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South Street (Philadelphia), Pennsylvania

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Every city worth its salt has at least one area where everyone goes to party. In Philly that neighborhood is South Street. And they don't just party. They rock! South Street has undergone many transformations over the years, but one thing remains the same. You can always find nightclubs, bars playing live music, and crowds of people ready to party. With a vibrant night life, South Street is still on the cutting edge of fashion, music, and dining.

The shops on South Street offer a little something for everyone.
The shops on South Street offer a little something for everyone.

Once known as Cedar Street, it formed the southern boundary of the city of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, which explains how the street got its current name. The street is also the boundary between the Society Hill neighborhood to the north and the Queen Village neighborhood to the south. For many years South Street served as the city's garment district, primarily selling men's business suits.

A "Crosstown Expressway" was planned and would have been built right along South Street, destroying the community. Businesses moved out and property values plummeted. Bohemians, taking advantage of the low real estate costs, swooped in and opened stores, coffee houses, bars, and nightclubs. Needless to say the expressway was never built and South Street stuck around, but with a new attitude.

The area's designation as Philly's capital of cool was cemented. People came to South Street to see Philly's music scene. And for years the area was known for its hippies and eventually its punkers. In 1988, The Dead Milkman released a song, Punk Rock Girl, which prominently featured South Street and even made reference to Zipperhead a local punk-rock mecca, selling punk clothing, music, and other accoutrements.

But Zipperhead has since closed and chain stores moved in. South Street continues to struggle with its identity. The area has been referred to by some as a tourist trap or and outdoor mall. They don't usually mean it as a compliment. Having a Gap in the neighborhood does challenge its punker creds.

However, recently the Gap closed. And Zipperhead has reopened under the Crash Bang Boom (528 South 4th Street, 215-928-1123) moniker, albeit just off South Street. Ironically, part of the move was precipitated by rising real estate costs. But even if some consider the area a tourist trap, so what? You can still enjoy all of the shopping, dining, site seeing, and people watching that South Street has to offer.

Enjoy people watching while dining at Jon's Bar and Grille, birthplace of one of The Three Stooges.
Enjoy people watching while dining at Jon's Bar and Grille, birthplace of one of The Three Stooges.

Crash Bang Boom should give you an idea of some of the cutting edge stores you'll find in the area. There are also no less than three adult toy stores on South Street alone. And the area continues to be a clothing mecca for Philly, and most of the options available are certainly hipper than the men's business suits of year's past. You'll also find a large assortment of stores selling antiques and home furnishings. With a wide variety of unique stores, and just a few chains, your legs will give out long before you run out of places to shop.

Retail Hours

Shops are open seven days a week and many stay open late to take advantage of the area's night life.

Parking

South Street is easy to get to off of I-95. However traffic in the area can be really tight. Be prepared for stop and go driving on South Street itself. One suggestion is to park in a quiet pay parking lot off Columbus Avenue and then take the elevated walkway (which is handicap accessible) across I-95. It's a little more walking but you'll experience a lot less stress driving around the area, and besides the view from the walkway is excellent.

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Tips

No trip to Philly would be complete without getting an authentic Philly cheese steak, and
Jim's Steaks (400 South Street, 215-928-1911) is just the place to get one. Make sure to get yours with Cheese Whiz (or Whiz as they call it) if you want the authentic experience.

Also check out the historic architecture of Society Hill, the tony district just to the north. If you're spending an entire day or weekend in Philadelphia, check out Manayunk, or Chestnut Hill during the day and then hit South Street for its night life.

Location

Public art marches across I-95 just to the east of South Street.
Public art marches across I-95 just to the east of South Street.

South Street is located just south of Philadelphia's Center City. It is about one hundred miles from both New York City and Baltimore, Maryland.

From I-95 northbound, take exit 20 toward Washington Ave. Turn left at South Columbus Avenue. You'll see the parking lot on the left. You'll have to pass it and then make a U-turn before turning right into the lot.

From I-95 southbound, take exit 22 for Callowhill Street toward Independence Hall. Turn left at Callowhill Street. Turn right at North Columbus Avenue. Proceed for about a mile and a half. The parking lot will be on your right.

The walkway across I-95 is handicap accessible and will drop you off at the far eastern end of South Street.

