the history of Jewish Americans. It has artifacts and films and much more that explores the Jewish culture through America.
  • The 'Real World' House, 3rd and Arch Streets. Fans of MTV's "The Real World" will recognize this former bank building, turned living space for the seven cast members of the show's 2005 season. Now the building, which stands next to the Betsy Ross House, is a gallery and wedding hall.

Museums at Penn's Landing

When it was built, I-95 effectively and disastrously cut off the Delaware river waterfront from the rest of the city. However, the walkways connecting Old City with Penn's Landing make it easy to get to the museums and sights on the water on foot. If you do make it over to Penn's Landing, here are some things to check out:

USS Olympia, still afloat after 110 years
  • Independence Seaport Museum, Penn's Landing at the end of the Walnut St. walkway, +1 215 413-8655, [16]. Daily 10AM-5PM. This museum has lots of interesting displays regarding the maritime history of Philadelphia, from colonial times through the days of slave-trading to the Industrial Revolution. Admission to the museum, which has some lively, but rather sparse exhibits, includes tours of the USS Olympia, built in 1892 and the oldest steel warship still afloat, and the submarine Becuna, used in the Pacific Ocean during WWII. Other highlights include a mockup of a navigation room and a place where you can view woodworkers handcrafting rowboats. Children will find touring the ships great fun, and adults may find the museum exhibits and the views of the Delaware River and the Ben Franklin Bridge interesting and relaxing. $12 adults, $10 seniors, $7 children/students/military; Pay-what-you-wish admission on Sundays 10AM-Noon.


First Friday

If you happen to be in Philadelphia on the first Friday of the month, you must attend First Friday. From 5PM-9PM, art and design galleries along with boutiques housed in historic industrial spaces of Old City like Rodger LaPelle [43](most of which can be found in the area between Front and 3rd Streets, and Vine and Market Streets) open their doors to celebrate new monthly exhibitions. But the art, design and fashion is only half the story. First Friday is an ideal time to watch the different communities living in Philadelphia mingle, and watch the sun go down over the city. It's Philadelphia at its best. [44]


  • Arden Theatre Company, 40 N. 2nd St, +1 215 922-1122, [17]. The Arden contains a 360-seat mainstage theatre and a 175-seat studio theater. The company produces five or six plays each season, with an additional two plays for children. The Arden has received 44 Barrymore awards and was named Philadelphia Magazine's pick for children's theatre in 2007. $29-$48.
  • The Khyber, 56 S 2nd St, [18]. A storied home of many Philadelphia indie acts, The Khyber is an Old City attraction that can't be missed by music enthusiasts. NOTE: At this time (2010) The Khyber Pass does not host music events under the new ownership.
  • Painted Bride Art Center, 230 Vine Street, +1 215 925-9914, [19]. "The Bride," as it is known, was founded in 1969 and is dedicated to producing and showing works generated by points of view that are "outside the mainstream," according to the center's website. The center contains a gallery and a 250-seat theater, where shows such as "Jazz on Vine," Philadelphia's oldest continuously running Jazz series, are performed. The Bride also hosts innovative dance and world music performances. A Philadelphia treasure.

Comedy Clubs

Comedy Cabaret 126 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. 215-32-COMIC. The Comedy Cabaret has hosted such acts as Jay Leno, of the Tonight Show, actor and comedians Kevin James and Ray Romano, as well as HBO's Bill Maher. With the clubs slogan, "You see tomorrow's stars today at Comedy Cabaret", many of today's biggest acts have done shows in the clubs. The comedy club opened it's doors in 1980, and has a total of five locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

The N Crowd: Improv Comedy The Actors Center, 257 N 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106. 215-253-4276. Founded in 2005. Shows every friday, the troupe has produced more than 300 performances of unscripted comedy. Travels to festivals and other parts of the country putting on fresh new acts every night.

Surrounding Activites/Facilities

Sports Complex's 12 minutes up route I-95. Home of the Philadelphia Sixers (Wells Fargo Center), Eagles(Lincoln Financial Field), Flyers(Wells Fargo Center) and the World Series Champions the Philadelphia Phillies(Citizens Bank Park). Numerous Parking. Hotels Surrounding the stadiums. Bus' and the Broad Street Subway running up Broad Street towards the facilities. Septa for trasportation details.

