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Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods – more than 100 in all. Most tourist attractions are found in the districts of Center City; South Philly is one nearby exception.

Philadelphia Neighborhoods

South Philly

Most people come for the Italian market – simply called 9th Street – but wander off the beaten path into an ethnic neighborhood of tidy homes, Italian grandmas, and old-world charm.

Old City

Home to historic sites like Independence National Historic Park, plus art galleries, upscale restaurants, and Federal-era architecture – especially along Elfreth's Alley, the oldest residential street in America.

Rittenhouse Square

Philadelphia’s premier address is home the city’s toniest boutiques, hippest restaurants, and lovely townhouses, all within spitting distance of the beautiful tree-filled park the area is named after.

Society Hill

Originally named after the “Society of Free Traders,” today the moniker applies equally to the affluent residents of the brick Federal- and Georgian-style homes lining the cobblestone streets.

Washington Square West

Also known as the “Gayborhood,” this gay-friendly, café-filled, tree-lined area west of Washington Square is quaint and gentrifying by the minute – go before it’s ruined.

University City

A hotbed of colleges and universities, this progressive suburb never sleeps, providing round-the-clock arts and entertainment, ample green space, and white-picket-fence housing to students, families, and young professionals.

Center City

Comprising Downtown Philadelphia, this busy area features the most cosmopolitan and ethnic neighborhoods, including Rittenhouse Square and Chinatown. Center City is also home to the city’s thriving businesses, skyscrapers, historic landmarks, and riverfronts.

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