Pennsport, located in the 19147 and 19148 zip codes, spanning from the Delaware River waterfront to the east, to Fourth Street to the west. North to south, it spans Washington to Snyder avenues.
Breakfast recommendations don’t come easier than in Pennsport, home to The Dutch – a darling of neighbors and food critics alike. The “Dutch Baby” breads are a favorite, along with the ring bologna benedict. After, stop by Grindcore House down the street – a vegan coffee shop and foodery – for a latte.
Diverse lunch options are aplenty in the neighborhood. Pho Ha Saigon serves a mind-bending number of takes on the savory beef noodle soup and The Wild Burrito impresses spice fiends with its mango ghost-pepper chicken burrito. To boot, Pennsport boasts South Philly’s only Federal Donuts location, for the popular fried-chicken-and-hot-donuts combo, as well as the modest-but-delicious John’s Roast Pork outpost along Snyder Avenue, which remains a hidden gem among roast pork lovers in the city who otherwise default to DiNic’s.
Cajun catfish, chicken and waffles and bread pudding stock the soul-food-heavy menu at Warmdaddy’s, where patrons can gather for a meal and a blues performance. New American plates are the marquee attraction at South Helm, a trendy BYO that sources most ingredients locally.
Point the GPS to Creme Brulee Bistro & Cafe for desserts – see: the white chocolate cake – or general sweet cravings; it also doubles as a versatile brunch and dinner option, with a menu of everything from salmon teriyaki to shakshuka.
Practically as essential to being a Philadelphian as seeing the Liberty Bell at least once, the Mummers Museum tells the story of the eccentric South Philadelphia New Year’s Day marching-and-costuming tradition – popularly known for its blue-collar origins.
Pennspot thrives as a place to be active: Rizzo Rink has set times for public ice skating, as well as a variety of classes that vary by season; Jefferson Square Park is the tree-laden destination for dog walkers; a CrossFit studio, meanwhile, is camped out on Second Street.
For a more relaxed experience, check the movie listings at The Riverview Plaza movie theater, which screens the usual blockbusters but also the occasional niche film.
The 19147 zip code is host to several Philadelphia School District public schools located just west of Pennsport, including the George W. Nebinger School, Andrew Jackson School, Eliza B. Kirkbride School, Vare-Washington Elementary School and William M. Meredith Middle School for kindergarten through eighth grade. Also near the neighborhood is the Christopher Columbus Charter School, adjacent to Columbus Square.
For grades nine through 12, local students attend Furness High School, Academy at Palumbo, just outside of the Italian Market, or the Creative and Performing Arts School on South Broad Street.
Pennsport has the unique benefit of being adjacent to Columbus Boulevard’s swath of shopping centers along the waterfront, which include a Target, Walmart, Acme Markets, Marshall’s, Home Depot and Fine Wine & Spirits.
The nearly century-old flower shop Quinn’s Florist is a gem in the neighborhood for special-occasion and holiday flowers, while Halloween Adventure springs up every fall as the city’s go-to mecca for Halloween costumes and cosmetics.
For quick food-item pickups, Disla Grocery, located down the street from Grindcore House, stocks up on produce, deli items and over-the-counter medications. There’s also a Wawa located near Columbus Boulevard – plus, cooking instructor Christina Pirello operates her food-products business Christina Cooks on Dickinson Street.
Pennsport Beer Boutique, meanwhile, stocks up on craft six-packs and hosts free tastings for the neighborhood regularly.
And for drivers, there’s also a notable smattering of auto shops – including motorcycle mechanic South Philly Cycles.
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