Philadelphia Zoo 8 minutes outside Old City. 3400 West Girard Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19104. (215) 243-1100. Philadelphia Zoo. Admission: Adult-$18...Child(2-11)-$15...Under 2-Free...$2.00 military discount with proper identification. Additional fee's for certain services, merchandise, and/or vendors. Tickets available for purchase on location, over phone, and via internet. Open everyday except Thanksgiving, Dec 24, 25 and 31, and January 1 (prices and days and times subject to change). The Philadelphia Zoo is located in the heart of downtown Philadelphia, just outside Center city along the Schuylkill River. going along with many of Philadelphia's historic landmarks and institutions, the Philadelphia Zoo was the first Zoo in the United States. Due to open on March 1859, the Zoo's opening was delayed fifteen years because of the Civil War, finally open for business July 1, 1874. Costing only twenty-five cents for adults and ten cents for children, and opening to more than 3,000 guests. The Zoo welcomed nearly 1.2 million visitors in 2010, and remains a popular and prosperous tourist and local attraction. Physician, Dr. William Camac is credited with being the Zoo's founding father, along with many other historical landmarks in Philadelphia. Upon it's opening the Philadelphia Zoo housed up to a thousand animals and wildlife, which has rose to nearly fifteen hundred today, and has become a large institution for breeding and housing various animals in captivity.

Trocadero Theater Just across the border of Old City, 4 minutes down Arch street. 1003 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Opened in 1870, originally the "Arch Street opera House". The name has changed many times but the theater is still a large spot for theater goers. It Houses many musical acts, comedian, and burelsque shows.

Franklin Institute 6 minutes down Vine Street. 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. (215) 448-1200. The Franklin institute is a large interactive museum, filled with science, such as human and animal anatomy, astronomy, and biological elements, inventions, historic, artistic and health related exhibits, some of which that are permanent displays and some that visit and are only available for a limitd time. The Institue continue's to grow and become more advanced, and is a huge attraction for groups of students, families and business employee's because of the many packages and partnerships they have with local organizations and corporation's, helping to insure that wide varieties of people, of all ages and backrounds, are exposed to the unique productions.


In addition to myriad art galleries, Old City boasts design studios, modern furniture showrooms and amazing clothing boutiques. Also, it is the restaurant-supply outlet center of the city.

  • The 3rd Street Corridor located in Old City on 3rd Street between Chestnut and Vine Streets, is a premier shopping row which hosts over two dozen of the city's finest boutiques in the Philadelphia region. From vintage 70's clothing at Sazz, european furniture at La Roche Bobois, eclectic furniture at Reform, incredible contemporary and select vintage for men and women at SUGARCUBE [45], and womenswear at Vagabond. 3rd Street Corridor has the city's best locally owned independent retailers. Also of note are the array of salons and spas like Moko, Strands, Lakshmi, Hush and Spa Terme Di Aroma.
  • SUGARCUBE, 124 North 3rd (between Arch and Race Streets), +1 215 238-0825, [20]. M-Sat 12 noon-7PM, Sun 12 noon-5PM. American and international lines compliment Sugarcube’s select vintage. A.P.C., Dunderdon, Gestuz, Frock! by Tracy Reese, Steven Alan, Pendleton, and Bing Bang Jewelry unite in this dynamic industrial lodge for men and women. Check out their website for detailed directions and visitor information.
  • a.k.a. Music, 27 N 2nd St (between Market and Arch), +1 215 922-3855. M-Th 11AM-8PM, F-Sa 11AM-9PM, Su 11AM-6PM. Lots of hard-to-find releases in all genres from rock & Indie to jazz & experimental. Good vinyl selection, too.
  • The Book Trader, 7 N 2nd St (at Market), +1 215 925-0517 (), [21]. Daily 10AM-10PM. Large selection of used books and a couple friendly cats.
  • Shane Candies, 110 Market Street, +1 215 922-1048. The oldest candy store in the country, this is an original store that has been in this location since 1876. Not only is all the interior decor original but most of the candies are made the same way as they have for generations, without preservatives. Plenty of seasonal candy choices but they are best known for their buttercreams.


A nice array of salons, spas, and beauty hot spots can be found in Old City. Visitors planning to spend the day can relax by booking beauty treatments or by finding the perfect beauty product.

  • Moko, 55 North 3rd St., 215-922-6656, [22]. Moko offers organic beauty products and services. The beauty team provides dry haircuts, ayurvedic facials, and scalp treatments among an exclusive selection of local and International products,including: London's Brown Earth shea butters,Trillium Organic's body scrubs, Pratima's Ayurvedic skincare, and Max Green Alchemy's luxury shampoo and haircare and more.


