Welcome to South Philadelphia
Eclectic community brimming with personality
As its name implies, South Philadelphia is the southernmost section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Bordered by South Street to the north, the Delaware River to the east, and the Schuylkill River to the west, South Philadelphia is one of the most colorful sections of Philadelphia.
South Philadelphia saw rapid growth towards the end of the Industrial Revolution. As industrialization grew, it attracted more new citizenship, becoming the well-rounded community it is today. Here, you’ll enjoy the hum of city living whether you're looking for a renovated property or a traditional rowhome. The world is at your fingertips in South Philadelphia.
What to Love
- East Passyunk Square
- Ample parks and playgrounds, including Seger Park, Wharton Sq Playground and FDR Park
- Vibrant, eclectic and culturally diverse atmosphere
People & Lifestyle
South Philadelphia is rich in diversity, with communities from a variety of different countries, creating a truly unique environment from cuisine to art. Occupying almost 10 square miles, South Philadelphia offers ample destinations to explore, from family friendly destinations to nightlife hot spots.
This eclectic and diverse community offers great access to job opportunities in both its own community as well as greater Philadelphia. With easy access to the suburbs and surrounding tri-state area via highways and bridges, South Philadelphia is an ideal home for commuters and local city workers alike.
Dining, Shopping & Entertainment
South Philadelphia boasts ample opportunities for commercial and dining adventures, starting with Italian Market 9th Street. This market is well known for its diverse offerings of food vendors as well as grocery shopping. Additional shopping locations are scattered throughout South Philadelphia, including those on Columbus Avenue, South Broad St and Washington Avenue.
When it comes to dining, South Philadelphia is the quintessential destination, from soft pretzels to fine dining. A Philadelphia experience isn't complete without trying Pat’s King of Steaks, the self-proclaimed inventor of the cheesesteak, and don’t forget about its rival, Geno’s Steaks. Another great family-run restaurant is Old Original Nick’s Roast Beef, which serves a variety of roasted meats with sides. If you're looking for a more upscale experience, check out renowned Laurel on East Passyunk Avenue.
Things to Do
South Philadelphia has no shortage of things to do. Whether you want to explore the neighborhood’s bustling South Street shopping and dining or participate in one of the annual festivals, such as the block party ode to Oktoberfest — Bloktoberfest, you’ll find plenty to do here.
The South Street Spring Festival is a free festival with excellent music, fares, and fun activities for all ages. Another fantastic festival is the Mummer’s Parade, also known as the New Year's Day Parade, which has run for over a century. The Italian Market Festival is Philadelphia's largest block party, including live music, delicious food, and fun for the whole family, and it all happens at the 9th Street Italian Market.
If you prefer to enjoy nature, South Philadelphia has you covered. FDR Park is the largest park in South Philadelphia and has areas for biking, walking, skateboarding, and so much more. Another great park in the area is Stephen Girard Park, which has a variety of activities available as well, including fitness classes.
South Philadelphia is home to several excellent schools. A few of the most notable academic opportunities in the area include:
- Meredith Elementary School
- High School For Creative & Performing Arts
- Christopher Columbus Charter School