Where to Eat & Stay
There are many great little places to get a bite to eat in the neighborhood. Here are some of our favorites.
All the Way Live - Raw & vegan cuisine is served at this tucked-away joint just down the block. It has limited hours, so call ahead to make sure they are open. ($11-20 range)
Little Jimmie’s Bakery Café - This tiny café is located in one of the few remaining freestanding schoolhouse buildings in Pennsylvania. Menu includes sandwiches and baked goods, and great coffee. This is up Germantown Avenue about 5 minutes on the right – try not to overshoot it, or you might find parking a little tricky – you’re looking for a metered spot along the Avenue if you can get one. ($6-10 range)
Rose Petals Cafe & Lounge - Breakfast & lunch are the specialties at this new Germantown restaurant, open six days a week (Tuesday through Sunday). They have a great selection of pancakes and waffles, free wireless internet and a small children's entertainment room with toys and books. It is located about eight blocks from the Meetinghouse, and you can usually find metered street parking on either side of their block. ($4-10 range)
Trolley Car Diner – There is something for everyone at this upscale diner, and it’s big enough to accommodate larger groups. During the warmer months, you can buy ice cream from the window of an old trolley car in their parking lot. Locally owned, this business supports the community in so many ways. The Diner is about 15 minutes by car from the Meetinghouse, up Germantown Avenue toward Chestnut Hill, with an off-street parking lot. ($6-16 range)
Bruno’s – If you’re headed northwest away from the city or enjoying a drive up Germantown Avenue through the neighborhoods of Mt. Airy and Chestnut Hill, this very casual BYOB restaurant is located just off the campus of Chestnut Hill College, serving up fresh Italian-style pastas, tasty hamburgers and cheesesteaks – all to the soundtrack of a jukebox. They have a small parking lot just past the restaurant, or turn left on Northwestern Avenue just before the restaurant for street parking. ($6-14 range)
If you're spending time at the Meetinghouse and surrounding area, choosing accommodation in nearby Chestnut Hill will give you the opportunity to explore its charming downtown streets and shops, go walking in nearby Fairmount Park, or visit the Morris Arboretum.
Silverstone Bed & Breakfast - This Victorian Gothic mansion was built as a private residence in 1877 with stone from the Appalachian mountains. Now a bed & breakfast, it is located around the corner from the regional rail train station and within walking distance of downtown Chestnut Hill.
Chestnut Hill Hotel, the 140-year-old historic hotel, is right on Germantown Avenue in the heart of the 'Hill. Colonial Philadelphians considered it a good vacation spot; its location nine miles from Philadelphia was considered at the time to be quite remote.
Mennonite Your Way – This directory revives an old Anabaptist tradition by organizing a hospitality network so travelers can share fellowship and travel more economically. It lists Mennonites, Brethren and other Christians of like spirit who offer space to travelers on a "for donation basis" in their homes in over 60 countries. Hosts offer what they have in kindness and guests receive what is offered to them with appreciation.
For some additional recommendations for local amenities, check out the Historic Germantown website.
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