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On the list of Philadelphia’s quirkily named geographic landmarks, Manayunk is right up there. This Native American word, meaning “where we to go drink,” references the neighborhood’s location next to the Schuylkill River.

Manayunk is located on the north western edge of Philadelphia, a hilly area that gives the neighborhood a distinctive character.  Now considered one of the most desirable areas of the city to live, Manayunk is home to an exciting nightlife and a wide variety of attractions, including the extremely popular annual bike rice where cyclists take on the dreaded “wall,” a steep hill that runs through the center of the neighborhood.

Today Manayunk is home to young professionals and graduate students, but it was originally a community of immigrants attracted by the many river-powered mills and factories. The neighborhood’s history is on display across the hillside that houses churches and historic buildings. Many of these structures have since been converted for modern use, now housing upscale shops and luxury condominiums. Despite their interior updates, the buildings, cobble stones and rowhomes of Manayunk retain a sweet, historic charm

Manayunk is centrally located just 15 minutes from Center City Philadelphia, King of Prussia, Chestnut Hill, and The Main Line. Nestled along the banks of the Schuylkill River and the Manayunk Canal and Tow Path, the commercial district is lined with renovated Victorian storefronts and mill buildings giving you an urban experience with small town charm.

Manayunk’s past and present is tied to the riverfront and the Manayunk Canal, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Visitors can stroll the Main Street Historic District, or take a walking tour of the Manayunk Canal where remnants of manufacturing recall the neighborhood’s starring role in the Industrial Revolution.


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