French Quarter, Philadelphia

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French Quarter
Neighborhood of Philadelphia
French Quarter, June 2014.
French Quarter, June 2014.
French Quarter is located in Philadelphia
French Quarter
French Quarter
Location in Philadelphia
Coordinates: 39°57′01″N 75°10′11″W / 39.9504°N 75.1698°W / 39.9504; -75.1698Coordinates: 39°57′01″N 75°10′11″W / 39.9504°N 75.1698°W / 39.9504; -75.1698
Country  United States
State Pennsylvania
County Philadelphia County
City Philadelphia
Area code(s) Area code 215

The French Quarter is an official city-designated district of Philadelphia spanning the area between 17th and 19th Streets east and west and Walnut and Sansom Streets from north to south.[1] The designation was made official in 1999.[2][3] According to City Paper, the Philadelphia French Quarter "... is one of the few places outside France that supports a thriving French culture" even though "it remains largely unrecognized by both tourists and natives".[4] The area is closely tied to the culture of Rittenhouse Square.[2]


In 1999, in advance of the Republican National Convention the following year, the city added subtle orange signs saying "French Quarter" below the traditional green streets signs in the area. The designation is a tribute to the French culture that has shaped Philadelphia and is based on the establishment of three French restaurants and a creperie in the area in the 1990s.[4]


  1. ^ "April In Philadelphia's French Quarter". 
  2. ^ a b Gary Lee Kraut. "A primer for exploring art and history in Franco-Philadelphia". Archived from the original on 2013-03-01. 
  3. ^ Philadelphia Magazine, July 1998. "Dan Rottenberg". Archived from the original on 2011-10-06. 
  4. ^ a b Tom Javian (October 14–21, 1999). "Buddy, Can You Spare a Quarter?".