At first glance, Fishtown appears unassuming, quiet, and a little rough-around-the-edges compared to the sleek skyscrapers and cosmopolitan hotspots of Center City. The humble, unpolished facade of this former working-class Irish community, however, belies a creative electricity and trendy funk. If you’re looking for an adventure, head up the river.
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A revolution in culinary experimentation and expression has pushed Fishtown to the front of Philadelphia’s foodie destinations. It’s almost sacrilegious to pick favorites from the neighborhood’s outstanding list of restaurants and coffee shops, but there are some definitely worth mentioning:
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There are no historical landmarks or Rocky steps, but Fishtown has plenty of things to do and see. In line with Philadelphia tradition, the neighborhood is decked with sprawling, kaleidoscopic mural. Whimsical and imaginative blends of splashing colors, creative geometry, and pop culture references create eccentric pieces that reflect the weird unconventionality of Fishtown. The Mural Arts Program has created a handy map featuring some of the area’s most iconic and inventive compositions. Explore the streets to find graphics that aren’t on the map.
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Fishtown is also home to a variety of independent shops, studios, galleries, and music venues. From vinyl to live shows, check out these spots:
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