Visitors to Olney will find the most linguistically diverse zip code (19120) in the state of Pennsylvania.

Our diversity is legendary, and you can find restaurants and foods with the flavors of Korea, Vietnam, China, Haiti, Jamaica, Trinidad, the Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Mexico, Colombia, Italy, and America’s South along our mile and a half long corridor. Visitors in search of new dining experiences should come hungry!

With over 350 businesses along our mile and a half long corridor, shopping is very convenient in Olney. The neighborhood is home to a wide variety of national and local retailer and service businesses. We have several grocery markets, a wide variety of ethnic restaurants, personal care providers, dry cleaners, banks, jewelers, and health care providers (dentists, chiropractors, doctors) that speak your language. The neighborhood also has two traditional shopping centers with a ShopRite and other larger stores.


Our commercial corridor has both free and metered street parking. There is one Philadelphia Parking Authority parking lot just steps away from the intersection of North 5th Street and Olney Avenue. The Olney station of the SEPTA Broad Street Subway line, is second to City Hall for being the busiest transit station in the region. The 47 SEPTA bus runs along North 5 Street and is our link to North Philadelphia, Center City, and South Philadelphia. The J Bus stops at 5th and Lindley Avenue. The R and the 1 bus routes run on Roosevelt Blvd. The 57, 70 and the K bus all stop at 5th and Godfrey, just to the north of the commercial district. The area is served by the SEPTA Regional Rail Route 8 line, which stops at 5th and Tabor Road.

Food Tour Guides

‘Where Global is Local’ Self-Guided Food Tour

This guide is the same as our popular “Where Global is Local” guided food tour. But why wait for us to show you around? On your own or with a friend use this guide to sample the district’s best international eats. This mile-long walking-tour begins at the northern end of the business district where there is plenty of street parking and works its way south. It will take you about three hours and cost around $30 per person, depending on how many sharers you have along with you…

‘Bakery Blocks’ Self-Guided Food Tour

Who knew that North 5th Street in Olney was a bakery haven? In just two city blocks there are five bakeries turning out some of the city’s best baked goods. Even better, the bakeries reflect the ethnic diversity of the people that call Olney home. On this self-guided walking tour you’ll try Colombian, Mexican and Italian treats plus a Philly original (nope, not a pretzel or a hoagie roll). We even included an extra credit Chinese bakery just up 5th Street…