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Its values may be rooted in its colonial heritage and industrial past but Philadelphia is anything but old fashioned. Thanks to a surge of homegrown talent in food, an unparalleled community spirit and a dynamic art and design scene, this storied city has unfolded as the East Coast’s cultural cradle.
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1219 S 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
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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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2151 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
The Rodin Museum in Philly was an unexpected find. If you are a fan of sculpture this is a must. Just up the street is the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The entry fee for the Philadelphia Museum also covers the Rodin, but they don't tell you that at...
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15 S 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
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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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15 S 7th St, Philadelphia, PA 19106, USA
The recently renovated and reopened Philadelphia History Museum showcases an impressive collection of art, objects, and artifacts spanning 330 years of the city's history. Dating back to 1826, the building itself plays into the journey through the...
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735 S 10th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
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Living in Philadelphia has many perks - eating breakfast at Morning Glory is one of them!
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1401 John F Kennedy Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 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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1500 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19102, USA
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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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1001 Longwood Rd, Kennett Square, PA 19348, USA
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When Philadelphia's battered asphalt and noise begin to tire, head for an afternoon at Longwood Gardens, a verdant hamlet 35 miles West of the city in the Brandywine Valley. 1,077 acres of horticultural magnificence occupy one of Pierre S. du...
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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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1009 S 8th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147, USA
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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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117 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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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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2027 Fairmount Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19130, USA
What do Al Capone and Bruce Willis have in common? They both did time here at Eastern State Penitentiary. (OK, Willis wasn't an inmate, but he did shoot the film 12 Monkeys here.) The facility's first inmate was brought through these doors in...
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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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914 Baltimore Pike, Glen Mills, PA 19342, USA
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While there's no shortage of food and culture within the boundaries of Philadelphia, a complete trip really must continue 45 minutes outside the city to Glen Mills in the Brandywine Valley. Terrain at Styer's, a beautiful gardening and homewares...
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112 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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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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Philadelphia, PA, USA
One of America’s leading design festivals, DesignPhiladelphia champions the city’s dynamic creative industries – from fashion and graphic design to architecture and urban planning – through street installations, events, exhibitions, and lectures,...
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51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
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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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262 S 19th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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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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1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107, USA
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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...
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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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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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4901, 124 S 18th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103, USA
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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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2313 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125, USA
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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...