External Links

www.southstreet.com

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Accessories

Bella Boutique (527 South 4th Street, 215-923-8174)
Crash Bang Boom (528 South 4th Street, 215-928-1123)
Curiosity Shoppe (525 South 4th Street, 215-413-2301)
Dudes Boutique (646 South Street, 215-928-0661)
eModa (325-327 South Street, 866-55-eModa)
Guacamole (506 South Street, 215-923-6174)
Hats in the Belfry (245 South Street, 215-922-6770)
Lulu.ish (520 South Street, 215-627-1243)
Nangellini Fiber Art (832 South Street, 215-413-5001)
Siglo Accessories (644 South Street, 215-238-9561)
South Street Hats (810 South Street, 215-829-1600)
Temptation (407 South Street, 215-923-0174)
Wilbur Vintage Designer Clothes & Accessories (716 South 4th Street, 215-413-5809)

Adult

Condom Kingdom (437 South Street, 215-829-1668)
E-Zone (523 South Street, 215-592-7302)
The Mood (531 South Street, 215-413-1930)

Antiques

Anastacia's Antiques (617 Bainbridge Street, 215-928-9111)
Antiquarian's Delight (615 South 6th Street, 215-592-0256)
C. Neri Antiques & Lighting (313 South Street, 215-923-6669)
Orphelin Vintage Boutique (720 South 5th Street, 215-238-8873)
Philly AIDS Thrift (514 Bainbridge Street, 215-922-3186)

Apparel

Agent Aloha (506 South Street, 215-238-5880)
Bella Boutique (527 South 4th Street, 215-923-8174)
Black Blue Inc. (611 South Street, 215-922-2414)
City Blue/Lady Blue (635 South Street, 215-923-0933)
Crash Bang Boom (528 South 4th Street, 215-928-1123)
Curiosity Shoppe (525 South 4th Street, 215-413-2301)
Decades Vintage (615 Bainbridge Street, 215-923-3135)
The Denim Bar (113 South Street, 267-320-6172)
eModa (325-327 South Street, 866-55-eModa)
Floss (522 South 4th Street, 215-351-0795)
Guacamole (506 South Street, 215-923-6174)
Hope On 7th Street (700 Bainbridge Street, 215-413-2301)
Image On South (303 1/2 South Street, 215-351-0101)
Lulu.ish (520 South Street, 215-627-1243)
Nikki London (520 South 4th Street, 215-922-3536)
Pearl of Africa Gates of Zion (624 South Street, 215-413-8995)
Pimp My Tee (428 South Street, 267-519-9461)
Temptation (407 South Street, 215-923-0174)
Trunk Show Boutique (313 Bainbridge Street, 215-925-1207)
Tullycross (110 South Street, 215-925-1995)
Unica Kids (321-323 South Street, 215-940-2722)
Unica Women's Apparel & Footwear (331 South Street, 215-928-3773)
Urban Tees & Gifts (209 South Street, 215-627-3366)
Wilbur Vintage Designer Clothes & Accessories (716 South 4th Street, 215-413-5809) Yesterday's Treasure (603 South 9th Street, 215-923-0364)

Arts and Crafts

Beadworks (619 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-413-2323)
Nangellini Fiber Art (832 South Street, 215-413-5001)
Pearl Art & Craft (417 South Street, 215-238-1900)

Books

Atlantic Books (920 South Street, 215-592-1275)
Atomic City Comics (642 South Street, 215-625-9613)
Brickbat Books (709 South 4th Street, 215-592-1207)
Coronet Books (311 Bainbridge Street, 215-925-2762)
Garland of Letters Bookstore(527 South Street, 215-923-5946)
Headhouse Books (619 South 2nd Street, 215-923-9525)
Mostly Books (529 Bainbridge Street, 215-238-9838)
Wooden Shoe Books & Records (704 South Street, 215-413-0999)

Coffee and Dessert

Alhambra Cafe (607 South 3rd Street, 215-922-2202)
The Bean Cafe (615 South Street, 215-629-2250)
Chapterhouse Cafe & Gallery (620 South 9th Street, 215-238-2626)
Dairy Queen (514 South Street, 215-629-5870)
Haagen-Dazs (242 South Street, 215-925-3373)
Philadelphia Java Company (518 South 4th Street, 215-928-1811)
Pink Rose Pastry Shop (630 South 4th Street, 215-592-0565)
Red Hook Coffee & Tea (765 South 4th Street, 215-923-0178)
Rita's Water Ice (239 South Street, 215-629-3910)
Starbucks Coffee (347 South Street, 215-627-4060)
Starbucks Coffee (600 South 9th Street, 215-923-2389)

