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Old City Arts District

Neighbourhood: City Center East
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Address: Philadelphia, PA 19106
09:00 - 17:00
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A neighborhood featuring art galleries, furniture stores, boutiques and...

A neighborhood featuring art galleries, furniture stores, boutiques and performance areas.

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The Heart of Philadelphia

Old City is the historic Philadelphia. The area is home to the famous Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, grave of Benjamin Franklin, and has some of the oldest buildings, roads... read more

Reviewed 11 August 2015
Avi V
New York City, New York
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 21 August 2016

In many respects, the birthplace of modern American history and certainly the beginning of Philadelphia as we know it. This review is especially intended for prospective visitors to the city. It would be a shame to miss the assortment of historical places, old architecture, shops, bars and restaurants. Come down. Enjoy a history lesson and stop for a libation, if... More 

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New York City, New York
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Reviewed 11 August 2015

Old City is the historic Philadelphia. The area is home to the famous Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, grave of Benjamin Franklin, and has some of the oldest buildings, roads, and churches in the nation. It is by far the most beautiful and nicest part of Philadelphia. Penn's Landing along the Delaware River, and a number of bars / pubs, art... More 

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Reviewed 29 May 2015

I lived in Philly for a bit, and old city was probably my favorite area. It's by the water, there's some nice restaurants and bars, and has an exciting night life. It's very lively. During the day, you can get your historical experience and visit the Liberty Bell, see Benjamin Franklin's burial grounds, the Betsy Ross house, admire the old... More 

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Reviewed 27 May 2015

Very beautiful neighborhood, where the history of the city really began. The Elfreth's Alley is a small street but is absolutely cute. A place where you can really enjoy the brick houses of the beginning. There are plenty of bars and restaurants here too, and right in front of it there is the Penn's landing, a place to have a... More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 5 August 2014

This is arguably the nicest part of the city. You can find a lot of galleries, restaurants, pubs and some antique stores, which are a treat for those who like to search for mementos of other times. On the first Friday of each moth, the whole district stirs up with life, with the galleries being open until late, some with... More 

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Reviewed 31 May 2013

If you are lucky enough to be around during a First friday, take a stroll up 2nd & 3rd St. between Market and Race and wander through the galleries. Be sure to hit SNyderman's which is on Cherry St. Perfect anytime for your art trance.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 11 July 2012

Was in Philly with my daughter to visit Tyler School of Art (Temple) as a prospective college and lucky enough for it to be on the first Friday of the month. So we were able to check out lots of art galleries and enjoy a very fun and high energy evening. Lots of music out on the streets. Tons of... More 

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Reviewed 25 April 2012

stroll, hang out, see art, have a meal and a drink or the free wine and cheese at galleries. It's a great scene on the first Friday of each month, especially.

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Reviewed 16 February 2012

Old city still only mildly gentrified- has a lot of the old commercial and industrial buildings, some repurposed, and a lot of galleries and funky stores, all open and with exhibits, wine and cheese on first Friday nights and lots of restaurants and bars for after

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Reviewed 28 January 2012

First Fridays - all of the galleries are open and provide wine and cheese - pottery, oil paintings, sculpture, antiques - intreresting stuff all within a very walkable distance

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