Old City Philadelphia is known as one of the most historically rich neighborhoods in the United States. The square mile of land is rich with sites that are spotted with the city’s revolutionary footprints, as well as beloved restaurant, pubs, live performances, and places to shop. Here’s our guide on what to see in Old City, Philadelphia.

Get Your History At Independence National Historical park

This United States National park preserves most of the pivotal sites where seminal parts of the Revolutionary War unfolded. This was the place where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were created and signed. Nearby, the Liberty Bell stands as one of the most popular historical relics in Philadelphia and the United States as well.

Check Out The Creatives

Right next to that textbook history lesson, Old City is home to some of the city’s most vibrant and creative minds. The district is home to more than 30 art galleries and interior design showrooms. Among these different outposts, you can find everything from contemporary works to antiques and new age mediums. Check out the Old City website for a list of galleries and events in the area.

Get Some Food

Philadelphia’s superb restaurant scene has a strong community of chefs and kitchens and dining rooms here in Old City. Home to more than 80 of the city’s best restaurants, it’s home to everything from fine-dining tasting rooms to a greasy cheesesteak, or a hearty cup of coffee. Check here for a directory of Old City restaurants.


In addition to the interior design shops and art galleries, Old City has a plethora of shopping opportunities with thrift shops, fashion boutiques, and big-name brands. To get your retail-wheels spinning, and plot out our Old City shopping spree, check out this directory of Old City shopping destinations.

An Event

From outdoor street festivals, farmers markets, and holiday markets—there are a number of exciting and fun events that take place in Old City throughout the year. When you’re in town and planning a visit, be sure to check out the neighborhood’s events calendar to see what’s going on.