South Street (east of Broad Street), one of Philadelphia's major go-to destinations, is a mosaic of delicious food spots, unique shopping, live music, and loads of places to chug a cold one.
Start at 10th Street and make your way to the 100 block of South. Punk rockers, business professionals, skateboarders, and even famous people are frequent strollers of the famous street. There's something for everyone on these bustling blocks.
Check out these destinations on, and surrounding, South Street.
Me n Mo Meatballs
(214 South St.)
For meatballs not seen every day, Me N Mo's menu has eight varieties of balls including buffalo chicken as well as traditional Italian meatballs. Each serving comes with a pick-your-sauce choice. Flavors include: marinara, hot meat sauce, a la vodka, pesto, ginger soy, and Barolo rosemary sage reduction.
(400 South St.)
A popular spot for tourists and locals, Jim's Steaks has been serving the popular sandwich since 1939. There's usually a line out the door, so make sure you save enough time to make a stop here.
Lorenzo and Sons
(305 South St.)
If you see people walking around with a giant slice of pizza on a plate, there's a 99.9 percent chance it came from Lorenzo's. The pizza parlor has called South Street home since 1988 and has become a major attraction on the block. It's a great spot for giving into those late-night munchies.
Want to really test those tastebuds (and your stomach)? Grab a cheesesteak from Jim's and wrap it in a slice of Lorenzo's pizza. If you successfully eat the entire thing, congratulations! That's a Philly Taco and you just completed the "South Street challenge."
(507 S. 6th St.)
Being a vegan in Philadelphia isn't hard when you have delicious options like Blackbird Pizza's vegan cheesesteak. Not only are the steaks great, try their pizza and vegan wings, too.
(530 South St.)
This bi-level dive on South Street has something for everyone. The first floor bar welcomes you at the door. Have a seat at a table or grab a bar stool and take in the cool wall and ceiling hangings (like an original Adam Wallacavage chandelier). You'll find lollipops and dime & nickel toys scattered on every surface. Take a walk upstairs for a complete different feel. Every wall is covered with artwork and (including the bathrooms), but don't let that scare you away. Pool tables, a second bar, and a seating area that includes old bumper cars make this place has the spirit of a carnival. Happy hour (5-7 p.m., 10-11 p.m.) means half-priced drafts and don't miss out on Taco Tuesdays and 50-cent Pierogi Thursdays.
(431 South St.)
Mardi Gras is every day at this Philly drinking hole. This daiquiri bar offers indoor and outdoor seating, as well as traditional boozy N'awlins drinks like the 190 Octanes and Hurricanes.
(509 South St.)
Bourbon fans rejoice! This is the place for you. But the Southern-style restaurant's extensive whiskey list isn't the only reason to go here. Try great comfort foods such as fried chicken and aged ham and if you're lucky, you may catch a live jazz show.
(718 South St.)
Once you open the door to this restaurant, you'll immediately feel like you've traveled to Munich. This authentic German Bierhall serves imported beers and Bavarian fare created by local chef Jeremy Nolen. For the ultimate experience, check out this restaurant during Maifest, the bar's biggest party of the year.
(337 South St. and 517 South St.)
A Questlove favorite and the other home of the beloved South Street cheesesteak, Ishkabibble's originally opened at 3rd and South but became so popular it opened a larger restaurant to cater to demands. Wash your meal down with a Gremlin (part lemonade, part grape drink).
(611 S. 3rd St.)
If your favorite sports team is playing, O'Neals will likely be tuned in to the game. With 19 taps and a huge bottle selection, choosing a drink won't be difficult. If you're in the mood to sing in front of strangers, the pub hosts karaoke every Friday and Saturday night.
(200 South St.)
Named after the owner's daughter, Bridget Foy's restaurant is an excellent choice when it comes to dining on South, especially if you want to sit outside. The menu is full of delicious hits like fish tacos, steaks, and burgers.
Percy Street Barbecue
(900 South St.)
If your nose smells delicious smoky BBQ, you're must be close to Percy Street. For lip-smackin' flavors, try the brisket. Want a tasty sandwich? The pulled pork is what you need. Loads of Southern-inspired side dishes and cocktails might have you seeking an after-meal nap.
(611 S. 7th St.)
Originally a mobile pizza truck in New Jersey, Nomad Pizza's found a home off of South Street for its unique style of brick-oven pies on South Street. You can't go wrong with the margherita, but if you're feeling adventurous you must try the truffle pecorino.
