Join the hustle and bustle in the hub of town

By By Patricia Harris and David Lyon
June 22, 2005
Douglas Merriam

This lively area begins at South Street, which is lined withfunky boutiques and galleries. Beat the heat with "waterice"--syrup-drenched ice granules in a paper cone. Lemon is theclassic, but fans of Rita's Water Ice (239 South St.; 215-629-3910)deem mango the best.

Food is the focus of South Philly. Succumb to Philly's favoritefast food at Cheesesteak Corner (Ninth Street and Passyunk Avenue),where Geno's Steaks (215-389-0659) and Pat's King of Steaks(215-468-1546) compete around the clock.

Vendors vie for attention beneath the sidewalk awnings ofItalian Market on Ninth Street, especially on Saturdays. Fante'sKitchen Wares Shop (1006 S. Ninth St.; 215-922-5557, the culinary equipment of your dreams, including raviolipresses, cannoli forms, and house-brand German cutlery.

Citizens Bank Park (Pattison Avenue between 11th and Darienstreets; 215-463-1000, is home to thePhillies baseball team. Skyline views are terrific, and a neonLiberty Bell rings every time a Philly player hits a home run.