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Chestnut Hill (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania

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Chestnut Hill has always straddled a fine line between leafy suburb and urban center. The area was originally part of Germantown Township in Philadelphia County until it was incorporated into the City of Philadelphia under the 1854 Act of Consolidation. Geographically, the affluent Chestnut Hill is far enough away from Center City to qualify as a suburb. But it is still technically in the city proper.

Most shops and restaurants can be found along Germantown Avenue.
Most shops and restaurants can be found along Germantown Avenue.

To be fair, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is a huge city with a lot of area within its city limits. Chestnut Hill alone is served by two separate SEPTA commuter rail lines (R7 and R8 if you're keeping track), a good sign that you're in the suburbs. But the area was also once served by a trolley line, until it shut down in 1992.

The closing of the trolley is still a sore subject for area residents. In fact, the rail lines and overhead wires are still in place as if they're holding out hope for its eventual return. But the city government feels the bus lines are more efficient, and closer to Center City the rail lines are already being paved over--not a good omen for those pining for the return of the trolley.

Most of these issues aren't obvious when you visit the area. Instead you'll find a quaint hamlet with historic structures and loads of shopping. Germantown Avenue is Chestnut Hill's Main Street, but some businesses can be found on Bethlehem Pike as well. Many of the stores are unique but you'll also find some chains as well.

If you're walking south on Germantown Pike, don't turn around too soon. Continue past the old high school and car dealership and you'll be rewarded with another collection of shops and restaurants. The area is called SOHA, which stands for South of Hartwell Lane, and even if the name isn't very original, all of the shops here are.

The SOHA area is just a short walk south on Germantown Avenue.
The SOHA area is just a short walk south on Germantown Avenue.

Retail Hours

Most of the stores are open seven days a week with some exceptions for Sundays and Mondays so call ahead.

Parking

There's plenty of parking but unless you buy something, it'll cost you one dollar an hour. If you make a purchase, get your ticket validated and the parking will be free.

Visitor Center

You can also get more information at the Chestnut Hill Visitor's Center (8426 Germantown Ave., 215-247-6696).

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Events

Every autumn, the community holds the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival. There is music, food, and arts and crafts from vendors nation wide. Several blocks are closed down for the event.

Location

Chestnut Hill is located in the northwest portion of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is located about 12 miles away from Center City.

Chestnut Hill Station is a holdover from the community's trolly days.
Chestnut Hill Station is a holdover from the community's trolley days.

From the Pennsylvania Turnpike (I-276), take exit 333 toward Norristown. Keep right at the fork. Follow signs for Plymouth Meeting and merge onto West Germantown Pike. Follow Germantown Pike for approximately four miles until you enter town.

From I-476 (The Blue Route), take exit 19 toward Germantown Pike-East/Plymouth Meeting. Merge onto Chemical Road. Turn right at West Germantown Pike. Follow Germantown Pike for approximately four miles until you enter town.

Chestnut Hill is also served by two SEPTA regional rail lines: R7 and R8.

External Links

www.chestnuthillpa.com

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Accessories

Artisans on the Avenue (8436 Germantown Avenue, 215-381-0582)
BE Monogram (8127 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-8787)
Fashion Forward Design Resale (7906 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-3868)
Pacific Leather Company (8617 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1119)
Quelque Chose (8437 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-6022)

Antiques

Antique Gallery (8523 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1700)
Bird in Hand Consignment Shop (8419 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-2473)
Chestnut Hill Resale (98 Bethlehem Pike, 215-248-6033)
George T. Hobe Antiques (8407 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-5733)
Lavender Hill (8121 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-5591)
Leather Bucket (84 Bethlehem Pike, 215-242-1140)
McCarty Gallery (7733 Winston Road, 215-247-5220)
The Philadelphia Print Shop (8441 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-4750)

Apparel

Artisans on the Avenue (8436 Germantown Avenue, 215-381-0582)
BE Monogram (8127 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-8787)
Chestnut Hill Sports (8628 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-6167)
El Quetzal (8427 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-6588)
Fashion Forward Design Resale (7906 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-3868)
Happy Butterfly (8419 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-3733)
Mango (8442 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-9299)
Monkey Business Benefit Shop (8624-B Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1835)
Pacific Leather Company (8617 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1119)
Quelque Chose (8437 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-6022)
Sanctuary Yoga Shop (8611 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3150)
Talbots (8400 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-0515)

Arts and Crafts

Bumble Beads (7833 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-1909)
Fabrics on the Hill (8434 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-3485)
The Tangled Web (7709 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-1271)
Village Earth Bead Market (8442 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1317)

Children's

Lemons & Limes (8133 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3080)

Coffee and Dessert

Borders Book Shop (8701 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1213)
Bredenbeck's Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor (8126 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-7374)
Cake (8501 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-6887)
Chestnut Hill Coffee Company (8620 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-8600)
Metropolitan Bakery (8607 Germantown Avenue, 215-753-9001)
The Night Kitchen Bakery (7725 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-9235)
Roller's Expresso (8341 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-7715)
Zipf's Candies (8433-B Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1877)

