Welcome to Society Hill
History and comfort collide in this sought-after neighborhood.
Society Hill is a sought-after neighborhood along the Delaware River. It is mostly residential, but the historic landmarks and local restaurants take this comfortable neighborhood to the next level. With cobblestone streets and historic buildings, Society Hill brings an 18th-century charm to 21st-century living.
In the post-Revolutionary era, this neighborhood was the thriving home to many of the brightest minds in the city. However, it declined throughout the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century. The historic buildings stood strong, and eventually, they were revitalized by city planners, and Society Hill was restored to much of its former glory.
Today, tree-lined streets are lined with sunny rowhouses. With gorgeous home exteriors, many of them authentic brick or stone, the neighborhood feels like it’s been transported back in time. Inside, the updates are astounding, carefully preserving the authenticity of these homes while bringing them into the comfortably luxurious modern world.
What to Love
- Historic landmarks
- Cozy local restaurants
- Quiet residential streets
- The oldest farmers market in Philadelphia
- Gorgeous historic homes
Society Hill is remarkably quiet for a city neighborhood. All of its commerce takes place along the edges, and the majority of its streets are residential. It has easy access to the more bustling parts of the city while still maintaining a tight-knit neighborhood feel.
Dining, Entertainment, and Shopping
Society Hill has an exciting culinary culture where celebrity chefs and family-owned spots collide in a burst of flavor. It also has one of the most iconic and curious shopping districts in Philly, thanks to the neighborhood’s colorful stretch of South Street.
Zahav is a casual Israeli restaurant that elevates traditional dishes with modern techniques. Dine on deck at The Moshulu, which serves steak and seafood aboard a historic ship. The iconic cheesesteak is a must-eat at Jim's South Street. Amada is a venture by Iron Chef Jose Garces, who has put a modern spin on traditional Spanish tapas.
South Street is an offbeat, eclectic experience that is a must-visit for locals and tourists alike. Hundreds of shops and restaurants sit along this stretch, and every visit reveals more to discover. Headhouse Farmers Market is the oldest farmers market in Philadelphia, held every Sunday year-round as long as the weather permits.
Things to Do
The main source of recreation in Society Hill comes from Penn’s Landing. Once a series of dilapidated piers, Penn's Landing was later revived and now stretches along the Delaware River in an array of vibrant spaces and exciting events.
During the summer, Penn’s Landing hosts concerts and festivals along the piers, and part of it turns into an ice skating rink during the winter. In one part of the landing, Spruce Street Harbor Park is a great place for dining, but with waterfront hammocks, a ferris wheel, and tons of public space, it’s also the perfect spot to hang out and cool off in the summer.
Throughout the summer, Paddle Penn’s Landing allows adventurers to explore the harbor in kayaks, paddleboards, and even swan or dragon boats. Independence Seaport Museum is also located on the waterfront. Visitors can climb aboard historic ships to learn about seafaring and the history of Philadelphia.