Spanning south to north, Port Richmond begins at Lehigh Avenue and ends at the banks of Frankford Creek. West to east, it’s bookended by Frankford Avenue and the Delaware River. Residents adopt the 19134 and 19137 zip codes.
Part of a growing Richmond Street business corridor, River Wards Cafe serves delightfully decorated lattes, homespun milkshakes and pastries – particularly donuts – from a rotation of local bakeries. For a hearty breakfast, Mercer Cafe offers mascarpone French toast and creamed chip beef in a bright setting. There’s also a Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts to the north, near Aramingo Avenue shopping amenities.
Villagio Pizza is an under-the-radar breakfast option, with omelets, breakfast sandwiches and muffins, but doubles as a take-out destination for classic and white pizzas suitable for lunch. Syrenka Luncheonette serves traditional Polish foods – stews, crepes, dumplings, borsch – a la carte and buffet-style. Regionally popular Czerw’s Kielbasy is known for authentic Polish kielbasa, with family recipes dating back to 1938. Hinge Cafe, with an all-day breakfast and lunch menu, has a thick chicken parmesan soup and refreshing light bites like a pear salad.
Bait & Switch fries up some of the best fish and chips in the city for dinner, plus the unique “bait bucket”: Old Bay French fries tossed with cheese curds and topped with clam chowder. Long-time Philly staple Tacconelli’s is where to get the perfected slice of thin-crust pizza, baked in a brick oven that’s been in use for the better part of a century.
Byrne’s Tavern is the neighborhood bar for an end-of-a-tough-day beer with locals. Gaul and Co. Malt House has a thoughtfully curated list of craft brews both local and from around the country, plus roast beef or pork sandwiches for a late-night snack.
Samuels Playground, Frank Glavin Memorial Playground, Heitzman Playground and Campbell Square are all options for kids to roam and adults to lounge for picnics and warm-day reading on the grass.
Lehigh Avenue is host to an arts festival each spring, exhibiting the works of local artists.
Front Street Gym is where aspiring boxers can be professionally trained – and even participate in tournaments.
Graffiti Pier, along the Delaware River, is an unofficial home to underground street art.
Many school buildings in the area, like the Richmond School and Thomas Powers School, are marked as historic places.
In the 19134 zip code, district students attend Port Richmond’s Richmond School for kindergarten through fifth grade, with Kensington High School for ninth through 12th grades. As part of the district’s Renaissance program, Memphis Street Charter School serves students in sixth through eighth grades, with Sankofa Freedom Academy nearby as a non-district-affiliated charter school.
Public school students in the 19137 zip code attend the Bridesburg School for elementary and middle grades. Franklin Towne Charter High School is a neighborhood public-charter option for high school grades. John Mastbaum Area Vocational Technical High School, on Frankford Avenue, is a citywide district high school.
ShopRite, Target and Walmart are located near Aramingo Avenue to the north for major grocery shopping. Polmart – think: H Mart – is the definitive spot in the neighborhood for Polish goods like kielbasa and chocolates. Supplement with other Polish goods at Krakus Restaurant.
Wilson’s sells the full spectrum of butcher-shop meats, plus grocery items like sauces and large-quantity, pre-made trays of sandwiches and wraps for party-planning. James & Amy Liberty Food Store is one of many quick corner stops for grocery items. There’s also a Wawa for additional convenience shopping.
Kmart, Babies ‘R’ Us and Lowe’s are big-box stops for home goods, apparel and furniture.
Port Richmond Books, on Richmond Street, is a former silent movie theater renovated into a used-books store that houses more than 200,000 books.
A Fine Wine & Spirits store is located across from ShopRite.
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