Where to Find the Best Workouts and Healthy Food in Brewerytown

Tiffany Wallace, owner of Cycle Brewerytown, shares her neighborhood favorites for everything from a good stretch to nutritious pizza to the best places to walk your dog.

Photo by Flickr user Jukie Bot.

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.

Photo courtesy of Tiffany Wallace

Brewerytown is kind of a hidden gem among Philadelphia neighborhoods, here to tell you all about it in all its glory is Tiffany Wallace, owner of Cycle Brewerytown and three-year resident of the locale. When she’s not kicking the community’s butts on bikes in her graffiti-muraled studio, Wallace gets out and about to explore local businesses. Below, Wallace calls out her favorite spots in Brewerytown for everything from brunch and pizza to where to sweat and party. Read on for her picks for a healthy and happy time in Brewerytown.

The Best Healthy Food and Drinks in Brewerytown

Coffee shop: “Not only are the lattes at The Monkey and the Elephant the best, every time you go there, you are contributing to a worthy cause. They are a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the transition of youth from foster care to independence. They are also the perfect spot to grab a quick breakfast on the go. The menu offers an assortment of English muffins with fresh fruit, panini, and granola with yogurt. The shop is dog friendly and the girls at the coffee shop give my dog Mojo a treat every time we go in.”

Health brunch spot: “Hands down, my go-to brunch place in Brewerytown is 2637brew. We have Bike and Brunch events there, so I’ve tried most of the menu. The menu includes brunch staples like pancakes and omelettes along with newer favorites like avocado toast. There is a Liquid Brunch selection of the menu filled with brunch-inspired cocktails. My absolute favorite is the Vietnamese coffee, regular or spiked — it’s the best and I get it every time. 2637brew also happens to be my favorite date night spot because it is such a relaxed, community atmosphere and the food is amazing.”

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Healthy lunch spot: “Spot Burger is not just another burger place. My favorite menu item is the Santa Fe Chicken burger, which features avocado, red onion, and spicy sauce and is a healthier twist on a traditional cheeseburger. Sometimes I also skip the bun to make it a little healthier.”

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Healthy takeout: “When it’s pizza night at our house, Pizza Dads is the spot. They have really good pizza, fresh toppings, and interesting flavor profiles. Along with the selection of pies on the menu, they also offer limited edition specialty pies. I’m all about the veggie toppings.  My favorite pie is the Ollie, with spinach, mozzarella, artichoke heart, kalamata olive, and feta. That said, I promise you the pizza is delicious even without the cheese. One of my favorite weekday lunches is a vegan personal pie, and customize it by adding two or three toppings like spinach and mushrooms.”

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Grocery store for healthy foods: “I would shop at Aldi even if it wasn’t in my neighborhood. The prices are low, and I enjoy their organic line Simply Nature. The hummus, salsa, and whole-wheat bread are staples in my house. Starting a new business can be a tricky time financially. Shopping at Aldi helps me to eat the healthy foods that I enjoy, like wild-caught salmon, while sticking to my budget. To keep prices low, they charge for bags, so bring your own.”

The Best Workouts in Brewerytown

Workout class: “Yoga is a great addition to our indoor cycling workouts. Luckily for us in Brewerytown, we have Yoga and Movement Sanctuary. I love their community classes — they are an absolute steal at $7, or $5 with a social media check in. Wednesday at 12 p.m. is their Community Core and Conditioning, and Noah the instructor pays close attention to proper form and alignment. I really appreciate that because I’m currently recovering from an injury.”

The Best Outdoor Fun in Brewerytown

Nearby running route: “I recently adopted a beautiful Pit Bull/Shar Pei-mix and, because of our walks, I have grown to appreciate Brewerytown even more. We are short distance from a pedestrian bridge on 29th Street that leads right into the park and plenty of trails. Whether your looking for trails to walk your dog or perfect spot for your outdoor workout, its just a few blocks away.”

Outdoor Activities: “In Brewerytown, it is all about community. The best example of that is the Breakfast Grind at Brewerytown Bicycle. On most Wednesday mornings, you can ride to the shop at 8:30 a.m., bring your cup and they provide the coffee. After you are caffeinated, the guys will lead you through a 20 to 30-mile, mixed terrain, social ride. And it’s free!”

Annual Festival: “In October, we have the Girard Street Festival. With live music and food, it’s the perfect opportunity to see some of what the Brewerytown businesses have to offer. We were there last year with our wheel of swag. Come by and see us next fall!”

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