8.1 out of 10

Old City

Ranked 8th best neighborhood in Philadelphia
39.9519410530105 -75.1464062363059
Great for
  • Eating Out
  • Nightlife
  • Public Transport
  • Clean & Green
  • Parks & Recreation
Not great for
  • Cost of Living
  • Parking
  • Childcare
  • Lack of Traffic
  • Resale or Rental Value
Who lives here?
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Families with kids
  • Trendy & Stylish

Reviews

4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 4/5
2yrs+

"A lovely peice of old times meets modernization"

Olde city is a very connected place and offers various opportunities for everyone. It is a nice neighborhood for families as it has two parks in the vicinity. It has specifically great great restaurants and night life. The clubs are happening all night long and you can find everything from great to drinks to great music to great company. There are two theaters near by in center city that have shows running all through the year. It is also very close to the Philadelphia Art Museum if you are an art lover. Personally, I love to run and it is a great place to run. There are also hospitals and pharmacies in the area so there is no worry in emergencies. Thy have movie theaters close by as well, so all entertainment is taken care of.

At the end of the day Olde city is ideal because of its proximity to everything you need. Its also a pretty and friendly area with old style architecture.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
3/5 rating details
  • Safe & Sound 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 4/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

""Old-World" with New Life."

The strong historic roots of Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, come to life in Old City. Old City, located along the Delaware River between Front and 6th streets, is home to the historic district, arts and culture, and an energetic nightlife.

The Independence National Historical Park is Old City’s main attraction, which contains Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, the Constitution Center and the Betsy Ross House. These notable landmarks celebrate the founding of our nation, and as a result the area draws crowds of tourists from around the globe. It is also home to the oldest inhabited residential street in the country, Elfreth’s Alley. This street, along with many others, is comprised of quaint row homes and cobblestone and blocks of green space. The area is safe and clean, making it a desirable location, but rent and sale prices are extremely high. As a result, residents of the area are older professionals, retirees and wealthy families.

Old City is the backdrop to Philadelphia’s First Friday – on the first Friday of every month, numerous art galleries, museums and shops open their doors free to the public, as artists and street vendors line the sidewalks selling their work. After 10pm, the streets fill with college students and young professionals, who are drawn to a variety of bars and clubs around 2nd and Market. The bars cause the area to get extremely loud on Friday and Saturday nights year-round. Pizzerias, sandwich shops and eateries are open into the night, serving partygoers as late as 2am.

The constant crowd makes parking difficult, but public transportation is extremely accessible. The SEPTA Market-Frankford line and buses make it easy to get to Center City, which is also within walking distance. Old City’s combination of history, culture and nightlife make it is busy at all hours of the day, with something for everyone.
Pros
  • Energetic Nightlife
  • Arts
  • Rich history
Cons
  • Large crowds
  • Rowdy at night
  • No parking
Recommended for
  • Professionals
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 2/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 2/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 1/5
2yrs+

"The new Old City"

Old City is exactly what the name says - the old city. This area houses some of the city's most historical buildings. With its colonial-style architecture, the neighborhood is a tourists' dream. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Betsy Ross House are just a few of the many attractions that brings hundreds of thousands of people to the city every year. Old City is also home to the National Museum of American Jewish History, the only of its kind.

Public transportation is sufficient in Old City with buses and trains that can get you to
many parts of the city. If you drive, however, parking can be a little hard to come by unless you want to pay for it. No worries, most apartment and condo complexes have garages.

During the day there are many galleries, boutiques, tech cafe's and coffee shops that line the streets. To be honest, aside from tourist season, Old City is only moderately busy during the daytime hours with most traffic accredited to working folks and kids on class trips.

At night is when the magic begins. For instance, once a month the art, design, and fashion galleries open their doors during the evening as a cooperative open house. Visitors can walk the streets going from gallery to gallery seeing some of the latest works and enjoying some pretty cool refreshments. This is mostly appreciated by the artistically inclined and their fans.

If a more upbeat environment is what you're looking for than Old City has a hugely popular nightlife. Along with restaurants which stay open late, there are tons of lounges and bars to visit if you just want to experience the scene. All these places are culturally diverse via music, food, and drinks. Whatever your style, you'll be able to find it in Old City.

By the way, if you just want to grab a bite to eat after dancing the night away, there are pizza shops throughout the entire nightlife area that stay open as late as 5 a.m. There is also a cool taco bar off of 2nd street where the guy will whip you up a chicken taco in no time flat. There is also a convenient store on Market Street that stays open until about 3 a.m. for emergency needs.

