If you follow me on Instagram you would have noticed that this last month has been a whirlwind of traveling for me. One of the most entertaining and interesting cities that I recently visited (and for the first time) was Pennsylvania largest city Philadelphia. While there discovering all the city had to offer I met some pretty cool locals that were more then happy to share their recommendations of places they would go if they had a friend coming to town - this is what they said:
Each * represents a repeated mention!
Martha - A really cool neighborhood bar with hoagies, house-made pickles, vegetable plates, cheeses & charcuterie, craft beer, cocktails, and wine.
Keystone Mini Golf - Indoor BYOB Miniature Golf Course and Arcade
* South Bowl - Retro bowling alley with 26 bowling lanes, billiards, arcade games, food and delicious cocktails. They also have a great happy hour
Pub + Kitchen - A lively restaurants for quality dishes, craft beers, cocktails, and elevated brunch offerings.
Cafe La Maude - French-Lebanese cafe serving breakfast, lunch & pastries
* Zahav - a modern Israeli restaurant
Helm - a contemporary American BYOB with great food and locally farmed produce
Gaul and Company - a malt house that does their Philly Cheesesteak with kielbasa!!! So good my friend!
**** The Fillmore - the best spot in Philly for live music hands down!
Beiler's Donuts - get the apple fritters - trust me.
Delaware River Waterfront - Parks, outdoor concert venue, museums, an outdoor skating rink in the winter, restaurants, and breweries all with an excellent view of Benjamin Franklin Bridge and the Delaware River
Rittenhouse Sq Park - A family friendly park that hosts many events throughout the year including Rittenhouse Square Spring Festival (typically in may) that attracts tens of thousands and boosts food, shopping, live entertainment and more.
Metropolitan Bakery - Makes the best fresh bread - I could make a meal out of just their bread!
African American Museum - America's history through the lens of an African American experience
Philly Museum of Art - One of Philly's most popular museum
National Constitutions Center - America's most hands on history museum
* La Colombe in Fish Town - Super trendy coffee shop serving their own brand of artisan coffee and pastries
Reading Terminal Market - Philly's famous indoor market offering diverse fare, housewares & area specialties since 1892.
Santuciii’s - Best Pizza Eva!
Fat Salmon - Best sushi in Philly
*La Colombe - Try their coffee and rum! I never thought it would go together but it does and its delicious!
*Philadelphia Distilling - The first craft distillery in the state of Pennsylvania since prohibition.
Spruce St Harbord Park - A good summer spot with an urban beach in Penn's Landing that features a boardwalk along the Delaware River with a beachfront atmosphere.
Zavino - A tiny wine bar that likes to team its vintages with Italian small plates & Neapolitan pizzas
Lolita - Boutique Mexican food
Bar - My favorite grimy bar in midtown - its so grimy but its great
**** The Fillmore - Great live music
Howl At The Moon - A lively bar with dueling pianos, live music and lots of song covers
South Philly Barbacoa - Tacos!!!
Talula’s Garden - Cute farm to table restaurant with a garden in the summer
*Philadelphia Distilling - Gin Distillery
Independence Beer Garden - Pop Up Seasonal outdoor beer garden with 40 taps, cocktails, snacks & projection TV screens.
* Zahav - A modern Israeli restaurant
Magic Gardens - Instagram worth spot to take awesome photos (and I agree, see my photos from the Magic Gardens below)
* South Bowl or North Bowl - Retro bowling alley with 26 bowling lanes, billiards, arcade games, food and delicious cocktails. They also have a great happy hour
Marra's - Authentic Italian pizza spot! I love their pizza.
Ristorante Pesto - A small family-run trattoria with great Southern Italian classics & neighborhood atmosphere. Its also BYOB!!!
Helium Comedy Club
Noto - The only place we have close to an EDM/ Trap music club in Philly
McGillians - One of my favorite grimy Irish bars
Tony Luke's - Their Philly Cheesesteaks are the best!
Liscio Bakery - Bakery with great bread
Have suggestions of your own? Leave them in the comments below!