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“Art is the Center of the World”
Review of South Street

South Street
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Known as Philadelphia's liveliest and funkiest strip, the street has more than 300 stores and restaurants.
Reviewed 29 March 2017

I took a stroll through South Street during the day on a Tuesday, so I am not attesting to the colorful nights that I am sure one can experience. But what I can tell you is that I get a sense that art is very important in Philadelphia.

I found it very impressive that the alleys are mosiacked and embellished--and not just the alley adjacent to Magic Gardens. I was absolutely fascinated. I did try a very good cupcake from the The Sweet Life Bakeshop (more to come on that in a separate review) but it was the art for me.

The murals. The mosiacked walls in alley ways. Magic Gardens was absolutely beautiful from the outside. What was even most impressive was the random banker that saw me attempting to get a panoramic photo of the "Art is the Center of the World" mosiacked mural who told me to go up to the parking garage over ACME to get the perfect shot.

There are many bars, restaurants, including a bbq place that I would love to try out. Many shops, tattoo parlors, adult shops and ice cream shops.

If you are visiting Philadelphia and you enjoy people watching and shops that aren't tied to corporate conglomerates, you need to get to South Street. If you are staying downtown, I would take advantage of the SEPTA (Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority) and take a bus. You can purchase a 1-day 8 ride pass for $8 dollars. Fare is normally $2.25 one way.

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Reviewed 25 March 2017 via mobile

This place gets more colorful at night, and is a great place to visit for a cheesesteak at Jim's and/or a slice of pizza at Lorenzo's. Walking up and down the street is a must and at the end there is a pier for your sitting and viewing pleasure. Bridget Foy's is great for an outdoor meal, Honey's Sit-n-Eat is amazing for sit down breakfast, and South Street Bagels is delightful for a fresh and delicious take and go bagel. If you're brave enough for a tattoo or piercing, Infinite is the place to go.

1  Thank Elizabeth A
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Reviewed 7 March 2017 via mobile

We love south st, its a great place to come have some drinks, eat some good food, walk around and check out the shops, and ppl watch.

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Reviewed 6 January 2017

South Street for us is a visit to Jim's Steaks. OK, so there used to be a great place-to-be scene here as well.....that's mostly gone now, but who cares? Jim's is still there....the absolute best philly steak on the planet!

Thank RickMIusa
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Reviewed 29 December 2016

You are looking for what its here on south street theatre, cloths shops , the best pizza in town it is the hippest street in town....... you will be hard not to find what you are looking for.... the people are friendly and helpful a day or two should do it!!!!!

Thank thomas p
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