Fishtown, Philadelphia, PA

October 10th, 2019


  • Food / Drink:
    • Reanimator Coffee
    • The Good Spoon Soupery
    • Nunu Bar (Happy Hour)
    • Weckerly’s Ice Cream

If Philadelphia has one thing, it’s personality. Philly is so rich with history and each neighborhood has its own unique air – Fishtown is no exception. Located north of Old City, Fishtown was originally settled by fishermen who controlled the fishing rights to both sides of the Delaware and was supposedly named by Charles Dickens when he visited (probably not true). Following this, it was known as a working class Irish Catholic neighborhood.

Today, Fishtown has become an increasingly popular with Philadelphia’s young adults. Fishtown is colorful – full of murals, up and coming restaurants, funky bars and happy hours, and swanky concert venues. But the Fishtown we see today is also a product of the gentrification that has swept through Philadelphia in the last several decades.

Again, Fishtown is FUN, but it’s also full of history. I’ve been guilty of forgetting this, but I thought I’d write a little post about a wonderful day I had with some of my best friends a couple months ago. Days like this just bring me simple joy.

Though my friends had stopped by Suraya for some (incredible) pastries earlier, I joined them at Reanimator Coffee in the early afternoon to get some work done and grab some cold brew. Its massive windows allow natural light to flood into the building, creating a beautifully hazy aura in the space. If you’re looking a spot with great coffee, plenty of seating, appropriately witchy vibes, and of course, Wi-Fi – Reanimator is it. It’s also got another location in Fishtown and West Philadelphia.

Next up was the Good Spoon Soupery, which is everything a soupery should be, with a soups (obviously), quirky wall décor, hearty breads and baked goods, and an outdoor garden complete with fairy lights and picnic tables. The butternut soup was creamy and sweet while the pão de queijo was perfectly chewy.

Because we are nothing if not punctual, we showed up at Nunu Bar for happy hour at around 4:55. The deals here are incredible and the interior of the bar is flooded with striking red light from dozens of lanterns hanging from the ceiling. There are intimate booths inside, but we opted to sit at the outdoor bar and proceeded to order nearly everything on the happy hour menu, including a multitude of skewers, fries, salad, and a cocktail. You know – balance.

And to top it off – Weckerly’s for ice cream sandwiches. Autumnal seasonal flavors! Cookies! Best friends! What more could I really ask for?

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