How to Spend a Saturday in Fishtown
A Weekend Walking Tour in North Philadelphia
There is something inexplicably beautiful about the Fishtown neighborhood in Philadelphia. Unique in its aesthetic, diverse in its people, and intriguing in its nonchalance, Inspire is proud to serve this small pocket of Philly. In recent years, it has experienced rapid growth and increased infrastructural development, making it one of the most popular neighborhoods in the city for both young residents and business owners.
To demonstrate just how cool Fishtown is, Inspire is sending you on a weekend walking tour of all of our favorite local Clean Power Partners. Not only are all of these businesses staples in the community, but they also support 100% wind power, helping to create a cleaner and brighter energy future for Philadelphia.
Girard Bruncherie is the perfect place to start any early morning in Fishtown. Head here for locally sourced breakfast and brunch foods in a very franco-chic atmosphere. Even more modern than their decor is their tipping-optional policy.
With a modest selection of over 800 bottles to-go or to-stay, Bottle Bar East has become the go-to bottle shop for Fishtown craft beer drinkers. Pick out a bottle from the massive, glowing refrigerators and order brunch, lunch, or late night, elevated bar food.
If you're in the mood for something light and cozy, head to Good Spoon for fresh, artisanal soups using local and organic ingredients. We love Good Spoon's sustainably-minded mission, encouraging customers to use their purchasing power to support local and sustainable food systems.
Fishtown Social is a true wine bar through and through, with a wine list designed by a certified Master Sommelier. With a clean and simple interior and basic, light small snacks to order - there isn’t much to distract you from your premium glass of vino.
In the heart of Fishtown, on the corner of Palmer Park, exists Steap and Grind, a neighborhood favorite for some of the world’s best loose teas. Grab a cup and head to the park to people (or dog) watch.
The Art Department is a lot of things - a workshop space, a home for exhibitions, a boutique of hand-crafted products and art supplies, and a community art center. But ultimately, all of these offer Philadelphians one, cohesive thing - a way to appreciate and connect to art and underrepresented artists in their neighborhood.
Franklin & Poe is a clothing and durable goods store with an an emphasis on products made in the USA, aiming to support manufacturing, jobs, and craftsmanship. They are all about products that enhance the lives of their customers, get better with age, and are ethically constructed. What’s not to get behind?
While you may or may not require motorcycle maintenance on your tour of Fishtown, Yorick & Sons is a staple of Frankford Ave. On any given day, you can check out some bikes they have lined up on the sidewalk and peek inside their shop to see how it all goes down.
Minnow Lane is another sustainably-minded business specializing in natural and organically made essentials for babies, toddlers & the family. They also serve as a gathering space for expectant parents and families to participate in creative, informational, and supportive classes and workshops.
Stop in to Wild Mutation Records to see what vinyl you can uncover. As one of the only record stores in Philly that specializes in a rare punk and hardcore collection, Wild Mutation is a truly unique way to spend part of your explorative afternoon.
Grace & Glory Yoga is out to disrupt business as usual through physicalness, possibility, and empowerment. Get centered with their awesome daily yoga and meditation classes at their warm and earthy studio.
While Philly is widely known for their breweries, Rowhouse Spirits Distillery offers Fishtown a differentiated alternative to beer with malt, corn, and rye based spirits. Stop in to grab a bottle or two for your weekend or enjoy some libations in their tasting room.
However, this list would not be complete without the mention of a brewery. St. Benjamin’s, located in the historic carriage house and stables of the defunct Theo Finkenauer Brewery, offers all original beer brewed onsite, but also local wine, cocktails, and mead beverages.
Ending with Greensgrow Farms is a particularly appropriate finale to this tour of Fishtown. Greensgrow engages neighborhoods in cultivating social entrepreneurship, urban agriculture, and city greening. From their weekly CSA, Community Kitchen, and many workshops, Greensgrow truly embodies the importance of community, togetherness, and growth towards a more sustainable way of living in Fishtown.
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