Once considered nothing more than a bridge between Manayunk and downtown Philadelphia, East Falls is surprising and delighting locals with new shops, noteworthy dining destinations, a hip bar scene and real estate development projects and residences which are bringing an exciting energy to this quiet neighborhood located right off of Kelly Drive and the Schuylkill River. The area is experiencing a surge of growth from local businesses, and now, with the inclusion of The Overlook by the HOW Group — a new development with 21 luxury town homes complete with roof decks and unimpeded views of the Schuylkill.
East Falls is on its way to becoming a hotspot in the Philadelphia area. Residents have a plethora of local businesses to check out and explore, including these popular standouts:
Vault & Vine is an eclectic floral studio, café and gathering space on Midvale. Enjoy a steaming cup of coffee while perusing the greenery and floral arrangements. Locals often frequent either The Artist Haus on Conrad Street or Fresh Cuts on Midvale Ave for a haircut, and if needed, parents can drop their kids off at Wee Car Childcare Center just minutes from many restaurants and shops. And considering that the neighborhood is a haven for bicyclists, especially with the Kelly Drive Trail passing through the area, locals can visit Cadence Cycling & Multisport Center and Barr's Bikes and Boards, both on Ridge Ave, for all of their cycling needs. Is rock climbing more your speed? Head to PRG East Falls a 14,000 sq. foot facility complete with bouldering, top rope, cave and top out climbing features. Day passes and memberships are both available.
Dining gem Fiorino, a cozy, romantic eatery and BYO located at 3572 Indian Queen Lane, serves up some of the best Italian food in Philadelphia. Closer to the river and directly off Kelly Drive is In Riva, a Southern Italian inspired restaurant and bar which has a riverside patio that welcomes people to bring their dogs with their "Pizza 'n' Puppies" sign at the gate. Directly across from In Riva is Trolley Car Cafe, one of the most popular breakfast and brunch spots in the neighborhood. Billy Murphy's Irish Saloon is an excellent place to grab a drink after work, while Cranky Joe's Sports Bar and Franklin's are both popular destinations for sports fans to catch the big game. Le Bus, located at the corner of Midvale and Ridge Ave, is a family-friendly restaurant serving American homestyle food all day, and Apollo's Pizza, Frank's Pizza and Slices Pizza are all good for a quick slice or sandwich, as well as for delivery and take-out. Laxmi's Indian Grille serves up Indian specialties seven days a week, Shan Chuan serves up no-frills Japanese and Chinese fare, and Foghorn specializes in making some of the best fried chicken in Philly. For those with a sweet tooth, The Famous 4th Street Cookie Company and C& C Creamery, both on Ridge Ave, offer delicious cookies and ice cream, respectively. East Falls Beverage on Ridge Ave offers delivery and an incredible selection of beer for those looking to buy cases or kegs.
Located at 3299 Midvale Ave, just down the street from Thomas Jefferson University (formerly Philadelphia University), is McMichael Park, a family-friendly park in East Falls which is perfect for the kids, couples, families, dog owners, and anyone looking to go to a quiet area to relax and enjoy nature.
If you’re looking to relax over some freshly brewed beer, Wissahickon Brewing Company, located at 3705 W. School House Lane, offers a wide variety of seasonal beers and ales, and welcomes a diverse selection of food trucks regularly.
Just minutes from East Falls and Manayunk, located on Henry Ave in the heart of Roxborough, you can find Dalessandro's, which some argue is the best cheesesteak in the entire greater Philadelphia area. And across the street is Chubby's Steaks, which many would say is one of the most underrated cheesesteaks in Philly.
East Falls residents, if they aren't visiting downtown Philadelphia, often frequent Main Street in Manayunk, just minutes from East Falls. This half-mile stretch of road features more than 65 shops, galleries, businesses and restaurants, and is bustling during weekend brunch and late-night hours. Learn more about what Manayunk has to offer by visiting http://visitphilly.com/things-to-do/attractions/main-street-manayunk.
Guide to Local Amenities
Billy Murphy's Irish Saloonery
East Falls Beer Garden