Where to Find Healthy Eats and Great Workouts in Point Breeze
Ashley Law of the plant-based catering duo Namaste Nourish gives us the in's and out's of all things healthy and delicious in her neighborhood, Point Breeze.
Philly has an insanely wonderful fitness scene, but the truth is, many of us tend to stick to our own neighborhoods — we’ve all got our favorite corner coffee shops, yoga studios, running trails, and more. That’s why we’re asking local fitness pros to give us a tour of their neighborhoods — and to spill all their secrets on the hidden gems they can’t quit.
When Ashley Law isn’t churning out plant-based creations with her Namaste Nourish business partner, Hava Rose, Law lives in Point Breeze and works as a health coach and yoga teacher.
One glance at her Instagram, and you’ll be able to tell that Law has a good hand on all things wellness here in Philadelphia. That said, she’s agreed to give us the scoop on all of her favorite healthy things in her neighborhood. Read on for Ashley Law’s favorite places to eat, drink, sweat and hang out in Point Breeze.
The Best Healthy Foods and Drinks in Point Breeze
Coffee shop: “One of the pillars of the Philly coffee scene, Ultimo, is located in Point Breeze. With its cozy atmosphere that’s perfect for a rainy day, this is a coffee shop for the coffee connoisseur. In the afternoon, they serve pour-over style coffee when you order a cup. They love to give some insight on how to make their rich coffee at home, so I’ve been a big fan of their bags of coffee. Oh yes, and they have Oatly oat milk, which is a plus!” [Editor’s Note: Ultimo is technically located in Newbold, which borders Point Breeze and was previously considered Point Breeze.]
Healthy breakfast (and brunch!) spot: “Burg’s Hideaway Lounge. They have amazing frittatas that are topped with this red onion jam that is SO flavorful and light. I love this place because the menu is always changing with new dishes to try and they have eggs and avocado, avocado as a side, and avocado toast — that’s enough said for me. This place serves the perfect portions too, definitely my go-to for a weekend brunch as well.”
Healthy lunch spot: “On Point Bistro serves brunch all weekend their light and airy atmosphere is pleasant. They have super-fresh salads and is definitely a good spot for when you are craving a big lunch or brunch.”
Healthy date night spot: “Burg’s Hideaway again! They have wine on draft and the miso salmon with crispy coconut rice is so good! They also have great sides for sharing, like curry cauliflower. The vibe is small and relaxed, but the island theme makes you feel somewhere exotic. It’s a perfect place to share some wine with your best friend or for meeting a new date.”
Bar: “I recently have been learning about the most healthy fish to eat and discovered this acronym SMASH — Sardines, Mackerel, Anchovies, Salmon, and Herring. American Sardine Bar features sardines four different ways, and my favorite is grilled. The serving is the perfect size to try them all and you will definitely get your omegas in with these sardines. It’s also a good place to bring someone who’s never tried them, but only for the food curious!”
Healthy takeout: “For the quick on-the-go stop, Orchard Smoothie and Cafe has great smoothies, and I highly recommend the Peachie Keen. You can also create your own smoothie, which is ideal for those days when you are sticking to the basics, or want to add protein and create a custom blend. Their ingredients are fresh and you can see all the fruit and veggies prepped for the smoothies. They also have açaí bowls and avocado toast for a quick takeout treat! It’s the only juice bar in Point Breeze and it just opened this past year. Oh yes, and they deliver!”
The Best Ways to Sweat in Point Breeze
Workout class: “Serena is a Point Breeze local who started a virtual online fitness training platform, SerenaFit, which teaches live early-morning workouts from the comfort of your living room, apartment, or roof deck. I teach a Wednesday morning class via my Point Breeze apartment and the amount of convenience you get from doing a workout live from home, where the coaches can see you is surprisingly motivating! There are a variety of cases so that you can do everything from Yoga to HIIT!”
Park: “Smith Playground is literally an outdoor gym. It has a full track, boxes to jump, a strategically designed bar park — by the National Bar League founder, Evan Harden. City fitness also helped to set up some fun outdoor workout features including a super inspiring mural, perfect for practicing those handstands and maybe a cool Instagram backdrop. There’s a lot of action going on here, especially if you catch some guys doing tricks on the bars — the calisthenics-based athleticism is a sight to see.” [Editor’s Note: Smith Playground is a few blocks south of Point Breeze.]
The Best Event in Point Breeze
Festivals: “Two words: Night Market. It’s coming this October to Point Breeze. My favorite food truck is Paper Mill Foods, which is known for their fresh spurritios — rice paper wrapped burritos stuffed with crunchy fresh veggies, spicy peanut sauce, and vegan tofu! And they love to put avocado on everything — just like me! They serve La Croix flavors too, FTW.”
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