Welcome to East Passyunk!
Vibrant and alive with a wide range of residents
East Passyunk, Pennsylvania is an area of South Philadelphia that includes two neighborhoods: East Passyunk Crossing and Passyunk Square. East Passyunk (pronounced "pashunk") is a vibrant and up-and-coming neighborhood with a wide range of dining, entertainment, and cultural attractions to offer both young and older residents. These diverse neighborhoods are brought together by the many heritage and history nights held at the East Passyunk Community Center on a regular basis.
East Passyunk is one of the most historically relevant areas in Philadelphia even since it was settled in the middle of the 17th century. When Billy Penn arrived in 1682, he established a treaty with Delaware Indians for this area that he called Southwark. It was split into two parts: Moyamensing and Passyunk. The neighborhood quickly gained a new measure of historical prominence when George Washington housed troops during the Revolutionary War on Federal Street.
Nowadays, East Passyunk is an up-and-coming area with a healthy mix of diverse residents. New restaurants are flocking to the area and sit amongst older establishments and residents love the quick commute into the city and to the many sporting venues nearby. This is a unique and dynamic real estate opportunity for the savvy buyer!
What to Love
- Vibrant and trendy while keeping traditional roots
- A culinary hot-spot with the two best sandwich shops in Philly
- Very walkable and family-friendly
- A close-knit community
There is a great mix of cultures and ethnicities in East Passyunk. This is a vibrant neighborhood with trendy bars and shops that sit right next to eateries that are Philly institutions. Some people have lived here for generations and some are new to the neighborhood, making this area a true melting pot and a healthy mix of personalities, backgrounds, and budgets. But all residents agree on the sincere pride they feel for East Passyunk and the greater city of Philadelphia.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
East Passyunk is surely becoming one of the new hot spots for great food in the city; the number of newer award-winning restaurants makes East Passyunk Avenue a great place for dinner and dates. But you’ll also find long-standing Philly institutions here such as Geno’s or Pat’s who both compete for the local cheesesteak aficionados.
Essen and Vanilya are local Jewish bakeries that are beloved by locals for their bread, cookies, and sandwiches. Black and Brew is another popular haunt for coffee-lovers and those seeking a quiet place to get some work or reading done.
For shopping, many residents just hop on public transportation into the city for all their retail needs but for those looking to seriously up their garden game, East Passyunk’s Urban Jungle is a sprawling hub for people with a green thumb.
Things to Do
Being so close to downtown Philly, East Passyunk has a wide range of activities including access to high-end shopping, Eagles Stadium or Wells Fargo Arena for the 76ers or the Phillies, and many music venues for huge touring acts.
The neighborhood also boasts Columbus Square Park, a central green space that is home to many recreational leagues, cultural meet-ups, and children’s activities.
East Passyunk Avenue cuts through the heart of the neighborhood at a diagonal and is considered Philadelphia's new "Restaurant Row". Here you can find Italian markets with authentic goods or the enormously popular cheesesteak rivals, Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks at opposite corners of East Passyunk and 9th Street.
The Singing Fountain also straddles the border between East Passyunk Crossing and Passyunk Square, where you'll hear live music played in the plaza as well as outdoor concerts and a weekly farmer's market.
East Passyunk is run by The School District of Philadelphia and has many public school offerings in the area including Fanny Jackson Coppin School (K-8th Grade), Meredith Elementary (K-8th Grade), Southwark School (K-8th Grade), and George W. Nebinger School (K-8th Grade). Students matriculate at South Philadelphia High School.