Passyunk Square is a neighborhood in South Philadelphia bounded by Broad Street to the west, 6th Street to the east, Tasker Street to the south and Washington Avenue to the north.  Passyunk Square is bordered by the Bella Vista, Hawthorne, Central South Philadelphia, Wharton and Point Breeze neighborhoods.   The neighborhood got its namesake from Passyunk Square Park, located between 12th, 13th, Reed and Wharton Streets. The park was eventually renamed Columbus Square Park, and subsequently the neighborhood became known as Columbus Square. Geoff DiMasi revived the Passyunk Square name when forming the Passyunk Square Civic Association in 2003.
The School District of Philadelphia serves the neighborhood.
Two K-8 schools, Andrew Jackson School (formerly the Federal Street School) and Eliza Butler Kirkbride School, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These schools serve portions of the neighborhood. Furness High School serves areas within both the Kirkbride and Jackson zones.
Philly’s original guard commingling with fresh new faces is a recurrent phenomenon in modern Philadelphia, and no neighborhood shows off the fruits of such open-minded growth better than East Passyunk.
For years, insiders have flocked to the South Philadelphia neighborhood for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, creating a sort of renaissance for the thoroughfare itself.
Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced ‘pashunk’ by those in the know) find eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and sushi fare, as well as the amazing Italian eateries that first made this street famous—not to mention the two across-the-street cheesesteak rivals, Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks.
The neighborhood is now garnering national praise for its fantastic restaurants, with Food & Wine magazine recently naming East Passyunk Avenue one of the 10 Best Foodie Streets In America.
GETTING TO PASSYUNK
Public Transportation: Close access to the SEPTA’s Broad Street subway line via the Tasker-Morris stop and a number of buses (use the 23) cutting through the neighborhood make East Passyunk particularly accessible via public transportation.
Walking, Biking and Driving: Other than along Washington Avenue to the north, there are no dedicated bike lanes in East Passyunk, but most of the neighborhood’s narrow, idiosyncratic residential streets are quiet and friendly to cyclists. Walking is your best option once you land in the neighborhood (you can easily see it all on foot), but it’s parking that’s proving to be the most formidable challenge for visitors and residents alike. This shortcoming is being remedied in creative ways, such as the East Passyunk Avenue valet parking service offered to drivers who want to hang here on bustling weekend nights.
For years, insiders have flocked to South Philadelphia’s East Passyunk Avenue for its restaurants, particularly its red-gravy Italian spots. The neighborhood surrounding the avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed revitalizations in recent years, creating a sort of renaissance for the thoroughfare itself. Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced pashunk by those in the know) find eclectic boutiques, coffee shops, vintage clothing stores, gastropubs, excellent Mexican and sushi fare, as well as the amazing Italian eateries that first made this street famous..
More recently, food fans in the know have begun referring to East Passyunk Avenue as the city’s contemporary Restaurant Row. The neighborhood’s strong Italian roots are still proudly displayed, but they’re augmented by daring immigrant-owned eateries (Mexican and Southeast Asian, most prominently) and young, passionate chefs eager to make a mark among their peers.
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