Welcome to Washington Square & Society Hill
Epicurean delights and historic elegance abound in this dynamic, friendly area.
A strong sense of history weaves through the coveted neighborhoods of Washington Square and Society Hill, infusing the area with 18th-century charm and old-world elegance. Quaint cobblestone streets lead residents into a bygone era of stately mansions and antiquarian beauty, while a progressive atmosphere and stunning display of culinary excellence root this beloved spot firmly in the 21st century.
Washington Square, also known as the Gayborhood, or Wash West, takes pride in its bohemian vibe and warm, welcoming feel. The center of Philadelphia’s LGBTQ+ community, the city shows its support in an official capacity, with the neighborhood’s street sign sporting rainbows, and is considered the first official Gayborhood in the nation. Offering some of the city’s most celebrated restaurants and a bevy of creative boutiques, Washington Square dazzles with gorgeous Gothic Revival architecture and majestic row houses. Over in Society Hill, historic design meets modern luxury with stunning, meticulously restored row houses, complete with every imaginable update. Cozy bistros and upscale boutiques ring this residential oasis, offering remarkably quiet streets, along with everything a modern city can offer.
What to Love
- Quaint, brick-lined streets
- Stately row houses and historic charm
- Acclaimed bistros and culinary excellence
- A warm, inclusive atmosphere
- Proximity to topnotch healthcare
People & Lifestyle
Residents of Washington Square and Society Hill have the best of everything at their fingertips. Proximity to the esteemed Pennsylvania Hospital
and Thomas Jefferson University Hospital
attract medical professionals to the neighborhood and offer residents top-notch health care. Society Hill provides an elegant setting for serene living, with leafy, residential streets holding center court and the area’s impeccable restaurants and boutiques demuring to the outer edges of the neighborhood. The inclusive vibrance of Washington Square delights residents with a lively nightlife and a refreshing sense of openness and warmth.
Dining, Entertainment & Shopping
Replete with global flavors, Washington Square and Society Hill offer foodie-level fare. Seasonal menus and authentic flavors shine at Giorgio on Pine
. This rustic trattoria features classic Roman cuisine, like mussels in white wine sauce and handmade gnocchi. European charm and artfully plated masterpieces are on the menu at Talula's Garden
. With a romantic flair and farm-to-table ingredients, this brasserie from acclaimed restaurateur Aimee Olexy offers a lush, leafy patio, candlelit dining room, and a brunch of decadent delights like buttermilk chicken and waffles. Right next door, at their adorable market, Talula's Daily
, you'll find everything you could want for a gourmet picnic. The scene at Pizzeria Stella
is unpretentious and warm, but the cuisine is decidedly gourmet. From woodfired pizza sporting toppings like black truffle to handmade pastas and arancini, Stella’s is a lesson in impeccable culinary skill. Set in an elegant brownstone, Vetri Cucina
stuns with a quattro piatta prix fixe menu of Italian classics and internationally inspired flavors.
Things to Do
Built by William Penn but named for George Washington, Washington Square Park
is historical, and even hallowed ground. A bastion of history from the Revolutionary War, this leafy oasis now offers residents a respite from busy city life. Bring a picnic and lounge on the grass, stroll the lovely, tree-lined walking paths, or bring the kids for Junior Ranger
programs. Just across the street, you’ll find stately Independence Hall
, the site of the Declaration of Independence signing. Stop in for a tour and see the building considered to be the birthplace of America.
Those with a flair for the dramatic will adore the historic Walnut Street Theatre
. Founded in 1809, this landmark theater is the nation’s oldest playhouse and has welcomed a who’s-who of acting greats over its long run. Today, this beloved spot entertains residents with superb productions, classes, drama camps, and galas.