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Amy’s guidebook (mural at cherry st. pier)

Neighborhoods
Plenty of coffee shops, restaurants of all cuisines and price ranges, and eclectic, independent shops. Easy to pop out for a bite- many have outdoor seating when the weather is nice, or bring back take-out. Weekends there's a couple of farmers markets (some emphasizing local produce, others local crafts and food trucks), at night a variety of clubs. Theatres within walking distance. Gym and yoga studios within a couple block radius. Easy walk to the center of the downtown area. Bus stops just at the end of the block for heading north, another block over for heading south. Uber/Lyft picks up within minutes. Italian Market starts just a few blocks away. The produce stands lining 9th street, while cheap, aren't the top quality (better stuff at the farmers markets), but the shops are fun. Fante's if you're a cook, worth wandering around in. Make sure you go all the way to the back up the ramp for all the baking stuff. Di Brunos and others for cheeses, antipasto, and other goodies. If you go all the way down past Washington Ave. to E. Passyunk, you'll see Genos and Pats, the two dueling cheesesteak places. I actually like Jim's South Street, which is conveniently a lot closer. From Google: The tree-lined residential area of Bella Vista is best known for the open-air Italian Market along 9th Street. Foodies flock to the neighborhood's bustling groceries, bakeries and restaurants to sample diverse cuisines that range from Italian to Asian to Mexican. Nearby are the rival, self-proclaimed cheesesteak inventors, Geno's and Pat's King of Steaks. Bardascino Park features bocce ball courts.
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Bella Vista
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Plenty of coffee shops, restaurants of all cuisines and price ranges, and eclectic, independent shops. Easy to pop out for a bite- many have outdoor seating when the weather is nice, or bring back take-out. Weekends there's a couple of farmers markets (some emphasizing local produce, others local crafts and food trucks), at night a variety of clubs. Theatres within walking distance. Gym and yoga studios within a couple block radius. Easy walk to the center of the downtown area. Bus stops just at the end of the block for heading north, another block over for heading south. Uber/Lyft picks up within minutes. Italian Market starts just a few blocks away. The produce stands lining 9th street, while cheap, aren't the top quality (better stuff at the farmers markets), but the shops are fun. Fante's if you're a cook, worth wandering around in. Make sure you go all the way to the back up the ramp for all the baking stuff. Di Brunos and others for cheeses, antipasto, and other goodies. If you go all the way down past Washington Ave. to E. Passyunk, you'll see Genos and Pats, the two dueling cheesesteak places. I actually like Jim's South Street, which is conveniently a lot closer. From Google: The tree-lined residential area of Bella Vista is best known for the open-air Italian Market along 9th Street. Foodies flock to the neighborhood's bustling groceries, bakeries and restaurants to sample diverse cuisines that range from Italian to Asian to Mexican. Nearby are the rival, self-proclaimed cheesesteak inventors, Geno's and Pat's King of Steaks. Bardascino Park features bocce ball courts.
Historic, colonial area including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and many other historic buildings and museums. A great area to spend the day, whether exploring American history, architecture, or eating and shopping. Stop in the victors center by Independence Hall to see all the options for the area. From Google:The birthplace of American independence, this now modern neighborhood is best known for its major Colonial-era sites. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House are top area attractions. Many of Old City's residents live in restored 18th-century rowhouses that line some of the country's oldest streets. Nightlife options for fashionable crowds include trendy eateries and bars along South 2nd Street.
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Old City
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Historic, colonial area including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and many other historic buildings and museums. A great area to spend the day, whether exploring American history, architecture, or eating and shopping. Stop in the victors center by Independence Hall to see all the options for the area. From Google:The birthplace of American independence, this now modern neighborhood is best known for its major Colonial-era sites. Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell and the Betsy Ross House are top area attractions. Many of Old City's residents live in restored 18th-century rowhouses that line some of the country's oldest streets. Nightlife options for fashionable crowds include trendy eateries and bars along South 2nd Street.
I like to zigzag up and down the streets in this neighborhood for shopping all sorts of neat stores, many restaurants and bars too.
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Gayborhood
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I like to zigzag up and down the streets in this neighborhood for shopping all sorts of neat stores, many restaurants and bars too.
