Named for its history as an epicenter for the commercial shad-fishing industry, this working-class neighborhood offers a colorful exception to the city’s gridded urban rule.
With a collection of narrow streets beset with modest row homes and independently owned businesses, Fishtown has emerged as Philadelphia’s hub for artistic, culinary and musical action. Located just west of the Delaware River, new residents have integrated and collaborated with longtime residents; an array of new bars, restaurants, music venues, studios and galleries set Fishtown apart and give it the title of one of Philadelphia’s most exciting and up-and-coming neighborhoods. Few areas have changed as dynamically as Fishtown, but families and small businesses still make up the heart of the community and open their arms to newcomers. The many new residents that are laying down roots have stimulated an array of new housing developments leading to a great mix of modern and traditional options.