University City, so named for the major institutions (including the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, and the University of the Sciences) within its borders, is exactly the vital, diverse neighborhood you’d expect from an academic hub.
Explore the vibrant street-food scene. For a quick primer, check out the food trucks lining the blocks around Drexel University. If food on wheels isn’t your scene, there are plenty of casual bars and restaurants throughout the area, many with an international flair.
While art is everywhere in Philadelphia, cutting-edge work is at home in University City, thanks to the Institute of Contemporary Art, located on UPenn’s campus.