Encompassing hotspots like Midtown Village and iconic South Street, Washington Square West is generally identified as between Seventh and Broad streets, running east to west, and between Chestnut and South streets, spanning north to south. Washington Square West falls in the 19107 and 19147 zip codes.
Trendy Midtown Village is the cultural standout for Washington Square West, featuring restaurant and bar Maison 208 with the city’s only retractable roof, funky coffee hangout The Last Drop, the city’s biggest and most delightful serving of French toast at Green Eggs Cafe and the stretch of multi-cultural, award-winning Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran restaurants on 13th Street. The neighborhood is also home to the Gayborhood and its LGBT nightlife, McGillin’s Old Ale House (Philadelphia’s oldest bar), the renowned Cheu Noodle Bar, plus Garces Trading Company – the namesake of Iron Chef Jose Garces.
Washington Square West will soon run adjacent to Fashion District Philadelphia, a mixed-use shopping center expected to open in 2018 on Market Street.
Washington Square Park remains the place to be for dog-walking and lounging on a spring day with a book, serving as the one-square-block sister park to Rittenhouse Square. It’s also the home of historic landmark – and still-operating – Walnut Street Theatre, ideal for kids, and the more grown-up performing arts center The Wilma Theater – where you’ll catch thought-provoking works with influences from around the world.
Architecturally, the Curtis Center, spanning the northern end of the park, impresses with its grandiose atrium, where you’ll often spot weddings on a Saturday.
Philadelphia School District kids in the 19107 zip code attend the General George A. McCall School for kindergarten through eighth grade, and Benjamin Franklin High School, on North Broad Street, for high school. Those in the 19147 code attend the George Nebinger School for kindergarten through eighth grade, and the Horace Furness School, in South Philadelphia, for high school.
Washington Square West has no shortage of grocery options, with Whole Foods and regional supermarket Acme side-by-side on South Street, a Target Express on Chestnut Street, grab-and-go market Everything Fresh on Walnut Street and a Wawa convenience store just a block west of the park. Of note, the world-famous Reading Terminal Market is just a short walk north.
In the future, a MOM’s Organic Market will be housed between Market and Chestnut streets, just north of the neighborhood’s boundaries.
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