Fairmount, also known as the Art Museum Area, is a neighborhood to the Northwest of Center City. It is considered the artistic center of the city, as it is home to many renowned museums along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. People who live in the area can enjoy the culture that resonates from the educational museums as well as the nightlife of the city. Urban expansion began in the 1800s, and like many neighborhoods within Philadelphia, Fairmount consists mostly of townhomes, apartments, and condos.
What to Love
Fairmount Water Works
Hip yet historical vibe with an art and culture focus
People & Lifestyle
Fairmount is the cultural hub of Philadelphia. The proximity to prominent museums attracts those interested in the arts and education. There are also ample opportunities to hit the town both within Fairmount and through its easy access to Center City.
Fairmount is a fantastic area for those looking for a bit more space and a family-friendly atmosphere. There are ample opportunities for the entire family, including educational yet fun museums, The Philadelphia Zoo, and local events. Many young professionals also call this neighborhood home due to its proximity to Center City — as well as a booming nightlife to enjoy.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
Fairmount has plenty of stores and restaurants to fill any need. The following are only a few of the many great commercial and dining experiences Fairmount has to offer.
When looking around at different places to shop, try heading into Minda Living, a lifestyle brand store that sells sustainable clothing and accessories. Another great place to stop by is Ali’s Wagon, which sells a variety of gifts and home decor. They also sell an assortment of beauty products and games.
There are many great restaurants, one such place being Umai Umai, an inventive sushi and sashimi restaurant also serving other great Japanese dishes. Another great place to try out is A Mano, a wonderful Italian restaurant serving homemade plates of pasta and other Italian dishes.
Things to Do
The Fairmount/Art Museum neighborhood is always buzzing with activity, from trendy restaurants to outdoor festivals.
When looking for events and festivals exclusive to the area, try going out to the Wawa Welcome America Festival, which celebrates American Independence, a celebration including WaWa treats, music, and movies. Another great event to enjoy is the Made in America Festival, which is host to live music for a whole weekend in September.