  • Amada, 217 Chestnut St, +1 215 625-2450, [23]. M-Th 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5PM-11PM, F 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5PM-1AM, Sa 5PM-1AM, Su 5PM-10PM. Excellent Spanish tapas cuisine; the standard against which all other tapas bars in the city must measure themselves. A large Spanish wine selection along with an enormous variety of tapas, some in traditional Spanish style. Also has an excellent cheese plate, great service, and is a good place for people-watching. Reservations are basically mandatory. $20-$30 for entree.
  • Buddakan, 325 Chestnut St, +1 215 574-9440, [24]. M-Th 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5PM-11PM, F 11:30AM-2:30PM and 5PM-Midnight, Sa 5PM-Midnight, Su 5PM-11PM. One of the more well known restaurants in Philadelphia, it has a fairly good wine list and a focus on Asian food (many varieties). It is often considered one of the top ten to fifteen restaurants in Philadelphia. $25-$35 for entree.
  • Continental, 138 Market St, +1 215 923-6069 (fax: +1 215 923-8818), [25]. M-W 11:30AM-3:30PM and 5PM-11PM, Th 11:30PM-3:30PM and 5PM-Midnight, F 11:30AM-3:30PM and 5PM-1AM, Sa 10AM-4PM and 5PM-1AM, Su 10AM-4PM and 5PM-11PM (bar open until 2AM).
  • Eulogy Belgian Tavern, 136 Chestnut Street, [26]. M-W 5PM-2AM, Th-Su 11AM-2AM. A slice of Belgium cuisine: Mussels & Fries, etc. Also a huge variety of beers (Belgian or otherwise) on draft or bottle.
  • Franklin Fountain, 116 Market St, +1 215 627-1899 (), [27]. An early 1900s-style ice cream saloon with tin ceilings, antique soda dispensers, belt-driven ceiling fans, and servers in period attire.
  • La Famiglia Ristorante, 8 South Front St, +1 215 922-7803, [28]. Philadelphia's Best Italian Restaurant serving customers since 1976. Enormous wine cellar.
  • Karma, 114 Chestnut St, +1 215 925-1444, [29]. M-Th 11:30AM-2:30PM and 4:30PM-10PM, F 11:30AM-2:30PM and 4:30PM-11PM, Sa Noon-11PM, Su Noon-10PM. Excellent Indian cuisine, with a particularly exquisite lunch buffet; dinner specialties include standard Indian dishes as well as some modernized dishes; the focus is on the classics, however. Reservations are recommended for dinner. $10-$20 for entrees, buffet is around $10.
  • Morimoto, 723 Chestnut St, +1 215 413-9070, [30]. Japanese fusion cuisine from Masaharu Morimoto, famous as Iron Chef Japanese and currently on Food Network's Iron Chef America. Reservations are strongly recommended; dress is upscale casual, jackets are not required
  • City Tavern, 138 South 2nd Street, +1 215 413-1443, [31]. In 1773, the original City Tavern was built and became a prominent meeting place for many leaders of the American Revolution. By the 1790s, however, the tavern was declining as newer places came into favor; it changed hands and uses until its demolition in the mid-1800s. In 1976, in time for the Bicentennial Celebration, a historically accurate replica of the City Tavern was constructed on its original location. The restaurant features recipes by the Founding Fathers; Thomas Jefferson's ale is highly regarded. $7-$32.

Hard Rock Cafe 1113-31 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19107. (215) 238-1000. "In the city where freedom rings, you're free to rock at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia! Located in the historic Reading terminal train station, this popular downtown nightspot is just blocks away from the birthplace of America: Independence Hall. Take in the sights, shop nearby at the largest urban enclosed mall, then celebrate your independence and this great nation where rock 'n' roll was born - at the Hard Rock Cafe Philadelphia." This globally established facility is truly a marvel, which needs to be witnessed by any music and pop culture buff. The walls are lined with rock and roll memorabilia, including Elvis, The Beatles, and Michael Jackson, as well as flat screens viewing notable films esteemed for their rock and roll themes and characters. The bar also hosts its own 'Battle of the Bands', crowning the winning band from 68 contestants.

Positano Coast 212 Walnut St {Second Floor}Philadelphia, PA 19106. 215.238.0499. Italian Cuisine, specializing in fresh sea food. Romantic atmosphere with rustic decor and furnishings, and Italian landscapes painted on the walls. Executive Chef Pippo Lamberti and owner Aldo Lamberti, guarantee you will feel transported to Italy's seaside, with its images of the Almafi Coast. Positano Coast promises to "take you away from the traffic and hustle and bustle of the Philadelphia streets and into an Italian paradise". Indoor and Outdoor dinning area's. Hours: Mon-Thurs 11:30am-10:30pm, Fri 11:30am-11pm, Sat 12noon-11pm, Sun 12:30pm-10:30pm. Happy Hour, every Mon through Fri from 4:30pm-7:30pm and All Day on Sun, BYOB every Sun and Mon. Valet and street parking available. Free parking after 5pm on Wed and Fri, and 11am on Sat.(Thanksgiving-New Years). Reservations and walk-in's accepted.


