5 Reasons to Live in Old City Philadelphia

At The Chocolate Works, located just south of Fishtown and Northern Liberties, you enjoy a vibrant lifestyle in Philadelphia’s Old City, while remaining close to downtown and Center City’s historical landmarks, museums, and eclectic restaurants. If you’re looking for the perfect place to live in Old City, Philadelphia, contact a leasing specialist at The Chocolate Works and schedule an apartment tour today.

Here are a few of the best reasons to choose an apartment in Old City, Philadelphia:

The Best Philadelphia Neighborhood … and Transportation

Enjoy an urban lifestyle with no car required! Old City is a compact and easy to navigate community situated just a few blocks East of City Hall. Whether you choose to walk, bike, or take advantage of Philadelphia’s excellent public transportation systems, you must check out Old City’s pedestrian-friendly neighborhood. Old City is revered for its easy access to public transportation via buses and SEPTA’s Market-Frankford Line. This allows Old City apartment residents to easily navigate to surrounding areas, such as Rittenhouse Square and University City, as well as 30th Street Station for connections to Amtrak service. Chocolate Works is happy to offer a Preferred Employer discount to the employees of many of our local businesses. One of the greatest benefits of living in an Old City apartment is your commute to work can be short and simple.


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Arts & Culture

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Old City comes to life every First Friday when galleries open their doors to the public to celebrate all things art. Art festivals, such as Old City Fest—which attracts thousands to the neighborhood every fall—celebrate the neighborhood’s significant contributions to the city’s arts and culture scene. While the list of daytime activities is endless, many enjoy ending the night off with a relaxing movie at one of the three Ritz movie theaters, all of which are scattered throughout the neighborhood. Tourists from around the globe flock to the area to visit Philadelphia’s most coveted attractions in the three-block section of Independence Mall. The Betsy Ross House, Benjamin Franklin Museum, and Museum of the American Revolution all lie within steps of each other. This convenience is one that is loved by both visitors and residents of Old City apartments.

Shopping & Dining

Old City’s one-of-a-kind history is perfectly juxtaposed with trendy activities and places to go. Old City is packed with some of the city’s leading restaurants and shops. There are more than 80 dining options in the neighborhood, from fine dining to corner cheesesteak shops. Fashion boutiques and home décor stores can be found on just about every street, earning Old City the honor of being known as the city’s “Most Stylish Neighborhood.” Old City locals love to explore the numerous cafes, galleries, and restaurants. On 3rd Street, Old City-ers love to visit the plethora of unique art galleries and clothing boutiques that fill the street. Stores of this kind are a defining factor of Old City, as many from the community gather every month for First Friday, an event where vendors fill the streets selling goods and art. These leisurely activities serve as a perfect lifestyle for those looking to slow down and relax.


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Delaware Riverside Recreation

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The fun of Old City doesn’t stop there. One of the many reasons people adore this quaint neighborhood is for its nightlife. With the area being filled with many young professionals and students, lots of hot restaurants, lounges, bars, and clubs stay open as late as 5 a.m., creating a nonstop sense of liveliness throughout the city. Those who live in Old City, Philadelphia have easy access to one of the city’s premier recreation spots: the Delaware River. Just blocks from The Chocolate Works, the riverfront has undergone somewhat of a renaissance in recent years, with the opening of beer gardens, restaurants, and entertainment venues. It is also a great place to exercise and take in the beauty of the city. Many venture to the river at Penn’s Landing to catch concerts at Festival Pier, ice skate and rollerblade at the Blue Cross Rink, and grab some drinks at Spruce Street Harbor Park, depending on the season. Don’t fret, though—this popping nightlife scene only spans about a three-block radius, allowing residents to enjoy quiet nights in their homes if they please.


Architecture & Historical Sites

A stroll through Old City, Philadelphia is an eye-opening experience. Old City—the place where William Penn and his fellow Quakers first settled—bursts with history from our country’s first days. Located between Front, Sixth, Vine, and Walnut streets, Old City exudes 18th-century charm. While the oldest inhabited street in the United States—Elfreth’s Alley—stands tall with cobblestone streets, row homes, and tight alleyways, the rest of Old City mimics this charming and nostalgic architecture. Due to this unbeatable amount of history, it creates a constant buzz and liveliness in the neighborhood all year round.

In Old City, people of all ages get a piece of the pie. The lively nightlife attracts young adults, students, and professionals. However, the quiet cobblestone street retreat into tranquility, attracting families, older couples, and retirees. The area is sought out as a place to visit and live by many because of the amount of versatility.



Exterior street view of The Chocolate Works Apartments in Old City Philadelphia

Contact The Chocolate Works in Old City

Contact The Chocolate Works to learn more about our apartments for rent in Old City! Call our leasing office at 215-351-1535 to schedule an in-personal or virtual tour.


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