August 29, 2022 | ,

Mini-Guide: Fairmount Edition


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This year’s Guide to Philly features neighborhood guides written by students and recent grads. In this mini-guide to Fairmount, we cover things to do, places to eat and everything YOU need to know to enjoy the neighborhood!

As told by Medha Gupta, Drexel University 2023

Fairmount is a great escape from the urban city life that Center City and University City have, with less gridded streets and much more nature to enjoy.

Photo credit: Medha Gupta

One of my favorite spots is Azalea Gardens located behind the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The flowers and shrubbery create an enclosure that makes it the perfect picnic spot. The Fountain of Sea Horses is a beautiful spot to take pictures as well! Walking down Kelly Drive a bit further, you can see some of the various public art pieces along the Schuylkill.

Another one of my favorite places to visit is the Shofuso Japanese Houselocated near the horticultural center. During the spring, the Cherry Blossom Festival is one of the greatest places to enjoy nature without leaving the city. The live local music, food, and the tree lighting make it a unique Philly experience. Admission to Shofuso is $9 for students, making it a quick stop for a half-day adventure.

Campus Philly Tip: Check out Medha’s half-day guide to exploring Center City and the Wissahickon!

For the adventurers, there’s even a high ropes course located in the heart of Fairmount. You can maneuver through the trees and zipline between them all without leaving the city. There are multi-level courses and offer a student discount as well!

Photo credit: Medha Gupta

For a more indoorsy experience, The Mann Center of the Performing Arts is a wonderful place to experience local music and popular bands. The views of the Philadelphia skyline are stunning, and the open-air picnic grounds make it a great place to visit—even without going to see an artist.

Some of my favorite eats in Fairmount include Pizzeria Vetri for some fast-casual but delicious pizza, SOUTH for jazz music and southern food, and Umai Umai for sushi! Fairmount is full of culture, music, food, and nature which means that there’s certainly something for everyone.


Do you want to read the FULL guide to Philly with more neighborhood guides, student deals and discounts, foodie picks and MORE?! Check out the Guide to Philly here.


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