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Where to Refuel After a Hike in the Wissahickon

Try these local haunts for cold beer and filling sandwiches after hitting the trails in Northwest Philly’s beloved park

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Wissahickon Valley Park is one of the most stunning sites to visit in all of Philadelphia. With its 50 miles of trails, beautiful streams and swimming holes, and winding paths for both humans and horses (the latter of which you’ll see more often than you’d think), the Wiss, as its known to locals, is a must-see destination for nature-loving visitors and residents of Philadelphia alike.

Spanning the length of Northwest Philly — from the tip of Chestnut Hill to the beginning of East Falls and Germantown — the Wissahickon is also lucky to be situated near dozens of great places to drink, eat, and get caffeinated before or after a day in the woods. Meeting friends for some birdwatching, hiking, or biking in the park? Here are 13 great places to try when you’re coming off the trail.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. The Cedars House

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200 W Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 242-3121
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Right on Forbidden Drive and down the hill from Andorra Meadow in the park itself, the Cedars House is a historic house converted into a cafe with fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee. The ample outdoor seating is made only better by the beautiful garden that surrounds it — an idyllic setting to grab a bite after a hike.

2. McNally's Tavern

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8634 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-9736
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Off the trail in Chestnut Hill, hungry hikers can take part in one of Philly’s great sandwich traditions in the very place where it was invented: the Schmitter. A cheesesteak served on a Kaiser roll with fried onions, tomatoes, salami, and a special dressing, it’s the kind of sandwich that will make you instantly forget about those granola bars you brought with you. It comes with a side of Herr’s ripples chips, too.

3. Bredenbeck's Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor

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8126 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118
(215) 247-7374
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There is frequently a line outside Bredenbeck’s on Germantown Avenue while kids (and let’s be honest, adults) wait for a scoop of Bassett’s ice cream, available on waffle cones or in any number of deluxe sundae concoctions. Don’t be surprised if you leave with a baked good or two, as well.

4. Avenues Café

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7201 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119

After wandering off the nearby Cresheim Trail, Avenues Cafe on the corner of Germantown and East Mt. Airy Avenue is a cozy coffee shop with a welcoming atmosphere for catching up with friends. Keep an eye on Avenues’ social media — they frequently hold events that highlight the work of creative folks in the surrounding neighborhoods.

5. Valley Green Inn

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Valley Green Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(215) 247-1730
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A central meeting point for visitors to the park, the Valley Green Inn has been a beautiful historic landmark in the middle of the verdant Wissahickon for nearly two hundred years. Open all day, its a nice stopover for lunch or dinner before, after, or during a break in your nature walk. If you’re the type to plan ahead, the Inn takes reservations through OpenTable.

6. Young American Hard Cider

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6350 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(215) 406-5307
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Delicious flaky hand pies and cold hard cider reign supreme at Young American in Germantown — the friendly staff and fire pit-assisted outdoor patio are just added bonuses. Come by on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during Young American’s open hours (from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and until 10 p.m. on the weekends) and you’ll be refreshed after an afternoon of trekking.

7. New Ridge Brewing Co.

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6168 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(215) 330-4677
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Everyone knows a good beer and a trio of hot sausages is the only way to wind down after a strenuous mountain bike ride, and luckily New Ridge Brewing Co. is only a stone’s throw from the Wissahickon Creek Trailhead. Hot chicken sandwiches, pork schnitzel, oysters, and a robust selection of beers from New Ridge are just the ticket when you come out of the park into Roxborough and Manayunk.

8. Bistro on the Mall

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40 Maplewood Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(267) 278-3271
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In Germantown, the recently renovated Maplewood Mall is home to local go-to’s like the Germantown Espresso Bar and Bistro on the Mall, the latter of which serves shrimp and grits, jerk chicken cheesesteaks, and tacos to the heart’s content. The filling crabcake sandwich is best enjoyed al fresco at one of the Bistro’s sidewalk tables.

9. Dalessandro's Steaks

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600 Wendover St
Philadelphia, PA 19128
(215) 482-5407
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If you have cell service while you’re on the trail, call into Dalessandro’s to preorder a cheesesteak for when you’re done. (It’ll be ready pretty speedily, though, so avoid dawdling.) Even better: Pick up a few steaks beforehand and eat the gooey beloved sandwich of Philadelphia at one of the Wissahickon’s public picnic tables.

10. Paper Trail Bike Cafe

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211 Lincoln Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(609) 933-0155
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With baked goods from local favorite High Point Cafe, and espresso drinks that encourage you to ride just a little farther, Paper Trail Bike Cafe is the combination cafe/bike shop you never knew you needed. The shop itself is also rich with history: Located in Historic Rittenhouse Town, Paper Trail occupies the barn building at the first ever paper mill in America.

11. Attic Brewing Company

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137 Berkley St
Philadelphia, PA 19144
(267) 748-2495
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Whether you’re heading back downtown or north in the direction of the park, Attic Brewing Co. is a bar built for great hangs, with its delicious beers, rotating food trucks, and live music. The newly established beer garden next door is massive and full of friendly locals, with ping pong and large-format Connect Four for the competitive among us.

12. Wissahickon Brewing Company

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3705 W School House Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19129
(215) 483-8833
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With food trucks, tons of outdoor tables, twinkle lights, and cold beers, Wissahickon Brewing Company (named for everyone’s favorite nearby park) is the destination for big groups to post up post-hike. Keep an eye on social media for updates to Wissahickon’s weekly food truck schedule.

