STRAWBERRY MANSION: NEIGHBORHOOD GUIDE
Strawberry Mansion, Philadelphia is a historic home to around 20,000 residents. The lovely neighborhood in Philly gets its name from the historic mansion in Fairmount Park, built by Judge William Lewis in the 1780s. The Strawberry Mansion was originally named “Summerville” and it would serve as Lewis’ home until his death in 1819. Strawberry Mansion sits just East of the lush Fairmount Park, while still conveniently located near center city.
WHERE TO EAT
You’ll see no shortage of good food in Strawberry Mansion. For an unforgettable slice and a great cause, check out Down North Pizza. They feature one-of-a-kind pizzas, such as a deep dish topped with BBQ beef bacon, caramelized pineapple, and jalapeno. We highly recommend grabbing a slice along side an order of spicy crab fries and an apple pie milkshake. Ultimate comfort food. Down North prides themselves on only hiring formerly incarcerated individuals. They seek to provide not just culinary job opportunities, but transportation, legal representation, and more for their team members. You can read more about their mission on their website.
WHERE TO DRINK
For drinks, music, and sports, check out Pub Webb. They’re a Temple University favorite and offer a lively atmosphere for the sports bar crowd. Sip on a classic beer like Blue Moon, or one of their rotating local IPAs from breweries such as Troegs or Dogfish Head. We recommend enjoying a dozen of their famous wings tossed in Slap Yo Mama sauce, alongside an order of their thing & crispy french fries. For an antiquated setting and historic bar vibe, visit The Bishop’s Collar. They invite you to join them for “liquid salvation” while seated on vintage church pews listening to jukebox tunes. They flaunt a long list of draughts & bottles, served alongside a wide variety of quesadillas, spring rolls, salads, burgers, and more.
While Strawberry Mansion 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 Strawberry Mansion. Owning a car is always convenient for hopping on the highway, as well.
If you’re looking for arts, culture, and an uplifting cup of coffee, check out Lucky Goat Coffeehouse. Family-owned, their atmosphere is designed to present the colors, culture, and art scene of Africa to Philly residents. If coffee isn’t your thing, try a cup of their freshly steeped tea from organic farms in India, China, and Sri Lanka. Open 7 days a week so you can enjoy a freshly baked croissant at your “home away from home” any morning on the week. 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.
For personal training, group training, and boot camps, check out Fit Academy. Their Brewerytown location features 20ft glass walls and top-of-the-line exercise equipment. Fit Academy member Angela says: “Even after a few workouts with Fit Academy, I feel muscles forming and inches melting away from those stubborn areas we all hate! Love working out with people who have the same goals as me!” If you’re looking for a more individualized and holistic approach to fitness, check out BeautiFitStrong. Their trainers to take the time to understand your exact goals, and design nutritional guidance and support in order to get you there. Their workouts are specifically design to teach you to move safely, with an emphasis on proper form while keeping every workout fun and energetic.
For convenient shopping and never-ending discounts, visit Save A Lot. Their guests describe the grocery market as carrying a “Large variety of brand-name Foods but not brand name prices.” From fresh produce to breakfast essentials, Save A Lot is a staple in the Strawberry Mansion community. If you’re looking for other products such as cleaning supplies or beauty products, visit C Town Supermarket. This location is known for their sparkling clean store and friendly staff. While it is a chain, each C Town is independently owned and maintains a focus on supporting local communities. That’s why they offer high-quality fresh produce and meats, as well as grocery delivery service directly to your front door.