Philadelphia is a melting pot of different cultures and West Philly’s Baltimore Avenue showcases this diversity in a very delicious way. Just a 10 minute trolley ride from Center City Philadelphia, Baltimore Avenue’s eclectic mix of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and public spaces makes this corridor one of the jewels of West Philly.
While the following is not an exhaustive list of every spot to eat along Baltimore Avenue, these are a few top picks that showcase its wide range of offerings.
- Green Line Cafe – 4239 Baltimore Avenue
This corner cafe is a popular neighborhood gathering spot that offers a variety of hot and cold drinks and vegan treats. Nestled right on the corner of 42nd and Baltimore, it overlooks the heart of Baltimore Avenue: Clark Park.
- Clarkville – 4301 Baltimore Avenue
One of the newest additions to the neighborhood, Clarkville serves “ home spun comfort food” and incredible craft beer. Don’t miss the daily happy hour from 5-7 p.m., featuring discounts and food and drinks, Monday through Friday.
- Milk & Honey Market – 4435 Baltimore Avenue
Perfect place to grab a quick bite for breakfast or lunch. Milk & Honey offers locally sourced prepared foods and baked goods and all items on the menu are also available in the market.
- Desi Village – 4527 Baltimore Avenue
Desi Village is a go-to spot for delicious Indian food at a friendly price point. A must-try dish is the award-winning Chicken Tikka Masala.
- Aksum – 4630 Baltimore Avenue
This Mediterranean cafe focuses on simple and fresh ingredients with accents from Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. A great place for a date or a group of friends, this BYOB is also one of the neighborhood’s best weekend brunch options.
- Fu-Wah Mini Market – 810 S 47th Street
This neighborhood market attracts visitors from all over to try its renowned Tofu Banh Mi.
- Vietnam Café – 816 S 47th Street
Located just steps from the intersection of 47th and Baltimore, this family-run restaurant has been a neighborhood staple for year (and, full disclosure, happens to be one of my favorite restaurants in the city). Order the pork chops over broken rice. Trust me.
- Dahlak – 4708 Baltimore Avenue
Baltimore Avenue is home to several outstanding African restaurants and bars, and Dahlak is no exception. Dahlak has been serving Ethiopian & Eritrean specialties for over 25 years and its bar is one of the neighborhood’s best kept secrets.
- Little Baby’s Ice Cream – 4903 Catharine Street
This location is Little Baby’s “Cedar Park Embassy” and serves up imaginative ice cream flavors like Earl Gray Sriracha, Everything Bagel and Cucumber Dill. Perfect way to beat the heat in July.
- Dock Street Brewing Co. – 701 S 50th Street
A brewpub located in an old firehouse overlooking bustling Cedar Park, Dock Street is a great place to hangout with friends while enjoying small bites and wood-fired pizza. In a city known for great beer, Dock Street is a must-hit.
Aaron Horton is currently a web developer at his alma mater Temple University and previously spent 10 years at Visit Philadelphia working on the visitphilly.com and uwishunu.com websites. A lifelong Philadelphian, Aaron resides in West Philadelphia with his wife and son.