With it’s historic homes, tree-lined streets and independent businesses, Chestnut Hill has a distinctly unique character. Used as a summer vacation spot during the Revolutionary War, the scenic neighborhood has remained in style due to its location, just a quick journey from Center City. It's also managed to maintain a small-town feel that makes it seem much farther away. Here’s our guide for eating and drinking in one of Philadelphia’s most picturesque neighborhoods.
Coffee at Chestnut Hill Coffee Co.
When this cafe opened its doors back in 2005, it was way ahead of the coffee curve. Owner Sultan Malikyar sources and roasts his own beans for his expertly poured, pulled and frothed coffees on Germantown Avenue. Early birds will appreciate the 7 AM opening hour.
8620 Germantown Ave.; 215-242-8600
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Breakfast at Cake
During the week, this stunning, sunlit cafe in a greenhouse serves light fare like pastries, quiche and brioche French toast to a leisurely crowd. Come the weekend, daytime offerings expand with the addition of a garden frittata, crab cake benedict, and potato pancakes topped with Norwegian salmon.
8501 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-6887
Lunch at McNally’s Tavern
Making a lunchtime pilgrimage to McNally’s is a must if you’re in Chestnut Hill. It's home to the Schmitter (pictured at top), arguably Philadelphia’s best (if not most underrated) sandwich, a must-try with layers of grilled steak, American cheese, tomatoes, onions, salami and a drippy secret sauce piled on a kaiser bun. Be sure to save room for McNally's house-baked chocolate cake.
8634 Germantown Ave.; 215-247-9736
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Happy Hour at Iron Hill Brewery
This local chain offers an ever-changing lineup of house-brewed beers, as well as a fantastic happy hour. From 5–7 PM, all drafts are $2 off, making it the perfect time to sample a crisp Vienna red lager or malty Iron Pig porter. Don’t sleep on the wine selection either — the Iron Hill folks have assembled a fascinating list of pours from nearby vineyards in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware.
8400 Germantown Ave.; 215-948-5600
Dinner at Jansen
Former Four Seasons chef David Jansen has given the residents of Chestnut Hill the fining-dining destination they’ve been missing for so long. Housed in the historic Cresheim Cottage, Jansen (pictured above) showcases the chef's years of French training and flair for international influence with seasonal plates like chilled Vidalia onion soup with salmon profiterole and Duroc pork tenderloin with mushroom and corn ragout.
7402 Germantown Ave.; 267-335-5041