You’ve been to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing, and Pat’s probably a hundred times if you live anywhere near Philadelphia. We love those famous tourist attractions as much as the next guy, but our favorite destination in Philly is a tucked-away little neighborhood near Philly U called East Falls. If you’re looking for something fresh to do in Philly and are into history, royalty, nature, great food, unique mom and pop shops, or beautiful architecture, you need to check out some of our favorite places in this hidden Philly treasure!
Vault and Vine
This dual coffee and flower shop focuses their brand around the local community. Starting as a floral shop, Vault and Vine wanted to expand to a comfortable space for locals to hang out at. They serve vegan pastries (which are delicious) and use eco-friendly cutlery. Local made jewelry and other accessories are sold there as well. Come support your local businesses and buy a cup of delicious coffee, a bouquet of flowers, and a handmade ceramic necklace at East Falls’ cutest shop!
Grace Kelly House
Many people have heard of Grace Kelly, the award winning actress alongside the likes of Bing Crosby and Ava Gardner. They also know Grace Kelly as the Princess of Monaco, but many do not know that she is from the quaint town of East Falls. Kelly was born at Hahnemann Hospital in Philadelphia and then attended Ravenhill Academy for girls. She was very involved with her community as she played the lead role in Don't Feed the Animals, which was a play produced by the East Falls Old Academy Players. The home that Grace Kelly was raised in was still stands today in East Falls. This traditional home built by Kelly’s father can be seen today at 3901 Henry Avenue in the heart of East Falls.
The East Falls Library opened its doors June 1st, 1901 and was built for the purpose of worship and education. The East Falls Library was also an important place to the start of Grace Kelly’s career as the library was also used as a theater. The Falls Library was renovated numerous times and the building standing today opened in 1913 and features English collegiate architecture. Today school children from across the street utilize the library for their computers and wide array of books.
Eat a cheesesteak like a Philly local at Dalessandro’s in East Falls’ neighboring town, Roxborough. Try a “cheesesteak wit,” or the many other options that Dalessandro’s has to offer. Along with cheesesteaks, another Philly staple is sold there, hoagies. Ranked people’s and critics choose year after year, Dalessandro’s is definitely worth a try.
The Falls Bridge, which is still in use today, serves as a prominent landmark within the East Falls community. Opened in June of 1895 and with a length of 556 feet, Falls Bridge spans the Schuylkill River in Fairmount Park. The next time that you are in area, make sure to walk on the bridge to see the beauty of East Falls for yourself!!
Fun Fact: The emblem on the bridge was the inspiration behind the Historical Society’s logo!
Curious about the history of any of these places you visit? Be sure to check out the East Falls Historical Society archives and tag them in photos of your visit!