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Why We Love South Philly/West Passyunk

Meet the Guarnieri-Kaufmann Family to learn why they love living in South Philadelphia, courtesy of Rachel Utain-Evans Photography.

When planning where you’d like to raise your family there are so many things to take into consideration. Many people are invested in finding a neighborhood that feels right for them. In this series, we’ve invited a few of our Philadelphia Family Members to connect us with a local family they’ve served to explore why they love where they live.

Rachel Utain-Evans Photography is proud to share their work and introduce you to the Guarnieri-Kaufmann family, to share why they love where they live.

The adjoining neighborhoods of South Philly and West Passyunk are both vibrant neighborhoods with their own unique character and attractions. South Philly is known for its Italian-American heritage and sports culture, while West Passyunk has a diverse population and a growing restaurant and business scene. Both neighborhoods offer a mix of residential and commercial areas, as well as green spaces and community events. Both are home to fantastic green space that include parks, community gardens, a lake, golf, and more!


Which neighborhood do you call home?

“South Philly/West Passyunk.”


What drew you to the neighborhood?

“A lifetime love of South Philly! We enjoy being close to our neighbors and having easy access to some of the best restaurants in the City.”


What was the most important thing you considered when picking your kids’ school?

“Our son is in daycare, but we looked for proximity to home and strong references from people we trust.”


What does a typical weekend look like for your family?

“Weekends usually involve one or more nice walks, eating something delicious, and spending quality time with friends and family who live close by.”


Which local park or playground is your favorite place to hang out?

“Our go-to spots for walks are Girard Park and FDR Park. We also love John Heinz Wildlife Refuge.


What is your go-to shop for kids’ birthday gifts?

Tildie’s Toy Box on Passyunk Ave and The Nesting House in Germantown!”


What is your favorite local kid-friendly restaurant?

“Anywhere our stroller can fit! Cafe Nhan is around the corner and we love taking our son there.”


What is the best piece of parenting advice you’ve received?

“Give yourself grace.”


You have friends visiting from out of town. What are your must-do local attractions?

“Pastries at Machine Shop, the Southeast Asian Market at FDR Park and a nice walk in the Meadows (while it exists!), a visit to the Philadelphia Art Museum and Boathouse Row, dinner at an Italian restaurant (our favorite is L’Angolo), ice cream at Franklin Fountain.”


Tell us about a family tradition you have started.

“Pizza Fridays.”


Rachel Utain-Evans is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker serving families in and around Philadelphia. A self-described “weird, warm-hearted badass”, her keen documentary eye and quick shutter finger make each of her sessions unique to each family. Rather than curated outfits and specific poses, Rachel’s work reflects real connection between a family, and strikes the balance of a little guidance and forgetting you’re being photographed. Her family work represents authentic moments that are genuinely special to each of her families, while feeling completely relatable to any parent.

Rachel Utain-Evans is an award-winning photographer and filmmaker serving families in and around Philadelphia. As a trained doula, she brings a deep passion and knowledge to her birth work as well, and prides herself on blending seamlessly into the birth team so her clients can really stay present.