The turn-of-the-century charm of Disney World’s Main Street came to mind when we drove into historic downtown Phoenixville. But that’s just too Hollywood. It’s more Norman Rockwellian, the real thing, with appealingly diverse architecture framing the well-maintained and attractive streetscape and lively urban vibe.

The National Register of Historic Places has honored this heart of the town, which includes the former Phoenix Iron Works, with its imprimatur. So has Discover Classic Towns of Greater Philadelphia, which identifies “unique communities with rich histories where everyone can build a promising future.”

In the past few years, the restaurant scene has blossomed along with the town. Bistro on Bridge is a prime example. In business since June 2009, it’s a happening, popular spot that serves uptown Mediterranean-inspired American cuisine in an attractive dining room and lively sports bar. With good weather here, the restaurant takes it outdoors, setting up bistro tables and even couches on the sidewalk, with umbrellas and heat lamps as needed. It’s a stylishly contemporary spot for al fresco dining. Read More