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Caroline Dooner eats and works at a table at Hungry Pigeon.
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A guide to local favorites on Fabric Row

Caroline Dooner eats and works at a table at Hungry Pigeon.
  • By Swabreen Bakr
  • Photos by Michelle Gustafson
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Fabric Row
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A gem of a neighborhood, this section of Queen Village along Fourth Street, between Bainbridge and Catharine streets, was historically a Jewish textile and garment district. In the early 1900s a wave of entrepreneurial immigrant Jews set up curbside push carts that sold fabrics and dry goods, eventually transitioning to storefronts in rowhouses. They enjoyed a period of prosperity before things sputtered out in the ’60s amid proposed changes in the neighborhood. Although many of the fabric stores have since closed, the ones that do remain have been in the same families for generations. New locally owned shops have also popped up to reinvigorate the row.

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Swabreen grew up in South America and settled in Philadelphia for college at Drexel University in 2002. She loves exploring cities both locally and internationally. She’s been writing about Philadelphia for about 10 years.

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Fabric Row

Hungry Pigeon
Get the egg-and-cheese sandwich, served on a homemade English muffin, with your cup of coffee at this locals’ favorite.
Hungry Pigeon, 743 S. Fourth St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
Bus Stop Boutique
Bus Stop sells shoes with a minimalist edge from international designers. It also carries its own in-house line, Bus X.
Bus Stop Boutique, 727 S. Fourth St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
The Cactus Collective
For lovers of curated vintage goods with a boho and rock-and-roll bent, the Cactus Collective is a dream. Find an assortment of jewelry and skin-care and home goods from local makers.
The Cactus Collective, 739 S. Fourth St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
BeerLove
A bottle shop and beer-tasting room with a large collection of craft beer and ciders from local and international brewers. Organic and gluten-free options are available.
BeerLove, 714 S. Fourth St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
Famous 4th Street Delicatessen
Open since 1923, this corner deli is a Philadelphia institution. Getting one of their overstuffed sandwiches is a must. You also can’t leave without trying a cookie.
Famous 4th Street Delicatessen, 700 S. Fourth St. Philadelphia, Pa. 19147
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Swabreen Bakr
Swabreen grew up in South America and settled in Philadelphia for college at Drexel University in 2002. She loves exploring cities both locally and internationally. She’s been writing about Philadelphia for about 10 years.
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Michelle Gustafson
Michelle is a contributing photographer to The Washington Post based in Philadelphia. Originally from New Mexico, she loves Philadelphia’s bravado and salt-of-the-earth attitude. You may spot her at Little Nonna’s, where she gets closer and closer to eating the entire plate of spaghetti in one sitting.

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