Vibrant Street Life

  • Dining
  • Shopping
  • Nightlife
  • Public Art
  • Walkability
  • Architecture

Neighborhoods are the fabric of Philadelphia.

Intimate, well-lit streets provide the adventure of discovery in a city that is easy to navigate. Quintessentially American with a European flavor, Center City is walkable from river to river and beyond.

Nightlife throughout the city is alive and vibrant into the late hours.

While famous for the cheesesteak (gotta have one), Philadelphia is known for an endless variety of creative food destinations in every neighborhood with unique restaurants, bars, cafe’s and food trucks at every turn.

The theatre district at the Avenue of the Arts glows with hotels, restaurants and performance venues. Small theatre and music venues are tucked throughout the city and region. High design to vintage shopping expresses the creative culture of Philadelphia. Walking north through the courtyard of the largest city hall in the country appears the Convention Center District with the oldest art school and museum in the country. Hundreds of restaurants, bars, museums and shops are easily accessible with a short walk or subway ride from the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Public art is way of life in Philadelphia with more than 3,600 murals, sculptures and mosaics integrated into the landscape. From small village-like streets with historical churches and homes, to modern day piazzas, skyscrapers and grand open space, Philadelphia’s personalities emerge as you wander.

“I tell people Philly is a big small town. It’s all about loyalty and belonging. It has a social code all its own, and behavior and language all its own. You know that picture of the skyline taken from the blimp during Monday Night Football? That’s just one view of Philly. That’s the part the world sees. The real Philly is all about what happens at street level.”

–Brian Williams, NBC Nightly News

in Philadelphia Magazine

A vignette from the inspiring video, PHL: Modern Renaissance City, celebrates the city’s Vibrant Street Life. Discover Philadelphia. Discover PHL. An open source community asset, this video is directed by up-and-coming Philadelphia-based creators Pete Herron and Kris van Genderen for the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau. Sharing welcome.

U.S. News ranked Philadelphia in the top 10 Best Nightlife Scenes in the United States.
Philadelphia has the largest navigable pedestrian sign system in North America and is ranked in the top 10 Best Cities for walking by Prevention Magazine.
Travel + Leisure readers voted Philadelphia as the No. 2 city for street food and hamburgers.

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