Old City

Daniel Gonzalez, University of Pennsylvania ’20 | @extraordinary_dan

When you visit Old City, there’s so much history to see. Stroll through cobblestone streets and see the historic homes along Elfreth’s Alley, visit the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House, or spend a day exploring the Museum of the American Revolution, where you can get a discount with your student ID!


Though you can always check everything out on an Indego Bike, the 2nd & Market Street SEPTA Station puts you right in the heart of Old City. Try Big Ass Slices for the largest pizza slices you’ve ever eaten, or head to Cuba Libre for the best guacamole. Franklin Fountain is a must for dessert—it’s a really old-timey, popular ice cream parlor in the area.


I love checking out places with old books, records, and artwork, so I always visit The Book Trader, one of the neighborhood’s hidden gems. Plus, every Friday is First Friday in Old City, where restaurants, galleries, and shops open their doors to the public, which means it’s a great time to explore!


Don't Miss These Events

  • Old City Festival October 13
  • South Street Fall PumpkinFest October 26
  • Deck the Alley on Elfreth’s Alley December 7


Featured Discounts

Landmark Theatres

Ritz East: 125 South Second Street; Ritz Five: 214 Walnut Street

$8 tickets every Wednesday

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

1020 South Street

$3 off

National Constitution Center

525 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA

$13 admission with valid ID