The Loft District, also known as Callowhill, spans from Seventh Street to the east, to Broad Street to the west. North to south, it encompasses Spring Garden Street to Vine Street. Residents adopt the 19107 and 19123 zip codes.
For coffee, hike to W/N W/N Coffee Bar on Spring Garden Street, which serves roasts from Center City’s Elixr and functions as a worker-owned cooperative cafe.
Breakfast is served at neighborhood hangout Cafe Lift, which snugly fits the neighborhood’s industrial aesthetic by operating out of a refurbished factory building. Go for the sauerkraut-topped Polish benedict, or a sausage frittata. Otherwise, head to Prohibition Taproom for savory pancakes or, a staple of the area, scrapple.
From the owners of Cafe Lift is Bufad Pizza, which serves brunch – see: the Italian sausage and gravy – and, for lunch, a variety of pizzas and small plates like meatballs. Parada Maimon is a destination for Dominican take-out, with plantains, seafood stews and a seemingly endless array of meaty entrees. New Town Restaurant and Deli serves up an amalgam of lunch plates: ravioli, yes, but also angus burgers and honey-dipped fried chicken. .
Just across Spring Garden, Venezuelan dishes are the main attraction at Sazon, with arepas, empanadas and flank steak swarmed by a mix of beans, rice and plantains. Prohibition Taproom is also a popular dinner-and-drinks spot for residents and, specifically, guests of Union Transfer – compiling behemoth sandwiches like a short-rib cheesesteak, as well as easily shareable small plates. A sea of craft beers are also on draft.
At The Trestle Inn, don’t let the relatively modest name deceive: It’s a funky good time that harkens back to the free-spirit vibes of the ‘60s and ‘70s, the air filled with live music, the sounds of cocktails and the bounce of go-go dancers.
Of course, a major allure of Loft District living is its walking-distance proximity to Chinatown and the artisan food vendors of Reading Terminal Market, just south of the neighborhood.
Baltimore’s not the only home of Edgar Allan Poe: Fans of literature can see the Edgar Allan Poe House on Seventh Street – a home where Poe reportedly was his happiest self and most productive.
While not tourable, the Divine Lorraine Hotel is an iconic Philly landmark viewable from Broad Street.
Asian Arts Initiative serves and displays work from Asian American artists, also offering workshops and hosting community events. Underground Arts is one of the most diverse performing arts venues in the city, showcasing everything from indie-rock concerts to poetry slams. PhilaMOCA hosts concerts, but also talks and film screenings.
Fitness junkies can head to Roots Yoga for workshops that cater to all levels of yoga. Acupuncture is also available.
Union Transfer is the most well-known attraction of the neighborhood, with nationally touring indie acts. Right on the eastern boundary of the neighborhood, in a similar vein, is The Electric Factory – which has brought in big-ticket acts like Kesha and Lady Gaga before they hit their stride.
The neighborhood will eventually be home to the in-construction Viaduct Rail Park, spanning three miles of the viaduct.
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. Folk-Arts Cultural Treasures Charter School is a public-charter option in the neighborhood, for middle grades, and Holy Redeemer School is a private Catholic high school for both elementary and middle grades.
Students who live in the 19123 zip code attend the General Philip Kearny School or the Spring Garden School for elementary and middle grades, and Benjamin Franklin High School for ninth through 12th grades. The William W. Bodine School for International Affairs is a special admission public option in the neighborhood for high school.
Major grocers sit just outside the neighborhood – namely, MOM’s Organic Market on Market Street, as well as Reading Terminal Market on Filbert Street. Though, in the neighborhood, Trebol Supermarket is ideal for quick pickups.
Liao Collection Asian Antiques has a stunning collection enjoyable even for those just window shopping. A slew of auto shops also dot the neighborhood.
The Loft District will be within walking distance of the 838,000 square feet of retail space as part of the Philadelphia Fashion District when it finishes construction on Market Street, at the former location of The Gallery shopping mall.
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