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We don’t need to tell you that Fishtown is a foodie’s paradise. With so many top destinations for eating, drinking, and lounging, however, you may need a little guidance on the Fishtown restaurants. From world-class dining rooms to hipster dive bars, this neighborhood has something to offer for everyone in your group.
To get you started on your foodie excursion, we’ve created a road map of the best places to eat and drink in Fishtown.
Embrace Philly’s German roots with a cold stein and a hearty bratwurst to soak up the suds. Frankford Hall–a German-style, open-air beer garden–is the perfect spot for happy hour, complete with picnic tables and all the Old World charm you can handle. Location: 1210 Frankford Ave.
Originally a butcher bar, this Fishtown favorite had shifted its focus to sustainable, coastal cuisine with raw bar offerings. Kensington Quarters boasts its status as one of the original farm-to-table missions in the Fishtown neighborhood. If its gourmet entrees weren’t enough, the restaurant’s chef, Matt Harper, also offers private butcher classes. Location: 1310 Frankford Ave.
Going head to head with James Beard Award winning Zahav, Suraya has gained the reputation of one of city’s best and one of the best restaurants in Fishtown. Suraya infuses its open concept dining room with traditional Middle Eastern flair, offering complex but inviting flavor profiles that will keep you coming back. We love it at dinner, but Suraya also offers one of the best brunches in the city. Location: 1528 Frankford Ave.
Wm Mulherin’s Sons
Born from the ashes of an abandoned 100-year-old whiskey blending and bottling facility, this building on the corner of Front and Master been converted into a restaurant and boutique hotel in 2016. For a sophisticated night out, enjoy an expertly crafted cocktail on a crushed velvet loveseat by the glow of Wm Mulherin’s indoor fireplace. Location: 1355 N Front St.
Another great BYOB spot in Fishtown, Ekta serves big portions of delicious Indian cuisine. With the option for family-style dining, this place works especially well for big groups. Go with the biryani and the spicy shrimp curry. Location: 1142 Crease St.
Before its current Fishtown location, Pizzeria Beddia was a no phone, open till sold out operation. Joe Beddia has converted his one-man-show into an electric dining room with a horseshoe bar, long farm tables, and the pizza that gave him his name. Location: 1313 N Lee St.
Johnny Brenda’s is one of the only music venues that you might actually go to for the food/drink menu first and the music second. It has awesome veggie burgers and a killer brunch. Location: 1201 Frankford Ave.
The brainchild of pastry chef Jen Weckerle, Weckerly’s Ice Cream has offered craft, locally sourced ice cream to the people of Fishtown since 2012. With so many out-there, rotating flavors as well as non-dairy options, Weckerly’s hits Philly’s sweet spot. Location: 9 W Girard Ave.
Pizza Brain is up there with the best, offering giant slices, thin crust, and a museum of pizza memorabilia. Come for the quirky interior, stay for the pizza with unusual ingredient combinations. Location: 2313 Frankford Ave.
With a bright, airy interior, Cheu invites guests to indulge in their ramen, rice bowls, and dumplings. Set in a former horse stable with muraled walls and a vibrant red bar, Cheu embraces the spirit of Asian fusion and cart-style street food. If you’re looking for Japanese eats instead, try Cheu’s sister spot, Nunu right next door. Food from both restaurants can be ordered at either. Location: 1416 Frankford Ave.
Who knew Pennsylvanian cuisine was a thing? Elwood’s chef, Adam Diltz, that’s who. Diltz takes home cooked meals to a new level, presenting regional family recipes in an elevated dining atmosphere. Location: 1007 Frankford Ave.
The now-widespread coffee distributor La Colombe has made a home for its devotees at its flagship location in Fishtown. With no WiFi available, unplug and enjoy a draft latte in this brewery-esque setting, distinguished by its brick walls, high ceilings, and long family-style tables. Location: 1335 Frankford Ave.
Good Spoon Soupery
In a sea of bars and cafes, Good Spoon has made a name for itself by homing in on the undersaturated soup market. Check out the Soupery’s website or Instagram to keep up with its menu of rotating, seasonal soups. Gluten-free and vegan options also available! Location: 1400 N Front St.
Philly Style Bagels
Made fresh daily, Philly Style Bagels take a bath in beer before heading into the oven for a unique malted flavor. Pair a Lox #1 with an in-house Elixir coffee to start your day off right. Location: 1451 E Columbia Ave.
Front Street Café
Cleanse yourself from the night before with one of Front Street Café’s signature smoothies or opt for the hair of the dog in Bloody Mary form. Front Street touts healthy, sustainable, but soul-satisfying meals that will make you feel good when you finish. Take a stab at the breakfast tacos if you can make it in for brunch. Location: 1523 N Front St.
Stephen Starr’s newest contribution to the Philadelphia dining scene, LMNO is a Mexican-themed restaurant with a massive dining room, patio, and music listening lounge. There’s even a bookshop and art gallery to browse once you’ve finished your tacos and margaritas.
The Baja-inspired menu includes aguachiles (like shrimp ceviche), tostadas, and “dirty” tacos with perfectly crispy melted cheese. The larger dishes are designed to share and feature several make-your-own tacos options, including lobster tails and an adobo lamb shank. Location: 1749 N Front St.
One of the most laid-back bars in the neighborhood, Fishtown Social focuses on organic, biodynamic, and natural wines. The featured offerings at the bar change regularly and often highlight lesser-known wine regions and varietals. There is a wine shop in the back to explore more options.
In addition to wine, Fishtown Social offers a full bar, and there are charcuterie boards and snacks to share. They regularly offer a $10 bottle of wine on draft with proceeds going to a charity. Location: 1525 Frankford Ave.
R&D Cocktail Bar
R&D is a Mediterranean wine bar turned speakeasy. Once the owners decided to take their creation in another direction, they brought on the originator of Suraya’s cocktail menu to reboot their image. What resulted was a Prohibition-era cocktail menu and a dimly lit bar to match that is the among the best bars in Fishtown. The Milk Punch is a best-seller. Location: 1206 Frankford Ave.
If you’re hesitant to eat an authentic Italian meal at a place that sounds like an Irish pub… don’t be. Italian-born chef Francesco Bellastelli rents the kitchen from the bar owner and runs the place as a cash-only establishment. Murph’s tight corners and cult-following may leave you waiting for a table, but the fresh pasta and umami of each homemade sauce make it all worth it. Location: 202 E Girard Ave.
Philadelphia Distilling is internationally renowned for its premium spirits, shipping products all over the world. The first craft distillery in Pennsylvania since prohibition, Philadelphia Distilling was founded in 2005. Visitors are welcomed to enjoy a custom cocktail at the marble-topped bar or learn more about the facility’s history on a guided tour. Location: 25 E Allen St.
Sometimes the night calls for a Citywide (beer and shot combo) and some hipster people-watching. Grab a barstool and take in the dive bar vibes of El Bar. From the funky murals on the exterior to the eclectic clientele, you won’t leave this joint without a story or two. Location: 1356 N Front St.