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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