East Passyunk, sometimes called East Passyunk Crossing, is a famous neighborhood in South Philadelphia, known for the major diagonal thoroughfare that cuts through it and a large area below Center City, Passyunk Avenue. The neighborhood is home to many popular bars, restaurants, boutiques, and live entertainment venues and has a thriving residential section. Its restaurants, in particular, are so popular that Passyunk Avenue was named one of the 10 best foodie streets in America by Food and Wine.
Philadelphia is a very large east coast city with weather typical of the northern Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. It doesn’t get as cold as its northern neighbor of New York City or other cities further north, but it also doesn’t get as warm as some of its neighbors to the south such as Baltimore. In the winter, its average lows are in the high twenties and its summers rarely break ninety degrees.
The terrain in East Passyunk is relatively flat and mild, even though Passyunk Avenue does have a slight incline if you are walking on it from south to north. Other than a few small areas that have similarly benign inclines, you will not encounter many elevation changes to speak of while on a walk in this part of Philadelphia. Its atmosphere is almost entirely artificial with lots of classic Philadelphia row houses and apartment buildings densely packed along residential areas and small businesses lining the commercial streets.
This is a relatively high-traffic area in Philadelphia because of its large population and tourism draw, due to popular cheesesteak spots and other locations that visitors seek out. If you are walking on main roads such as Passyunk Avenue, you might want to do so during calmer times of day. However, even though there will be lots of street activity, the neighborhood is always lovely to walk in.
East Passyunk has surprisingly few parks or greenways considering its population, but there are a few areas around the neighborhood where you and your dog can find green spaces to enjoy. Just one block west of South Street, East Passyunk’s western border, you will find Disilvestro Playground which is a newly renovated playground and green space in the neighboring Point Breeze community. It has a rain garden, a playground, and a small open green area that you can bring your dog to on a pleasant day.
Mifflin Square Park, located just a few blocks southeast of East Passyunk, is a large park and community gathering space that has green areas, concrete walking paths, and a large fountain at its center. It is a good area to bring your dog if you are a more extroverted type as there are typically lots of folks walking around and enjoying the scenery.