Collected by Jan Strouse
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...
126 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
If you can’t land a reservation at Vedge, one of Philly’s highest rated restaurants, consider dining at V Street, a street food bar created by Vedge chefs Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby. Both Vedge and V Street are vegan restaurants and adored by...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
200 N 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Sister Cities Park is adjacent to Logan Square where two of Philly’s most popular family attractions are located (the Academy of Natural Sciences and the Franklin Institute). The café in Sister Cities Park is a highly recommended pit stop for...
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!...
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...
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...
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...
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...
1750 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
Bring your bike helmet with you the next time you visit Philadelphia so you're ready to ride Indego around town. That's right, Philly finally has a bike share program to call its own, with sponsorship from Independence Blue Cross, hence the name...
118-128 N Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts is the nation's first museum and school of fine arts, and home to an outstanding permanent collection of American art, including Thomas Eakins’ medical painting “Gross Clinic”. Throughout the year, PAFA...
1410 Mt Vernon St, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
At Alla Spina, Philadelphia’s king of Italian cuisine, Mark Vetri, combines two Philadelphia classics in one. His sausage cheesesteak comes on a pretzel roll at this laid-back, funky ‘Italian gastropub’ in the Fairmont neighborhood. Alla Spina...
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...
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...
1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
The AIA Bookstore, one of the most unique shops in the city, holds a million surprises. It stocks a vast selection of art, architecture, and design books, but also offers an amazing array of fun and creative toys, gifts, and novelty items, as well...
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,...
110 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
Upon a recent trip to Philadephia, I stumbled upon the restaurant Barbuzzo, on South 13th Street. Two things you must try are the bone marrow plate and the vesper martini. One of the few places I've been to that has Lillet to complete the cocktail...
117 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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...
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...
2313 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
Pizza Brain, located on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown, bills itself as the world’s first pizza museum and restaurant. With pizza-related toys, artwork, and memorabilia on display around the eatery, fine dining becomes fun dining. An added...
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