Jesse & Erick's Guide to Fairmount

Jesse & Erick's Guide to Fairmount

Sarah Coffey
Sep 9, 2010

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Name: Jesse & Erick
Neighborhood: Fairmount/Art Museum
City: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Our Home: One bedroom loft apartment

Having lived all over Chicago, New York and Cleveland, I can say that Fairmount (also known as Art Museum neighborhood) in Philadelphia is by far my favorite neighborhood I've ever lived in! Just blocks from the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Boathouse Row, future sight of The Barnes Foundation, and littered with bars full of craft beers and great jukeboxes, Fairmount is the most friendly and diverse neighborhood in the city.

Jesse & Erick's Guide to Fairmount

The understated cousin of Northern Liberties, the neighborhood surrounds the Eastern State Penitentiary Museum which formerly housed famous inmates such as Al Capone.

1. Favorite Neighborhood Home Store

    OLIVER'S ANTIQUES: The corner of 21st and Fairmount Ave.
    From Oliver's site: "An everchanging inventory of late 1800s to Mid-Century Modern furniture."

2. Go-to Shop for Gifts

    ALY'S WAGON: 2017 Fairmount Ave.
    From Aly's site: "A diverse inventory of contemporary housewares, bath and body supplies, and children's items."

3. Best Vintage Shop, Thrift Store, or Flea Market

    FAIRMOUNT FLEA MARKET: 22nd and Fairmount at the Eastern State Penitentiary
    Huge flea market this weekend!

4. Favorite Bookstore

5. Favorite Coffee Shop, Caf&eacute, or Restaurant

    THE BISHOP'S COLLAR: 2349 Fairmount Ave.
    From their site: "A thirst-quenching, rotating array of outstanding regional microbrews, unusual cocktails, and the best 'Sunday Morning Bloody Mary' in the city."

6. Best Hardware/Paint Store

7. Best Place to Pick Up Groceries

    FEDER'S: 1822 Spring Garden St.
    Cheapest produce around!

8. Best Place to Buy Flowers

    PLANTS ETC.: 2313 Fairmount Ave.
    Flowers, plants, and special-order bouquets.

9. Best Neighborhood Park

10. Best Spot to Take Visitors

Thanks, Jesse & Erick!

Photos: Jesse & Erick

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