Dining

Alyan's Restaurant (603 South 4th Street, 215-922-3553)
Ansill Food & Wine (627 South 3rd Street, 215-627-2485)
Auntie Anne's Pretzels (411 South Street, 215-238-0777)
Ava Restaurant (518 South 3rd Street, 215-922-3282)
Bistro Romano (120 Lombard Street, 215-925-8880)
Bistrot La Minette (623 South 6th Street, 215-925-8000)
Blarney South Bar and Grill (328 South Street, 215-413-8294)
Blue Bananas Cafe (223 South Street, 215-351-0113)
Bridget Foy's American Grill (200 South Street, 215-922-1813)
Cafe Nola (414 South 2nd Street, 215-574-1687)
Cedars Middle Eastern & Lebanese Cuisine (616 South 2nd Street, 215-925-4950)
Chickpeas Falafel & Grill (630 South Street, 215-922-0300)
Chick's Cafe & Wine Bar (614 South 7th Street, 215-625-3700)
Copabanana (344 South Street, 215-923-6180)
Coquette Bistro & Raw Bar (700 South 5th Street, 215-238-9000)
Core de Roma (214 South Street, 215-592-9777)
Creperie Beaumonde (624 South 6th Street, 215-592-0656)
Dark Horse Pub (421 South 2nd Street, 215-928-9307)
Downey's Irish Pub & Restaurant (526 South Front Street, 215-625-9500)
Famous 4th Street Delicatessen (700 South 4th Street, 215-922-3274)
Fez Moroccan Restaurant (620 South 2nd Street, 215-925-5367)
Gaja Gaja Restaurant (627 South Street, 215-923-0313)
Gianna's Grille (507 South 6th Street, 215-829-GG4U)
Gnocchi (613 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-592-8300)
Golden Empress Garden (610 South 5th Street, 215-627-7666)
Hikaru Japanese Restaurant (607 South 2nd Street, 215-627-7110)
Horizons Philadelphia New Vegan Cuisine (611 South 7th Street, 215-923-6117)
Hostaria Da Elio (615 South 3rd Street, 215-925-0930)
Ishkabibble's Eatery (337 South Street, 215-923-4337)
Jim's Steaks (400 South Street, 215-928-1911)
Johnny Rockets (443 South Street, 215-829-9222)
Jon's Bar & Grille (300 South Street, 215-592-1390)
La Fourno Ristorante Trattoria (636 South Street, 215-627-9000)
La Pizzeria (433 South Street, 215-592-7079)
Las Bugambilias (148 South Street, 215-922-3190)
The Latest Dish (613 South 4th Street, 215-629-0565)
Le Champignon de Tokio (124-126 Lombard Street, 215-922-2515)
Lickety Split (401 South Street, 215-413-3434)
Lorenzo and Sons Pizza (305 South Street, 215-627-4110)
Lovash Indian Cuisine (236 South Street, 215-925-3881)
Lucky's Cantina (225 South Street, 215-922-2062)
Maki House (240 South Street, 215-351-0868)
Mango Bush (524 South 4th Street, 215-625-2410)
Manny Brown's Bar and Grill (512 South Street, 215-627-7427)
Maoz (248 South Street, 215-625-3500)
Marrakesh Restaurant (517 South Leithgow Street, 215-925-5929)
Mustard Green Restaurant (622 South 2nd Street, 215-627-0833)
Niji Sushi House (620 South 2nd Street, 215-574-1557)
Olympia Pizza (616 South Street, 215-592-6574)
Paddy Whacks Pub (150 South Street, 215-464-7544)
Pad Thai (604 South 2nd Street, 215-592-1168)
Pietro's Coal Oven Pizzeria (121-123 South Street, 215-733-0675)
Rich City Chinese Restaurant (512 South 5th Street, 215-923-2800)
S & H Kebab House (611 East Passyunk Avenue, 267-639-3214)
South Garden Chinese Restaurant (220 South Street, 215-413-0200)
South Street Diner (140 South Street, 215-627-5258)
South Street Philly Bagels (613 South 3rd Street, 215-627-6277)
South Street Souvlaki (509 South Street, 215-925-3026)
Southwark Restaurant (701 South 4th Street, 215-238-1888)
Steaks On South (308 South Street, 215-922-7880)
Steve's Steaks (650 South Street, 215-629-9232)
Supper (926 South Street, 215-592-8180)
Sushi Planet (624 South 3rd Street, 215-922-5000)
Tamarind Thai Restaurant (117 South Street, 215-925-2764)
Tattooed Mom Restaurant (530 South Street, 215-238-9880)
Xochitl (408 South 2nd Street, 215-238-7280)
Zot Restaurant (122 Lombard Street, 267-639-3260)

Florists

All Occasions Flowers (1002 South Street, 215-467-5500)
Poppy (616 South 6th Street, 215-574-1221)
South Street Florist (418 South Street, 215-238-0504)

