South Philly is a district of Philadelphia.

South Philadelphia district, highlighted on map of Philadelphia County. Click for larger image


Famous for its Italian heritage as well as being featured in Rocky, South Philly is also home to FDR Park and most of Philadelphia's major professional sports teams including the Philadelphia Flyers, Sixers, Eagles, and Phillies. (The city's MLS team, Philadelphia Union, plays in the suburb of Chester). South Philly is also the home to the Philadelphia Soul, an arena football league team. You want a cheese steak? South Philly's where it's at! Recently, South Philly has become home to many Asian and Mexican immigrants. It also includes Ninth St Market (aka Italian Market) and East Passyunk St (roughly 11th and Passyunk SE to Broad St and Snyder), also known as Passyunk Square which is lined with shops, bars, and restaurants. Its upper boundary is South Street, arguably the center of nightlife and urban activity in Philadelphia, South Street encompasses almost every kind of urban attitude you'd expect in a major city. Tattoo parlors, cheese steak joints, local designer clothing stores, restaurants, music venues, and local cafes line South Street from Penn's Landing up to about 10th street. Some of the most famous include Jim's cheese steaks, Philadelphia Eddie's Tattoo parlor, and the Famous 4th Street Deli. Every night it seems as if there is a street festival going on here.

Society Hill-Queen Village is one of Philadelphia's oldest neighborhoods, site of Gloria Dei (Old Swede's) Church. Walking around Queen Village will give you a taste of what Ben Franklin might have experienced in Philly when he was alive, as well as give you a peek at Philly's old European roots.

Get in

South Philly is technically considered to begin at South Street and below. SEPTA has many bus routes and subway stops to connect you to where you need to go.


Citizens Bank Field
Lincoln Financial Field




South Philly has quite a few Italian restaurants plus diners and many places to eat. The block of South St. between Front St. and 6th St houses several good eateries worth checking out.


The most famous Philly cheesesteak shops are located in South Philly. Nearly all of these have been mentioned in travel guides and on national television, so large crowds of tourists are a common sight, and you should expect to wait in long lines, particularly on weekends. As these are all take-out windows, there are no indoor seating available, but some have outdoor seating.

  •   Ishkabibble's I, 337 South St (between 3rd and 4th Sts),  +1 215-423-4337. Su-Th 9AM–11PM, F-Sa 9AM–3AM. The original location, with window service only.
  •   Ishkabibble's II, 517 South St (at Randolph, between 5th and 6th Sts),  +1 215-922-0494. Su-Th 9AM–11PM, F-Sa 9AM–3AM. Dining room service available

Delis/Fast Food

Fine Dining




Go next

Routes through South Philadelphia

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