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About Washington Square
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Located just a block from Independence Hall, Washington Square was originally called Southeast Square. It was one of the original five planned parks William Penn included in the city design. Today it's a lovely green space surrounded by restaurants, businesses, shopping, living spaces and more than 30 tree species.
See & Do
Taking in the quiet beauty of Washington Square is a welcome respite from the busyness of some of the nearby hotspots. This area is home to laid back and comfortable homes, cute, affordable shopping, down-home food options, bars that you'll want to invite friends to and sights worth stopping for a photo or two of. This square begs you to stop and enjoy.
When hunger strikes in this neighborhood, you have a variety of dining options to pick from. From more fancy venues like Talula's Garden to Italian hotspots like Little Nonna's to American-inspired comfort food at Bud & Marilyn's or Vegetarian at Vedge, you can let your palate do the choosing. Casual, upscale, pub, tavern, bar, dive spot or neighborhood cafe - it's all here are begging to be tasted.
Heading out at night means good times, fun conversation, delicious drinks and the right kind of venue to make you and your crowd feel comfortable. Washington Square is home to a variety of spots to catch a beat, down a drink, get lost in small talk or people watch till the wee hours - whether you like a happening Gayborhood dance spot like Tavern on Camac, edgy outdoor space like Graffiti Bar, or club like Voyeur.
Snuggle up for the night at comfy hotels in the neighborhood like Morris House and the charming boutique hotel Alexander Inn. Roll your suitcase into larger well-known establishments like Loews Philadelphia or Kimpton's Hotel Monaco for a night of comfort and sound sleep alongside amenities and seasonal packages that will keep you coming back for more.
Shopping abounds in and around Washington Square. Antique shops, novelty stores, kiddie boutiques, pet places, clothing outlets, music venues, thrift locations, crafts, paper goods, furniture, optical products, gifts, retro, sports paraphernalia, art, hair formulations, styling tools, and of course the famed Jeweler's Row nearby make obtaining what you need easy.