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Exploring Olde Kensington, Philadelphia

Brittany Valentine
Brittany Valentine
Posted on September 7
This vegetable pizza looks delightful. (@eevaphilly/Instagram)

This vegetable pizza looks delightful. (@eevaphilly/Instagram)

Olde Kensington, also known as South Kensington, is an artsy neighborhood west of Fishtown and north of Northern Liberties. It’s bounded by 6th street on the west, Front Street on the east, and Girard Avenue on the south.

From the archives: Kensington was once home to a wide range of factories, making everything from glass to chemicals. But, the textile industry dominated all others. In the 1920s, the John B. Stetson factory, famous for their cowboy hats, produced 3 million hats per year. After deindustrialization, many of these warehouses emptied out. Now they're getting new lives as apartments, offices, and shops.

Here a few great spots to visit next time you’re in the area:

Indulge in authentic Pueblan cuisine like sizzling fajitas and savory enchiladas at this family-owned Mexican restaurant 🇲🇽

1356 N. 2nd Street

This roving market and online shop has lots of Philly-inspired gifts: from vibrant watercolor paintings of Elfreth’s Alley and the Art Museum to Gritty and Phanatic stickers. Next month, they're hosting an event with 20 local vendors Halloween-themed games 🎃

Location varies

Whether you’re working remotely or just catching up with friends, this coffee shop is a great place to be. Enjoy a matcha latte or a cherry espresso cola at this cozy café ☕

310 W. Master Street

If you’re a contemporary art fan, check out this former plumbing warehouse that’s been turned into a creative haven. Crane Arts hosts poetry readings and musical performances, as well as art galleries 🖼️

1400 N American Street

This pizzeria, bakery, and bottle bar was named one of Eater’s 11 best new restaurants in America in 2021. Enjoy warm sourdough bread, wood-fired pizzas, and smoked salmon 🤤

310 W Master Street

Check out this map of the spots mentioned above. (Google maps)

Check out this map of the spots mentioned above. (Google maps)

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