Don't let the hoopla of the nightlife make you nervous. The "club scene" is only about a 3 block radius of Old City and is on the far side of the neighborhood beside Penn's Landing which runs along the Delaware River. Also, the larger crowds are confined to Fridays and Saturdays. The rest of the week is pretty average.

Old City is a taste of Philadelphia history and an awesome place to live. There is always a learning experience for people of all ages. It allows folks to see where our country started and how far we've come.
Pros
  • Tons of learning opportunities
  • Arts
  • Rich history
  • amazing architecture
  • Great nightlife opportunities
  • Shopping
Cons
  • Sidewalks get crowded at night
  • Loud around the club scene
  • Must pay for parking if not a resident of the area
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 3/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 2/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 2/5
  • Schools 4/5
  • Childcare 2/5
2yrs+

"A Must-See Neighborhood in Philadelphia"

Packed with history and charm, Old City is a must-see spot in Philadelphia for both residents of the city and visitors. Because of this, however, Old City might not be an ideal spot to live for many. A consistent flow of tourists to this area makes parking a nightmare, and noise an issue.

Tucked along the Delaware River just east of Center City, Old City is where you'll find historic monuments and buildings. It's fun to just walk around the cobblestone streets looking at the architecture, visiting the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, and sitting in the public parks people watching. At night, the area transforms into a happening spot to go out, with plenty of bars, clubs and restaurants. Around 2am, the streets get really crowded and noisy as people leave the bars.

Living in Old City isn't cheap, as this area is considered prime real estate. Opt for a place that comes with parking to avoid having to circle the block hundreds of times looking for a spot, and buyers would best with purchasing a place that comes with a garage. Steer clear of Market Street and Chestnut Street around 2nd Street to get away from the noisiest parts of Old City.
Pros
  • Arts
  • Rich history
  • amazing architecture
  • Great nightlife opportunities
  • Shopping
Cons
  • drunk people everywhere at night
  • sidewalks get really crowded
  • No parking ever
  • streets are bumpy to drive/ride down
  • Super crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Tourists
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Clean & Green 5/5
  • Pest Free 5/5
  • Peace & Quiet 5/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 4/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 5/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 5/5
  • Parking 5/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
2yrs+

"Vibrant ‘Old World’ Neighborhood"

Old City Philadelphia is the nation’s most historic square mile. This vibrant ‘old world’ neighborhood is the home to many shops, galleries, restaurants, and historic sites.

Shopping wise, visit 3rd Street Corridor from Chestnut Street to Vine to enjoy art, design, and fashion hosted by the regions most exciting independently owned shops. It’s a style HAVEN with stellar clothing and tax free shopping!

Philadelphia’s most popular historic attractions; The Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, the National Constitution Center, Betsy Ross House, Penn’s Landing, and much more are all just minutes from each other. Of special note is the proximity to the Pennsylvania Convention Center, several nationally renowned hospitals, and high quality hotels.

Making this area even more attractive is the easy access to all major transportation arteries and is just a ten minute taxi or SEPTA ride from the Philadelphia International Airport and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station. Major bus lines to and from NYC and Washington DC are a snap to use! If you choose to drive, there are plenty of Old City parking options available.

Residents enjoy this engaging neighborhood with delightful sidewalk cafes, trees and parks, clean streets, and friendly conversation. Its a neighborhood ideal for professionals who prefer urban life as individuals, without the hustle and bustle of more densely populated areas.

Old City District: http://www.oldcitydistrict.org
Pros
  • Art, Design, and Fashion
  • Plenty of Parking Options
  • Interesting and Friendly Residents
  • Arts
  • Rich history
  • amazing architecture
  • Great nightlife opportunities
  • Shopping
Cons
  • People thinking the small club area represents all of Old City
  • Needs a Whole Foods
  • Neglected Properties
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Families with kids
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
5/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 5/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 1/5
  • Shopping Options 2/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Public Transport 1/5
  • Schools 1/5
2yrs+

"Old City - An Original"

The area known as Old City sits alongside the Delaware River and was the first neighborhood in the city. Elfreth’s Alley was the first block of homes. Many of the tiny streets such as Quince and the alleys are built of cobblestone and Belgian block. Numerous bars and restaurants line Market Street and set the stage for a lively night scene.

First Friday’s originated here bringing attention to the art galleries that are housed on the side streets. The famous October Gallery moved to Old City and set up shop amongst the vacant iron cast buildings. Many other galleries followed and October’s international exhibit in the month of the same name is now its 26 year.

It is a thriving community with numerous historic sites in its midst. Philadelphia’s diplomatic corps has also found a home here.

Public transportation reaching the entire city is accessable and frequent.

