The 3400 block of Sansom Street reminds me of a breath of old city air in the ultra-new and built up University City. A short block, this stretch of Sansom houses several assorted establishments. All I think are worth a visit, or if you’re feeling particularly energetic, all would make for a pretty expansive pub crawl.
I’ll admit, I haven’t visited all, my favorite being Federal Donuts (check the Federal Donuts article), of course. Another highlight is the Avril 50 coffee, tea, chocolate and tobacco shop, also completely worthy of its own article. Expect to find on this block a tasty selection of English and Irish style pubs, American grills, and an oyster house. You can’t go wrong with what you choose, in my opinion. There’s a good range of prices and specials from place to place.
Even if you don’t go for the food, it’s a quiet little street that stands out among the hospitals and the campuses.
My advice: walk around Penn’s Campus, and admire the architecture and over-caffeinated students. Stop by 34th and Sansom for some happy hour specials before admiring the skyline view from the South Street bridge.