Living in Old City
Old City (or Olde City) packs in more American history than any other square mile in the country. It’s a neighborhood built of brick and stone, but also one bustling with bars, clubs, and excellent eats. You’ll hear the ringing of the Liberty Bell in Old City, or maybe your ears will be ringing after dancing all night in places like the Crocodile Lounge? Either way, an Old City apartment splits the centuries. The streets here make some of the best places to see and be seen in Philadelphia.
This part of Philly, by the Delaware River, is where William Penn and the Quakers first set up shop. Along these cobblestone streets you’ll find Betsy Ross’s house, Elfreth’s Alley, and all the other sites of Independence National Historical Park. It’s a vibrant old world area, but it’s definitely not stuck in the past. The newest trends take off here, where Philly’s roots sink deepest.
Old City Lifestyle and Entertainment
To get your shop on in Old City, try 3rd Street. Stores there are all set to satisfy style mavens and designer tastes. Eating out in the area is also a pleasure. You’ll have a rich choice of restaurants, bars, and clubs. You can get Japanese fusion at Morimoto or try some of the Founding Father’s recipes at City Tavern. Nightlife is plentiful and popular in Old City.
Penn’s Landing along the river has an ice rink and hosts concerts. There are cinemas, historic sites, museums, and plenty more to keep you busy here, too. While Independence National Historical Park has some lovely lawns, if you’re looking to enjoy a day outside, you’ll likely want to head across town to Fairmount Park.
Old City Info and the Rental Market
Old City is a neighborhood that appeals to active types. With the tourist attractions and the resounding nightlife, peace and quiet don’t top the list here. Expect Old City residents to be younger and livelier. There are exquisite old homes in this part of town, but you’re more likely to grab something newer. The average Old City apartment rents for about $1,450 a month. If you’re commuting, you’ve got no worries. You can bus, trolley, subway, or walk from Old City easily.
Old City Resources
The Independence Branch of the Free Library of Philadelphia system is the closest to Old City, on 7th Street in Center City East. There’s a United States Post Office on Market Street. Old City falls between City of Philadelphia City Council districts 1 and 5. Independence National Historical Park is on the neighborhood’s western side.
Old City Zip Codes
Zip codes serving Old City are 19106 and 19123.