FAIRMOUNT PARK: NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE
Fairmount Park, Philadelphia is home to a massive urban park stretching over both sides of the Schuylkill River. Fairmount park is known for its art scene, convenience, and enormous population of college students. The perfect home for a Philadelphia resident looking to connect with the outdoors more often. Surprisingly quiet, residents describe it as being close enough to center city while staying outside the hustle. Fairmount Park is home to Philly’s best museums, including the Rodin Museum and Philadelphia Museum of Art.
WHERE TO EAT
You’ll see no shortage of good food in Fairmount Park. For Moroccan-inspired cuisine you won’t find anywhere else, check out Figs. Their Mediterranean-esque menu will leave you impressed and ready to plan your second visit. Figs offers dishes such as Char-Grilled Swordfish or Braised Lamb Shank Tagine, in an intimate yet energetic atmosphere. Looking for something more low-key and traditional? Visit Angelino’s for “the best pizza in Fairmount” according to several Google reviewers. But don’t stop at pizza, Angelino’s also offers traditional pasta dishes and legendary calamari.
WHERE TO DRINK
For 12 ever-changing taps and a few signature cocktails, check out Urban Saloon. Urban Saloon is perfect for a group with mixed taste in drinks. Sip on the #FreeBritney (mint lemonade with Tito’s vodka) while your friend orders a juice 8% double IPA. They flaunt an excellent menu of shareable snacks, including tots, nachos, cheesesteak spring rolls, and more. For a fresh and friendly environment, visit Bar Hygge. If what you’re looking for is house-brewed beer, specialty cocktails, and maybe a sandwich, this is your spot. They offer one of a kind brews, like their Montmorency cherry sour ale, as well as some of the best vegetarian plates in Fairmount Park.
While Fairmount Park is not known for being one of the most walkable parts of Philadelphia, most residents report walking being their primary mode of transportation. Getting around by bus, on foot, and bike is ideal for Fairmount Park. Owning a car is always convenient for hopping on the highway, as well.
Students can look forward to attending Julia R. Masterman Secondary School, #1 in standout high schools in America. Educating grades 5-12, their motto “Dare to be excellent” catches the eye of parents looking to prepare their children for higher education. The average grade at Masterman is an A+, with an impressive student to teacher ratio of 24 to 1. We love supporting youth and education in Philadelphia, and Masterman Secondary will not disappoint.
For a hot cup of coffee and a refreshing view, check out Cosmic Cafe. Seated along Boathouse Row, the Cosmic Cafe serves farm-to-table, locally sourced, and organic food to Philly guests. We recommend sitting your latte alongside their “Loaded Bagel” stuffed with smoked salmon, cream cheese, spring mix, tomato, and red onion. For an artisanal cup of La Colombe’s famous Corsica brew, check out OCF Coffee House. They feature a breezy, fresh environment and friendly crew. We recommend their decadent, creamy macchiato alongside their wholesome vegan breakfast sandwich.
If you’re looking for high intensity workouts and a “community for anyone,” visit CrossFit Fairmount. They focus on creating a well-rounded fitness program–not just about getting in shape–but about achieving higher levels of stamina, strength, coordination, and power. Their members refer to CrossFit Fairmount as being “nothing but supportive, challenging, and most importantly fun.” They make their schedule available online, check it out to see if you’re ready for an upcoming class. Looking for a different kind of motivation? Check out BPM Fitness. BPM offers high-power, full body workouts that revolve around cycling, with variety thrown into it. If what you need is a gym with an incredible community and a Shazam-worthy playlist, visit BPM.
You won’t be lacking in high-end grocery items with Whole Foods in your neighborhood. Whole Foods offers luxury groceries, organic produce, the best vegan/gluten-free options, and so much more. Be sure to visit their hot food and eateries for Japanese pub-style food, Israeli-style falafel, beers on tap, and so much more.