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1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Federal Donuts, which sells wacky-flavored handmade doughnuts, coffee, and Korean-style twice-fried chicken, is just one example of how chefs in the City of Brotherly Love are pursuing their culinary obsessions. The original Center City shop has...
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1020 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA

No photograph can capture this extraordinary art space created by mural artist Isaiah Zagar down at the quiet end of South Street in Philadelphia's Center City—you have to see it to believe it. It's also not easy to describe: an...

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117 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Long before I regaled myself (twice daily) with gelato in Rome, I tried it in my hometown of Philadelphia. Now that I live in Paris, opportunities to tuck into a Capogiro cup or cone are far more limited so I make a point of stopping into their...
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51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
This historic market has been in operation since 1892, and is beloved by locals as a destination for lunch, grocery shopping, or buying regional gifts at the Pennsylvania General Store. More than 70 businesses sell fresh wares here, including ice...
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51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Visitors to Philadelphia should not miss out on an iconic local treat—the soft pretzel. Sure, you can find them pretty much everywhere in Philly, but the real deal is baked fresh daily. At the Reading Terminal Market, go to the place where...
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1727-29 Mt Vernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
Philadelphia is an ideal destination for lovers of outdoor spaces and beautiful art. Combining the two is the city's Mural Arts Program, which was originally developed in 1984 as an anti-graffiti initiative and which has blossomed into one of...
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124-126 Elfreth's Alley, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Visitors seeking an immersive-history experience can get a chance to travel back in time and check out the homes, stories, and daily routines of early Philadelphians, from everyday citizens to the city’s better-known inhabitants from the...
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4239 Baltimore Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19104, USA
While there are great choices for ice cream in Philadelphia—Franklin Fountains, Bassetts, Little Baby Ice Cream—there are also local startups that are creating artisanal and fresh ice cream. Meet the Weckerly's Ice Cream! They recently started to...
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39 E Oregon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19148, USA
No visit to Philadelphia is complete without savoring this classic American cultural and culinary icon. The neighborhood offering the best options for authentic steak sandwiches is South Philly, where some of the best cheesesteaks are served up at...
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15 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Located in Philly’s historic Old City neighborhood, on Third Street between Market and Chestnut, FARMiCiA Restaurant is focused on local, seasonal ingredients, and sustainable agriculture. From breakfast to brunch to dinner, the menu is full of...
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1500 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
That the Mad Men-esque Butcher & Singer has landed on Philadelphia Magazine's 50 Best Restaurants list for two consecutive years speaks volumes about serial restaurateur Stephen Starr's keen design sense and unparalleled stagecraft. Although the...
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51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
There is no better place for visitors interested in one-stop souvenir shopping than the Pennsylvania General Store, located inside the Reading Terminal Market. You'll find everything from Amish quilts to just-made fudge, as well as food items...
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112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
The Franklin Bar, a sort of modern speakeasy, peddles period-accurate cocktails (with a few inventive twists) served up by modish, bow-tied bartenders. Best to make a reservation to snag a spot.
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735 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Living in Philadelphia has many perks - eating breakfast at Morning Glory is one of them!
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51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Never has a yummy treat been mired in such controversy as the Whoopie Pie. First, how did this burger-shaped cake with the sugary cream filling get its name? Does the name come from the exclamation that schoolchildren shouted upon opening their...
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130 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Philly boasts many fine coffee shops, but La Colombe is actually a coffee shop and a roaster of premium coffees. In my humble opinion, their coffee blends are the best available anywhere. Founded in Philadelphia and strictly fair trade, La Colombe...
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Philadelphia, PA, USA
The magnificent City Hall of Philadelphia stands planted at the center of the two major streets, Broad and Market. Completed in 1901, it was originally designed by John McArthur Jr. to be the tallest habitable building in the world, but its glory...
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1009 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
No need to jet to France for French bistro fare—holding court a stone’s throw from the famed 9th street Italian market, French husband-and-wife duo Charlotte and Pierre Calmels (formerly of Le Bec Fin fame) regale locals at Bibou with a masterful,...
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1599 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
A visit to Philadelphia is just not complete without a stop at LOVE Park, to pose for pictures in front of Robert Indiana's iconic LOVE sculpture. Although the park's official name is John F. Kennedy Plaza, everyone uses its nickname. If you visit...
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107 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Easily my favorite store in Philly to browse or “window shop”, Open House features such an entertaining assortment of interesting goods that it’s a challenge to walk out without buying something. There are great Philly-themed items and gifts,...
