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Living in South Philadelphia, PA

Though it was long considered a working class enclave, South Philadelphia has become home to plenty of young professionals and artisans in recent years. Several neighborhoods are included in South Philly, Pennsylvania, including Bella Vista, Grays Ferry, Queen Village and more. Dickinson Narrows, a small section of the neighborhood between Pennsport and East Passyunk, is considered one of the hottest in the United States for its quality real estate at a great price. Known for the Italian Market, as well as the place to find an authentic cheesesteak, the neighborhood has plenty of restaurants and food markets. Homes for sale in South Philly are a mix of 20th-century rowhouses, historic trinities, as well as newer condos and apartments.

Wells Fargo Center in South Philly, Philadelphia, PA

Things to do in South Philadelphia

Food and sports are both a big part of living in South Philly. The Italian Market traces its roots to the turn of the century when immigrants started selling produce, cheese, meats, breads, and other epicurean delicacies in the neighborhood. These days, foodies can find more than Mediterranean ingredients along 9th street, with new stalls selling imported Asian and South American herbs, sauces, and vegetables.

Hungry mouths hankering for a crowd-pleasing delicacy will find plenty of cheesesteak shops in the neighborhood, and the local fast food dates back to the 1930s. The rivalry between cheesesteak makers continues to this day, particularly between Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks. South Philly also has several notable Italian restaurants, pizzerias, and cafes. Beyond food, the Phillies, Eagles, and Flyers all have their stadiums in deep South Philly. Most fans usually travel by car or subway to watch the games. Other places of interest include the American Swedish Historical Museum and the Settlement Music School, the largest community school for the arts in the United States.

Citizens Bank Park in South Philly, Philadelphia, PA

Transportation Around South Philadelphia

Given the size of South Philadelphia (9.7 square miles), a car comes in handy. The subway system offers a convenient transportation option for residents who live near Broad Street; it travels north and connects at city hall to most other sections of the system. Buses are also plentiful in the neighborhood and provide transportation to center city, where riders can make connections to other parts of town. The neighborhood also has several bicycle stores for pedal pushers. Many South Philadelphia neighborhoods offer food stores and shops within walking distance.


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What Locals Love

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  • Visit the South 9th Street Italian Market and shop for fresh produce and specialty items, or dine at one of the many bars and restaurants.
  • Enjoy a classic Philly cheesesteak at one of local cheesesteak shops, including Pat’s and Geno’s.
  • The community has a strong arts scene—it’s even home to the largest community arts school in the country, the Settlement Music School.


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