Manayunk: The Mike McCann Team Insider’s Guide

Philadelphia’s Manayunk neighborhood has its own distinct style and culture. The area has tons of historical charm, an excellent location, prime shopping and a plethora of restaurants and bars. Manayunk constantly hosts fun neighborhood events and maintains a pleasant almost small-town atmosphere, making it a great place to live or visit. Come experience the excitement and scenic beauty of Manayunk.

Manayunk has some good eatin’! We love The Tomato Bistro because of their super shwanky yet casual atmosphere, unique pizza pies, organic ingredients and vegetarian options. Smiley’s Café is a Mike McCann Team favorite because of their healthy and mouthwatering Mediterranean sandwiches and platters. If you are in the mood for home-style cuisine with a twist, head over to The Goat’s Beard for a top-notch meal and a craft beer or try some of their delicious whiskey. Old Eagle Tavern has an equally impressive beer and food menu. With menu options like cheese and crackers, chicken and waffles, root beer barbeque wings and pulled pork butt, you really can’t go wrong at The Old Eagle. La Taquiera Feliz is a newcomer to the neighborhood but is already a huge hit with mouthwatering margaritas and tacos that will keep you coming back for more. We could go on and on, we haven’t even mentioned Han Dynasty, Derek’s, Jake and Cooper’s Wine Bar or the brand new barbecue joint Rubb. As you can see, Manayunk has plenty to eat, so get out there and try some of these magnificent restaurants.


The first thing we ask in any of Philly’s neighborhoods is, “where’s the coffee?” Luckily, it won’t be hard to find in Manayunk! Volo Coffeehouse is a friendly spot right on Main Street with outside dining, free WIFI and, most importantly, powerful, kick-your-teeth-in coffee. The Monkey and the Elephant is getting a lot of attention because of their purposeful business model that benefits Philadelphia’s youth. There are some great spots for java in manayunk!


Manayunk is all about health, wellness and fitness. They have tons of opportunities to work up a sweat. Rowzone, The Wall Cycling Studio, the best cycling studio in Philly in our humble opinion, Never Give Up and Goals Fit all offer training and classes to give you the push you need to stay active. Hotbox Yoga and Yoga On Main provide a variety of different yoga classes to keep your mind, body and spirit in line. Manayunk resident also have the benefit of the nearby Schuykill River Trail which provides a beautifully picturesque route for biking, walking and running. It’s truly beautiful. No matter what time you head to the trail, you’ll find people training for marathons, walking their adorable puppies, strolling with their children, fishing in the river, walking hand in hand after a first date or just taking a stroll. It’s a lovely place to soak up nature and people watch!

Treat Yourself!

It is not hard to find a place to upgrade your style or unwind in Manayunk. This neighborhood has a huge supply of salons and spas! Salon L’Etoile & Spa is a neighborhood favorite, featuring massages, facials, body treatments, manis, pedis, waxing and all of your hair care needs. You could spend a whole day getting yourself pampered! Fedora Salon is another Manayunk gem with an amazing and distinguished staff of professional hair and makeup artists. Starshine Salon has a caring staff that offers expert care and takes your style very seriously. Art Plus Science is a classy spa/salon that offers excellent package deals that allow you to upgrade inside and out.


There’s something for everyone in Manayunk. You can find ridiculously awesome and affordable consignment finds at at Greene Street Consignment or The Attic, or if you want to go full blown designer, head over to Remix on Main and splurge on a gently used Louis Vuitton purse or Louboutin heel. Head over to The Little Apple for any of your last-minute gift needs. Once you walk into this locally owned store, you’ll find it hard not to leave with a bag full of items you just have to have! Spectrum Scientifics has all your experiment needs along with educational games, toys and knick knacks for the nerd in your life. You can find anything you need on Main Street, really, from furniture to clothing to gifts to shampoo. You’ll want for nothing in the ‘Yunk!


Manayunk is well known for their wild and crazy fun nightlife! Lucky’s Last Chance has a menu that is stocked with comfort food and tons of craft beer that will make your stomach rumble on sight. As an extra bonus, they do dachshund races every year, too! They have a hip, young bar scene and a fun environment to accompany their a-mazing food. Manayunk residents love The Grape Room because of their live music, comedy nights and their laid back, party atmosphere. Kildare’s and JD McGillicuddy’s have college-y atmospheres that are fun to cut loose in. Beast & Ale is a great spot for a classy night out of dinner and wine. No matter what your preference, Manayunk has a million great ways to spend your evenings.

Manayunk is a beautiful Philadelphia neighborhood that has a lot to offer. People who live there love it with a passion and visitors are wowed by the beautiful murals, home-y atmosphere and plethora of things to do. Check it out and let us know what you think!

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