Brewerytown extends from the eastern banks of the Schuylkill River to the west, to 25th Street to the east. To the north, the neighborhoods reaches from Cecil B. Moore Avenue to Poplar Street on the southern end. Residents adopt the 19121 and 19130 zip codes.
The Monkey and the Elephant is a unique setup for coffee, with foster youth partly responsible for running the shop as part of a holistic life-skills program, selling homemade baked goods, paninis and locally made artisan goods. Lucky Goat Coffeehouse, to the east, focuses on nailing the full array of coffee and espresso drinks: breves, cafe au laits, lattes and more. Philly Sunnyside Diner scratches the itch for an all-American breakfast platter of eggs, sausage, French toast and endless coffee, and is packed to the gills on just about any morning of the week.
iMunch Cafe is billed as a healthier option for breakfast or lunch, cooking up omelets stuffed with spinach and goat cheese, pressing veggie-heavy paninis and tossing a variety of salads – plus, fruit smoothies. Rybrew is a standout in the neighborhood, with specialty sandwiches served on thick-cut homemade breads, seasonal salads and 300 beers to choose from for those “business” lunches. Originally a popular food cart, Spot Gourmet Burgers on Girard Avenue grills a signature burger with hickory smoked bacon, as well as award-winning half-pound ribeye cheesesteaks – at reasonable prices, to boot.
Chez Novaks, for dinner, serves Caribbean-inspired foods, ranging from escargot cooked in rum to slow-cooked duck in a mango sauce. Bordering Brewerytown and Fairmount is Era Bar, with its well-regarded Ethiopian bar food – namely, the yesiga tibs, a beef stir fry with jalapeno, onions, garlic and Ethiopian sauces. Deborah’s Kitchen is the destination for a hearty takeout soul-food dinner: meatloaf, collard greens, hot wings and, for dessert, sweet potato pie and pudding.
American-fare bar food and craft brews are the old-reliables at newly reopened Brewerytown Taproom, formerly Flying Fish Crafthouse. Crime and Punishment Brewery, it’s worth noting, is the only operating brewery in Brewerytown, doubling as a brewpub with a rotation of about seven seasonal microbrews.
Historically, Brewerytown is known for hosting about two dozen breweries along the Schuylkill River. Footprints of that legacy remain, such as the City Park Brewery Building – listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It’s part of a larger Bergdoll brewing complex only partly preserved after many of the city’s breweries went under post-Prohibition.
Brewerytown Garden is a half-acre community garden with 70 plots of produce and plant life.
Aside from the Athletic Square Park and its associated recreation center, the eastern end of the Schuylkill River features parts of Fairmount Park, complete with attractions like the Glendinning Rock Garden, Hatfield House, the Schuylkill River Trail and Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse.
Le Cat Cafe, meanwhile, is the city’s first cat cafe.
The neighborhood has also been known to host seasonal festivals along Girard Avenue. To dive into some of the city’s best museums, head south to Eastern State Penitentiary and the Philadelphia Museum of Art in Fairmount.
For elementary and middle grades, public school students in the 19121 zip code may attend the Edward Gideon School, the James G. Blaine Academics Plus School, the William D. Kelley STEM Academy or the William Dick School. For high school, students may attend the Vaux Big Picture High School, Strawberry Mansion High School Promise Academy or, as a special admission school, the George Washington Carver High School of Engineering and Science.
Philadelphia School District students in the 19130 zip code attend the Martin Bache School or Laura Wheeler Waring School for kindergarten through eighth grade, as well as Benjamin Franklin High School for ninth through 12th grades. Kids may also attend Franklin Learning Center, formerly William Penn High School for Girls, which features an interdisciplinary program emphasizing computer science, the arts and business administration.
Large-scale grocer Whole Foods is just south of the neighborhood on Spring Garden Street, along the eastern banks of the Schuylkill. Journey east down Oxford Street to Broad Street, meanwhile, and find a Fresh Grocer location. There’s also an ALDI discount store north of Girard, just east of the Schuylkill banks, near iMunch.
For smaller-scale grocery shopping, there’s a slew of small corner markets in the neighborhood. Sajoma Deli Grocery features quick pick-up items and a deli lunch that could include a simple sandwich or plantains. Jefferson Food Market mostly vends beer, but also necessities like milk and shampoo.
Brewerytown Bikes is a full-service bike shop for commuters, but also rents mountain bikes. Yoga and Movement Sanctuary serves as a holistic yoga practice with an open studio option that can be paid for much like a gym membership. Pearlstein’s Furniture is a local, long-running furniture store with daily deals. Curve Conscious operates as a women’s consignment shop that specializes in clothing up to size 24.
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