Whether you call it the Art Museum Area or Fairmount (like several Philly neighborhoods, there’s a few different names) The Art Museum Area is one of our favorite Philadelphia neighborhoods. Fairmount has got an unpretentious vibe, full of families, young professionals and college students (Temple is nearby and Drexel and Penn are right across the Schuylkill). So let’s discuss just what makes this one of Philly’s most popular neighborhoods.
Where to Eat: The main drag in the Art Museum Area is Fairmount avenue (hence the neighborhood’s other name). It’s full of great bars and pubs and a variety of different restaurants like Jack’s Firehouse and Mugshots Cafe. Fairmount is also home to several popular BYOB’s (a great way to save money while dining out!).
What to See: They call it the Art Museum Area for a reason. Named after the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the neighborhood is also within walking distance to several other museums, most of them located along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The neighborhood is also home to the historic Eastern State Penitentiary on Fairmount offers year round tours of the historic prison and during the Fall is transformed into a huge haunted house.
Real Estate: Although Fairmount may be slightly pricier than your average Philadelphia neighborhood, but there’s still plenty of great deals to be found. The median sales price in the 19130 area code is $225,000 but homes in the nearby neighborhoods of Brewertown and Francisville are even more affordable.