Point Breeze is a southwest neighborhood that spans 18th Street to the east and 25th Street to the west, and, running north to south, Washington Avenue to Mifflin Street. Residents adopt the 19145 and 19146 zip codes.
For leisurely amenities, Point Breeze is best known for its offerings on Point Breeze Avenue, historically recognized as a commercial corridor that runs diagonally much in the same way Passyunk Avenue does to the east – and continues to develop in recent years.
There, residents can mosey over to The Tasty Toast, a modest diner with an affordable breakfast menu – mostly omelets and platters – with specials like shrimp and grits, as well as smoothies that vary by season. Also on the avenue for breakfast bites: On Point, a bistro owned and operated by neighborhood chefs who infuse a slight Latin twist to the menu – like a sweet potato waffle and corn pancakes; plus, OCF Coffeehouse, which serves coffee, espresso and pastries in a modern corner outfit.
Spacious 4,000-square-foot Chick’s – complete with a garage door for warm spring days – on Washington Avenue makes for a casual dinner, offering crowd-pleasers like pizza, wings, as well as hearty sandwiches. Aprons, on the threshold of Point Breeze and Grays Ferry, is a go-to for soul food classics like meatloaf and collard greens. Philly Tacos at 20th and Reed streets, an Italian Market original with a chef from Mexico City, has an expansive Mexican menu of cemitas, tacos, quesadillas and queso.
On Point, of note, also stays open for dinner, with a pillowy potato gnocchi and a special burger with thousand island sauce on the menu.
Burg’s Hideaway Lounge is the go-to for after-work drinks, bar munchies and tropical cocktails. On 21st Street, find Madira Bar & Grill, home to an endless array of craft beers and warm tandoor baked breads.
At 20th and Tasker streets is Ralph Brooks Park, a collaborative project between the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, Urban Roots and Mural Arts Program in 2015 that produced a basketball court, new playground equipment and a community vegetable garden – plus, a feel-good mural by artist Steve Powers.
Another local park is Chews Playground, a wide-open green space at Washington Avenue and 18th Street that’s ideal for sporting events and sunny afternoons when kids just want to burn energy. This, in addition to a variety of youth activities operated out of Wharton Square park.
Tuck Barre & Yoga operates out of a corner spot at 1155 S. 20th St., with weekly classes for both beginners and experts – with a drop-in option always available. There’s also a CrossFit location at 25th and Morris streets and a neighboring martial arts academy.
The Free Library of Philadelphia operates Queen Memorial Library at 23rd and Federal streets.
Moreover, because of its close proximity to Graduate Hospital and Newbold, Point Breeze shares many amenities – like Marian Anderson Park to the north, as well as Bouvier Garden at 18th and Reed streets.
Schools near the 19146 zip code include the public George W. Childs School, Edward Stanton Middle School and Chester A. Arthur School, as well as the public-charter Independence Charter School, for kindergarten through eighth grade.
The 19145 zip code, in addition, contains or is in close proximity to the Stephen Girard School at 18th Street and Snyder Avenue, the Preparatory Charter School of Mathematics, Science Technology and Careers on Point Breeze Avenue and F. Amedee Bregy Elementary School, with South Philadelphia High School at Broad Street and Snyder Avenue.
These, in addition to private schools The Philadelphia School and Philadelphia Free School, several Catholic private schools and citywide high schools like Benjamin Franklin High School on North Broad Street.
Just south of the neighborhood is Acme Markets at 20th Street and Oregon Avenue.
Scattered throughout the neighborhood are corner markets, delis, salons, auto shops and a dollar store, with a seafood market and liquor store located on Point Breeze Avenue. There’s also a kitchen and tile shop on Washington Avenue.
Those living in the eastern stretch of the neighborhood are a hop and a skip from East Passyunk Avenue food and boutique shopping; those living toward the northern end are near the boutique and books shopping found on South Street West.
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