Queen Village is a quiet, residential neighborhood just below South Street. Read our guide to where you can find these gems that are tucked away with less crowds.
Chef Peter Woolsey has created a traditional and authentic French dining experience. Sharing his love for hearty French cuisine, this place is a mix of chic heirlooms and classic design. The dinner menu has dishes from different regions of France including the divine mustard-braised rabbit and classics like escargots. Vegetarian dishes are available and the venue only uses the most fresh, seasonal ingredients with humanely raised meats and poultry. Guests will really feel like they’re in France.
623 S 6th St Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-925-8000
Kennett is a quaint restaurant/gastropub on the edge of Queen Village. Featured on the menu are wood-fired pizzas, bacon pancakes and grilled salads. Try the lamb burger or their vegetable and charcuterie boards, and their spicy Bloody Marys are the perfect hangover cure. Brunch hours are the best time to come to choose from English-inspired fare and small plates. The vegetable plates are also a standout to share with friends.
848 S 2nd St Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-467-2847
If you’re looking for gourmet dishes and a beautifully lit, rustic chic vibe, Ela is the place. Their seasonal menu changes frequently, with the option of four, five and six course fix-prix offerings that are worth the price for the quality and portions. Their modern American cuisine comes with a subtle twist of flavor. Try the popular diver scallop noodles with herbed potato chips and black truffle. Also, don’t miss their cocktails. Industry workers often come here for the drinks, so you know they’re top-notch.
627 S 3rd St Philadelphia, PA 19147 267-687-8512
This Jewish delicatessen is famous for a reason: huge portions of meat, cake and other appetizers abound here. Marvel at the colorful array of huge deserts in the long glass cases or admire the Victorian tiled ceiling and cash register. Diners can find all their favorite deli sandwiches here complete with pickles. Don’t forget to ask for sides. Customer favorites include potato pancakes and the corned beef hash.
700 S 4th St Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-922-3274
Their cocktails are some of the best in the city, but Southwark is also a foodie’s haven. Their menu is small, but with solid flavors. The menu is also seasonal here and sometimes includes unusual, but inspiring ingredients like dandelion pesto in the pappardelle and snails. The cozy bar and dining area is perfect for a quiet evening, and the entree items and cheese and meat plates are all tasty choices.
701 S 4 St Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-238-1888
This traditional Breton crêperie is one of the most elegant dining experiences in the city. Made with griddles imported from Brittany for the right texture, the varieties on the menu are numerous. Choose from house recommendations such as chocolate, toasted coconut and coffee ice cream crepe or build your own sweet or savory crepe. Salads and meat entrees are also present on the menu. The decor has refined floral patterns, but is still comfortably causal – complete with a fireplace.
624 S 6th St Philadelphia, PA 19147 215-592-0656