A friendly community blending contemporary and quaint living.

Welcome to Ambler

A friendly community blending contemporary and quaint living.

A compact neighborhood twenty minutes from downtown Philadelphia, Ambler comprises less than one square mile. Don’t let the limited space fool you - this small-town atmosphere packs quite a punch. Both bustling and charming, the borough was named among the top 100 places to live in Pennsylvania. Families and young professionals alike can agree that Ambler is a fantastic place to call home.

Named after Mary Johnson Ambler, a local quaker woman who came to the rescue with a make-shift hospital after a tragic train crash, the history of Ambler is long and varied. After the 400-acre tract of land was purchased from William Penn in 1716, the borough began to take place. Since then, the famed character of Ambler has flourished.

Today, Ambler is a walkable oasis of small-town friendliness among Philadelphia’s crowded neighborhoods. Tree-lined streets dotted by stately mansions and Colonial-inspired homes make up the majority of the town’s bucolic atmosphere. Also attractive are the contemporary single-family homes. Between the area’s trendy bars, quaint shops, stylish boutiques, restaurants, and community-building events, families and young professionals love Ambler’s lifestyle.

Things to Love

  • SEPTA’s Lansdale-Doylestown rail line stops at Ambler station
  • A vibrant arts and culture scene
  • A highly engaged community full of fun events and activities

People and Lifestyle

With the entire borough covering less than one square mile, the community of Ambler is both close-knit and inviting. Ambler is a flawless marriage between historical villages and modern conveniences. Boasting down-to-earth attitudes and understated elegance, Ambler is home to over 6,000 people who appreciate good community.

Dining, Shopping, and Entertainment

On paper, Ambler might sound small. But don’t be fooled - this tiny haven of culture is brimming with restaurants, retail, and more for any resident. 

Celebrating all women, Paper Dolls is the location for stylish, chic women’s clothing of all shapes and sizes, while Ambler’s Main Street is the best place in town for any shopping needs. Home to such variety as the Aloha Smoothie Company all the way to the vintage bar and restaurant Gypsy Blu, to the mouth-watering The Lucky Well for some Memphis-style BBQ, Sweet Annie’s Candy Shoppe for some sweet treats, the options are endless.

The fact that El Limon, a delicious Mexican restaurant, offers a complimentary margarita when you dine in should tell you a lot about the hospitality and joy found throughout the Ambler community. Forest & Main Brewing Company beers are available for pick-up or on-site, but the inviting ambiance of its venue will make you want to sit down and enjoy the company of the Ambler community. Don’t miss Wake Coffee for some delicious small-batch coffee that is big on flavor!

Things to Do

The community-forward lifestyle in Ambler means that the neighborhood is never lacking things to do. Join the neighborhood in celebrating the first Friday of the month, or enjoy a show at one of the many art outlets in the area!

Join the rest of the neighborhood in taking part in the First Fridays, during which restaurants, boutiques, and citizens alike flock to the quaint streets. There, they enjoy outdoor music, original artworks, and hot food from local restaurants. When it comes to natural tastes, there’s none finer than Ambler’s Farmers Market. Be sure to stop by for some farm-fresh produce, baked goods, or simply the top-tier company. 

Once a year, Ambler is awash in shining vintage and contemporary cars at the annual Ambler Auto Show. In addition to the spectacle, plenty of refreshments and food are also provided. Some of the area’s best musicians and artisans are on full display at the yearly Ambler Arts and Music Festival, held each summer. Wait for winter to arrive in order to enjoy the seasonally-splendid Ambler Holiday Parade in all its glory.


  • Ambler is home to several excellent schools. Top educational opportunities include:
  • Ambler Elementary School, Public, PK-5
  • Wissahickon High School, Public, 9-12

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