Beyond Manayunk Nightlife: The Many Attractions of Philly’s Wildly Popular Neighborhood

The wildly popular Manayunk nightlife is just one of many attractions in this Philadelphia neighborhood. Manayunk offers big-city benefits like walkability, culture, and fine dining, in a smaller, more affordable setting.

Manayunk, one of Philadelphia’s most popular neighborhoods, was reputedly named after a Native American word “manaiung,” which means “where we go to drink.” Given the amount of bars and restaurants along the neighborhood’s Main Street, the name’s still quite applicable today. In addition to the famous Manayunk nightlife, this section of the city offers many other attractions that draw a constant influx of residents and visitors each year.

Convenient, Affordable Living in a Unique Setting

The small neighborhood of Manayunk is conveniently located approximately 15 minutes from downtown Philly, along the Manayunk Canal. Named a historic district in 1983, Manayunk combines Old World architecture and a modern vibe to form one of the city’s most popular residential communities. Median home prices and average rents in Manayunk are significantly less than Center City neighborhoods like Washington Square West, which increases the area’s appeal. Like many city neighborhoods, parking is a challenge, but paid lots are available.

Perks of Living Close to Manayunk Nightlife

Crowds flock to the bars and restaurants on Main Street each weekend, making the small neighborhood a lively place to be. Living in Manayunk means that you’re only a short walk from all the excitement — no need to circle the side streets looking for an elusive parking spot or fight the Schuylkill Expressway traffic at closing time. For those who love to dine out, restaurants run the gamut of cuisines, including Asian, Mexican, Italian, and Greek. There are plenty of pub food options, too. In the warmer months, you’ll find top-notch al fresco dining along Main Street.


Manayunk is also a popular spot for street festivals. The Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival is celebrated in April, which kicks off Restaurant Week along Main Street. The Manyunk Arts Festival attracts nearly 200,000 visitors each year and is the tri-state area’s largest outdoor juried art festival.


Shopoholics love Manayunk, and for good reason. Main Street is packed with unique small businesses, including art galleries, jewelry stores, and shops featuring home décor and furniture. Apparel stores range from high-end boutiques such as Nicole Miller to shops like Greene Street, where recycled bargains abound.

Pet-Friendly, Walkable Neighborhood

The Manayunk Pretzel Park and dog park is a canine owner’s paradise. Another popular outdoor spot is the Towpath running along the canal. For those who love a fitness challenge, the area is also famous for its hills — including the steep Manayunk Wall, known to intimidate cyclists competing in the city’s annual Philly Cycling Classic. These hills, difficult to navigate in ice and snow, provide a great workout for weekend warriors.

If you’re looking for the excitement of city living in a smaller, more affordable area, consider Manayunk, a bustling neighborhood in a walkable setting.

Image Source: Flickr/Randy Wick


Jennifer DiGiovanni is a freelance writer and a partner in a real estate investment firm focusing on residential properties. She previously worked in the financial services industry and has earned an MBA from Villanova University. Jennifer enjoys writing about real estate, home improvement and small business.

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