Fishtown forms a triangle shape, its tip stretching from York Street south to the Delaware River, its width spanning east of Frankford Avenue to the waterfront. Residents live in the 19125 zip code.
Fishtown residents are fortunate to be able to start their day with two of the best coffee shops in town: ReAnimator Coffee, which roasts all sorts of flavorful beans for wholesale and by-the-cup at their Susquehanna Avenue shop, as well as nationally renowned La Colombe, which operates its largest shop – truly, its flagship – on Frankford Avenue, complete with a tasting room, full food menu and a selection of rums.
Dinner options are properly indulgent, ranging from the smoked meats and comfort foods of Fette Sau to the near-confusingly casual Irish pub Murph’s, host to one of the finest Italian menus in the city. New to the neighborhood is the hard-to-miss, post-apocalyptic-themed Mad Rex, with a truck shooting flames just outside its doorstep to lure in patrons and a delicious meat-heavy menu to keep them there.
Bottle Bar East serves a comfort-food dinner, with a Philly cheesesteak with a homemade cheese sauce, plus burgers and cauliflower tacos. Just down Frankford Avenue are the well-rounded hotspots Frankford Hall, an indoor/outdoor bar & restaurant styled after a German biergarten, serving up cold brews, burgers and pretzels.
At the corner of Frankford Avenue and Girard Avenue, Garage North serves a seemingly endless selection of craft brews in a large indoor/outdoor space peppered with weathered automotive memorabilia.
Across the street is Joe’s Steaks, a popular spot for cheesesteaks, burgers and milkshakes. One block away is Sancho Pistola’s, where adventurous drinkers can brace themselves for the bite of a mezcal, followed up with a late-night-eats happy hour consisting of half-off tacos.
And if the sweet tooth is aching for a fix, the discreetly located Ramona Susan’s Bakeshop promises desserts just like mom made – only, debatably, even better.
While the Delaware River Waterfront itself is nature’s main attraction in the neighborhood, it’s Penn Treaty Park that’s the gem on a granular level – residing on the western bank of the river, featuring stunning views of the bridge and a tree memorialized as the one-time meeting spot where William Penn made a treaty with the Lenape tribe.
Those elsewhere in the neighborhood, along Frankford Avenue, can enjoy Palmer Park, a more traditional urban park with plenty of green space to spread out and enjoy good weather.
In recent years, The Fillmore has evolved as a marquee attraction of the neighborhood – a concert venue managed by Live Nation that rakes in national touring artists ranging from pop artists like Niall Horan to indie bluegrass acts.
District students in the 19125 zip code attend the Horatio B. Hackett School, just off Frankford Avenue, for kindergarten through fifth grade, and Penn Treaty High School for sixth through 12th grades. Students may also attend the K-8 Alexander Adaire School at 1300 Palmer Street, supported by the neighborhood’s Friends of Adaire organization.
Right across the southwest border of the neighborhood is Acme Markets, a regional supermarket planted next to the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons. Other grocers include Parsley & Sage, which vends organic produce and a variety of flowers, Italian deli-market Castellino’s and a handful of other small corner grocers.
Along the western edge of the neighborhood, there’s a location of popular Austin, Texas-based prepared-meals-to-go outpost Snap Kitchen – known for nutritious and convenient eats that eliminate the pains of meal planning.
A quick drive northeast or southeast along Delaware Avenue will take residents to big-box retailers like Target and Walmart, among others.
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