Dining

Campbell's Place (8337 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-1818)
Caruso's Market (8424 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-4134)
Chestnut Grill and Sidewalk Cafe (8229 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-7570)
CinCin Restaurant (7838 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-8800)
Cosimo's Pizza Cafe (8624 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-9900)
Cuba Fine Cuban Cuisine (8609 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-4422)
Fiesta Pizza (8339 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-4141)
King's Garden (8225 Germantown Avenue, 215-753-0246)
McNally's Tavern (8634 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-9736)
Osaka Japanese Restaurant (8605 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-5900)
Roller's at Flying Fish (8142 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-0707)
Solaris Grille (8201 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3400)
Starbucks Coffee (8515 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3860)
A Taste of Philly (8513 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-2217)
Tavern on the Hill (8636 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-9948)

Electronics

Chapline Computers (8022 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-4357)
Chestnut Hill Camera (8614 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-0263)
Community Audio (8020 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-4080)
The Photo Workshop (8011 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-0740)

Florists

Chestnut Hill Flower & Garden (7639 Germantown Avenue, 610-279-5569)
Robertson's Flowers (8501 Germantown Avenue, 800-242-6002)

Framing

Chestnut Hill Gallery & Frame Shoppe (8117 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-2549)
Rich Genga Fine Framing (8609 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-8322)

Footwear

Fashion Forward Design Resale (7906 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-3868)
Monkey Business Benefit Shop (8624-B Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1835)
Pacific Leather Company (8617 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1119)

Galleries

Bumble Beads (7833 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-1909)
The Carol Schwartz Gallery (101 Bethlehem Pike, 215-242-4510)
Chestnut Hill Gallery & Frame Shoppe (8117 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-2549)
McCarty Gallery (7733 Winston Road, 215-247-5220)

Gift Shops

Artisans on the Avenue (8436 Germantown Avenue, 215-381-0582)
Caleb Meyer Studio (8520 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-9250)
Cobblestones Fine Gifts (8433 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-3180)
El Quetzal (8427 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-6588)
Happy Butterfly (8419 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-3733)
Intermission (8405 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-8515)
Lemons & Limes (8133 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3080)
Quelque Chose (8437 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-6022)
Robertson's Flowers (8501 Germantown Avenue, 800-242-6002)
The Paperia (8521 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-8521)
Ten Thousand Villages (8331 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3040)

Gourmet

Baker Street Bread Company (8009 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-2500)
Chestnut Hill Cheese Shop (8509 Germantown Avenue, 888-343-3327)
Drake's Gourmet Foods & Catering (8419 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-5911)
Manny's Place (8229 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-4600)
Omaha Steaks (8518 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1810)
Penzeys Spices (8528 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-0770)

Health and Beauty

The Apothecary Garden (7721 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-2110)
Sanctuary Yoga Shop (8611 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3150)

Home Furnishings

Bird in Hand Consignment Shop (8419 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-2473)
The Candle Shop (8432 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1459)
Chestnut Hill Resale (98 Bethlehem Pike, 215-248-6033)
Cobblestones Fine Gifts (8433 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-3180)
Diane Bryman Oriental Rugs (8038 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-4100)
Hill Company (8615 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-7600)
Host Interiors (8236 Germantown Avenue, 215-967-1196)
Mango (8442 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-9299)
Kilian Hardware (8450 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-0945)
Kitchen Kapers (8530 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-2866)
Lavender Hill (8121 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-5591)
The Perfect Stitch (8012 Germantown Avenue, 215-280-7747)
Rug Rack (8219 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-0404)
Ten Thousand Villages (8331 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3040)

Jewelry

Artisans on the Avenue (8436 Germantown Avenue, 215-381-0582)
Bird in Hand Consignment Shop (8419 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-2473)
Bumble Beads (7833 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-1909)
Caleb Meyer Studio (8520 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-9250)
The Carol Schwartz Gallery (101 Bethlehem Pike, 215-242-4510)
Cobblestones Fine Gifts (8433 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-3180)
Delphine Gallery (8435 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-3855)
El Quetzal (8427 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-6588)
Mango (8442 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-9299)
Pacific Leather Company (8617 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1119)
Sanctuary Yoga Shop (8611 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3150)
Ten Thousand Villages (8331 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3040)

Music

Borders Book Shop (8701 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-1213)
Hideaway Music (8612 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-4434)

Pets

The Bone Appetite (8505 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-4292)
Phillydogspot (8640-A Germantown Avenue, 215-268-7944)

Sporting Goods

Chestnut Hill Sports (8628 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-6167)

Stationary

The Paperia (8521 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-8521)

Tea Rooms

The Hill Tea Bar (6 East Hartwell Lane, 215-381-2226)

Tobacco

BnB International Cigars & Accessories (7920 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-6776)
The Pipe Rack (8433 Germantown Avenue, 215-242-3625)

Toys and Games

Happy Butterfly (8419 Germantown Avenue, 215-248-3733)
O'Doodles Toy Store (8335 Germantown Avenue, 215-247-7405)

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