Philadelphia is a booming city, that has so much to offer its visitors. This includes an incredible culinary scene --attached to countless critically acclaimed chefs--that stretches across every diverse neighborhood and enough nightlife options to satisfy everyone (beer gardens, rooftop bars, sports bars, cocktail lounges, nightclubs, day clubs, tons of concert venues, the list goes on and on).
There are dozens of fantastic brunch and breakfast spots throughout the city. One of our favorites is GREEN EGGS CAFE(MULTIPLE LOCATIONS), which has a bunch of different locations to choose from..so, you're bound to be close to one of them. Their menu offers tons of indulgent and flavorful breakfast options like a Chicken and Waffles Benedict, Red Velvet Pancakes, and a Créme Brulee French Toast.
Philly is filled with a bunch of cool and new museum experiences, if that's your thing. For example, the FRANKLIN INSTITUTE(222 N. 20TH ST), the PHILADELPHIA MUSEUM OF ART(2600 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PKWY) aka where those Rocky Steps are found, the BARNES FOUNDATION(2025 BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PKWY), even the EASTERN STATE PENITENTIARY(2027 FAIRMONT AVE), which housed Al Capone, offers day tours(and becomes an epic haunted house in the fall). Did we mention INDEPENDENCE HALL(520 CHESTNUT ST), FRANKLIN COURT(322 MARKET ST), the LIBERTY BELL(N. 6TH ST & MARKET ST), and the BETSEY ROSS HOUSE(239 ARCH ST) are all within walking distance of each other?
If shopping is your thing, you could start in Old City and wander all the way down MARKET STREET for a nice mix of boutiques and eventually reaching larger chain stores, or the infamous SOUTH STREET, for an eclectic mix of bars, shops, and restaurant options.
If we're being honest, we'd likely spend a majority of our day.. day-drinking. Philly has too many cool bars to pass up. We'd start in Old City, as to mix in some light shopping, and make our way over to SPRUCE STREET HARBOR PARK(301 S. CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS BLVD). Spruce Street Harbor Park is beautifully located on the water, with tons of cool hammocks and an awesome vibe. Then we'd wander into INDEPENDENCE BEER GARDEN(100 S. INDEPENDENCE MALL W.), which offers a cool atmosphere with a bunch of games available to play, and a nice view of Independence Hall and its surrounding area.
Be sure and pace yourself, we've still got quite the day ahead of us!
There's a bunch of fabulous Old City restaurants to grab lunch where you are, but we'd Uber over to READING TERMINAL MARKET(51 N. 12TH ST). There's TONS to choose from in here. Try a Roast Pork Sandwich fron DiNic's, a Helter Skelter from Meltkraft, or a Trainwreck Po Boy from Beck's Cajun Cafe, the list goes on and on. RTM is the perfect solution for being in a group of indecisive eaters because there's something to satisfy everyone's craving..and it's a Philly staple.
After lunch, we'd head over to Rittenhouse Square. We can walk in the park and do some shopping before choosing one of the many wonderful restaurants located in this neighborhood for dinner. Restaurants like MONK CAFE(264 S. 16TH ST), the DANDELION(124 S. 18TH ST), BUTCHER AND SINGER(1500 WALNUT ST), and VERNICK FOOD & DRINK(2301 WALNUT ST), are all within reach.
For happy hour we'd head into BARCLAY PRIME(437 S. 18TH ST) or OYSTER HOUSE(1516 SANSOM ST) for some $1 raw oysters. Finally, we'd goto PARC(27 S. 18TH ST) for a fabulous French dinner. And we'd definitely suggest having a reservation, as its quite the hotspot.. for good reason. Everything is delicious, but DO NOT sleep on the French Onion Soup.
After dinner, we'd Uber over to BOK BAR(800 MIFFLIN ST) in South Philly to watch the sun go down. We know, that seems a bit out of the way, but MAN is that view worth it. Bok Bar is found on the rooftop of an old school building, providing a truly special setting for a sunset drink. Or two.
As for a night out, the possibilities are endless. You can head over to Washington Square West for some standards like : GRAFFITI BAR(124 S. 13TH ST), BRÜ(1316 CHESTNUT ST), or MCGILLIAN'S(1310 DRURY ST); Old City has spots like NATIONAL MECHANICS(22 S. 3RD ST) great for some late night dancing, and some cozy spots like SILENCE DOGOOD'S TAVERN(216 MARKET ST) or the cool and seasonal OLD CITY BEER GARDEN(240 MARKET ST), ; Northern Liberties has STANDARD TAP(901 N. 2ND ST), NORTH BOWL(909 N. 2ND ST), and the always vibrant bar/diner SILK CITY(435 SPRING GARDEN ST). YET AGAIN, the list goes on and on..
One of our favorite neighborhoods for late night is the often understated Fishtown. We'd start at the effortlessly cool beer garden, FRANKFORD HALL(1210 FRANKFORD AVE), before hopping through to dive spots like JOHNNY BRENDA'S(1201 FRANKFORD AVE) or GARAGE(100 E. GIRARD AVE), and finally into BARCADE(1114 FRANKFORD AVE), where cool music and vintage arcade games make for a unique drinking experience.
LATE NIGHT CHEESESTEAK SPOTS
If you're in Philly for the night, it's pretty shameful not to stop for cheesesteaks before calling it a night. Sure, you've got the annoyingly/consistently mentioned Geno's and Pat's, they're open 24 hours, and they do the job of satisfying a craving, but they're just not our favorite. This is forever a debate among Philly natives and visitors alike, but everyone is entitled to have their favorites.. right?
Because we're already in Fishtown, we'd probably just head into JOE'S STEAKS AND SODA SHOP(1 W. GIRARD AVE), who's cheese whiz might just change your life. However, the other two spots in our top three are : SONNY'S FAMOUS STEAKS(228 MARKET ST) in Old City and JIM'S STEAKS(400 SOUTH ST) on South Street.
WHERE TO STAY IN PHILLY?
433 CHESTNUT ST, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19106
COURTYARD PHILADELPHIA DOWNTOWN
21 NORTH JUNIPER STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107
LE MERIDIEN PHILADELPHIA
1421 ARCH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102
WARWICK RITTENHOUSE SQUARE
220 SOUTH 17TH STREET, PHILADELPHIA, PA 19103
LOEWS PHILADELPHIA HOTEL
1200 MARKET STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19107
200 S. BROAD STREET PHILADELPHIA, PA 19102
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