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South Street

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Address: Philadelphia, PA 19147
Phone Number: 215-413-3713
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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Known as Philadelphia's liveliest and funkiest strip, the street has more...

Known as Philadelphia's liveliest and funkiest strip, the street has more than 300 stores and restaurants.

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I used to love South Street, Hoping for a Revival

South Street is still a destination, but with so many stores and restaurants gone, its rather sad for people like me that used to go specifically to South Street to enjoy the... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
Tiemposdepaz
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New York, New York, United States
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Central Florida, Florida
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13 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Always go when I visit home. Brought my fiance here for the first time in September. We walked around and enjoyed the scenery. Took him for his first real cheese steak and he loved it!

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New York, New York, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

South Street is still a destination, but with so many stores and restaurants gone, its rather sad for people like me that used to go specifically to South Street to enjoy the different shops. The cool shoe stores, the boutiques, have either closed. I think the decline was caused by commercial stores attempting to take over a place that should... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016 via mobile

We enjoyed concert at this small previous movie theather. Note: no fancy very casual. Be open minded. It cozy location the concert we saw was standing room only. There was a few bars with very limited drink selection. Eat and drink before going in for concerts. Because once your in you can not leave. Drinks were reasonably 7 bucks. The... More 

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Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016

Before my most recent visit, it had been quite some time since I'd been on South Street Philly. Flashbacks of my 80s teenage self came flooding in as I walked down the streets, searching for places I'd visited years and years and years ago. Some places remain, some have been shuttered long ago, and some new places have cropped up.... More 

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richmond virginia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2016

It has been over 20 years since I had been to South Street - back in the day when Cafe Nola had great food and the area was abundant with eclectic shops, bars and restaurants similar to Greenwich Village in NYC. I only went to see if it was still a great spot as advertised in our hotel's visitor book.... More 

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Nottingham, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 14, 2016

Okay, so we were there when there was a festival on, but what a lovely friendly place. Look out for all the murals and mosaics. We didnt visit the magic garden as there was quite a queu, but there are loads to see in the vicinity

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Palm Springs, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

South Street is fun for anyone. Yes, you'll find plenty of eateries and import shops, but what I like most is its historical roots. My favorite area is called "Fabric Row" where many Jewish-owned fabric shops may still be found. I can imagine there were many more a few decades ago. I have shopped for fabric here a number of... More 

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Exeter, New Hampshire
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2016

*While parts are kitschy and weird young, the section not far from the Tomb of the Unknown is decidedly "Red Light" with sex shops, etc. NOT a place for impressionable children.

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Venice, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2016

I used to come to South Street 30 years ago, and always loved it. It was always evolving from the days of Tower Record and Zipperhead. Went back for the first time in about 5 years. On a Thursday night, it wasn't overly crowded, there were several happy hours, some as late as 9 pm, where beers were very affordable,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

South Street is a must see for all visitors to Philly. there are many strange shops together with very good restaurants. they have the museum of glass that its amazing. Also you can get very good pizza and cheese steaks in stores that are many years on the street.

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