Bario Neal’s Guide for Where to Eat, Shop, and Play in Philadelphia

By Sarah on July 11, 2018 at 11:37 am

Just booked a Bario Neal appointment at our Philadelphia studio to talk engagement rings or wedding bands? We’ve created a shop where everyone will be comfortable, where there’s no pressure and no preconceived notions, and where you’ll have fun creating a custom designed jewelry piece or browsing our collection. So why not make a day of it?

Whether you’re coming from 20 blocks away or another state, explore the neighborhood we call home before or after your appointment. We’re big fans of local businesses like us, and there’s plenty of great spots to grab a bite, shop for sustainable goods, and just soak up why we love Philly.

We’ve designed this neighborhood guide to help you plan your visit. These are the places we eat, shop, and play too. Each map link will give you walking directions from Bario Neal.

EAT/DRINK
Jenny's Pick: Essene Market
Jenny’s Pick: Essene Market

Essene Market & Cafe — Find healthy/vegan/macrobiotic options aplenty at this specialty food store. There’s a self-serve buffet too. MAP

Rally — This coffee shop sells Pennsylvania products. Plus, they’ve got kombucha and pop-up shops with goods handmade by Philly-area artisans. MAP

Nomad Pizza — Go here for wood-fired brick oven goodness, with locally grown organic produce and all-natural meat toppings. MAP

Bistrot La Minette — Just steps from the Bario Neal shop, this is where we love to happy hour! On a pretty day, head for the patio at this traditional French food eatery where the escargot never disappoints. MAP

Red Hook Coffee & Tea — Sink into a comfy couch and dig into a hummus-topped bagel or vegan curried chicken wrap at this cozy cafe for breakfast or lunch. MAP

Kate's Pick: Alyan's Restaurant
Kate’s Pick: Alyan’s Restaurant

Alyan’s Restaurant — Our go-to for fresh Middle Eastern cuisine, from falafel to chicken shawarma, this is the type of eatery locals in the know want to keep a secret. But we have to share because how can we deny you their toasty warm pita? MAP

Di Bruno Bros. — A 75-year-old South Philly icon, this Italian Market shop is fun for the eyes and the taste buds. Hanging meats. Antipasti. Jars of colorful sauces. And so many cheeses that they had to produce a whole catalog about them. MAP

Shot Tower Coffee — This coffee shop gets the balance of modern and warm and super-friendly baristas exactly right. MAP

John’s Water Ice — No FD&C Red 40 here. John’s take on the frozen Philly classic is simple: Fruit, water and sugar = best summer treat. MAP

Claudio Specialty Foods — At this Italian cook’s heaven, you can buy everything from a bamboo cutting board to a basket of pasta. If you’re into prosciutto, ask them about the “Parma pigs.” MAP

Genna's pick: Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen
Genna’s pick: Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen

Famous Fourth Street Delicatessen — City delis overuse “famous,” but here the description is truly deserved. Visitors come from all over for the unbelievably stacked corned beef and pastrami sandwiches. Even vegetarians should go — for the chocolate chip cookies. MAP

Federal Donuts — Would you walk nearly a mile for a peanut butter malt donut? The Bario Neal team would (and does). Foodies also trek here from all over the world for their Korean-style fried chicken. MAP

Comfort & Floyd — Grab the wholesome breakfast basics and upscale-ish comfort food at this luncheonette. MAP

South Philly Barbacoa — You’ll be eating elbow to elbow with in-the-know diners at this taco and torta spot. (They’re so popular, they’re looking for a bigger place.) MAP

The Good King Tavern — For a day of sparkle times two, go from your Bario Neal personalized engagement ring appointment to this French-inspired pub where the happy hour deal is oysters and bubbly. MAP

Ariel's pick: Hungry Pigeon
Ariel’s pick: Hungry Pigeon

Hungry Pigeon — We’re kindred spirits with this delicious restaurant. Just as Bario Neal is committed to ethical sourcing of our gemstones and metals, Hungry Pigeon makes sure 99 percent of what they serve is from trusted small producers. MAP

Southwark — Go for the creative dishes at this true neighborhood joint — and stay for the cocktails. The bartenders here are as serious about design as we are. MAP

Isgro — A century into making and selling pastries, this shop knows cannoli. MAP

Sabrina’s Café — Don’t miss the stuffed challah French toast at this kid-friendly diner-y city favorite (with locations in several Philly neighborhoods) where you definitely need to bring a big appetite. MAP

Emily's Pick: Tattooed Mom
Emily’s Pick: Tattooed Mom

Tattooed Mom — With graffiti-and-paper-covered walls, local beers on tap, and a cheeky cocktail menu, this bar is a place where everyone feels welcome, ink or no ink. Vegans will find something to love in their causal bar food, and everyone gets to drink in the community art. MAP

Square Pie — This self-described “Brooklyn born, Philly perfected” pizza place sells a thick-crust, Sicilian-style pie. MAP

Ela — A star Philly chef is in the kitchen at this rustic-modern restaurant whose menu changes with the season. The happy hour cocktails are among the best-priced in the city. MAP

Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop — Although their cheesesteak is highly rated, we choose from the tasty slate of sandwiches here, which includes a Coffee BBQ Brisket and a Falafel Sub. MAP

SHOP

Moon + Arrow — This socially responsible/environmentally conscious boutique emphasizes the artisan in curating their clothes, accessories, home furnishings, and body products. MAP

Constance's pick: Little Moon + Arrow
Constance’s pick: Little Moon + Arrow

Little Moon + Arrow — This kid-focused offspring of the environmentally conscious Moon + Arrow has adorable handmade toys and clothes. (P.S. We truly believe kids value plastic-free gifts, which is why we created a line of jewelry for children.) MAP

Retrospect Vintage — Wear or decorate your home with treasure-worthy pieces from this vintage shop. Recent cool finds: black-and-white vinyl diner chairs and a pair of rainbow platform shoes. They’ve got cassette tapes too! MAP

Brickbat Books — Whatever Kindle — words on paper still make us swoon. Pick up new and used books and check the link for a schedule of author readings and live music. MAP

Bus Stop — You’ll see that a shoe boutique owned by a shoe designer just makes sense when you slip your feet into one of impeccably stylish Elena Brennan’s limited edition pairs. MAP

Beautiful World Syndicate — Maybe you’re old enough to have bought your turntable brand-new. Maybe it’s your favorite used throwback purchase. Either way, record lovers, this is the place to expand your vinyl collection. MAP

Sarah B's pick: Greenwich Letter Press
Sarah B’s pick: Greenwich Letter Press

Greenwich Letterpress — We’re so lucky to be near the Philly outpost of this NYC stationery business. Pick up fabulously witty greeting cards or put in an order for custom letterpress event invitations. MAP

Yowie — This home/accessories store is less about trends and more about pieces of lasting value by independent designers. (Hmmm … sounds a lot like a jewelry studio we know.) MAP

Fante’s Kitchen Shop — Get anything you need to cook or dine at this family-owned store, where the owners and staff are walking encyclopedias of all things cookware to cutlery. MAP

RareCo — You’ll want to live in this store, but remember that the vintage furniture, art, and home goods here are for you to buy and take home. MAP

Cactus Collective — Shop vests, tees, dresses, and more from more than half a dozen vintage clothing vendors. MAP

Sarah F's Pick: Sazz and Briar Vintage
Sarah F’s Pick: Sazz and Briar Vintage

Sazz Vintage — The fashion experts at Sazz maintain a stock of 1950s-1970s duds for all genders, and they seriously crush on “wearable cotton pieces from the ‘60s and ‘70s.” Right across the street from us, we love stopping in to see their picks along with their shop mates Briar Vintage MAP

DO

Fleisher Art Memorial — Take in an exhibit at an institution that views art as a community builder and something that should be accessible to everyone. That’s a mission worth framing. MAP

Juju Salon & Organics — Like Bario Neal, Juju is working a daily commitment to sustainability in an industry that’s often anything but. The salon is 100 percent wind-powered. Bonus: They’re fume-free, so a manicure or haircut won’t give you a headache. MAP

Three Queens Yoga — If you’re visiting Bario Neal from out of town, here’s a little travel advice we swear by: Nothing grounds you after a long journey like a yoga class. This lovely studio is named after the goddesses Kali, Saraswati, and Lakshmi, who represent dissolution, creation, and sustenance. MAP

Tessa's pick: Theatre of the Living Arts
Tessa’s pick: Theatre of the Living Arts

Theatre of the Living Arts — Philadelphians refer to this intimate music venue simply as “TLA,” and you can catch up-and-coming artists from all genres here. MAP

Cianfrani Park  — We applaud, and you will too, the friends group that nurtures the ornamental trees and ambitious gardens at this urban oasis. MAP

Seger Park — If you’ve got a car and kids, park (two hours free!) at the nearby Whole Foods, grab some picnic food there, and walk one block to this park that kids and dogs love. On really hot days, they turn on all the sprinklers. MAP

Delaware River Waterfront — We’re not too far from this river, but you can drive and park to enjoy a waterside rink where visitors roller-skate or ice skate depending on the season. MAP

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens — Step into another world at this renowned art museum/gallery where a mural of found objects and thousands of mirrors stuns every visitor. MAP

Old City — Venture about 1.5 miles to this neighborhood to our north for cute boutiques, and a big dose of U.S. history. This is where you’ll find the Liberty Bell, the country’s first major museum devoted to black American history, and Betsy Ross’s house. MAP

Fabric Row — Stroll Fourth Street near the Bario Neal studio for a concentration of shops that have been selling textiles for generations. MAP

Wissahickon Valley Park — Up for a nature walk? You’ll need to drive here from Bario Neal, but there are acres and acres of beauty to stroll in this park. MAP

Boathouse Row/Kelly Drive — For nature more central to the city, pick up a bike-share ride near us, and pedal to this great path for wheels or a walk along the Schuylkill River. BIKE MAP

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