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Philadelphia Neighborhoods: 5 unique things to do in South Philly this summer

A version of this post was published in partnership with, a project of Temple University’s journalism program.

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South Philadelphia is home to several summer hotspots, from the Italian Market to Citizens Bank Park. Although open-air markets and Phillies games can be fun, there are a lot of other things do in the area that some locals might not know about. There are a plethora of hidden gems in the city, but these five places are worth checking out.

1) Take Tai Chi and Yoga classes at Gloria Dei (Old Swedes’) Church

South Philadelphia: Five Things To Do This Summer

Unbeknownst to some locals, Gloria Dei, or Old Swedes’ as it’s colloquially called, is the oldest church in Pennsylvania. It was built in the late 17th century and officially opened its doors in 1700.

Not only does the Episcopal church hold weekly services but it also offers Tai Chi and Yoga sessions for non-practicing locals and frequent churchgoers.

“We’re a tight-knit, lively community,” said Jim Minacci, sexton of the church. “People don’t really know about these classes that we have but we do a lot of other things too.”

Old Swedes’ was recently one of the venues for Make Music Philly, a city-wide music festival.

2) Try Cambodian Street Food at Mifflin Square

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What's Happening in:  Queen Village 

About 100 vendors expected at Old Swede’s food truck flea market this weekend

Old Swede’s Church is hosting another one of their fantastic flea markets this Saturday, May 18. Past years have seen the grounds of the church, at Christian Street and Delaware Ave., filled with more than 100 vendors selling jewelry or art, old books, candlesticks, trinkets, etc.

Old Swede's Flea

Old Swede’s Flea

The flea market, which runs from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., also will feature several food trucks plus live music.

For more information, check out Old Swede’s website. Wow, we’re giving the Swedes all kinds of coverage lately…

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