EXPLORE THE NEIGHBORHOOD
Thanks to Cory J. Popp & his awesome video blog, Uncover Philly.
The Roost is located Northeast of Frankford Avenue, the main line of Fishtown & East Kensington (aka "Fishington") and a short stroll to Northern Liberties. Coffee shops, restaurants, bars, boutiques, music venues, studios, parks and galleries abound in this growing area.
FISHINGTON/EAST KENSINGTON: Get your premium cuts of meat at Kensington Quarters which doubles as a butcher shop and restaurant. Wander a bit further up Frankford avenue and enjoy some tiki-style drinks at kitschy The Yachtsman and tacos at Heffe. Getting into East Kensington territory you’ll find the world’s first pizza museum, Pizza Brain and one of Philly’s local favorite ice cream makers Little Baby’s Ice Cream. Take your pizza to go & set up your picnic blanket at Konrad Square.
Ever wanted to taste local spirits made right within Philadelphia county? Rowhouse Distillery makes some of the best gin on offer at the local bars around Fishtown and Kensington. When open, the distillery offers tastings and tours!
For your daily caffeine fix, stop by Reanimator Coffee at one of it's two locations -- on Master Street or Susquehanna Avenue. Both Fishtown and Kensington have great Mexican food options, including Taco Riendo and Loco Pez. Check out Martha for their amazing drink specials on Mondays, their beer garden and their support of local craft spirits and distilleries.
FISHTOWN: Cool is the rule in Fishtown, which has emerged as Philly’s truest harbor of artistic, culinary and musical action. This classic working-class neighborhood, so named due to its history as the epicenter of the commercial fishing industry, is a colorful exception to the gridded-out urban rule, a collection of narrow streets beset with modest row homes and independently owned businesses.
Fishtown’s transformation was helmed by famed restauranteur Steven Starr who put two restaurants side by side on Frankford avenue, the bbq concept Fette Sau which originated in Brooklyn, and Frankford Hall, a German-inspired beer garden concept with a lovely outdoor portion that’s great for large groups and which features fire pits in the Fall and Winter. When it comes to live music venues the recently opened Fillmore and the classic Johnny Brenda’s are great bets. No need to venture all the way down to South Philly for a cheesesteak, Joe’s on Girard avenue is a classic city favorite and they make some killer milkshakes too, the dinner atmosphere is awesome as well. Got a hankering for some locally made and sourced food goods, check out Green Aisle grocery.
The flagship La Colombe is an excellent option for coffee and brunch, it’s also super family friendly. Enjoy a glass of biodynamic wine and freshly shucked oysters at Fishtown Social, have one of the best G&Ts in the city at Root Restaurant & Bar, or have a fancy night out while dining on Italian cuisine, oven roasted pizza and well-made cocktails at W.M Mulherin & Sons. Hang out in the hidden away beer garden at Front St Cafe, a low-key spot that has an all day cafe offering free wifi, fresh juices, to-go meals and made to order coffee. Across the street is Good Spoon Soupery, a local business that makes some of the most delicious soups that you’ll find.
Northern Liberties: Continue past Fishtown & walk up Fourth or Third street to check out Cafe Chismosa for some amazing Mexican cuisine (order tamales and seasonal popsicles made with fresh juices). Over on 3rd and George Street is One Shot Cafe which is a great brunch destination and just a plain beautiful place to hunker down to get some work done. On second street you’ll find Poke Bowl, a new concept that does Hawaiian cuisine. Fresh, raw seafood is heaped on top of white rice and embellished with an array of sauces, fresh fruit and veggies, it’s a super satisfying healthy lunch or dinner. Further south on Second street you’ll find restaurant and jazz bar Heritage, the gastropub classic Standard Tap, the Foodery for all your craft beer needs and an array of small galleries and indie boutiques.
DESTINATIONS WITHIN 10 MIN WALK
- Thang Long Noodle: Family-owned eatery offering Vietnamese classics, including pho and bubble tea. Food critic Craig Laban calls it his favorite pho in Philadelphia.
- Franny Lou’s Porch: Cute and fabulous cafe engaging in community activism and awareness.
- Pizza Brain: Hosts world's first pizza museum.
- Grace & Glory Yoga: Power Vinyasa studio with classes seven days a week from the early morning into late evening.
- Minnow Lane: Natural, organic, & sustainably made essentials for babies, toddlers & the family.
- Little Baby’s Ice Cream: Handmade ice cream in unforgettable, one of a kind flavors.
- Greensgrow Farms: An urban farm with a sustainable vision. It also has a nursery and a wildly popular farmstand.
- Amalgam Comics & Coffeeshop: A coffee shop-comic book store hybrid with a fun and geeky vibe.
- Philadelphia Brewing Co. : The oldest and largest brewing facility in Philadelphia with tours and tastings held every Saturday.
- Vestige: Design focused lifestyle store carrying clothing, textiles, and found objects.
- Atlantis, The Lost Bar: Dive bar known for serving one of the best Bloody Marys in the city.
- Otolith Sustainable Seafood: Responsible seafood harvesters.
- Red Brick Craft Distillery: Tasting Room is open every Saturday & Sunday from 1-5pm. Tours available as well.
Philly is home to many different neighborhoods, each with its own distinct personality. From the enviable addresses in tony Rittenhouse Square to historic Old City's cobblestone streets to West Philly's University City where U. Penn & Drexel are located, there's much to see, experience, eat and drink. Find out more at Visit Philly.
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Take a stroll, grab a bike, ride the SEPTA or hop in a car.
10-15 min cab ride/20-30 min public transport/1 hour walk
*Old City/Elfreth's Alley
*Independence Hall/National Historic Park
*National Museum of American Jewish History
*Reading Terminal Market
15-20 min cab ride/30-45 min public transport/1.25 - 1.5-hour walk
*Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter & Paul
*Eastern State Penitentiary
*Philadelphia Museum of Art
- SEPTA. $2.25 per ride. Daily pass $8-12. Weekly pass $24. Download Citymapper for Philadelphia.
- UBER/LYFT. Select the UberPool or Lyft Line for the cheapest of the options. This means that you'll share a car with other people & may be delayed. Shared rides around the city are around $3.50-$10 depending on the time of day.
- BIKESHARE. We offer a free pass. Stay within the 1 hour & re-dock. You're responsible for any overage fees. Station map available here: https://www.rideindego.com/stations/