Quirky Things to do Along East Passyunk in Philadelphia


Philadelphia is full of quirky things to do. And the East Passyunk District has quite a bit of quirk going on along Passyunk Avenue. Whether it is a new twist on drinking beer, style of food or funky clothes shopping, there is something for the odd ball in everyone.

The Bottle Shop
While shopping for crafty beers is not that unique, choosing to take expensive beer to a BYOB restaurant instead of a bottle of wine is a little quirky. And on Passyunk Avenue there are so many BYO's it is common to see customers run across the street to grab some brews than try and find a liquor store. Even quirkier is the Bottle Shop is a BYOF – Bring Your Own Food. Grab a plastic container from the fridge or get yummy take-out from one of the many restaurants along Passyunk Avenue.

Stargazy Pies
The front window says it all, 'jellied and stewed eels'. Stargazy is a British-style bakery featuring traditional pot pies and mashed. For the foodies in search of authentic fare, the jellied and stewed eels are a treat. For the less adventurous palate, it is quite quirky. This spot is only open until 7:00 p.m. and does a majority of take-out orders since it only has a few tables. Pot pies change daily along with a variety of puddings and breads.

Escape the 1980s
There is nothing quite quirkier than going to a 21+ and over establishment to actively escape the 1980s – bad hair, shoulder pads and all. Escape the 1980's is an 'escape room' venue where adults buy tickets and participate in team-style group play where adults are placed on teams and have one hour to find and answer all the clue and questions in this 80s themed 'mini-mall'. You can come alone or plan your own group by going here.

Re-Up Sneakers
Sneakers are necessarily quirky until they turn into a collector's item obsession. Re-Up Sneakers specializes in sneakers that have been formerly owned and now are shrink-wrapped for collectors. Some of the sneakers are available for everyday use as well. The focus is on basketball sneaks from Nike, Reebok and Adidas. If shoppers need vintage Air Jordans, this is the spot.

The Singing Fountain
Located in the piazza at the center of the East Passyunk District, is the Singing Fountain. The fountain spouts tunes from Sinatra to pop songs. It is surrounded by benches where people sit and chat, drink coffee or even play chess. It is also the epicenter of summer activities like the weekly farmers market and jazz concerts. It is certainly quirky to stop and admire this tall ornate fountain and all of a sudden, it sings at you.

Stasia DeMarco is a native Philadelphian. She has been a freelance journalist and content strategist for 20+ years.‚Äč

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