Manayunk is a small neighborhood in northwest Philadelphia, just a 20-minute drive from downtown Philadelphia. It’s part of the larger Roxborough-Manayunk area, which often includes the Wissahickon neighborhood. Manayunk has a total population of just over 10,000 people.
The Manayunk community has played a large role in the growth and development of the city of Philadelphia, dating back to the mid-1680s when William Penn bought the land. The town used to be called ‘Flat Rock,’ but residents decided to change it to Manayunk in the early-1800s.
In fact, residents originally wanted to change the name to Udoravia (which means ‘place by the water’ in Greek) due to their close proximity to the Schuylkill River. They chose Manayunk, which was inspired by the Lenape word ‘mëneyung’ that means “where we go to drink.”
Some of the most exciting things to do and see in Manayunk include the annual Manayunk Arts Festival, the weekly farmer’s market at Pretzel Park, the many events hosted by The Spiral Bookcase, and all the shopping, eating, and entertainment located along Main Street.