Old City is packed with restaurants, bars and smaller clubs from Front to 3rd Sts. and Race to Chestnut Sts. with the most concentration on 2nd and 3rd Sts. between Chestnut and Market Sts. Well-dressed attractive professionals crowd the sidewalks all night on the weekends, with the occasional celebrity too. Most of the venues are upscale, dressy and comparatively expensive with DJs and without; watch out for door policy and sometimes a line. There are too many to name and they're all right there, just look into the front windows to decide. You can also find more laidback drinking holes like Skinner's, Sugarmom's and Rotten Ralph's. Upstairs At Nick's and The Khyber both have bands and special events. For a quieter drink, try Race Cafe or Continental. For dance music connoisseurs, try Fluid on 4th near South St. Perfect dance spot bringing in legions of international DJs spinning Techno, Hard House, etc...Slammin'. Cabs are everywhere at 2AM (closing time)

For a great (strong) cup of coffee try Old City Coffee on Church Street between 2nd and 3rd just north of Market.

Night Life

  • Shampoo, Willow Street between 7th and 8th Streets, +1 215 922 7500, [32]. 9PM-2AM. One of the most prestigious clubs in Philly especially on Sunday nights. With a foam pit and hot tub there is something for everyone. It has four different rooms with different types of music in each room. If your 17 or older you want to be here on Sunday nights. varies.
  • Club 27, 27 South Bank St, [33]. 9PM-2AM. Club 27 is a popular night club for younger people in Philadelphia. If you are 17 or older go to Club 27 on Saturday and Thursday nights. It is very easy to get to and is very close to many restauraunts in the Old City area. It is also about a block away from the Frankford-Market street line. With different specials and many different concerts and celebrity guests, it is one of the hot spots for kids 17 and older.
  • The Roxxy, 939 N Delaware Ave, +1 215 931-0101, [34]. 9PM-2AM. Friday nights at The Roxxy areone of the hottest places to be in Philly for 17 and older. Parking is available close by. You have to get there early though because if you do not you will be waiting in a line for a good amount of time. Many celebrities and music artists perform there. In the summer they have a pool in the club. It is one of the best places to be on a Friday night.

The Crocodile Lounge 110 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19106. (267) 687-1450. Hours Mon-Sun 2pm - 2am. The Crocodile Lounge has gained immense popularity sicne its opening in 2010. Known for their "FREE slice of pizza with every drink order", and excellent place for dancing, it is a must when visiting old City.



  • Apple Hostels of Philadelphia (HI-Philadelphia), 32 S Bank St, +1 215 922-0222 (), [35]. checkin: 2PM; checkout: 11AM. Located less than 3 blocks from the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, this HI-affiliated hostel has free wireless internet and high-speed internet kiosks, free bed linens, no curfews, no lockouts. Affordable, clean hostel with loads of free activities, friendly & knowledgeable staff and plenty of outside tours you can book at the reception desk that's open 24 hours. All international travellers welcome; guests from the United States will need to provide either a college ID or a HI membership card along with government-issued ID with an address outside of a 100 mile radius from Philadelphia. Beds start at $28.


  • The Thomas Bond Inn, 129 S 2nd St (between Chestnut and Walnut), +1 215 923-8523 (toll free: +1 800 845-2663, fax: +1 215 923-8504), [36]. The Thomas Bond Inn has been rated one of the top 25 best historic inns by American Historic Inns. It over looks Philadelphia’s Independence National Historic Park and the Delaware River. It has lovely Colonial furnishings and bountiful breakfast. There is wine and cheese and cookies in the evenings. $105-$190.
  • Holiday Inn - Historic District, 400 Arch St (at 4th St), +1 215 923-8660, [37].


  • Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn's Landing, 201 S Columbus Blvd (at Dock), +1 215 928-1234 (fax: +1 215 521-6600), [38].
  • Sheraton Society Hill, 1 Dock St (2nd and Walnut Sts), +1 215 238-6000, [39]. Established in 1986, it takes you back in time to the days of colonial Philadelphia. The hotel is located amidst lush landscaping and cobblestone streets in the most historic square mile in America and just four blocks away from Philadelphia's renowned Independence Hall.
  • Omni Hotel at Independence Park, 401 Chestnut St (at 4th St), +1 215 925-0000 (, fax: +1 215 925-1263), [40]. This hotel overlooks the Independence National Historic Park and is within walking distance of the Liberty Bell, U.S. Mint, Independence Hall and the Benjamin Franklin House.


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