13 Things You Need to Know about Living in Manayunk
There is always something to do in Manayunk. Festivals span the length of Main Street almost monthly and every cuisine you can imagine is available on Main Street. Buying a home in Manayunk offers that urban charm without the Center City price tag. Here are the 13 things you need to know about living in Manayunk if you’re thinking of buying a home in the neighborhood.
Kelly Drive and the Wissahickon Get All the Credit, but the Best Place to Run is the Towpath
The wide stretch of gravel path that runs alongside the Manayunk canal and Main Street is one of the best spots to run if you’re into avoiding crowds, enjoying the most scenic views, and having an excuse to reward yourself with a bite to eat after your run. The Manayunk Towpath is a great place to run, bike, or just stroll along the water, and while the very-close-by Kelly Drive and Wissahickon trails offer stellar views, as well, the Towpath is a hidden gem with some of the best sunrise views around.
…but the Wissahickon is Still one of the Best Parts of the Neighborhood
Philly isn’t necessarily known for its hiking, but Manayunk is. With 50 miles of trails in the Wissahickon just up the hill from Main Street, and plenty of parking by multiple trailheads of varying difficulties, it’s hard not to fall in love with the ever-changing scenery of the Wissahickon, with its rugged trails, iconic Forbidden Drive, and delicious Valley Green Inn right in the middle of the park.
There are Three Mexican Restaurants on Main Street, but the One To Go To is Taqueria Amor
Sure, each Mexican restaurant offers something great, but Taqueria Amor has it all. The vibe is rustic yet vibrant, the tacos are fantastic and unique (grasshopper tacos and brisket tacos on the same menu!), and the Happy Hour specials are unbeatable. It’s super walkable, parking is doable, and did I mention the tacos??
Getting to Center City is a Breeze
There are so many Manayunk residents who work in Center City but live out in Manayunk for the space, price, and vibe of the neighborhood. A ride on SEPTA regional rail to Center City takes about 20 minutes, and the bus hits many stops throughout the city for just a swipe of your SEPTA key. Commuting by public transportation is incredibly easy and affordable, and for those that choose to bike to work, there’s nothing like a commute down Kelly Drive.
There’s a Huge Variety of Homes in Manayunk
Just like in its neighboring Roxborough, Manayunk offers a huge variety of different styles, sizes, and features of homes. The Victorian homes dating back to the 1800s are beautiful, the new developments on Venice Island offer luxury condos, and the rowhomes just off Main Street bring that Philly feel that brought you to the area originally. Whatever your style of home, it’s here in Manayunk.
The Wait for Brunch at Winnie’s is Always Worth It
Ask anyone what their favorite brunch spot is along Main Street in Manayunk and they’ll tell you their answer: Winnie’s. The classic restaurant offers dinner, too, but you may be able to tell by the line every Saturday and Sunday — brunch is where they shine. Don’t be discouraged by the line, as it goes by relatively quickly, and the wait is always worth it.
Philly is known for its walkability, but if you’re looking for a place where you can walk from one end of the neighborhood to the other in less than ten minutes, that’s Manayunk. Main Street is where all the action is, but even up the hill is accessible (get ready for a quad workout!).
Whatever Your Favorite Form of Gym, Manayunk’s Got It
Maybe you’re a Crossfit person, or someone who wakes up at 5 a.m. to attend a spin class. Whatever your preference for getting fit, Main Street has it. Not a gym person at all? There are more running, biking, and hiking trails around the neighborhood than anywhere else in Philly.
The Manayunk StrEAT Festival is a Foodie’s Heaven
Picture this: food trucks, local vendors, live music, and all of your neighbors, right along Main Street for a full day centered around food. It sounds like a food lover’s heaven, because it is — more than 50 of Philadelphia’s best food trucks, top restaurants, and Main Street classics offer up their best dishes in a pay-as-you-go format for the annual Manayunk StrEAT Festival. There’s a reason people look forward to this all year long.
It’s Like Living in the City, with a Way More Affordable Price Tag
Close proximity to bars and restaurants, great walkability, and seamless public transportation give Manayunk the urban feel of Center City, but with a much lower price tag. It’s affordable, especially for a first-time home buyer, and also offers the outdoor space and room for a family for those looking to expand, too.
Buying Local Has Never Been Easier
You can get your fruits and vegetables at the Pretzel Park farmers market (plus pastries, baked goods and more), a gift for your friend’s birthday at the locally-owned shops along Main Street, Philly’s best coffee at one of the many coffee shops, and even shop at a consignment store, all within the Manayunk area.
Like Craft Beer? You’re in the Right Place
Manayunk now has TWO breweries along Main Street — the well-known Manayunk Brewery, and the new Bald Birds Brewing Company, which has already made a name for itself. Plus, the bars along Cresson have some of the best beers on tap, and Dawson Street Pub’s Happy Hour (which is offered every day of the week) has some excellent beers for about $3.
The Best Places to Eat are All Along Main Street
Of course there’s Winnie’s and Taqueria Feliz, two of my favorites, but all of the restaurants along Main Street are within walking distance from anywhere in the neighborhood, and worthwhile of a date night, friends dinner, or family brunch. Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, I couldn’t resist sharing all my favorite spots to eat in Manayunk in a blog post.