Old City (sometimes spelled "Olde City") is a neighborhood in Center City, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States located in the area near the Delaware River where William Penn and the Quakers first settled. To tourists, it is best known as the site of Elfreth's Alley, the Betsy Ross House, and many of Philadelphia's other historic sites.
The Old City District occupies several blocks between Front and Sixth Streets, bounded by Vine Street to the north and Walnut Street to the south. The Philadelphia Almanac and Citizens' Manual gives a larger set of boundaries to the Old City area, defined as the area within Spring Garden Street, 4th Street, the Delaware River, and Walnut Street. The Old City Redevelopment Area is bound by Vine Street, the Delaware River, Lombard Street and 7th Street. It is one the city's popular nightclub destinations for young adults, with its trendy bars, restaurants, lounges, and dance clubs, particularly along the three block route from 3rd and Market to Front and Chestnut. Among Old City's traditions is First Friday, a popular monthly event featuring "open houses" by many neighborhood art galleries.
Learn more about this area.
Area of Old City, PA official site
Area of Old City, PA Chamber of Commerce
Area of Old City, PA newspaper
State of Pennsylvania official site