Welcome to East Falls
An elegant and peaceful community surrounded by the bustle of Philadelphia
Resting against the east banks of the Schuylkill River, East Falls is located in the Northwest section of Philadelphia and borders the neighborhoods Germantown, Roxborough, Allegheny West, and Nicetown-Tioga. Emerald green trees and deep red brick structures make up the tight-knit and chic suburb of East Falls, which is enhanced by the neighborhood’s overlook into the scenic Fairmount Park.
Like much of Philadelphia, East Falls is no stranger to deep and fascinating history. After Fort St. David established a fishery in the area, and as the area boomed with mills and other industries, the population grew. In more modern history, it is worth mentioning that, famously, Grace Kelly grew up in East Falls. In fact, her family house still stands today.
Now, East Falls is home to nearly 10,000 residents who take advantage of its location just beyond the city and enjoy the charming atmosphere. Intermingled with houses in Federal, Gothic, Greek Revival, Italianate, and Colonial architectural styles, East Falls is a graceful neighborhood that is welcoming to any seeking access to nature, picturesque streets, and a booming restaurant and bar scene - all within a short distance to the city center.
Things to Love
- Great cycling access throughout the whole area
- Stunning fall foliage creating dramatic scenic vistas
- Family and community-oriented neighborhood
People and Lifestyle
East Falls boasts an urban feel that keeps residents lively and entertained even while enjoying the more spacious and relaxed environment of the suburb. Roughly ten minutes away from downtown via train — or a bit longer via bike trail — the sweet neighborhood town atmosphere draws in young couples, professionals, and families, all of whom are highly educated.
Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment
Though East Falls enjoys its status as a peaceful, charming residential neighborhood, its walkable streets abound with boutiques, shops, eateries, cafes, breweries, and more.
Start your day off right by grabbing some excellent coffee paired with a book at Uncle Bobbie’s Coffee and Books
right outside of East Falls. Then, be sure to spice up your home decor with a stop by Material Culture
, which constantly updates inventory to be sure it's on-trend and ever unique.
After shopping around and outside the neighborhood, be sure to visit LeBus East Falls
for a taste of historic and casual American dining. For a Philadelphia-centric meal, check out Falls Deli
, where you can grab “the best hoagie in all of East Falls.” Make a reservation at In Riva
, which serves delicious gourmet pizza, or plan for an elegant night at Fiorina
. Afterward, make sure to unwind with a cold drink at Wissahickon Brewing Company
Things to Do
While East Falls boasts many notable eateries and boutiques, but don’t forget about the numerous options for entertainment. Join the community in a festival, event, market, or more throughout the year as East Falls is brimming with activity.
Ring in autumn each year with the annual Dance on the Falls Bridge
festival, where you can dance, eat, drink, and spend time with the community, all on a historic bridge right in East Falls. Throughout the spring and summer, be sure to visit East Falls Farmers Market
for local produce, crafts, loaves of bread, baked goods, beers, coffee, and more.
Take the kids to McMichael Park
for a day of climbing and playing or even for a history lesson, as it contains a historic war memorial. Or, enjoy a classy night out at Old Academy Players
, a non-profit, local community theater that loves to engage the neighborhood in the arts. Grace Kelly even got her acting start there!
East Falls is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
- Thomas Jefferson University
- William Penn Charter School
- William Penn Charter School Pre-K
- Thomas Mifflin School
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