McCall School services children from K – 8 while Furness High School picks up the students after middle school.

Nearby are Christ Church, The Philadelphia Mint, Independence Hall and the National Constitution Center.
Pros
  • Arts
  • Rich history
Cons
  • drunk people everywhere at night
  • sidewalks get really crowded
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Trendy & Stylish
3/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 2/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 2/5
  • Peace & Quiet 1/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 4/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 3/5
  • Lack of Traffic 1/5
  • Parking 1/5
  • Cost of Living 1/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 3/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 3/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Old City great for new-comers"

Old City, sometimes spelled “Olde City,” is a neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia. It is bound by Front Street to the east, 6th Street to the West, Vine Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south.
Old City is a very appealing area to live in because it is the heart of Philadelphia. It offers some of the oldest and more beautiful sites in the city, including Elfreth’s Alley, which is the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the country.
Old City is one of the most popular nightlife destinations in Philadelphia. Many people from the surrounding suburbs, including New Jersey, flock here for the numerous night clubs, dive bars and lounges. The main drag for these runs along Market Street between Front and 3rd Streets. On the weekends, this area tends to get very busy and extremely noisy.
Old City is a great place to live if you have lots of money and patience. Parking can be difficult to find in this area due to so many people living here and there is almost always traffic jams. It is a great place to live if you are a young professional who wants to be part of the fast and exciting city lifestyle.
Pros
  • Great nightlife opportunities
  • Shopping
  • Fun fun fun
Cons
  • Super crowded
  • No parking ever
  • Loud
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Tourists
  • Hipsters
  • Students
  • Trendy & Stylish
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 3/5
  • Safe & Sound 3/5
  • Clean & Green 2/5
  • Pest Free 3/5
  • Peace & Quiet 2/5
  • Eating Out 4/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 3/5
  • Shopping Options 3/5
  • Gym & Fitness 3/5
  • Internet Access 4/5
  • Lack of Traffic 2/5
  • Parking 3/5
  • Cost of Living 3/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 4/5
  • Medical Facilities 3/5
  • Schools 2/5
  • Childcare 3/5
2yrs+

"Something Old, Something New"

If you are looking for a neighborhood with a rich history Old City is by far the richest. If you cannot tell by the cobblestone streets or the breath taking architecture then perhaps visiting Independence Hall or the Betsy Ross House will help fill you in.
The narrow streets were originally designed for horse drawn carriages and can be a little frustrating for motorists. Parking, which is time limited, can be slightly difficult as well depending on what time of day you are in the area. Weekend nights you are better off taking public transportation, the shops and restaurants are all within walking distance from each other so it makes it easy. Not interested in walking? You can travel bike in time on horse drawn carriage ride down the cobblestone streets.
Not only is Old City popular with tourists seeking history lessons but it is also popular with those looking for an active night out on the town. There are a plethora of dive bars and clubs in the neighborhood whose crowds fill the streets after last call. First Fridays, in which galleries in Old City showcase the work of local artists also draws huge crowds. The sidewalks can get claustrophobic at times, so if crowds are not your thing, you may want to stay away.
Pros
  • Rich history
  • Arts
  • amazing architecture
Cons
  • streets are bumpy to drive/ride down
  • sidewalks get really crowded
  • drunk people everywhere at night
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles
  • Retirees
  • Tourists
  • Gay & Lesbian
  • Students
4/5 rating details
  • Neighborly Spirit 4/5
  • Safe & Sound 4/5
  • Clean & Green 4/5
  • Pest Free 4/5
  • Peace & Quiet 4/5
  • Eating Out 5/5
  • Nightlife 5/5
  • Parks & Recreation 5/5
  • Shopping Options 5/5
  • Gym & Fitness 4/5
  • Internet Access 5/5
  • Lack of Traffic 4/5
  • Cost of Living 4/5
  • Resale or Rental Value 4/5
  • Public Transport 5/5
  • Medical Facilities 5/5
  • Schools 5/5
  • Childcare 5/5
2yrs+

"Great Walk-Ups and Red Brick Brownstones Close to Everything"

I had a great walk-up with a ton of space. It was so wonderful to use my feet to get everywhere instead of a car. I had access to restaurants, cafes, shopping and work. I really enjoyed my walks there. It's not too far from South Street where all the hip shopping can be found. The waterfront is just down from there for even more to do. I had a small park right across the street, so I could enjoy the peace and tranquility of nature right in the heart of the city. There were red brick brownstones around one edge of the park that were just lovely. It's a great place to live if you are single.
Recommended for
  • Professionals
  • Singles

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