13. In Riva

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4116 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19129
(215) 438-4848
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Pizza with a view: what’s not to love? At the East Falls pizza place In Riva, hungry hikers will rejoice at wood-fired pies, house wines, and a terrace that overlooks a bustling Kelly Drive and pretty Schuylkill River right past it.

1. The Cedars House

200 W Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Right on Forbidden Drive and down the hill from Andorra Meadow in the park itself, the Cedars House is a historic house converted into a cafe with fresh baked goods, breakfast sandwiches, and coffee. The ample outdoor seating is made only better by the beautiful garden that surrounds it — an idyllic setting to grab a bite after a hike.

200 W Northwestern Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118

2. McNally's Tavern

8634 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

Off the trail in Chestnut Hill, hungry hikers can take part in one of Philly’s great sandwich traditions in the very place where it was invented: the Schmitter. A cheesesteak served on a Kaiser roll with fried onions, tomatoes, salami, and a special dressing, it’s the kind of sandwich that will make you instantly forget about those granola bars you brought with you. It comes with a side of Herr’s ripples chips, too.

8634 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118

3. Bredenbeck's Bakery & Ice Cream Parlor

8126 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19118

There is frequently a line outside Bredenbeck’s on Germantown Avenue while kids (and let’s be honest, adults) wait for a scoop of Bassett’s ice cream, available on waffle cones or in any number of deluxe sundae concoctions. Don’t be surprised if you leave with a baked good or two, as well.

8126 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19118

4. Avenues Café

7201 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19119

After wandering off the nearby Cresheim Trail, Avenues Cafe on the corner of Germantown and East Mt. Airy Avenue is a cozy coffee shop with a welcoming atmosphere for catching up with friends. Keep an eye on Avenues’ social media — they frequently hold events that highlight the work of creative folks in the surrounding neighborhoods.

7201 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19119

5. Valley Green Inn

Valley Green Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19128

A central meeting point for visitors to the park, the Valley Green Inn has been a beautiful historic landmark in the middle of the verdant Wissahickon for nearly two hundred years. Open all day, its a nice stopover for lunch or dinner before, after, or during a break in your nature walk. If you’re the type to plan ahead, the Inn takes reservations through OpenTable.

Valley Green Rd
Philadelphia, PA 19128

6. Young American Hard Cider

6350 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Delicious flaky hand pies and cold hard cider reign supreme at Young American in Germantown — the friendly staff and fire pit-assisted outdoor patio are just added bonuses. Come by on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday during Young American’s open hours (from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. on Thursdays and until 10 p.m. on the weekends) and you’ll be refreshed after an afternoon of trekking.

6350 Germantown Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19144

7. New Ridge Brewing Co.

6168 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128

Everyone knows a good beer and a trio of hot sausages is the only way to wind down after a strenuous mountain bike ride, and luckily New Ridge Brewing Co. is only a stone’s throw from the Wissahickon Creek Trailhead. Hot chicken sandwiches, pork schnitzel, oysters, and a robust selection of beers from New Ridge are just the ticket when you come out of the park into Roxborough and Manayunk.

6168 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19128

8. Bistro on the Mall

40 Maplewood Mall, Philadelphia, PA 19144

In Germantown, the recently renovated Maplewood Mall is home to local go-to’s like the Germantown Espresso Bar and Bistro on the Mall, the latter of which serves shrimp and grits, jerk chicken cheesesteaks, and tacos to the heart’s content. The filling crabcake sandwich is best enjoyed al fresco at one of the Bistro’s sidewalk tables.

40 Maplewood Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19144

9. Dalessandro's Steaks

600 Wendover St, Philadelphia, PA 19128

If you have cell service while you’re on the trail, call into Dalessandro’s to preorder a cheesesteak for when you’re done. (It’ll be ready pretty speedily, though, so avoid dawdling.) Even better: Pick up a few steaks beforehand and eat the gooey beloved sandwich of Philadelphia at one of the Wissahickon’s public picnic tables.

600 Wendover St
Philadelphia, PA 19128

10. Paper Trail Bike Cafe

211 Lincoln Dr, Philadelphia, PA 19144

With baked goods from local favorite High Point Cafe, and espresso drinks that encourage you to ride just a little farther, Paper Trail Bike Cafe is the combination cafe/bike shop you never knew you needed. The shop itself is also rich with history: Located in Historic Rittenhouse Town, Paper Trail occupies the barn building at the first ever paper mill in America.

211 Lincoln Dr
Philadelphia, PA 19144

11. Attic Brewing Company

137 Berkley St, Philadelphia, PA 19144

Whether you’re heading back downtown or north in the direction of the park, Attic Brewing Co. is a bar built for great hangs, with its delicious beers, rotating food trucks, and live music. The newly established beer garden next door is massive and full of friendly locals, with ping pong and large-format Connect Four for the competitive among us.

137 Berkley St
Philadelphia, PA 19144

12. Wissahickon Brewing Company

3705 W School House Ln, Philadelphia, PA 19129

With food trucks, tons of outdoor tables, twinkle lights, and cold beers, Wissahickon Brewing Company (named for everyone’s favorite nearby park) is the destination for big groups to post up post-hike. Keep an eye on social media for updates to Wissahickon’s weekly food truck schedule.

3705 W School House Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19129

13. In Riva

4116 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Pizza with a view: what’s not to love? At the East Falls pizza place In Riva, hungry hikers will rejoice at wood-fired pies, house wines, and a terrace that overlooks a bustling Kelly Drive and pretty Schuylkill River right past it.

4116 Ridge Ave
Philadelphia, PA 19129

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