Tick tock, tick tock! Vacation always ends sooner than we’d like, which is why we’re already daydreaming of future trip destinations. If you’ve ever considered perusing Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, then we’ve got just the tour guide: Veronika of Tick Tock Vintage.
“If you’re making a trip to Philadelphia, you won’t want to miss the East Passyunk neighborhood,” says the East Coast style blogger. “In the heart of South Philadelphia, Passyunk Avenue is lined with tiny boutique stores and restaurants. Here are some of my favorite picks!”
1. Sweet Jane Vintage: “This gorgeous vintage shop is in the heart of Passyunk Avenue. Their collection is beautifully curated, with a wide array of printed dresses, pencil skirts, and silky blouses. Heels and boots decorate tables and shelves, and accessories are hung on the wall like art. The owners frequently have art hanging in the shop, and celebrate First Friday. If you’re in the area, I definitely recommend stopping by! You’ll be sure to find a vintage piece to add to your collection.”
2. B2. “B2 is easily my favorite coffee shop on Passyunk. There’s a huge menu of drinks; everything from coffee to tea to smoothies to hot chocolate. Drinks are served in glass tumblers with a hand-knit cozy. You’ll also find a wide array of baked goods (like vegan donuts and vanilla cupcakes!). My favorite snack is the Gorgonzola, apple, and honey bagel sandwich. There’s free wi-fi and the huge windows that line the coffee shop make it perfect for people watching. You’re also able to bring your pup inside, which I definitely take advantage of!”
3. Green Aisle Grocery. “Ran out of milk? Perhaps looking for locally made artisan cheese? Or gourmet chocolate? Look no further than Green Aisle! A very small grocery shop on Passyunk Avenue, Green Aisle carries some of the best local food in the area. You’ll find homemade whoopie pies (try the Red Velvet!), Indian food from Etka, and local vegetables. The owners are very friendly and always offer samples and recommendations on new products.”
4. Cantina Los Caballitos. “South Philadelphia is chock-full of corner Mexican restaurants and take-aways, but the Cantina is by far my favorite. While the menu doesn’t necessarily consist of authentic Mexican food, you will find a large selection of ridiculously delicious food (including vegan and vegetarian options!). The Cantina is know for their margaritas, which come in some of the most unique flavors: blood orange, passion fruit, guava, and prickly pear. Be sure to try the Mexican corn on the cob and the vegetarian quesadilla with wild mushrooms.”
Thanks for the lovely tour, Veronika! For those of you familiar with South Philly and the city in general, do you have anything to add to the list?