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 shad 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.
North of Girard, south of Lehigh, east of Front and west of the Delaware River banks, Philly's young creative class has put down roots, hoping to take their ideas from gestation to reality. A momentous influx of bars, restaurants, music venues, studios and galleries are the result of such hustle, and newcomers' integration and collaboration with the neighborhood's long-time residents and families has set Fishtown on a forward-thinking path.
Why We Like It: Fishtown is a destination in and of itself, it is a very self-contained area. Many of our clients and friends who live there end up going out there after works as well. When the transformation started there was not a ton of retail destinations besides few exceptions at Frankford & Girard Avenue's, but as area has expanded there are TONS more options there as well as further up Frankford Ave and in pockets at different intersections deeper into the neighborhood.
Why We Don't Like It:
Life in Fishtown can be a little disconnected from the rest of Center City's core. Public transit is accessible but mostly in the western half of the neighborhood near the Front Street Elevated Line. However if you're deeper into the neighborhood, or on the eastern edge of the neighborhood it can be a bit of a hike to get to the El.
Housing Stock: Lots of new construction, but also a good deal of older inventory that certain developers keenly maintained and developed. Its possible to find a renovated home with lots of character but also modern amenities like central air built-in.
Price Points: Not much below 200K at all these days, some of the grander homes with original details can exceed 350K or 400K and new constrction is in the 500K + range.
Places of Interest:
Frankford Avenue Retail & Restaurants, Penn Treaty Park, The Fillmore Philadelphia.
Johnny Brenda's, Frankford Hall, Pizzeria Beddia, Interstate Draft House, The Good Spoon, Murphy's Bar, Kraftwork, Steep & Grind, La Colombe Flagship Store, Loco Pez, Pizza Brain, Little Baby's Ice Cream, Cedar Point Bar & Grill, Fette Sau, Frankford Hall.
Alexander Adaire Elementary School, Penn Treaty Middle School, Kensington High School, St. Laurentius School.
The Bottom Line:
Updated:19th September, 2020 12:23 AM (UTC).