Philadelphia Old City

Old City is in Center City, Philadelphia near the Delaware River where William Penn and his Quakers first settled. Independence Hall and the Independence National Historical Park, Elfreth's Alley, Carpenters' Hall, the Betsy Ross House, and many of Philadelphia's other historic sites.

The Old City District occupies the blocks between Front and 6th Streets, Vine Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south. The Old City Redevelopment Area is bound by Vine Street, the Delaware River, Lombard Street and 7th Street. Elfreth's  Alley, the most famous historic street in the Philadelphia is in Old City has 32 houses built between 1728 and 1836.

Old City is a popular nightlife destination, with bars and great restaurants,  along the three blocks between 3rd and Market streets to Front and Chestnut streets. The 3rd Street Corridor, between Market Street and Vine Street, is home to galleries, boutiques, and other locally owned businesses.During the popular monthly First Friday event, shops hold evening-hours open houses featuring art, design, and fashion.


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