Center City

Welcome to Center City

Philadelphia’s beating heart
 
Center City is bordered in the south by South Street, to the east by the Delaware River, the Schuylkill River in the west, and Vine Street to the north. Center City was the original boundary of the city before it became known as Philadelphia County.

Center City is bustling with history. This area of Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell as well as Independence Hall, the place at which the Declaration of Independence was signed. Center City living offers the top luxuries of today, while surrounded by history at every turn.

What to Love

  • Independence Hall & the Liberty Bell
  • Rittenhouse Square
  • The historical and bustling metropolitan feel

People & Lifestyle

Center City is a bustling metropolitan area with a lot to offer: the accessibility of central Philadelphia, an abundance of shopping destinations and eateries, and several places to escape the urban sprawl via parks.

Center City is ideal for those who prefer to live, work and play in their own backyard. From luxurious condos to historical rowhomes, Center City offers options for families and young professionals alike.

Dining, Shopping & Entertainment

When looking for the top shopping and dining experiences in Philadelphia, look no further than Center City. Among the incredible offerings, Rittenhouse Row takes the cake.

Located near Rittenhouse Square, these bustling streets are brimming with shopping and dining opportunities hosting over 200 businesses. Another great place to shop is Fashion District Philadelphia, which also has many notable brands, as well as movie theaters and other entertainment opportunities.

When it’s time to find a bite to eat, try heading over to Barbuzzo, which serves a great menu with a variety of Mediterranean dishes with farm-fresh ingredients. For a European experience stateside, head to The Dandelion, Steven Starr's restaurant offering British fare in a pub setting.

Things to Do

When you’re in Center City, there is always something exciting going on. Whether you’re brushing up on your history at the Liberty Bell Center, exploring Old City eateries, or enjoying a performance at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, this historic influence is always present.

Each Spring, make sure to check out the mesmerizing Chinese Lantern Festival, which sets Franklin Square aglow with beautiful lantern displays. Another cherished local celebration is the Philadelphia Pride Parade. Additionally, don't miss the PHS Flower Show, a jaw-dropping horticultural display, and the Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade, featuring floats and 15 foot balloons.

When looking for great natural escapes, there are many parks to visit. LOVE Park, formally named John F. Kennedy Plaza, is a park with natural space as well as a reproduction of the LOVE sculpture by Robert Indiana. Another great park is Rittenhouse Square Park, which is reminiscent of New York's Central Park, where you'll catch Philly residents lounging in the grass or browsing local vendor stands.

Schools

Center City is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:

  • Constitution High School
  • Greenfield Elementary School
  • General George A. McCall School
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