Join the hustle and bustle in the hub of town

By By Patricia Harris and David Lyon
Updated: June 09, 2014
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.