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919 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
Vendors first set up shop at the Italian Market in the mid-to-late 1880s, and today, the spread of stalls, stores, and eateries runs all along Ninth Street in Philadelphia's residential Bella Vista neighborhood. A trip here involves...
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217 W George St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
A little off the beaten path in Philadelphia is one of the best coffee houses in the area! One Shot Coffee & Cafe offers fresh Stumptown brew coffee in a cozy interior.
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124 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Go for the food but come back for the atmosphere. This is a wonderful, old-school spot right off Rittenhouse Square in Philly's French quarter. You'll find amazing architecture and decor, a warm staff, and delicious food. The menu includes lunch...
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1900 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19145, USA
A coffee shop that sells beer? Luckily, at Ultimo you can have both if you like. Grab a seat in this cozy cafe and order a coffee (which is prepared using a Chemex), or my personal favorite, a macchiato. Browse the ever-changing beer selection,...
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Penn's Landing, Philadelphia, PA, USA

In warm-weather months, the Penn’s Landing waterfront area along the Delaware River is always busy with activity. On the Great Plaza there are ongoing free festivals, summer concerts, a movie series, and Fourth of July fireworks. Other...

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Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA, USA
One of the five original public squares in Philadelphia planned by William Penn, Rittenhouse Square was originally called Southwest Square and was later renamed after David Rittenhouse, a Philadelphia astronomer, inventor, and clockmaker. Although...
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2501 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Philadelphia is home to many wonderful outdoor parks and spaces. One of the newest is Schuylkill Banks, a wonderful green space on the riverfront with a popular recreational path used by joggers, pedestrians, dog walkers, and cyclists. Just...
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941 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
Sazon is a closely held local secret, cherished for its home-style cuisine as well as for the rich hot chocolate it serves. (Some even claim drinking the pure, thick stuff elicits an almost out-of-body experience.)...
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51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
When I was a kid eating my favorite comfort food, Campbell’s tomato soup with a grilled cheese sandwich, I could never have imagined anything better. But the future is here, and there is MeltKraft, a sandwich shop that has taken the grilled...
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1400 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
It's remarkable to see so many old people flocking the historical sites, trying to recollect the incidences they or their parents might have gone through. At the same time, a young breed of individuals with nothing but curiosity on their faces are...
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719 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
During the height of the Hostess "will they close or won't they" debates, Green Eggs Cafe stepped in to prove they could make a better Twinkie than Hostess. Then they deep-fried it. This cream-filled sponge cake delight has a crunchy outside, a...
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5000 E Flat Rock Rd, Philadelphia, PA 19127, USA
The Manayunk neighborhood is a great place to spend the day, with charming Main Street shops, restaurants, and bars. Often overlooked by visitors is the scenic towpath along the canal, a wonderful spot for a leisurely walk or bike ride. The...
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2043 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
In a city where hoagies are everywhere, how can a visitor know which is the best? Ask a local where they buy their hoagies, and chances are their answer will be Primo. The Primo Italian hoagie, for anyone new to these signature Philadelphia foods,...
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204 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Voted Philly’s best French bakery, Miel is a charming and comfortable café that serves great coffee, inexpensive lunch options (hot and cold sandwiches, and soup), and of course, the best pastries. Get here early or the croissants will be gone!...
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2701, 22 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, United States
National Mechanics, located in Old City, Philadelphia, has some really great beer choices. Just a little past the historical parts of Philadelphia that many go to, it once was a bank, now repurposed into a bar.
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264 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Since 1993, Philadelphians Wendy Born and James Barrett have shown a deft hand in the kitchens of their multi-location Metropolitan Bakery. Artisanal breads – able to rival any venerated loaf from Europe– are their claim to fame but their cookies,...
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110 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
A candy store has occupied this building continuously since 1863. The current proprietors, the Berley brothers—who also own the Franklin Fountain ice cream parlor a few doors away on Market Street—are master confectioners. Even for...
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322 Poplar St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
Some may argue that cupcakes are "out" or "over" but for my sweet tooth, they will always be in. There are endless wonderful bakeries and food trucks in Philly from which to to get these sweet treats, and I've honestly tried cupcakes from all of...
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221 Church St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
One of my favorite coffee shops in Old City Philadelphia. Coffee is micro roasted and fresh! It is in a nice road off the beaten path, but well worth it.
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45 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Bassetts is America’s oldest ice cream company … so they must be doing something right! This is a story about longevity … and ice cream. In 1892, Lewis D. Bassett moved his ice cream operation to the newly built Reading Terminal Market in Center...
