West Philadelphia Guide


Abyssinia Ethiopian Restaurant
Cost $: up to $10.
4500 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: 7 days a week, 10 am to 2 am
Description: Good, cheap Ethiopian food. Great neighborhood bar upstairs… the infamous Fuime, which has good people, cheap alcohol, and live music.

Allegro Pizza
Cost $: up to $10
3942 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Mon- Thurs: 11 AM- 12 AM, Fri- Sat: 11 AM- 2 AM, Sun: 12-12
Description: Pizza, sandwiches, beer, burgers, buffalo wings, pasta, subs, ice cream, shakes. A real Penn hang out.  Attire consists of at least one popped collar.  24 hour ATM on location. Free delivery. Open late on weekends.

Dahlak Restaurant
Cost $$: $11-$20
4708 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19143
Hours: Monday-Sunday 4pm-10:30pm; Bar until 2am
Description: Ethiopian/ Eritrea cuisine.  Tasty vegetarian dishes as well as chicken, beef, lamb,
and seafood.  Carry out available. Full service bar in the back of the restaurant provides cheap
drinks, outdoor patio, and occasional  live music.

Evan’s Varsity Pizza
Cost $: up to $10
4311 Locust Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 10 am to 1 am, Fri.-Sat. 11 am to 2 am
Description: A  place to have a pizza and beer.  Wide selection of beers.  Outdoor seating. Several TVs, usually tuned to the Eagles games.

Firehouse Farmer’s Market
Cost $: up to $10
701 S. 50th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19102
Hours: Mon 7am-6pm, Tues-Fri 7am-10pm, Saturday 9am-10pm, Sun 11am-7:30pm
Description: Coffee shop. Organic coffee, organic tea, free internet, wraps, smoothies. Music/Entertainment Outdoor jazz Fri. evenings (summer only).

Greek Lady Restaurant
Cost $: up to $10
222 South 40th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Description: Great fresh food with a  menu that includes traditional Greek cuisine. Catering available. Greek/ Mediterranean. Open late night (Thurs.-Sat.). Delivery

Kaffa Crossing
Cost $: up to $10
4423 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Sunday-Friday: 10am-9pm, Saturday: 10am-10pm
Description: A unique Ethiopian café offering affordable Ethiopian food (really good vegetarian options) as well as fair trade coffee. Nice and cozy atmosphere. Occasional music and special events.

Kelliann’s Tavern
Cost $: up to $10
4333 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: 11am-2am
Description: Drink specials and live music on Fridays. Casual, Neighborhood/sports Bar/Pub Happy Hour (Mon.-Fri. 4pm-6pm).  Music/Entertainment (Fridays)

Mad Mex
Cost $$: $11-$20

3401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Open for Lunch (Everyday 11:30 am to 2 pm), Late Night (11 pm to 1 am).
Happy Hour (Mon.-Fri. 4:30 pm to 6:30 pm)
Description: Mad Mex, a restaurant originally started Pittsburgh, offers tasty  California- Mexican food. Mad Mex also serves a wide selection of micro-brewed beer as well as fresh margaritas served frozen or on the rocks in yummy flavors like kiwi, mango, and strawberry. Lunch specials from $6. Half priced beer and $6 margaritas (20 ounces) during Happy Hour.

Marigold Kitchen
Cost $$$: $21-$30
501 S. 45th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Tuesday through Saturday: 5:30PM-10PM
Description: Marigold Kitchen blends modern American cuisine with the century-old tradition of University City, serving dinner Tuesday through Saturday in this landmark Victorian house on the corner of 45th and Larchwood. This charming BYO features seasonal menus and a casual, intimate atmosphere ideal for your quiet evening or special occasion.

Millcreek Tavern
Cost $: up to $10
4200 Chester Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: 11 a.m. – 2 a.m.
Description: Great live music from different bands each week. Open-mic nights.  Food, beer, music.

Cost $$: $11-$20
3636 Sansom Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Mon.-Thurs. 11:30 am to 11 pm, Fri.-Sat. 5 pm to 12 am, Sun. 5 pm to 10 pm Happy Hour (Late Night Wed Happy Hour)
Description: Pan-Asian cuisine and sushi shipped along an elliptical conveyer belt.. Music.

Restaurant School
Cost $$: $11-$20
4207 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Tues-Sat 5:30-10 pm, Pastry Shop open Mon through Sat 7:30 am-6 pm
Description: Enjoy food prepared by future chefs in  four different restaurants. Student discount: 10 percent with school identification. Open Tuesday-Saturday 5:30 p.m. -10:00 p.m. The Pastry Shop at The Restaurant School, open 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Mon. thru Sat.

Cost $$: $11-$20
4443 Spruce Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Brunch, Sat. 10-2, Sun. 10-3, Dinner, Tues.-Wed. 5:30 pm to 9 pm, Thurs.-Sat. 5:30pm to 10 pm
Description: West Philly staple for brunch. BYOB offering all local, free range meats and live – caught fish, as well as produce from over 20 local farmers.

