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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
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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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Funky and in decline.

At one time restored to become the MOD center of the city it still has some decent eateries and new age and funky clothing stores. Bigger draw for the teen crowd.

4 of 5 starsReviewed November 21, 2015
Marvin G
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania

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Chicago, Illinois
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33 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I was able to go out on a cruise at one of the boats at the harbor. The way that the harbor looked with this one large ship all lit up was great! I believe that this ship is actually a restaurant and want to try that next time I'm back in Philly.

Thank Jason C
Denver, Colorado
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Great place to walk around and check out all the shops that you would not find in Center City. If you are looking for something different, check out South Street.

Thank MShappell
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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85 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The recession and simultaneous street improvements all but decimated South Street over the past few years. About 1 out of every 5 (possibly more) storefronts are shuttered and many of the remaining stores are so finely targeted that the average shoper isn't going to be interested. There are a few glimmers of hope, however. Garland of Letters and Mineralistic have... More 

1 Thank Scott_A_Drake
Wynnewood, Pennsylvania
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306 reviews
162 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2015

At one time restored to become the MOD center of the city it still has some decent eateries and new age and funky clothing stores. Bigger draw for the teen crowd.

1 Thank Marvin G
Kissimmee, Florida
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382 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2015

Its an eclectic place with interesting stores of all kinds. We went into a comic store, clothing stores and a couple "specialty stores" as well. There are some beggers around but if you are aware of your surroundings, there are enough....interestingly dressed....people, so that you are safe.

Thank Michelle B
Altoona, Pennsylvania
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73 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2015

There is sooooooooooooooo much to do and see. If you like to shop unique funky stores and see unique funky restaurants and sights, this is HEAVEN! I LOVE all of the cool, unique clothes that I have found on South Street and the prices are great! I used to love to go to South St. Souvlaki cause they had an... More 

Thank dancingirlglitter
Sevierville, TN
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41 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2015

This is a must see place in philly. It had a very local and eclectic feel to it. It had shops, stores, cafe's and restaraunts of all flavors and varieties. You could spend a full day just browsing.

1 Thank Eric R
New York City, New York
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12 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2015

South Street still has the diversity that St. Mark's Place in New York no longer possesses. There are tons of fun shops (clothing, used record stores, etc.), eateries (especially for cheesesteak lovers), and the summer time is the best time to walk around for people-watching.

Thank phanteana
Boca Raton, Florida
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316 reviews
131 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015

Fun street with lots of happening places! We had a lovely Sunday afternoon, strolling down the street and stopping in every bar that had a bloody Mary deal! Also super fun at night, when it really comes alive! Don't miss it if you're in Philly.

Thank chester110105
Haverford, Pennsylvania
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977 reviews
163 attraction reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 via mobile

South Street is famous as one of the entertainment districts in Philadelphia. But honestly it's seen better times. The street is packed with bars, restaurants and head shops. The street is crowded with pan handlers and young people just hanging out. It's a bit sleazy and not sure why so many people come here or what they are doing? The... More 

Thank James S

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