Off-campus jaunts

The advantage of going to school in the big city is, well, the big city. We like the zoo, Rittenhouse Square, outdoor cafes, Bassett’s ice cream at Reading Terminal Market, water ice from John’s at 7th and Christian, cheese steaks at Jim’s, Penn’s Landing on a beautiful spring day — or better yet, when the free concerts play — and, and, and it turns out that’s only the beginning of what’s fun in Philly. We asked around and discovered that contrary to the word on the street, Penn students get off campus and go to town. Here’s what they like.

Jennifer Neff, College ’01
“We go to Bar Noir — you can dance on the tables until 3 and they have the best music.”

Jacqueline Sumner, Education ’01
“The Reading Terminal Market. You can get the best food for the best quality.”

Saeko Shibayama, College ’01
“I like Chinatown — there are good shops and I can get soy milk with tapioca bubbles.”

Mike Johnson, Wharton Graduate
“Ocean City. The ocean feels so good in the summertime. There are lots of beautiful people down there and it’s a fun, good time away from the city.”

Kelly Swaine, College ’02
“I enjoy going to South Street because it’s different from the West Philly area. There’s a lot going on and it’s exciting. It’s just a nice break to get away from campus every now and then.”

Abi Dauber, College ’01
“I like to sit in coffeeshops downtown. La Colombe (on 19th and Walnut) is my favorite. I like to do work there and I figure I won’t meet anyone there. The scenery helps me concentrate, too.”

Justin Jiang, Law School Postgraduate
“A lot of my friends live downtown, but [University City] satisfies me. It’s got everything I really need here.”

Lauren Stakias, College ’02
“I go downtown a lot just to get out of the Penn bubble — just walk around if it’s a nice day. I’m at the PMA [Philadelphia Museum of Art] a lot. I love cities and the energy of them so I try to get downtown as much as I can.”

Allen Shim, Wharton ’02
“Penn’s Landing. I go walk around just by the water. It’s a different feel than campus
because it’s not urban.”

Gabrielle Levin, College ’03
“I go get food and sit in the park at Rittenhouse Square. We shop and go to dinner — anything off campus.”

Erin Aitchell, College ’03
“I like to go running downtown and then shop once I get there.”

Chad Donvito, Wharton ’01
“I’m a huge fan of the jazz bars, Zanzibar Blue and Chris’ Jazz Cafe. I get there probably two times a month, at least.”

— Kim Vinh



Originally published on May 3, 2001