One of my favorite sites in Philadelphia, is the Delaware River Waterfront. From comfort food and family fun at Spruce Street Harbor Park sustained by Univest and the Blue Cross River Rink to breathtaking views of the Ben Franklin Bridge from Race Street Pier or Cherry Street Pier, there is plenty to do, see, and explore. This October, a brand new space debuted to the public offering a fresh experience for art and food lovers a like! Formerly, Municipal Pier 9, Cherry Street Pier is a well-placed and much welcomed addition to the waterfront. As a public mixed-used space the pier is designed to provide space for artists, entrepreneurs and restaurants.
Recently, I got the chance to spend the afternoon at Cherry Street Pier and samples all of the wonderful food and beverages it offers. The space currently hosts an array of restaurants serving food from Vintage Trolleys, and an on-site bar featuring Philadelphia beer and cocktails made with local spirits.
With an empty belly in tote, I left satisfied, and excited to share my experiences!
The Foodies Guide to Cherry Street Pier
Little Baby’s Ice Cream
A Philadelphia favorite, Little Baby’s Ice Cream is known for their out-of-the-box flavors as well as their dairy and non-dairy options. Grab a cup, cone, or a whole pint to share!
What to Try: Pumpkin Speculoos (Dairy) and the Chocolate Speculoos (Non-Dairy)
This was my first time trying authentic Indonesian cuisine, and I must say that I’m in love. Originally opened in 2001, Hardena is a small family-owned restaurant in South Philadelphia. For the pier, they have created a sizeable menu of traditional small bites ranging from chicken and lamb skewers to cooked salads and delicious corn and vegetable fritters.
What to Try: Satay Ayam (Chicken Skewers) and Bakwan (Mixed Veggie Corn Fritters)
A Philly favorite for wine and whiskey, Cooperage also is known for their eclectic mix of new American fare. Their offerings at Cherry Street are no different. With a variety of options to choose from you can nom out on one of their many fresh sandwiches or salads. The best part, many of their menu items are packaged that make it easy to explore!
What to try: Old City Turkey Sandwich or the Broad Street Taco (with Salmon)
Drinks / Beverages
Boasting an assortment of local beers, wine and spirits evenings at Cherry Street Pier can be lit! With a fantastic list of curated cocktails made with spirits form Manatawny Still Works and Philadelphia Distilling, each cocktail pays homeage to best part of our city! If cocktails aren’t your thing, no worries, beer and wine is in abundance!
What to try: The Philly Phizz (made with Bluecoat Gin), or the Pier 9 Punch (made with Manatawney Whiskey)