East Passyunk is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia. It’s considered that the boundaries of East Passyunk stretch between Broad Street and 8th Street, and between Tasker Street and Snyder Avenue.
Getting Around East Passyunk
SEPTA’s Broad Street subway line is located close to East Passyunk and offers a stop at the Tasker-Morris area. The number 23 bus cuts through the neighborhood.
Although there are no other dedicated bicycle lines than the one along Washington Avenue to the north of the neighborhood, most of the narrow and extremely idiosyncratic residential streets are relatively free of vehicles and are bicycle friendly. Once in the neighborhood, walking is the best option. Parking however, will prove to be something of a formidable challenge, so it’s wise to try to avoid driving in the neighborhood with the intention of parking if at all possible.
Things to do and See in East Passyunk
The 9th Street Italian Market Walking Tour passes through East Passyunk Avenue as it makes its way from various Italian stalls to delicatessens in the area.
For those who have a passion for beer, the Craft Beer Express Pub Crawl makes for an eventful evening out. The tour passes through many locations in the area including East Passyunk Avenue which acts as a ‘pick-up point’ for those who wish to join in the fun.
Places to Eat in East Passyunk
The Food & Wine Magazine recently voted East Passyunk Avenue as being among the “Top 10 Foodie Streets” in all of the United States. East Passyunk as a whole earned the Zagat accolade of a “Top Food Neighborhood within Philadelphia”. In essence, what it comes down to is that this neighborhood possesses a variety of the oldest and most authentically classical Italian restaurants, traditional pubs that have progressed as much as to have taken basic bar food to a whole new level, fine gourmet dining which is fit for everyone’s desires, and a whole array of modernized and healthily eclectic cuisines. From hand-made pasta and made-to-order Stromboli, to burritos and sushi, East Passyunk’s restaurants and cafes will be sure to more than merely appease any appetite!
A selection of the best restaurants in the neighborhood includes the following:
Fondis located at 1531South 11th Street and caters to those who enjoy ‘nouveau’ American fare and are willing to pay a little bit extra for the indulgence. The restaurant is open for business between 5.30pm and 2.00am seven days each week.
Le Virtu at 1927 East Passyunk Avenue offers Italian food at its finest. If you like the thought of homemade pasta and salumi, then Le Virtu is the place for you. The restaurant is open for business between 5.00pm and 10.30pm seven evenings per week.
Izumi at 1601 East Passyunk Avenue is a sushi paradise. Izumi is only open for dinners from 5.00pm until 11.00pm seven days each week.
For Mexican cuisine in the East Passyunk neighborhood, check out Cantina Los Caballitos at 1651 East Passyunk Avenue where you’ll be treated to dishes such as quesadilla vegetariana, seitan anticuchos, costillata, as well as a selection of burritos and tacos. The restaurant is open for brunches on Saturday and Sunday (11am – 4pm), lunches from Monday to Friday (11am – 4pm), and dinners are served seven days each week (4pm – 1am).
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