Best South Street Philadelphia Shops

South Street in Philadelphia has been a longstanding hub of shopping, restaurants and a lively counter culture music scene. There’s something for everyone on this street so it’s definitely worth checking out.


Foodies will want to make reservations in advance at Serpico (604 South Street), a modern American restaurant on South Street with a slick interior and seasoned chefs at the helm. Standout dishes include the raw diver scallops, corn ravioli and deep fried duck leg. A few blocks away, the cheesesteak war continues with two South Street spots consistently named as some of the best cheesesteaks in Philly, Ishkabibble’s (337 South Street) and Jim’s Steaks (400 South Street).

Live Music

Music thrives on South Street. At the Theater of the Living Arts (334 South Street), many rising acts in the indie and hip hop worlds make a tour stop. Don’t miss the legendary live music at Dobbs (304 South St.). Dobbs is a rock club which is known for showcasing rising rock acts, fun fact Green Day and Nirvana both played here before they made it big. Music aficionados will also appreciate the quality record stores on South street, we love Noise Pollution (619 S. 4th Street), Digital Ferret (732 S. 4th Street) and Repo Records (538 South Street).


Looking to add a few more tattoos to your sleeve? Then you’re in just the right place! The Original Philadelphia Eddie’s Tattoo Parlor (604 S. 4th Street) is a Philadelphia tattooing institution and a South Street staple. Other places to get inked include Body Graphics (617 South Street), Moo Tattoo (513 South Street) and Infinite Body Piercing (626 S. 4th).

Vintage Shopping

If vintage shopping is your thing, don’t miss the quality vintage stores on South Street like Jinxed and Tucker’s Digs (611 S. 4th St.), Moon & Arrow (754 S. 4th Street), Nostalgia (704 S 5th Street) and Retrospect (508 South Street).