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