Welcome to North 5th, SOYPsters!

We're so glad you're joining us today to taste the international flavors of North 5th Street in Olney. In just one neighborhood you can try the foods of Korea, Vietnam, China, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Italy, and America’s South along with new and old Philly favorites.

Scroll along this mobile-friendly guide as we stop at each destination. We’ve also added some notable mentions for when you visit North 5th Street again. For our other food tours, head here.

A little bit about us – The North 5th Street Revitalization Project works with the merchants and community to improve North 5th Street from Roosevelt Boulevard to Spencer Street. We clean the sidewalks, work to improve safety, help the businesses, and host events that bring the community together. Learn more here.

Special thanks to Young Involved Philadelphia for making us a part of State of Young Philly 2016!

Special Delivery!

Good Star Bakery

5523 N 5th Street

(215) 927-6716

We’ll be passing by this bakery later on but we wanted to start you off with a quick snack while we wait for everyone to arrive.

Coconut buns- Soft, lightly sweet and golden brown buns filled with minced coconut filling.

For Next Time:

Hot dog buns – What’s more nostalgic and comforting than a pig in a blanket? Nothin, that’s what. They’re only 85¢ a piece and they’ll even warm them up for you. They don’t have ketchup or other condiments but not to worry, it’s good plain.

Walnut cookies – Super crumbly and individually wrapped for the road.

Fun Fact:
This mom and pop Chinese bakery has been in business for over 20 years. Everything is made from scratch on site, including their made to order birthday cakes.

Destination: El Salvador

Papuseria Sabor Latino

5th & Lindley Avenue

(Food truck always parked in front of Incarnation Catholic Church)


Papusas – Corn tortillas stuffed with cheese and meat filling, grilled and topped with shredded cabbage and salsa.

Sidewalk Sale: 
If you happen to visit on a Saturday afternoon during the warm season you’ll find the food truck amid dozens of neighborhood sidewalk vendors selling everything from perfume to used VHS tapes.

Notable Mention!

Los Tacos

5104 N 5th St

(215) 910-5788

Tacos – As the name of the business implies, this place specializes in delicious soft tortilla tacos.

Guacamole – Seriously the best guac in the city! Freshly made to order with hints of chopped onion and cilantro, yummmmm.


Private parties
Don’t judge this book by it’s cover. The restaurant has a stylish and spacious lounge and BYOB bar upstairs available for your next private party.

Notable Mention!

La Caleñita Bakery & Cafe

5034 N 5th St


Pan de Bono – Crispy on the outside and doughy in the middle with a lightly sweet and cheesy taste. You’ll be addicted!

Coffee & Espresso – Delicious lattes and other espresso drinks are made to order.

Destination: Colombia

Colombian Bakery

5044 N 5th St

Pan de Bono – The Colombian Bakery’s pan de bono comes in a donut or ball shape. Order according to your crust vs. doughy center preferences.

Fruit & Cream Cheese Filled Puff Pastries- These pastries are super flaky on the outside and filled with a tangy sweet guava or pineapple filling and strip of soft cream cheese. Not big on cream cheese? They also have ones with only the fruit filling.

For next time:
Ham and Cheese Croissant – If you come early enough in the morning, try a breakfast croissant filled with cheese and ham or just cheese.

Notable Mention!

Ribs R’ Us

4912 N 5th St

(215) 324-7427

BBQ Pork and Beef Ribs – These are hands down the best ribs in Philly. The meat is barrel smoked on site and perfectly coated in sweet and tangy BBQ sauce. Choose two sides to make it a platter.

Party Platters:
Make sure to order ahead of time for the next big game.

Destination: Philly

Philly Bread

5005 N 5th St


Call Ahead:
Philly Bread is a wholesale bakery but if you call ahead, they very well might have some super fresh bread for cash purchase. They love meeting their customers so don’t be shy.

Philly Muffin – A new take on the English Muffin, it’s naturally leavened, milled from whole grain wheat and delicious.

Where to buy:
Philly Bread’s products are sold at gourmet grocers such as DiBruno Bros and at food co-ops like Mariposa and the Weaver’s Way as well as farmers markets throughout the region. Check out phillybread.com for more info.

Destination: Italy

Oteri’s Italian Bakery

4919 N 5th St


Assorted gelato and sorbet flavors

As Seen on TV:
In 2014, this location of Oteri’s Bakery was featured on an episode of Cake Boss. The episode culminated in the renovation of the storefront and retail space into what you see here today.

Destination: Korea

Chinese-Korean Restaurant

441 Chew Ave

(At 5th and Chew next to the produce market)


Chajangmyon – Noodles served with onion & pork in black bean sauce

Jamppong – Noodles served with shrimp, squid & veggies in spicy broth

Fun Fact:
In South Korea, this fusion food is a popular take-out meal. Sort of like what Americanized Chinese food is here, with urban neighborhoods having several corner shops to order from.

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Jason’s Cozy Day

430 Chew Ave

(At 5th and Chew next to the barber shop)


This is a late night spot which attracts a young and mostly Korean crowd from across the region. Their food is best described as Korean – bar food fusion.

Kimchi and Tuna Rice Balls – Deep fried and delicious.

Fried Dried Seaweed Veggie and Meat Wraps – Veggies and meat rolled up in sushi nori, lightly tempura battered and fried.

Come Back for Karaoke:

They have private karaoke rooms for rent upstairs so come back with friends for a unique birthday or anytime ol’ time celebration.

Thanks for Joining Us and Visit Again Soon!