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Creative District Philadelphia

Where design + history inspire creative thinking

 

Located in the heart of Old City, the Creative District of Philadelphia is home to the city's premier art galleries, design shops, fashion boutiques, public art, historic landmarks and culinary experiences.

Old City's independent business owners have actively transformed this neighborhood into a vibrant destination for residents and visitors by providing the best shopping, cultural and culinary experiences within a historically significant context. The Creative District of Philadelphia focuses on the intersection of art, design, fashion and architecture to encourage experimental, creative experiences.

The backdrop for creativity in Old City is a collection of historic landmarks which led to its inclusion to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Christ Church, Elfreth's Alley, and Carpenter's Hall are just a few of the iconic locations that will inspire you during your visit.  

Shop

12 GATES ARTS

Non-profit showcasing international, multidisciplinary arts
bound by the sensibilities of a diasporic identity. 

36 Craven

A lifestyle shop offering a distinctly curated selection of primitive antiques, contemporary textiles and unique art for the 21st century home.

3rd Street Hardware

Old City Philadelphia Hardware Store providing quality hardware, paint, and everyday household items at reasonable prices.

ARCH ENEMY ARTS

One of Philly's freshest art venues dedicated to exhibiting emerging & established artists, both local and international

Art in the age

The experimental arm of spirits focused creative agency, Quaker City Mercantile, AITA is an artists’ collective, rooted in the traditions of American craftsmanship.

artist & craftsman supply

Art and crafts supplies, drawing, sculpture, yarn, gifts, kids art supplies and more. Employee owned and operated. 

Bella Bridesmaids

Bridesmaid boutique offering dresses for wedding attendants in a vast range of colors & styles.

Benjamin Lovell Shoes

Contemporary shoe store boasting casual & stylish footwear, plus European & USA-made brands.

BIELLO MARTIN STUDIO

Shared creative sanctuary and showroom of multidisciplinary artist Michael Biello, composer/musician/producer Dan Martin, and Kellijane – luxury bed, bath and table linens.

Bluestone Fine Art Gallery

The gallery features original works by contemporary and traditional artists in a range of mediums, including painting, ceramics and sculpture.

Brave new worlds

Offers a treasure trove of comics, games, superhero memorabilia and more.

Bulthaup

Founded in 1949, Bulthaup offers kitchen and living space systems with which you can design your living space to suit your needs.

Center for Art in Wood

The Center for Art in Wood nurtures and promotes the innovation of art in wood through collaborative residencies, exhibitions, education and documentation.  

Charlie's Jeans

Specializes in premium jean fit for women and men. Also carry a wide array of other clothing to help you complete your entire wardrobe

Chick Invitations

A small team of real, live people (trained in graphic design) to help you design the most important announcements of your life. 

Cuttalossa

Cuttalossa is a textile and home goods line founded in 2013 which strives to reignite an economy for textiles made with care and built to last.

Doggie Style Pets

Doggie Style has become a neighborhood "watering dish" for pet owners to bring their best friends and catch up on the latest in pet care.

Erdon

Recognized amongst the fashion industry as one of the "Best Boutiques," we provide a unique mix of European, Japanese, and American designers in a relaxed gallery atmosphere.

Gallery 51

The focus at Gallery51 is on the appreciation, conservation and collection of fine, antique textile art and antique oriental rugs.

Hunter Douglas design gallery 

Shop for drapes, shades & blinds, including custom & motorized options, plus furniture upholstery.

KelliJane

A home boutique focused exclusively on assembling and providing an unrivaled collection of high-end bed, bath, and table linens.

 Larry Becker contemporary art

Representing and exhibiting abstract and conceptual contemporary art in various mediums since 1988. 

Lema

Tour the sleek showroom by appointment, or try out the furniture for the weekend by renting out one of the "Lema Houses" through AirBnb.

Lost + Found

Contemporary boutique featuring unique and always affordable clothing, accessories and footwear. Don’t miss the hand-picked vintage selection. A local favorite.

Margot & Camille Optique

Provides a complete experience centered on fine eyewear that emphasizes unique expression. By connecting with each client individually, we create a retreat from the noise of the eyewear industry

 

Meadowsweet

The carefully pared-down selection is organized by style (bohemian, rocker, minimalist), so you never have to hunt. Also worth a perusal: the shop’s impressive selection of handmade lifestyle goods.

Millesime

Features collections of modern and contemporary furniture, lighting and home accessories from international designers including Ligne Roset, Poltrona Frau, and Foscarini-Diesel. 

Minima

Open since 1999, Minima is Philadelphia’s premier design showroom featuring contemporary furniture, lighting, and home accessories.

