Art Museum

Home to Philly’s truly world-class museums, Fairmount is synonymous with fine art — but art is far from the only draw for this northern neighbor to Center City. Often referred to as the “Art Museum Area” because of its walking-distance access to Philadelphia Museum of Art, Franklin Institute, Rodin Museum and Barnes Foundation, Fairmount possesses a distinct personality that thrives independent of those many hallowed halls.

Just outside the hustle and bustle, young families who move here enjoy its proximity to beautiful green spaces and a thriving food scene. Getting acquainted with Fairmount is now easier than ever for new residents and visitors, as surrounding neighborhoods grow commercially and residentially.

A French-inspired festival gets a Philly twist each July when Eastern State Penitentiary hosts the Bastille Day Festival. The giant block party features entertainment, games and cries of “Let them eat Tastykake!” as thousands of the Philadelphia-made treats are thrown from the prison’s towers.

In the fall, the same venue embraces its spooky side with Terror Behind the Walls, a haunted attraction featuring several different areas within Eastern State’s cell blocks.

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Bryant and Wilde's top restaurant picks

A Mono
Chef Michael Millon serves seasonal, handcrafted (a mano means “by hand”) Italian dishes at this charming bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spot. Best part? A Mano now takes reservations. Cash only.
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Buena Onda
A member of chef Jose Garces’ family of restaurants, this Baja Peninsula-inspired, do-good eatery is known for mahi mahi tacos and tofu chorizo quesadillas — served on house-made tortillas. Pair your delicious eats with a K38 beer, made just for Buena Onda by Yards Brewing Company.
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Pizzeria Vertri
Award-winning chef Marc Vetri’s pizzeria serves traditional, Neapolitan-style pizzas with just the right amount of char and an array of premium toppings. Save room for dessert, as soft-serve ice cream — or, if you dare, Nutella pizza — awaits. Patrons can also choose from a variety of beverages on tap, including four rotating beers and red and white wine.
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