Manayunk/Roxborough

Manayunk and Roxborough are side-by-side districts, famous for hilly terrain, unique boutiques and renowned eateries. Whether you choose to bask in the artsy ambiance along Main Street or wander along vibrant Ridge Avenue, the ‘Yunk and the ‘Borough are must-visits for Philadelphians.

Photo © R. Kennedy for GPTMC

Insider Tips

Both neighborhoods are accessible by public transportation.While Roxborough and Manayunk are considered residential neighborhoods, there’s plenty of greenery.

With Houston Playground and the Wissahickon Creek Valley, among others, close-by, it’s easy to get away from the ordinary.


On a Budget


Mugshots Coffeehouse
& Café $
110 Cotton St.
mugshotscoffeehouse.com
215.482.3964
The popular Fairmount coffee joint has branched out to Manayunk! Situated just off of Main Street, Mugshots has a philosophy consisting of fair-trade, good prices and a great staff. The coffeehouse uses fresh, locally-grown produce and sends used-coffee grounds to farms for compost. While the café is quite cozy, there are tables outside, offering plenty of space to sit in the fresh air.

Study Spots


Crossroads Coffee House $
6156 Ridge Ave.
crossroadsrox.com
215.487.1923
Offering music and art events, in addition to various hot beverages, sandwiches and sweets, Crossroads is a great alternative to the average coffee shop. Also, it offers free Wi-Fi, making it a great place to grab something to eat while studying.

 


Bob’s Diner $
6053 Ridge Ave.
yelp.com
215.483.9002
Though fairly crowded any time of day, it’s a quaint and quiet atmosphere with a lovely and eccentric staff. If you’re looking for a tasty, cheap and filling meal while you get some work done, Bob’s is a go-to haven. Bob’s only accepts cash; there is an ATM across the street. Did we mention it’s in a graveyard?

 

Outside Itch


Manayunk Towpath (free)
Accessible from Fairmount Park
to the East and from the
Schuylkill River Trail to the West.
schuylkillriver.org
Running along the Schuylkill River from Shawmont Avenue into East Falls is one of the best ways to experience historic Manayunk. Along the path, you’ll see old canal locks, historic industrial complexes and plenty of wildlife. It’s an ideal setting for jogging, fishing, biking or walking. Whether you’re looking to crack open the books in the fresh air or picnic with some friends, the Towpath is a fantastic recreational area.

 


Gorgas Park (free)
Between Ridge Avenue
and Pechin Street
gorgaspark.com
Frequented by locals with a gazebo for outdoor concerts, a memorial dedicated to local fallen war heroes and a baseball field, the park is a beloved aspect of the area. Hosting flea markets and fund-raisers, the park is always buzzing with activity, but there are plenty of quiet benches where patrons can just relax and enjoy the scenery.

 

Arts & Culture

Main Street Music $$
4444 Main St.
mainstreetmusicpa.net
215.487.7732
Music lovers rejoice—a physical record store still survives! An eclectic mix of new and used CDs, LPs and DVDs makes this store a must-visit whether you’re looking for low prices or the latest release. The store also has live band performances and signings.

 


Whitestone Gallery (free)
4219 Main St.
whitestonegallery.com
215.482.7700
This is a small gallery with some big exhibits. With contemporary artworks, the pieces at Whitestone are made for collectors and fans alike; it’s a gallery that has something for everyone. The gallery has changing seasonal hours, and it is closed between exhibits so check its schedule before venturing out.

 


The Attic $$
4335 Main St.
atticclothes.com
215.482.0300
A relative newcomer to the Main Street fashion scene, this shop offers a different sort of shopping experience. With additional locations in Kutztown and Bethlehem, it welcomes those looking to trade and sell clothes. This gives the store a unique edge; it offers fashionable used-clothes at reasonable prices, while maintaining a small, thrift-shop vibe.

 

Seriously


CosaCosa (free)
4427 Main St.
cosacosa.org
215.487.2354
Art creates world change, and that is the goal of this nonprofit organization. It works to promote community dialogue and growth through its collaboration with Philly residents on multidisciplinary art projects. You can make a donation, become a volunteer, or even bring a project to your own neighborhood.

 


The Pierogie Kitchen $
648 Roxborough Ave.
pierogiekitchen.com
215.483.5301
Experience a taste of Eastern Europe! For first time “pierogers,” keep it traditional with a simple potato filling. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, try a sandwich like the PK Stacker: grilled rye, sauerkraut, a kielbasa sausage, and a potato cheese pierogie. Craving something sweet? PK has you covered with a line of dessert pierogies, filled with chocolate and fruit.

 


Vamp $$
4231 Main St.
vampboutique.com
215.487.2340
One-of-a-kind new and vintage pieces can be found at this sheik boutique. With tons of funky clothing, shoes and accessories, this shop proves itself unique. Check out wide selections from the 1940s through the 1970s, with each piece carrying an eclectic style all its own. Every Wednesday from 4p.m. to 7p.m. is “college night,” where students with I.D. can receive a 20% discount.

 

Don’t Miss


Spectrum Scientifics $$
4403 Main St.
spectrum-scientifics.com
215.667.8309

 


Winnies LeBus $$$
4266 Main St.
lebusmanayunk.com
215.487.2663

 


The Music Workshop $$$
123 Leverington Ave.
themusicworkshop.org
215.483.3650

 


Custard & Cakes Creamery $
5461 Ridge Ave.
custardcakescreamery.com
215.487.1920

 


Dalessandro’s
Steaks & Hoagies $

600 Wendover Ave.
dalessandros.com
215.482.5407