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Selecting a "best" neighborhood in Philadelphia, a city that thrives on its make-up of many small, distinct neighborhoods, is akin to choosing a favorite child. It's impossible -- or at least not fair -- so instead think about your mood and use it to find the area best matched to it for the day.
If you are looking for trendy, buzzy, and people-packed and it’s a weekday, head to Rittenhouse Square. The neighborhood, centered around a green, leafy park of the same name, is one of the city's most popular addresses and is adjacent to the business area, making it packed with top-notch restaurants, shops, and other fun. On weekends the area is decidedly more low-key, with farmers markets and brunching families.
For one-of-a-kind boutiques, urban edge, and a touch of hipster flair, head to Northern Liberties. Once a warehouse district, the neighborhood recently saw an influx of young professionals and families, and is now teeming with BYOBs and boutiques.
For a similar vibe with a more casual, South Philly vibe head to East Passyunk, an area flanking the avenue of the same name. In the last year or two the stretch has become a coveted address for restaurateurs and business owners, and the neighborhood business association keeps up a steady stream of events and festivals to ensure the avenue is almost continually worth a walk.
Those looking for something more serene and traditional will enjoy a quiet am stroll through Society Hill, a residential area made up of beautiful, classic Philadelphia brick homes, wrought iron-clad trees, and a decent amount of rustic cobblestone -- perfect for the horse-drawn carriages that frequent the neighborhood.