Nocturnal Skate Shop
(533 South St.)
Founded by local professional skateboarder Kerry Getz, this skate shop has all you need when it comes to gear and boards. The staff is always friendly and will help with any questions.
(524 S. 3rd St.)
Need of a stogie? SJ's Cigars' sign not only will catch your attention, but the inside is full of choices and the staff will be more than willing to help when choosing a specific style you crave. You can smoke inside where seating area is, but usually there are folks out front – go make some new friends!
Jinxed / Tucker's Dig
(611 S. 4th St.)
If you're into weird finds, antiques, and a little bit of taxidermy, Jinxed will keep you digging for hours. Follow the shop on Twitter and Instagram for the latest product additions. The store is constantly getting its hands on unique items, so if you see something you like, call ahead!
Crash Bang Boom
(528 S. 4th St.)
If you're a die-hard fan of punk rock, this store is for you. Whether you're looking for band tees or deep-purple hair dye, Crash Bang Boom is a pretty legit spot when it comes to rocker memorabilia.
Tullycross Fine Irish Handcrafts
(110 South St.)
When it comes to authentic Irish gifts, this little shop has it. When you walk inside you'll feel like you've traveled to Dublin. Pick up Irish Blessing plaques, get new clothes imported from the country, or pick up a Claddagh ring for a loved one.
(608 S. 5th St.)
Out of all the e-cigarette stores, Love Vape is one of the most noteworthy on South Street -- perfect for newbies and everyday users. The staff is welcoming, their dogs friendly, and they have a very vast selection of e-juices, mechanical mods, and accessories.
(506 South St.)|
This lifestyle clothing store is pretty much a goldmine for any fan of Philadelphia or local sports. This spot doesn't sell your typical Claude Giroux jersey tees, though – there's some cheeky humor to this store's designs. They love making fun of Mets and Cowboy fans, and this is a spot to wear you can wear your rivalry with pride.
(538 South St.)
This South Street gem is a great spot to grab vinyls, CDs, tapes and more. From new releases to cheap sales in the basement, Repo is a must stop for music fans.
(508 South St.)
This superstore is full of great vintage finds and hand-me-downs. If you're in the process of looking for new furniture or decor, it has some pretty neat finds that you won't find at your local IKEA
Philadelphia Eddie's Tattoo
(621 S. 4th St.)
One of the most recommended tattoo shops in Philly, "Crazy Philadelphia Eddie's" tattoo parlor is an excellent choice when you're looking for traditional ink.
Atomic City Comics
(638 South St.)
Toys, games, comics, and more, this store has a super powerful selection of all things geeky. While you're in there, Superman or any other Marvel character may be hanging out at the shop.
Garland of Letters
(527 South St.)
The beautiful exterior might be enough to coax you inside. Besides the wonderful window decorations, this bookstore carries hundreds of spiritual books, as well as crystals and incense sticks.
P's & Q's
(820 South St.)
Modern street wear with a local vibe, this premium clothing store carries all the goods to keep you looking fresh.
Wooden Shoe Books
(704 South St.)
Run by volunteers, this store is loaded with books of all types. Besides shopping options, the store hosts book clubs and discussion panels,
Live music venues
The Legendary Dobbs
(304 South St.)
A much smaller venue than the TLA, Dobbs is two floors and provides a wide variety of entertainment. Downstairs you can enjoy live tunes from local bands. And upstairs, check out open mic performances from local tri-state county comics.
Friends of Seger Park Playground
(1020 Lombard St.)
A beautiful park that is placed just off South Street, Charles Mitchell Playground is perfect for families with little ones. Kids can play on the swings, climb monkey bars, and even cool off in the sprinkler. For athletes, basketball and tennis courts are here, too. There's also a nicely sized dog park for Fido and friends to romp around in.
Philadelphia Magic Gardens
(1020 South St.)
It wouldn't be right to visit South Street and not make a stop at this famous mosaic garden. As you walk through this little mecca, you'll notice a couple of things: the wild array of colors, the number of found materials used to construct walls, hidden body parts, and so many other special things from the creative mind of Isaiah Zagar.
(200 Pine St.)
Used as a marketplace during the spring and summer, this historic building's open space is always occupied with happenings. Purchase your favorite veggies during farmer's market season. Add a new necklace to your jewelry collection during craft fairs. And for a memorable photo, take a picture with a the decorated tree during the holiday season.