Fishtown, once the center of the shad fishing industry on the Delaware River, has quickly evolved into an eclectic, culturally-rich neighborhood overflowing with artistic, culinary and musical establishments. As a result, the burgeoning community has gained significant popularity and acclaim emerging not only as Philly’s most vibrant neighborhood, but as one of the nation’s top neighborhoods.
Home to over 25 restaurants, Fishtown is a dining renaissance graced by notable restaurants and bars, including W.M. Mulherin’s Sons, named America’s top hotel by USA Today’s 10Best and the first Philadelphia hotel & restaurant to make Conde Nast Traveler’s “Hot List” in 2018; Suraya Philadelphia, which recently was acclaimed as Philadelphia’s hottest new restaurant by Zagat, and Philly Style Bagel, was awarded “best sandwich” by Bon Appetit in 2016.
Fishtown is also home to Philadelphia-based favorites including La Colombe Coffee Roasters’ flagship location, and honeygrow’s test kitchen, both of which are also headquartered in Fishtown. Other favorites include Love & Honey Fried Chicken, Sergeant York, Cheu Noodle Bar, and the highly-anticipated Aether, a raw bar filled with seafood delicacies.
From unique restaurants to cocktail bars and retro arcades, there’s no shortage of vibrant nightlife in Fishtown. Beer gardens, brewpubs, and live music venues can be found on every corner. Philadelphia’s premiere gaming facility, SugarHouse Casino is located directly along the Delaware Waterfront, and just two blocks from The Views at Penn Treaty, residents can enjoy Philadelphia Distilling, Goose Island Tap Room, Punch Line Philly comedy club and The Fillmore concert venue.
While artistic, culinary and musical establishments are important to Fishtown residents, so are the parks and greenspaces in the neighborhood. Fishtown features four parks, one playground and two dog parks in addition to miles of running and bike paths, and a dedicated farm and garden center at Greensgrow Farms.
The robust community is one of the City’s most easily accessible neighborhoods with public transportation available via Septa’s Market-Frankford Line, the Route 15 trolley, and major highways such as Interstates 95 and 76 only a few minutes away.
Fishtown has been hailed America’s hottest neighborhood in numerous notable national publications including The New York Times (three times: article two, article 3), Conde Nast Traveler, Business Insider, The Wall Street Journal, and Forbes.