Philadelphia is a city filled with energy, history, and inspiration. If Philadelphians were asked to nominate the area that perfectly captures all three of these amazing qualities, the Avenue of the Arts would most assuredly top that list of nominees. It’s easy to see why. This area of Broad Street that stretches from City Hall to South Street is not only the epicenter of Philadelphia’s legendary performing and visual arts scene, and it also boasts some of the city’s finest destinations for dining and cultivating curious minds. Always a popular attraction for residents and visitors, the demand for luxury condos in the Avenue of the Arts neighborhood has risen dramatically in recent years thanks to the addition of new venues and acclaimed restaurants to this community’s legacy.
1. Philly’s Top Theaters
As its name suggests, the Avenue of the Arts is rich with theaters that showcase everything from popular plays and musicals to classical ballet and contemporary dance to symphonies and popular recording artists. The most recent addition to Philadelphia’s theater district is the Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts. Designed by esteemed architect Rafael Viñoly, this visually impressive venue is not only home to the world-famous Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra, it also showcases the most acclaimed artists in the world of classical music, jazz, pop music, musical theater, and dance.
Part of the Kimmel Center Cultural Campus, Philadelphia’s historic Academy of Music and Merriam Theater play host to a variety of performing arts events, including musicals, stand-up comedy, film screenings, dance performances, and live concerts from the biggest names in pop, rock, jazz, country, Americana, and classical music. The Philadelphia Theatre Company resides at the Suzanne Roberts Theatre, while the Wilma Theater features national acts along with many local performers and theater projects.
2. Galleries on the Avenue of the Arts
Philadelphia’s University of the Arts is not only entrusted with producing future generations of writers, designers, and visual and performing artists, it also operates several of the city’s finest galleries. Some of the highlights include Gallery 1401 which features the work of the university’s photography department, the Rosenwald-Wolf Gallery which hosts a variety of exhibits throughout the year, and the student-run Gallery One located inside the Kimmel Center of the Performing Arts.
3. Fine Dining in Philadelphia
Besides being a haven for arts and entertainment venues and galleries, the Avenue of the Arts also has plenty of terrific spots that celebrate culinary arts. Gourmands from all over can feast on steaks and seafood at McCormick and Schmick’s, Italian fare at Giuseppe & Sons, authentic Greek dishes at Estia or modern Indian cuisine at IndeBlue. There are so many great places to dine, so plan on finding your favorite when you buy or rent Avenue of the Arts condos like those at the Academy House, Center City One, or The Residences at Two Liberty Place.
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