Though it’s home to some of the oldest residences in Philadelphia, Queen Village simmers with modern energy, making it an ideal neighborhood for visitors who love to keep their fashion, food and fun low-key and local.
A homey, welcoming tangle of narrow blocks, attractive architecture and mature trees, the area began as a working-class suburb. It eventually folded into the city proper in the mid-1800s. This unique history, coupled with its prime waterfront location and the old-time aesthetic charm, helps Queen Village stand out as one of Philly’s most stable and stirring pockets of city life.
Queen Village is extremely accessible and navigable by foot and bicycle, a perk not lost on residents particular about dining, drinking and shopping close to home.
Fabric Row, a stretch of 4th Street, takes its name from the many fabric shops and stores that line it. Though it also features some of the area’s top shopping and dining.
Ever so slightly removed from Fabric Row, Queen Village’s chunk of 2nd Street features public green space and well-loved pubs and cafes to the south. To the north, it empties into Headhouse Square, a beautiful historic open space hosting popular bars and restaurants and Philly’s premier weekend farmers market.
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Bryant and Wilde's top restaurant picks
Designed as a tin-roofed French bistro, Cochon leads the way in Philadelphia’s authentic, new French cuisine. The menu is small, but is a well-curated mixture of both elegant that doesn’t bore. The chef here creates heavenly wonders like the Berkshire pork chop with sautéed asparagus, bacon vinaigrette AND bacon mashed potatoes. Patrons should do themselves a favor and order the poor man’s bread pudding or anything bacon-infused. Entrees range from $27-$29. For this dinner-only BYOB, reservations are necessary on the weekends. It’s also cash only.
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Featuring great Cajun and Creole flavors, Catahoula is a casual restaurant. The menu comes full of Creole favorites like jambalaya and po’ boy sandwiches. They also serve classic burgers with fried green tomatoes, bacon and BBQ aioli. A favorite dessert of patrons is the brioche bread pudding with bananas foster that melts in your mouth with creamy ice cream. This place is perfect for sitting on the outdoor patio during warm months while the spicy flavors and homestyle grub transports patrons to the South.
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Bistrot La Minette
Chef Peter Woolsey has created a traditional and authentic French dining experience. Sharing his love for hearty French cuisine, this place is a mix of chic heirlooms and classic design. The dinner menu has dishes from different regions of France including the divine mustard-braised rabbit and classics like escargots. Vegetarian dishes are available and the venue only uses the most fresh, seasonal ingredients with humanely raised meats and poultry. Guests will really feel like they’re in France.
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