Footwear

Adidas (436 South Street, 267-514-1952)
Bare Feet Shoes (425 South Street, 215-922-0488)
Bella Boutique (527 South 4th Street, 215-923-8174)
Benjamin Lovell Shoes (318 South Street, 215-238-1969)
Bus Stop Boutique (750 South 4th Street, 215-627-2357)
City Blue/Lady Blue (635 South Street, 215-923-0933)
Curiosity Shoppe (525 South 4th Street, 215-413-2301)
Dudes Boutique (646 South Street, 215-928-0661)
eModa (325-327 South Street, 866-55-eModa)
Michele Olivieri (629 South Street, 215-925-3715)
Payless Shoesource (410 South Street, 215-625-2809)
Samsun Footwear (324 South Street, 215-829-1160)
Unica Kids (321-323 South Street, 215-940-2722)
Unica Women's Apparel & Footwear (331 South Street, 215-928-3773)

Framing

New Image Art & Framing (601 South 9th Street, 215-733-0577)
Three Trees Fine Art & Custom Framing (722 South 4th Street, 215-922-4533)

Galleries

Aphrodite Gallery (704 South 5th Street, 215-829-4986)
deVecchis Gallery (404 1/2 South Street, 215-922-5708)
Eye's Gallery (402 South Street, 215-925-0193)
Made By Hand Gallery (112 South Street, 215-625-9030)
Millennium Art Gallery (217 South Street, 215-925-3688)
Nangellini Fiber Art (832 South Street, 215-413-5001)
New Image Art & Framing (601 South 9th Street, 215-733-0577)
Pageant Soloveev (607 Bainbridge Street, 215-925-1535)
Philadelphia's Magic Gardens (1020 South Street, 215-733-0390)
Three Trees Fine Art & Custom Framing (722 South 4th Street, 215-922-4533)
Teapot Teapot (621 South 2nd Street, 215-275-4489)

Gift Shop

Big Green Earth Store (934 South Street, 267-909-8661)
Eye's Gallery (402 South Street, 215-925-0193)
Hocus Pocus Magic Shop (523 South 4th Street, 215-629-8300)
Mineralistic (319 South Street, 215-922-7199)
Pearl of Africa Gates of Zion (624 South Street, 215-413-8995)
Tullycross (110 South Street, 215-925-1995)
Urban Tees & Gifts (209 South Street, 215-627-3366)

Health and Beauty

Perfumes of Venus (622 South Street, 215-925-3430)

Home Furnishings

Behind Closed Doors (752 South 4th Street, 215-238-9155)
Beyond the Wall (415 South Street, 215-238-1722)
C. Neri Antiques & Lighting (313 South Street, 215-923-6669)
Cohen & Co. Hardware & Home Goods (615 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-922-3493)
Eye's Gallery (402 South Street, 215-925-0193)
Home Gallery (720 South Street, 215-627-6065)
Kroungold's Furniture (710 South 5th Street, 215-925-2483)
Mineralistic (319 South Street, 215-922-7199)
Teapot Teapot (621 South 2nd Street, 215-275-4489)
Tiffany City Lighting (343 South Street, 267-408-5688)

Jewelry

Armed & Dangerous (623 South 4th Street, 215-922-4525)
Bangles & Beads Jewelers (213 South Street, 215-627-0452)
Beadworks (619 East Passyunk Avenue, 215-413-2323)
Eye's Gallery (402 South Street, 215-925-0193)
H. Bandi Fine Jewelers (648 South Street, 215-925-9600)
Made By Hand Gallery (112 South Street, 215-625-9030)
Milan Jewelers (309 South Street, 215-627-3856)
Mineralistic (319 South Street, 215-922-7199)
MK Jewelers (620 South Street, 215-923-1500)
Nikki London (520 South 4th Street, 215-922-3536)
Nova Ice (441 South Street, 215-238-0420)
Pearl of Africa Gates of Zion (624 South Street, 215-413-8995)
Platinum and Ice (637 South Street, 215-923-1496)
Rome Jewelers (404 South Street, 215-627-0624)
Royalty Jewelry (335 South Street, 215-629-5500)
Soho (521 South Street, 215-440-9922)
Temptation (407 South Street, 215-923-0174)
Trunk Show Boutique (313 Bainbridge Street, 215-925-1207)
Tullycross (110 South Street, 215-925-1995)

Music

Bluebond Guitars (511 South 4th Street, 215-829-1690)
IsoTank Music (732 South 4th Street, 215-861-0313)
Mostly Books (529 Bainbridge Street, 215-238-9838)
Noise Pollution Records (619 South 4th Street, 215-627-7246)
Philadelphia Record Exchange (618 South 5th Street, 215-925-7892)
Repo Records (538 South Street, 215-627-3775)
Wooden Shoe Books & Records (704 South Street, 215-413-0999)

Sporting Goods

Bicycle Revolutions (712 South 4th Street, 215-629-2453)

Tobacco

SJ Cigars (524 South 3rd Street, 215-440-0776)

Toys and Games

Game Stop (505 South Street, 215-625-0795)

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