Addison Street is a glorious colonial-era street here in Philadelphia lined by historic brick row homes and ginkgo trees. As you stroll down the sidewalk, you’ll see old marble steps, iron posts for tying up horses and windows framed by wooden shutters and window boxes full of flowers.
Then, after sunset, the street takes on a magical atmosphere as white lights entwined around the trees start to glow. On warm evenings couples and families come here to surround themselves with the romantic ambiance. After a rain, everything sparkles.
This is the place I recommend to anyone visiting Philadelphia who wants to see our amazing historical architecture without the crowds. Maybe you’ve heard of Elfreth’s Alley, which is another Philly street famous for being the oldest residential street in the US. Addison Street is just as beautiful and you might have it all to yourself.
Head to the 1700 block of Addison Street between Lombard and Pine Streets.