Mode Moderne

Vintage Mid-Century Modern furnishings located in Philadelphia's historic Old City. 

Modern Gallery

Specializes in 20th & 21st Century vintage and contemporary furniture, lighting, ceramics, and accessories with a strong focus on the Studio Craft Movement.

 

Momo's Treehouse

Every lawn game, art kit and ride-on the kids unearth here is handpicked, totally wholesome and — most importantly — fun.

More than Old

An eclectic blend of victorian, art deco, and retro: fine glassware, barware, period furniture, and decorative arts, from collectibles to antiques. (cat on premises!)

Mr. Bar Stool 

Family owned and operated business specializing in quality chairs, tables & bar stools for all levels of the restaurant and home. 

Muse Gallery

Muse Gallery is an artist cooperative in existence for over thirty years and is dedicated to exploring individual visions and artistic styles. 

My Little Redemption

Upscale women's fashions from Israel. The pieces are hand selected based on unique design and unconditional quality. Timeless, subtle yet striking in style.

 

Never too Spoiled 

A whimsical boutique and gift shop, Never Too Spoiled has something to spoil everyone. Named one of Philadelphia's top "awesome and affordable shopping experiences." 

Opportunity Barks

Dog behavior and training, plus everything else your furry companion needs. 

Omoi Zakka Shop

Selection of items with considerate design, affordability, and a good sense of humor. Our name means thoughtful, useful sundry goods.

Parisa Rugs & Decor

A boutique rug and design gallery in the heart of Old City, Philadelphia, featuring items that have been hand selected for palette, pattern, form and function.

Pentimenti 

Features content driven contemporary art which challenges traditional materials and aesthetics by a line of internationally established artists alongside young talent.

Petit Jardin en Ville

French-trained florists and gardeners creating garden style designs using beautiful combinations of flowers for weddings, private events and celebrations.

Phil Kramer Studio

Philadelphia commercial photographer, event photographer, portrait photographer, and wedding photographer with a concentration in fashion, beauty and sports. 

Philadelphia independentS 

Offering handmade items from the best talent in the city including jewelry, accessories, t-shirts, prints, greeting cards, home decor, baby gifts and more.

Philly Socks

Fun, vibrant, exciting environment for your sock shopping experience. Specializing in fun and edgy socks.

Poggenpohl

Born in 1892 in the heart of Germany, Poggenpohl is the oldest kitchen brand in the world.

Reform Vintage Modern

Specialize in mid-20th century modern design including furniture, art, lighting and all forms of decorating accessories, as well as unique industrial, folk and studio designed objects.

Rennes

With tidy tables of accessories, and racks of relaxed toss-on-and-go styles from Japanese lines you won’t find anywhere else in Philly, this airy  women’s boutique will fill our casual international-cool clothing void.

ROCHE BOBOIS

Celebrating French art de vivre around the world

Scarlett Alley

Philadelphia gift shop Scarlett Alley specializing in bamboo clothing for women and baby, handmade personalized pottery, and wedding registry.

Sioux Zanne messix 

One of a kind designer jewelry, new & vintage clothing and accessories.

Society Hill kitchens

A unique company which offers innovative contemporary and traditional classically designed products for the modern home. The core of our business is custom manufactured cabinetry.

STANEK GALLERY

Gives way to a new thought for art connoisseurs, bridging the gap  between artists and art collector, and creating an engaging forum where art can be seen, shared and discussed.

Sugarcube

American-made and multinational collection has a clear focus on brands of distinction, from inspiring to timeless, and emerging to iconic.

The clay studio

Internationally renowned studio offering ceramic art courses as well as a gallery showcasing the works of local and national clay masters.

The geisha house

Women's boutique inspired by the free-spirited, worry free girl, wearing what SHE loves and owning herself without second thought of what others may dare to think.

Tribal home

Local gallery specializing in authentic African artifacts, textiles and education to inspire you home and your mind. 

 

Vagabond

Boutique stocking indie designer womenswear, handmade vintage and modern designs, and the shop’s own line of fashion-forward skirts, scarves, dresses, sweaters, and coats.

United by blue

The flagship Coffeehouse and Clothier combines organic clothing and pour over coffee in a beautiful, cozy setting. For every product sold, United By Blue removes one pound of trash from our world's oceans and waterways.

Wexler gallery

Questioning and testing the boundaries of design, fine art and contemporary glass and ceramics, the gallery presents work that consistently celebrates innovation as much as aesthetic beauty. 

Urban Artisan

Specializes in handmade leather products – crafting wallets, wristlets, totes, toiletry and make-up bags, purses and bags, as well as women’s apparel and  jewelry.


