Located northwest of Center City, Manayunk occupies the 19127 zip code, adjacent to the Schuylkill River, and a short distance from Wissahickon Park and access to I-76.
Greg’s is a destination for breakfast in Manayunk, with French toast and pancake specials, plus omelets, scrambles and breakfast burgers. For a lighter, energizing breakfast, Boostin’ Bowls serves power smoothies and plant-based-ingredient bowls. Caffeinate at Volo Coffeehouse with a cappuccino and bagel, or at Pilgrim Roasters, which keeps the focus on quality coffee and their distinct flavor profiles – at a generally more affordable price than most downtown coffee shops, even.
Tacos, tortas and milkshakes are the marquee lunch attractions at Union Taco, with flavorful oxtail and cactus taco options. Han Dynasty serves up the full menu from its original downtown locations, including lunch specials that pack some mid-day heat. For a healthy – but filling – salad, head to Winnie’s, with its menu of colorful collections like a brown rice nut salad, pear salad and “blue Colorado,” with bleu cheese, asparagus and chili-glazed chargrilled chicken.
And, of course, for a slice there’s The Couch Tomato, with organic dough, fresh-made tomato sauce and a vegan cheese option.
A dinner of American classics – accompanied by a “whisky bible” – is served at The Goat’s Beard, lovingly crafting chicken and grits, salmon roulade and various burgers. Taqueria Feliz is where to find satisfying brisket enchiladas with oaxaca cheese; Bourbon Blue whips up Southern comforts like jambalaya, gumbo and, uniquely, a gator sausage quesadilla.
For drinks, Jake’s and Cooper’s Wine Bar offers an extensive wine list complemented with small plates ranging from crab cakes to chicken liver mousse. Cactus whips up a punch-y tequila cocktail, and Manayunk Brewing Company offers all kinds of small-batch craft brews that vary by season – and are available on tap or to-go.
Among a handful of galleries in the area is Orbit Gallery, touting art pieces ranging from paintings to pottery. Notably, the Manayunk Arts Festival is held annually on the main thoroughfare, in which 200,000 collectors, buyers and designers take over Main Street for a massive showcase.
Similarly, Manayunk hosts the annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival on Main St. with food truck and samples from local restaurants, timed with a restaurant week.
Fitness gurus can make the most of the hilly atmosphere through a series of runs that happen in the main arteries of the neighborhood, like the annual Rudolph Run during the holidays. For gyms, there is a CrossFit and Sweat location and, for quirkier classes, Awakenings Pole Dance.
For park-lounging, aside from the calm of Pretzel Park, there’s the Manayunk Canal and Tow Path, as well as the banks of the Schuylkill River.
Students in the 19127 zip code may attend, for elementary and middle grades in the immediate neighborhood, the James Dobson Elementary School. High school students attend the Roxborough High School. There’s also AMY Northwest for middle school attendance, as a special admission public school in neighboring Roxborough, as well as the Walter Biddle Saul High School of Agricultural Sciences, a special admission public high school.
Also nearby is the Green Woods Charter School for elementary and middle school grades, as well as the Immaculate Heart of Mary School for Catholic school students.
For a full-service grocery experience, Acme Markets is north of the neighborhood. Locally, M & M Market is a quick stop-in for grocery essentials and deli meats, and Palm Tree Market sells produce, soups and frozen meals. Pretzel Park Farmer’s Market, a pop-up on Saturdays at the park, works with more than a dozen local farms and vendors.
Nicole Miller is a long-running fashion boutique in the neighborhood, owned and operated by a Philadelphia University graduate. LILA, meanwhile, vends international apparel, accessories and home decor. Threads on Main showcases women’s apparel and jewelry.
Pineapple on Main is a simple but stylish home decor shop with furniture and knick-knacks for every room in the house. The Little Apple rounds out the shopping options for small gifts, selling soaps, bags, glassware and more.
Comic book fans can camp out at Johnny Destructo’s for graphic novels, branded apparel and monthly meetups.
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