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1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
Anyone visiting Philadelphia who plans to include the Museum of Art and/or the Fairmount Water Works in their itinerary should consider taking a little extra time to stroll along nearby Boathouse Row. The adventurous who have a bit more time can...
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116 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Old fashioned deliciousness
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1622 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19146, USA
Tis always the season for pie, someone once said. Philly visitors seeking a meal or just a fabulous dessert will find what they need at this cozy cafe just blocks from Rittenhouse Square. Whether it's a slice of the crazy good butterscotch bourbon...
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121 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Eating at El Vez is an experience... People have been known to eat here simply because of the appealingly funky decor, the highlight of which is a rotating altar of tequila bottles, atop of which sits a shiny tricked-out lowrider bike. It can be...
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108 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
These sister shops are an accessory-fiend and gift-giver’s dream! It was hard for me to keep from scooping up all the gorgeous handbags, hats, and jewelry at Verde—or loading up on Marcie Blaine’s amazing creations from the back-of-shop chocolate...
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255 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
For an interesting noodle shop in center city Philadelphia, head over to Cheu.
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Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA, USA
Visitors should make time to visit Philly's Chinatown, a charmingly small neighborhood that offers dozens of outstanding restaurants, bakeries, and tea shops. The Shanghai Bazaar department store at 1016 Race Street is well worth browsing for its...
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112 N 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Any food magazine will tell you the Philadelphia restaurant scene is thriving, with many world cuisines represented across the city’s neighborhoods. Adventurous diners seeking an affordable and exotic meal should try Rangoon, a Burmese...
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820 Spring Garden St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
Welcome to the largest indoor/outdoor flea market in Center City Philadelphia. It is so much fun wandering through this market on Spring Garden Street. In the warmer months, the same organization that sponsors this location takes the flea market...
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139 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
Whenever I’m in Philly’s Old City neighborhood, I love to visit the Clay Studio. Its gallery is one of the best places to browse or shop in the city, with gorgeous artist made creations in all price ranges. The Clay Studio is also a teaching...
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2311 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
Little Baby's sells super-premium ice cream that's handmade in small batches; the flavors are unique and they always offer vegan/non-dairy options. These are not your grandmother's ice cream flavors! Yes, the list of flavors does include Pizza. I...
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2001 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
In Philadelphia's Fishtown neighborhood, the Rocket Cat Café serves fair-trade, organic coffee in a creative setting. Sip an espresso, or order a hearty snack like a grilled cheese and soup. You'll also find vegan options on the menu, and...
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210 W Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
The Rittenhouse Hotel is one of Philly’s highest rated luxury hotels. Designed to provide guests with stunning views of historic Rittenhouse Square, the hotel is widely known for its attentive staff, and luxury amenities and services. The...
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200 N 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
One of the five original public squares in Philadelphia planned by William Penn, Logan Square was originally called Northwest Square and was later renamed Logan Square in honor of Philadelphia statesman James Logan. The area was used for public...
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217 W George St, Philadelphia, PA 19123, USA
A coffee shop in the Northern Liberties neighborhood o Philadephia, One Shot Cafe serves Stumptown Coffee. Their brunch offerings are pretty good too.
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5400 Lindbergh Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19143, USA
Bartram’s Garden is a unique and worthwhile attraction in southwest Philadelphia. Its location on beautiful riverfront land is known to have been occupied seasonally by Native Americans as early as 3,000 BCE. The tract of land that includes...
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1523 E Susquehanna Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
Located in the Fishtown Neighborhood, reAnimator coffee has to be one of my favorite coffee shops in Philadephia. Fresh coffee brewed and poured for solo cups.
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1845 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
If you're in Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia and need to refuel, go to Joe Coffee. Based in New York City, the café serves excellent coffee and espresso drinks. The seating area is a nicely lit space where you can get some work done or just...
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1305 Locust St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
One of a couple Nomad shops in Philadelphia that offer really good pizza. This pizza was a thin crust. There is another Nomad pizzaria off on South street which is more of a Neapolitan type crust. Fresh ingredients and all baked in a wood oven...
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3528, 15 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
After visiting the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia and filling our eyes with medical oddities, we decided to grab a little caffeine pick-me-up! They were serving Pumpkin Spice Chai Latte with a shot of espresso for the fall season. A cute little...
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Chinatown, Philadelphia, PA, USA
There is a Chinatown on five different continents. Every night the streets are flooded with people of various backgrounds, all trying to get a "taste" of Chinese culture.
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1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
The Continental Mid-Town offers unique retro decor and one of a kind delicious drinks and bites. The calamari, zucchini pancakes, and Shanghai Coctail are some favorites.