Fishtown is a quirky and diverse Philadelphia neighborhood filled with hipster bistros, a vibrant arts scene, and lots of live music.
While the nightlife is definitely lit, there are lots of things to love about living in this trendy neighborhood.
When looking for a place to live in Philadelphia, Fishtown gives you more space and value than Center City. And while Fishtown isn't directly in the middle of the city, the neighborhood is conveniently located on the Market-Frankford line and off of I-95, making it an increasingly great choice for younger Philadelphians.
Speaking of younger Philadelphians...
Thanks to the neighborhood's growing craft beer and food scene, the demographics of the neighborhood have changed in the last few years.
According to a 2016 Pew Charitable Trusts report, the percentage of residents in professional occupations in Fishtown increased from 30% to 52% in the last decade. Residents who have lived in the neighborhood for decades are now neighbors to young professionals and artists looking to live in a vibrant neighborhood.
Here are five Fishtown spots as listed as “do not miss” by our team in Philly:
Frankford Hall: This is a German biergarten for the 21st century. Complete with massive garage doors and trees strung with twinkling lights, the industrial structure spreads out the action between spacious open-air picnic tables, fire pits and indoor bar area with ping-pong and other games.
Johnny Brenda’s: This super cool bar, restaurant, and music venue is located at the bustling intersection of Girard and Frankford, adjacent to Joe's Steaks, Weckerly's Ice Cream, and Garage Fishtown. Built on a philosophy of supporting the local community, Johnny Brenda’s serves all-draft high quality beer from local brewers as well as an eclectic menu using fresh ingredients supplied from area farmers.
Wm. Mulherin & Sons: It started with the discovery of a derelict, abandoned 100-year old whiskey blending and bottling facility on the S. E. Corner of Front and Master St. The building was converted into a restaurant and boutique hotel in 2014 and now serves urban, wood-fired Italian food.
Sancho Pistola's: Modern Mexican cooking is the draw at this lively cantina serving fusion-style tacos (think falafel or Korean rib) alongside all the classics.
Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles: This full-service bicycle shop and retail showroom specializes in transportation and cargo bicycles. The shop carries bikes in every color of the rainbow, fitted with racks and baskets to make it easy to carry all of your goods around Fishtown and beyond!
If you want to live in Fishtown, you better hurry! Not only do rental properties move fast, but rental prices are increasing as more and more people flock to the neighborhood.
Interested in finding a place to live this fun Philadelphia neighborhood? Check out what’s currently available for rent in Fishtown.