Written by on 3.09.15

In a section of Philadelphia along the Delaware River situated between Florist Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south lies a neighborhood that is older than the entire nation of the United States. Old City is considered one of the most historic places in Philadelphia as the first Europeans of William Penn and the Quakers settled here in the early 17th century. Today, Old City still holds on to its historic charm with its cobblestones and blue brick paving while adopting a modern flair with its busy nightlife and arts culture.

Step out of your new apartment and you will be stepping into a neighborhood that is like no other in Philadelphia. Lift up your head and smell the delicious duck served at Fork, one of the 50 best restaurants in the city. Take a stroll along the streets as you will be taking the paths that some of the famous people in history walked along. There is something to discover here at Old City as you will never want to move again. Here are 3 thing that you should know about Old City.

You Are At The Center Of History

This statement is not an exaggeration. There are 7 historical sites located in this neighborhood that you can literally walk to and visit. Betsy Ross, the famous seamstress who is credited for making the first American flag, has her iconic house in Old City. Congress Hall where George Washington became the first president of the United States, The Liberty Bell Center, and Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was adopted on July 4th, 1776 all reside here. Even if you are not a history buff, you can appreciate the significant role that Old City played in shaping our great nation.

Fridays Come Alive Here For The Arts Scene

Friday nights aren’t spent indoors with the lights turned off and hiding away from civilization. Old City is famous for First Fridays, an event like no other. The first Friday of every month for the entire year becomes a neighborhood exhibition for art galleries, restaurants and shops. These commercial places open their doors and invite people to fully take part in the arts and culture district that Philadelphia is famous for as the businesses stay open late for the entire night. People will dine all evening, visit the 55 art galleries and decor showrooms, listen to great music, see theater productions and shop for the most stylish clothing trends.

Best Of Almost Everything Awards

No, there isn’t a particular award named this, although Old City would probably win it. Year after year, Old City is constantly garnering attention in Philadelphia and the nation as a place with the finest restaurants, shopping, and cultural events. The neighborhood has won 15 “Best of Philly” awards from Philadelphia Magazine. From the best restaurant (Fork) to the best boutique (Vagabond), Old City will continue to impress visitors and residents alike by hosting some of the top-notch businesses in Philadelphia.

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