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South Street

Philadelphia, PA 19147 (City Center East)
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Ranked #139 of 293 Attractions in Philadelphia
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest
Activities: Shopping, City walk sightseeing, Dining
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Description: Known as Philadelphia's liveliest and funkiest strip, the street has more than 300 stores and restaurants.
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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185 reviews 185 reviews
57 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 22, 2014

South street runs for 8-10 blocks. Highlights on the street are Jim's steaks (some of the best cheesesteak), the Magic Garden (this is a must see!), a Whole Foods for grabbing a quick snack, and plenty of restaurants and shops. I think this is also some of the best people watching in Philly. From South street it's an easy walk... More

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Bensalem, Pennsylvania
16 reviews 16 reviews
7 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014

This is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Philly. This bohemian district runs for about 10 blocks between Front Street and 10th Street and has more restaurants and shops than you can shake a stick at. Be prepared to allot at least one long afternoon to explore the more than 300 shops and more than 60 eateries. There is something... More

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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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40 reviews 40 reviews
17 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

Lots of quirky shops along South Street; very hippy-esque, e.g. with pashminas and hookah and handmade jewellery. There were mosaics at side streets along the way and art work on some of the buildings which was very unusual and interesting to see.

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Puebla, Mexico
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014

This si a great place to get some food and go shopping! Sex shops around, philly steak houses around

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Tampa, Florida
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394 reviews 394 reviews
158 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

While I had a great time walking the area. I saw more young people than I cared to see... They were having a great time. This Street seems to be where the College kids come to hang out.. I had a much better time on Market street...

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Plano, Texas
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253 reviews 253 reviews
68 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

It had been years since I visited South Street, because I moved to Texas. My partner and I came to Philly to venture out and look around a bit while we were in the city. Everyone mentioned coming to South Street since it was always such a landmark with interesting stuff going on all the time. I was SO disappointed.... More

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new york
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75 reviews 75 reviews
34 attraction reviews
50 helpful votes 50 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

I started the stroll after visiting The Magic Garden and the street had many places to eat, lots of pubs and interesting shops. Definitely stop at the Jim's steak.

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New York,NY
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296 reviews 296 reviews
54 attraction reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

If in Philly, come here. Great place to shop, eat and hang out. A must do when I come to Philadelphia.

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Top Contributor
63 reviews 63 reviews
18 attraction reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2014 via mobile

Eccentric side of town and just a short walk from independence hall. Many places to eat, but not much to do other than drink or stroll along. Several tattoo shops, bars, and other local businesses.

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Jerusalem, Israel
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2014

We spent almost an hour walking through South St. but didn't find any restaurant to dine in after visiting Philadelphia's Magical Gardens.

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