One of the most popular spots for visitors to Philadelphia is bohemian South Street on the southern edge of downtown Philly. The stretch of South Street from Front to Seventh Streets is known for its eclectic scene and lively nightlife, where the crowds comprise a diverse mix of people, from punk rockers to local business people. South Street is loaded with great bars and restaurants, but most first timers make a beeline to Jim’s Steaks South Street for an award-winning Philly cheesesteak sandwich. During the day, you can visit the nearby Mummers Museum to learn about Philadelphia’s history of Mummers—costumed citizens who dress up to parade around the city on New Year’s Day. And after the sun goes down, hit local spots like Legendary Dobbs or Bob and Barbara’s for drinks and live music.
As the name implies, South Street is the southern boundary of downtown Philadelphia. The get there from Independence Hall takes about 14 minutes on foot, and it’s a 10-minute drive from Reading Terminal Market.