Explore

The Creative District of Philadelphia is home to some of the city's more inspiring destinations from historic landmarks and 18th century gardens, to modern sculpture and some of the city's most interesting new constitution. Come see what inspires the city's most creative modern day Makers.

 

The Painted Bride Art Center

The Painted Bride Art Center

Christ Church

Christ Church

Elfreth's Alley

Elfreth's Alley

Betsy Ross House

Betsy Ross House

First Friday

First Friday

National Musuem of American Jewish History

National Musuem of American Jewish History

Benjamin Franklin Ghost House

Benjamin Franklin Ghost House

Second National Bank

Second National Bank

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Merchant's Exchange

Merchant's Exchange

Race Street Pier

Race Street Pier

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

eat

Philadelphia’s restaurant renaissance began in the Creative District of Philadelphia. Since then Old City's chef-driven dining experience has never been more exciting.  More than 80 Old City restaurants offer great American fare and international cuisine, from fine dining to Philly’s best cheesesteaks. Hang out in great coffee shops and cafes, and enjoy delicious ice cream, pastries and confections to live for.

Airis Roll & Rice

Serving a la carte sushi, bento boxes, teriyakis, sushi rolls & more delicious Japanese cuisine. 

Ardiente

Chino Latino street flavors served across two floors in Old City. 

Cafe ole

Cozy coffee shop serving snacks & Mediterranean fare within cheerful, brightly colored space.

Campo's

Located just three blocks from Independence Mall, Campo's has been serving up classics like cheesesteaks and meatballs since 1947.

Capofitto Forno

Doing our part to contribute to the Pizza Evolution and serving our award winning gelato in Philadelphia.

Chez Ben

All-day Bistro serving French classics with contemporary American twists located in the Franklin Hotel. 

Fezziwig's

Philadelphia's best ice cream, famous Kettle Korn, ice cream desserts, burgers and fries to shakes and pies.

Fork 

Sophisticated New American cuisine that includes a popular brunch served amid sleek modern decor.

Franklin Fountain

Bow-tie-wearing staff dispense classic ice cream parlor/soda fountain treats in an old-timey space.

Glory Beer Bar & Kitchen

Craft beer pub with a menu built around Sunday roast-style dishes.
 

High Street on Market

Eli Kulp's edgy American cooking with a rustic twist & an artisanal bakery in a country-chic space.

Nauti Mermaid

Authentic Southern Maryland crab-centric restaurant inspired by the great crab houses of Maryland and the eastern shore.

Oh Brother

American restaurant specializing in burgers and philly cheese steaks. 

Old City Coffee

Roasting and coffee catering business paired with a lovely, timeless cafe; Since 1985, the place to go for real brew.

Roule

Frozen rolled ice cream and toppings. 

Tomo Sushi + Ramen

Japanese restaurant that, as the name would suggest, specializes in sushi and ramen.

Tuna bar

Japanese raw bar which takes pride i fresh, locally sourced ingredients and hand-selected fish.

United By Blue

Coffeehouse (and Clothier) serving up some of the city's finest finest organic coffee and food.

Vista Peru

Traditional Peruvian fare, more than a dozen varieties of pisco at the upstairs bar.

Wister

A classically trained chef offers an inventive, seafood-forward menu at this hip, atmospheric BYO.

 

Beauty

Barnet Fair

Blokes

Coco Blue

East End Salon

Hush

Lacquer Lounge

Lakshmi Hair Studio

Moko

Moxie Blue Salon

Old city Nail Salon

Spa Terme Di Aroma

 

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VISIT US

The Creative District of Philadelphia is less than 1 mile east of center city, 2 miles east of 30th Street Station and 9 miles from Philadelphia International Airport.

Septa Subway Market-Frankford Line: 2nd Street, 5th Street

Septa Bus: 17, 21, 33, 48, 57

 

Parking  

Old City Parkominium - 231 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, (215) 238-1334

Old City Parking - 340 Race St., Philadelphia, (267) 519-9420

 

 

ACCOMODATIONS

FIRST FRIDAY

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Join us on the first Friday of every month for an epic exhibition of Old City’s vibrant arts scene. Galleries, studios, shops and restaurants keep their doors open late for events to celebrate the artists, makers and creative set that make Old City so unique.

Launched in 1991 to re-introduce Old City to Philadelphia, the district is now a nationally recognized arts destination, named as one of the country’s top ArtPlaces by the ArtPlace Foundation.

If you would like to be a sidewalk vendor at an Old City First Friday, complete the application below and we will get back to you shortly with details.

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