Saad’s Halal Palace
Cost $: up to $10
4500 Walnut St., Philadelphia PA, 19104
(215) 222-7223
Hours: Mon-Thurs: 11am – 9pm, Fri-Sat: 11am – 10pm, Closed Sundays
Description: Saad’s serves authentic Lebanese-style food. Along with their great falafel and delicious hummus, they are well known for strictly Halal middle-eastern dishes.

Sam’s Place
Cost $: up to $10
405 S. 45th Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 7 am to 9 pm, Sat.-Sun. 8 am to 9 pm
Description: Convenience and grocery store with deli that serves meat and vegetarian sandwiches as well as gourmet cheeses. A variety of baked goods are available including vegan options.

The Green Line Café
Cost $: up to $10
4239 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Mon.-Sat. 7 am to 11 pm, Sun. 9 am to 7 pm
Description: Offers organic gourmet coffee and tea, fresh baked goods, bagels and pastries, as well as sandwiches and salads. Outdoor seating.  Great for West Philly people watching.

Vientiane Café
Cost $: up to $10
4728 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia PA, 19143
Hours: Lunch, Mon.-Sat. 11 am to 3 pm; Dinner, Mon.-Sat. 5 pm to 9:30 pm, Closed Sundays
Description: A comfortable BYOB with eclectic but tasty Laotian and Vietnamese entrees.

White Dog Café
Cost $$-$$$: $11-$30
3420 Sansom, Philadelphia, PA
Description: Comfortable atmosphere, reliable, good organic, local food.

World Cafe Live
Cost $$: $11-$20
3025 Walnut Street, Philadelphia PA, 19104
Hours: Mon.-Sun. 11am-12am or later
Description: Live Music on 2 stages. Upstairs Live – serving lunch, dinner, late night bites and an ever changing menu of live music from around the region and the globe.

Grocery Stores/Markets

Clark Park People’s Flea Market
43rd Street & Baltimore Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Don’t miss West Philadelphia’s monthly tradition—the Clark Park People’s Flea Market. Under a canopy of shade trees, over 60 vendors with offer wild, wacky and wonderful items for sale. Meet people selling antiques, collectibles, household stuff, fresh juices, water ice, and other food concessions, and African and other ethnic arts and crafts. The Clark Park People’s Flea Market is a popular, on-going monthly market that proudly represents the community of West Philadelphia and the entire city. For more information, including vending, volunteering or performing, call 215-387-0919.

The Fresh Grocer
4001 Walnut Street
Philadelphia PA, 19104-3513
Hours: 7 days a week 24 hours
Groceries and selection of prepared foods, ranging from pizza and sandwiches to home cooked turkey and stuffing.

Supreme Grocery Store
45th St. and Walnut St.
Great selection of food supplies including a wide range of foods from all over the world.

Fruit/Vegetable Truck
45th and Walnut St. (across from Supreme)
Cheap fruits and vegetables sold out of the back of a truck daily.


Philadelphia Zoo
34th Street and Girard Avenue. (Parking is available along Girard Avenue at 35th and 38th Streets) Open daily, except Thanksgiving Day, December 24, 25 and 31, January 1, and the second Thursday in June. 9:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m. March–November; –4:00 p.m. December– February. World-class zoo with camel and pony rides, bird safari, and Victorian-era train.
Tickets $10.95/16.95 adults, $10.95/$13.95 children (2-11) high/low season.

Mann Center for the Performing Arts
5201 Parkside Avenue (parking on Belmont Avenue). Tickets 215-893-1999 Theater and dining. Admission free, show prices vary.

Japanese House and Garden (Shofuso)
Email: info@shofuso.com
The Japanese House, as it is informally known to Philadelphians, was built in 16th century style on the grounds of the Horticultural Center in the West Philadelphia section of Fairmount Park near the intersection of Belmont Avenue and Montgomery Drive.

The Bridge Cinema Delux Movie Theater
S 40th Street & Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Spiral Q Puppet Theater
2114 Spring Garden Street- 2nd floor, Philadelphia, PA 19104
Art collective specializing in puppetry

Community Education Center
The Community Education Center (CEC) at 3500 Lancaster Avenue will feature an exhibition of work by nine artists who live and work around Nairobi, Kenya. Meek Gichugu, John Gitonga, Wanu Brush, Shine Tani, Rehab Tani, Martin Kamuyu, Nich N., Joe Friday, Shade Kamau, and Lucky Mutebi will be the artists displayed throughout the public spaces of the center.

University City Arts League
In 1965, a handful of West Philadelphia artists, collectors and students of the arts got together to form the University City Arts League at 4226 Spruce St.

Clark Park
Established in 1895, Clark Park is in the heart of Philadelphia’s University City neighborhood. With more than 300 trees, the park covers nine acres.  The park’s boundaries are Baltimore Avenue, Woodland Avenue, 43rd Street and 45th Street.  In addition to private residences, the park’s neighbors include the University of the Sciences in Philadelphia, the HMS School for children with Cerebral Palsy and a City of Philadelphia District Health Center.

The Urban Arboretum of University City
The Urban Arboretum of University City is a collection of trees and shrubs that grow along the streets and in the public green spaces of an area of Philadelphia west of the Schuylkill River to 52nd Street. Its botanical complexity mirrors the diversity – of neighborhoods, or architecture and of peoples – of University City.

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