Old City (sometimes spelled “Olde City”) is a neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, in the area near the Delaware River where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. To tourists, it is best known as the site of Independence Hall and its encompassing Independence National Historical Park, Elfreth’s Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and many of Philadelphia’s other historic sites. It is one of the city’s popular nightlife destinations, with many lounges, dive bars, and quality restaurants mostly along the three blocks from 3rd and Market streets to Front and Chestnut streets. The popular monthly First Friday event features open houses by many neighborhood art/design galleries and clothing boutiques. The 3rd Street Corridor, between Market Street and Vine Street, is home to many locally owned independent businesses. These art, design and fashion ventures make Old City a sought after destination for culture and commerce enjoyed locally, nationally and internationally. Landmark Theatres operates three Ritz movie theaters in the area, specializing in art films.
The Old City Historic District was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972
Old City Boundaries
Old City’s boundaries are Front Street to the East, 6th Street to the West, Vine Street to the North and Walnut Street to the South. Old City is North of Queen Village, South of Northern Liberties and East of Washington Square West.