WELCOME TO Philadelphia
Philadelphia is a huge city with several district articles containing sightseeing, restaurant, nightlife and accommodation listings — have a look at each of the primary districts. Philadelphia, located in Southeastern Pennsylvania is the fifth most-populous city in the United States. Often referred to as "Philly," Philadelphia sits adjacent to the New Jersey and Delaware borders and it's metro area includes parts of Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware. Philadelphia, once the capital of the United States, plays an exemplary role in the history and life of the nation. Philadelphia's historical legacy, architecture and rich activities and things to do make it a top travel destination. The city has also become an increasingly important cultural and artistic center as well in the past few decades.
Center City East - Philadelphia's beautiful City Hall, the Convention Center, Chinatown, Washington Square West, the gay-friendly Gayborhood, and the Broad Street Arts Corridor.
Center City West - West of Broad Street and City Hall, includes the art museum district, Rittenhouse Square, shopping resembling an outdoor mall with dining on Chestnut and Walnut Streets, and a good portion of the central business district with Philadelphia's tallest skyscrapers.
Old City - Philadelphia's oldest historic quarter, where the roots of the American Independence began. Located between 6th Street and the Delaware River, it features Independence Mall and historical landmarks like the Liberty Bell, Constitution Hall, and Independence Hall. The are many art, design and fashion businesses and galleries, making Old City a vibrant and culturally diverse neighborhood.
South Philly - South Street, the Italian Market, the Sports Complex, endless cheap dive bars, and Philly cheesesteaks.
North Philly - Working class neighborhoods, some of which are struggling with crime problems, but also the home of Temple University and Northern Liberties. 2nd street in Northern Liberties is lined with bars pubs and storefronts with a bohemian hipster feel. The Piazza at Schmidts located at 2nd & Germantown Ave is a mixed use development with a large European style plaza surrounded by and old brewery turned apartments with bars and shops at ground level. The stretch of Frankford Avenue running through the Fishtown neighborhood from Delaware Avenue to E. Norris Street is home to many galleries, renown restaurants, the Sugarhouse Casino and a plethora of nightlife options, including The Barbary, Barcade, Johnny Brendas and Frankford Hall.
West Philly - West of the Schuylkill River, includes University City comprising of University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University and its surrounding neighborhoods.
Northwest - The off-the-beaten-path northwestern reaches of the city, most notable for historic Germantown; the scene of a key Revolutionary War battle at Cliveden, and the home to historic colonial and victorian era homes such as Ebenezer Maxwell mansion as well as middle-to-upper class residential neighborhoods of Manayunk, Chestnut Hill, East Falls and Mt. Airy.
Northeast - The far northeastern part of town, mostly residential.