Visitors Info

Places to Stay and Things to See

The Ashtanga Yoga School of Philadelphia is located on Jewelers’ Row in the Old City district of Philadelphia. The school is located just blocks away from the historic sites of the liberty bell, Independence Hall, Benjamin Franklin’s house, Washington Square Park, and much more. Below you will find a list of lodging accomodations near AYS, things to do, and local restaurants.

Hotels and Hostels

All of these lodging options, except the first one, are walking distance to the school. They are organized from least to most expensive.

Hostelling International – Chamounix Mansion
This hostel is the least expensive lodging accommodation but it is not walking distance to the school. It is nestled in the beautiful Fairmont Park area and it does provide bicycles. If you are use to city bike riding or are comfortable taking public transit to the school this is an amazing lodging option.

Apple Hostels
This is inexpensive and only blocks from the school. However, they are often booked so you will need to arrange your dates early in order to reserve a room.

Comfort Inn Downtown/Historic Area
The hotel has 185 spacious guest rooms, many with outrageous views of the Delaware River and the Philadelphia skyline located throughout all ten floors. Conveniently located in the Historic Area near Penn’s Landing.

Holiday Inn – Historic District
Located at 4th and Arch Street near Independence National Historical Park the hotel is within easy walking distance of all historic sites.

Hyatt Regency at Penn’s Landing
Philadelphia’s newest hotel is located right on the waterfront, convenient to Old City, South Street and all riverfront activities.

Bed and Breakfast

All of these BB’s are walking distance to the school. You can also connect with this for other possibilities.

Appel’s Society Hill Bed and Breakfast

414 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Trade Winds Bed and Breakfast
943 Lombard Street Philadelphia, Pa. 19147

New Market Bed and Breakfast
2nd and Lombard Philadelphia, PA 19147

Philadelphia Bella Vista
752 South 10th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

Bike Rentals

Biking around Philadelphia is an excellent way to get around town especially if you are staying near the school. Many of the AYS students bike to the shala in the morning. Here are a couple bike rental options.

Breakaway Bikes
1923 Chestnut Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

Philadelphia Bike Tours
This rental shop delivers to you.


1221 Locust Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Soy Café
630 North 2nd Street Philadelphia, PA 19123

Nam Phoung
1100 Washington Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19147

Su Xing House
1508 Sansom Street Philadelphia, PA 19102

Essense Market
719 South 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

Mil Lah Vegetarian
218 S 16th St Philadelphia, PA 19102
215. 732.8888

Mama’s Vegetarian
18 South 20th Street Philadelphia, PA 19103

127 S. 18th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Blackbird Pizza
507 South 6th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

117 North 10th Street Philadelphia, PA 19107

Juice Bars and Coffee Houses

Chapter House Cafe
620 South 9th Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

The Random Tea Room
713 North 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19123

La Cigale
725 Walnut St Philadelphia, PA 19106

Red Hook Coffee & Tea
765 S 4th St Philadelphia, PA 19147

Things to do in Philadelphia

Barnes Foundation
One of the world’s greatest collections of art is in Philadelphia. Discover the legendary collection of the Barnes Foundation, one of the world’s finest holdings of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modern paintings, African sculpture, metalwork, and more.

Reading Terminal for Crepes, Soft Pretzels and so much more
A not-to-miss, a five minute walk from the A.Y.S, held at 12th and Market – this old indoor market is a food lover’s delight. I live for the crepes held at Profi’s Creperie…delightful! Go after class on Sundays, post practice and DG’s talk on philosophy. Roll into Reading Terminal with a hunger like no other and eat your heart out. Soft pretzels, organic produce, any and all type of food including Indian, Vegan…the options are endless. After you have eaten, shop for the cleanest local vegetables grown so you can eat well for the week at home.

Cruise the Italian Market and have a Cannoli
Even if you don’t practice ashtanga, you still deserve this! Philadelphia’s Italian Market is a narrow street filled with produce stands, housewares, appliances, coffee, meats, you name it! Walk through and smell the streets of a well loved city, and look for Isgro’s Cannoli on Christian and 10th. Some of the best you will ever sink your teeth into.

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
I dare you to do it, run up those steps like Rocky. See the gorgeous museum then as you head back out, see his sculpture at the base of the steps and have a photo moment. Go on Friday night for extended hours and live music.

The Liberty Bell – and the Independence National Historical Park in Olde City
This is located just three blocks from the shala, so you can walk through the historic park for some historical views and an authentic American history lesson.

Rittenhouse Park or Washington Square Park
Sit on a bench, read the Gita, or people watch the other hundred people who are doing the same thing – reading.

Have a cup of coffee at the city’s best coffee shop, La Colombe
Located in Rittenhouse Square, on 19th Street right by Rittenhouse park.

Go up to West Philly and check out the University of Pennsylvania
U of Penn is the oldest university in the United States. Walk around the campus and see the sights of one of the most beautiful campuses in America.

Stroll down the heart of South Philly – Passyunk Avenue
Check out some of the trendy vintage clothing shops, tiny streets, and watch out for the one-ways and streets that dead end randomly just like in India! This is a great neighborhood to explore.

Check out the Kimmel Center, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra
One of America’s most celebrated orchestras. See a chamber performance in the smaller theatre within the Kimmel; don’t be too confused, there are multiple performance halls within and it is a ginormous structure (block-wide) right in the heart of the city.

Walk down South Street and check out the Secret Garden
South street is lined with art work by local extravagant artist Isaiah Zagar. This is the Haight Ashbury of Philly. You tell me why!

Check out the rivers and the city scape from a bridge during sunset: the old Ben Franklin bridge
Walk or drive on over it to New Jersey. Or walk over the newly built South Street bridge for one of the best views of the cityscape. See the rivers that surround Philadelphia – the Delaware River and the Schuylkill River – BEAUTIFUL!

Take a tour of the City Hall and the Masonic Temple
Hear the glory of Billy Penn the city’s founder, who stands on top of it. This incredible piece of art defines Philadelphia, and will also orient you around the city.

Check out JFK Plaza, home of LOVE Park
The infamous Philly sculpture by Robert Indiana and the iconic image of Philadelphia, the home of Brotherly Love.

Check out the largest park in America – Fairmount Park
Go see the Horticultural Center, the Japanese Tea House, and walk around Kelly Drive. Best to do this on a bike or a skateboard.

A few tips

  • Unless you are staying many miles outside of center city Philadelphia, a cab from the airport is a flat fee of $30.00.
  • Buses and subways are safe, reliable and fun – reasonable cash fares, though tokens are interchangeable for the bus and the subway.
  • If you are taking the subway (Market Frankford blue line) to AYS you will need the 8th street stop. This is the most easy and convenient mode of transportation to AYS. Visit Philly’s public transportation website for more information on SEPTA.
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