From Karrie Gavin, former About.com Guide
While it may not be geographically in the middle, Center City is where much of Philadelphia's action is. City Hall, the Avenue of the Arts and smaller neighborhoods like Chinatown, Rittenhouse and Midtown Village all fall within Center City's reach.
- Bakery Review: Flying Monkey Patisserie
- Bakery Review: Philly Cupcake
- Restaurant Review: Village Whiskey
- Rittenhouse Square Profile
Old City/Society Hill
History meets nightlife in Old City, where Independence Mall and Betsy Ross's house are just around the corner from some of Philadelphia's best restaurants and bars. To the south, bustling Old City fades into the more residential Society Hill, which is filled with historical brick houses.
Bella Vista/Queen Village
Bordered to the north by South Street, these cute side-by-side neighborhoods feature great restaurants and interesting areas like 4th Street's Fabric Row.
Roughly encompassing everything between the Delaware and Schuylkill Rivers below South Street, South Philly is a large area comprised of many smaller neighborhoods.
- Restaurant Review: Adobe Cafe
- Restaurant Review: Fond
- Restaurant Review: JNA Institute of Culinary Arts
Ever-developing Northern Liberties features a vibrant combination of houses, restaurants, art galleries and outdoor spaces.
- Northern Liberties Profile
- Art Galleries
- December 2009 Snowstorm Photo Gallery
- Enjoy Summer in Northern Liberties