Photo Credit: Frankford Hall
This year’s Guide to Philly features neighborhood guides written by students and recent grads. In this mini-guide to Fishtown/Northern Liberties, we cover things to do, places to eat, and everything YOU need to know to enjoy the neighborhood!
As told by Tahiyya Kahn, Drexel 2025
My name is Tahiyya Khan, and I am a graduate student currently pursuing a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree at Drexel University. I have a deep commitment to improving the well-being of communities and individuals through healthcare initiatives within research, policy, and practice. In addition to my academics, I enjoy reading books, photography, and exploring different indoor and outdoor events that the city has to offer.
Nestled within the vibrant city of Philadelphia, Fishtown stands out as a neighborhood brimming with character and history. There is so much excitement that meets the eye when exploring through the streets of Fishtown.
Walking out of Girard Station, you are met with different colorful murals that line across the building walls with bright passion, each one a testament to the neighborhood’s artistic soul and managing to encapsulate the spirit of the city in a unique and captivating way.
Fishtown becomes a food lover’s haven, boasting a culinary scene that’s as diverse as it is delicious. Sample artisanal pizzas at Pizza Brain, indulge in Mediterranean delights at Suraya, or savor the simplicity of a classic cheesesteak atJoe’s Steaks.
First Fridays in Fishtown are a monthly celebration of creativity and community that bring the neighborhood’s artistic spirit to life. Strolling through Fishtown’s bustling streets during the first Friday of each month, the streets come alive with a vibrant energy as galleries, boutiques, and businesses open their doors to showcase local art, performances, and culture. You can find yourself immersed in a dynamic tapestry of visual and auditory experiences. It’s a time when residents and visitors alike come together to explore the rich artistic offerings, fostering connections and fostering a sense of togetherness that defines the essence of Fishtown’s community spirit!