George Matysik’s roundup of Philly’s gems

Want to go on a Philly adventure? Venture into some of the less traveled neighborhoods? George Matysik’s got a list that will take you from 52nd Street to Feltonville.

Bell’s Market is a Russian supermarket in the Northeast filled with cheap produce, an extensive selection of smoked and dried fish, deli salads, cheap canned goods, an entire aisle of tea, and candies and chocolates you’ve probably never heard of. If you don’t speak Russian, you may be the only one in the shop that doesn’t.
8354 Bustleton Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19152

Strawberry Green Driving Range (aka “Longknockers”) is an awesome little driving range sandwiched on the edge of Fairmount Park, in North Philadelphia. A cheap bucket of balls, clubs borrowed from the range, and you’ve got a perfect Saturday afternoon.
1500 N 33rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19176

52nd Street in West Philly is an amazing open air market for pirated CDs, scented oils and the like. It’s a chance to get out of center city and look for some great deals. On your way out, if you take the El, make sure to take in the Mural Art’s Love Letters on the building along the subway line.
52nd Street from Arch to Baltimore

Krakow Row is a Polish enclave in Port Richmond. There are several wonderful delis, bars, and restaurants, including Syrenka and Staropolska. Fill up on plum filled donuts, kielbasa, and legit pierogies.
Along the intersection of Richmond and Allegheny 

Charlie’s Pizza was added to correct the injustice of the gap in the love notes map in the Olney, Feltonville, Lawncrest area.  There are a number of places that deserve to be featured, but Charlie’s is the absolute classic
4300 Roosevelt Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19124


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