Fishtown and its neighbor Kensington are blooming into trendy, artsy enclaves, attracting recent college grads and newcomers to the city with art galleries, restaurants and new apartment buildings set in former warehouses.

Photo © R. Kennedy for GPTMC

Insider Tips

Know your limits! With two neighborhoods so close to one another, it’s easy for town limits to blur. Chat up a local to hear his or her take on where the sidewalk ends.

On a Budget

Rocket Cat Café $$
2001 Frankford Avenue
Coffee and a show await at this den. The small neighborhood theater hosts a variety of acts, in addition to making a mean cup of joe. If you’re tired of your usual hangouts, head here for creative inspiration.


Study Spots

Liberty Lands Park (free)
913-961 North 3rd Street
When procrastination gets the better of you, get some fresh air. Then, start up your study session again on one of the many picnic tables in this spacious, well-kept park.


Outside Itch

Community Rose Garden/Vegetable Patch (free)
Belgrade Street & Frankford Avenue
With a few benches and a wall of roses lining the fence, Fishtown’s community flower garden doubles as a great people-watching spot.



Lutheran Settlement House Teen Garden (free)
1340 Frankford Avenue
Part of the citywide project Teens 4 Good, this nonprofit has an extensive collection of vegetable patches in its backyard. Area high school students tend the gardens, and they sell their produce at various points throughout the year. Enjoy the sights and smells of the garden, or volunteer your time.