Visitors staying in the Point Breeze neighborhood during the Democratic National Convention will be pleased with its easy access to the Convention and to Center City Philadelphia. Though it is primarily residential, Point Breeze has bright spots for eating and drinking. And keep an eye out for the murals that pop up throughout the neighborhood – like the colorful Keith Haring mural at 22nd & Ellsworth.
Boundaries: Philadelphia is a city of neighborhoods, and every local will hotly debate the bounds of their own neighborhood. For this post, we’ll consider Point Breeze’s boundaries to be Washington Avenue to the north, Snyder Avenue to the south, Broad Street (equivalent to 14th Street) to the east and 25th Street to the west. But if you’re visiting Point Breeze, know that the Graduate Hospital neighborhood is a quick walk north across Washington Avenue and Point Breeze blurs with the Newbold neighborhood to the southeast. Both of those neighborhoods also have points of interest and more restaurant options.
Transportation: SEPTA’s subway system is super-accessible from Point Breeze. Just walk east towards Broad Street (which would be 14th street if it was a numbered street, as it is between 15th and 13th Streets on Philadelphia’s grid system). Hop on the Broad Street Line (subway) heading south for a quick trip down to the Wells Fargo Center for Convention activities. To get to Center City, take a 25-minute stroll north (towards the shining skyline!), get the 17 bus, or take the Broad Street Line north.
Food & Drink: Point Breeze has a few beloved spots to try.
- American Sardine Bar: Look for the giant sardine can hanging above the front door, and you’ll know you’ve reached a place with an extensive craft beer selection. Be sure to try the creative eats (including the $2 sardine sandwich) from the chalkboard menu, and enjoy the outdoor seating. 1800 Federal Street
- Buckminster’s: If you’re in need of a well-crafted cocktail or a craving a meal that’s a step above pub food, check out this little gem. The architecturally inspired restaurant does a bang-up brunch, serves regional cheeses and has a menu that changes with the seasons. 1200 South 21st Street (21st & Federal)
- Café Ynez: This casual eat-in Mexican restaurant is in the great Philadelphia tradition of BYOB – bring your own bottle. It’s open for breakfast, lunch, dinner and brunch. 2025 Washington Avenue
- K&A Sandwiches & Grocery: If you want to try a hoagie (that’s Philadelphian for sub or grinder), check out this local spot. The hoagies are inexpensive and fresh. 1439 South 20th (20th & Dickinson)
- Kermit’s Bake Shoppe: Yes, you can get pastries, breads, and even homemade pop-tarts here. But the pizza’s the draw. Try the Kerminator – choucroute, caramelized onions, applewood-smoked ham, gruyere and creme fraiche. 2204 Washington Avenue
- Madira: a neighborhood hole-in-the wall with an impressive take-out selection, strong draft brew list, and its own special charm. It’s an original concept – an Indian take on gastropub fare. 1252 South 21st Street (21st & Titan Streets)
- OCF Coffee: Centrally located at Point Breeze Avenue and 20th Street, OCF is the spot for locally roasted coffee, fine teas, smoothies and sandwiches –including vegan options. 2001 Federal Street
- Pharmacy: One part coffee shop, one part art gallery, one part music venue, The Pharmacy is a quirky addition to the neighborhood, with vegan cupcakes and free wi-fi. 1300 South 18th Street (18th & Wharton)
- Rosario’s Pizzeria & Restaurant: Craving Mexican OR pizza? This is the spot. Try the Pizza al Pastor to combine them both. 1501 Wharton Street
- Tasty Toast: This modest, friendly spot right on the centrally located Point Breeze Avenue is a welcome place to grab breakfast or lunch. Almost everything is under $10. Try the waffle sandwich. 1320 Point Breeze Avenue
Corner shops, barbershops and a few beer stores pepper the neighborhood. If you’re traveling with kids, Point Breeze also has several parks and playgrounds including Chew Playground at 18th & Ellsworth (1800 Washington Avenue) and Wharton Square at 23rd & Wharton.
Caroline Bean is a social media strategist for Digitas Health who spent twelve years promoting Philadelphia as a visitor destination. She loves exploring the city — its riverside parks, pho restaurants and indie boutiques — on foot and thinks visitors should do so, too.