Historic architecture and a rich community of students, artists and political activists await you in leafy Mantua/ Powelton
Wake up to tree-lined streets dotted with quaint local cafés and magnificent buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Wander down Powelton Avenue for a glimpse of some of the area’s most impressive Victorian-era homes, before stopping in at Reed’s Coffee & Tea House for a gossip over a glass of homemade lemonade. When you want something more substantial, try a slice of pie from legendary Mad Greek’s Pizza, or an inventive patty at Spencer ETA Burger.
In between meals, discover the fruits of Mantua/ Powelton’s cultural and political heritage at any of the area’s eclectic arts spaces. At the Ellen Powell Tiberino Memorial Museum, learn more about one of the area’s best-known artists through an incredible collection of her expressive sculptures and political paintings. Keep an eye out for seasonal performances at esteemed African-American dance company Philadanco!, or experience the best of the area’s creative output at one of the monthly Second Friday art events.
On days when you feel like embracing the great outdoors instead, there are plenty of places in Mantua/ Powelton to get your fill of fresh air. Curl up with a good book on one of Saunders Park Greene’s sun-dappled benches, or grab your racket and challenge your friends to a game on floodlit Buckley Tennis Courts. Keep fit on the multi-purpose sports pitches at Vidas Athletic Complex, then support the Drexel Dragons soccer, lacrosse and field hockey teams at the same venue on game day.