The shops along Walnut heading towards Rittenhouse Square is like going down 5th Ave. in New York City; these will be more of the higher end, name brand stores along with more of the fancier restaurants. Chestnut will have more of the mass market/big box type retail stores. When ready for a break, stroll through the park; during the spring and fall, there's a good chance there may be an arts festival going on there as well. From Google: Posh Rittenhouse Square is anchored by its namesake park, and the surrounding streets are filled with elegant apartment buildings and hotels, high-profile restaurants and chic bars. Fashionable crowds head to the stylish boutiques, art galleries and spas along Walnut Street, in the Rittenhouse Row district. The Rosenbach Museum & Library houses Lewis Carroll's personal copy of "Alice in Wonderland."
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Rittenhouse Square
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The shops along Walnut heading towards Rittenhouse Square is like going down 5th Ave. in New York City; these will be more of the higher end, name brand stores along with more of the fancier restaurants. Chestnut will have more of the mass market/big box type retail stores. When ready for a break, stroll through the park; during the spring and fall, there's a good chance there may be an arts festival going on there as well. From Google: Posh Rittenhouse Square is anchored by its namesake park, and the surrounding streets are filled with elegant apartment buildings and hotels, high-profile restaurants and chic bars. Fashionable crowds head to the stylish boutiques, art galleries and spas along Walnut Street, in the Rittenhouse Row district. The Rosenbach Museum & Library houses Lewis Carroll's personal copy of "Alice in Wonderland."
The downtown area of Philly, make sure to visit City Hall, right in the center. Afterwards, end up on the west side at Dillworth Park, and then across the street is Love Park where the LOVE sculpture has a line of visitors taking their pictures. If you're feeling energetic, then head up the diagonal of Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Museum Mile, with the Philadelphia Museum and the Rocky steps at the end.
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Centro de Filadelfia
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The downtown area of Philly, make sure to visit City Hall, right in the center. Afterwards, end up on the west side at Dillworth Park, and then across the street is Love Park where the LOVE sculpture has a line of visitors taking their pictures. If you're feeling energetic, then head up the diagonal of Benjamin Franklin Parkway to Museum Mile, with the Philadelphia Museum and the Rocky steps at the end.
Food scene
Great places to eat.
A great place for locals and visitors, especially if the weather is bad out. An overwhelming selection of food stands and restaurants, mixed in with shops along with produce and butchers, fishmongers, and other sources for a great home cooked meal. On Saturdays the Amish bring their goods as well. Prepare to spend a few hours here, and come hungry! On top of that Chinatown is across the street, if you're in the mood for asian food. Not just Chinese, but Japanese, Korean, and Burmese as well. https://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/best-things-to-eat-at-reading-terminal-market/?utm_source=VisitPhillyEmail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VPE_December2019&utm_content=ReadingTerminalMarket Article 10 Awesome Things to Eat at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia Great eats at one of the best public markets in the U.S... Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market is a must-visit on any trip to Philadelphia. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, this historic indoor market features more than 80 vendors offering an astonishing variety of food, with some vendors operating in much the same way that they did when the market opened in 1892. The globally inspired food — available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert as well as for snacking — is the main draw, while butchers, bakers, chocolatiers, cheesemongers and produce vendors offer food, ingredients and goods for sale. From scrapple and samosas to soul food and smoothies, Reading Terminal Market is such a fantastic place to eat that it can be tough to choose what to get. So here are 10 of our favorite things to eat at Reading Terminal Market, the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Map data ©2019 Google Terms of Use Roast Pork Sandwich at DiNic's Beiler's Doughnuts Apple Dumplings at Dutch Eating Place Soft Pretzel at Miller's Twist Whoopie Pies at Flying Monkey Barbecue Chicken at Dienner's Mint-Lemon-Rosewater Lemonada at Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties Roast Duck & Roasted Pork Noodle Platter at Sang Kee Peking Duck House The Train Wreck Po' Boy at Beck's Cajun Cafe Scrapple at Down Home Diner 01 Roast Pork Sandwich at DiNic's — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia While there are delicious cheesesteaks at Reading Terminal Market, the best bet for sandwich lovers is DiNic’s famous roast pork, voted “Best Sandwich in America” by the Travel Channel. The fourth-generation shop builds its sandwich with thinly sliced, juicy roast pork, lining the long roll with sliced sharp provolone and topping it with bright green chopped broccoli rabe. If you like spice, opt for grilled longhots — long green chili peppers — as well. The spot’s popularity can mean long lines, but it’s worth the wait. Where: DiNic's, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 02 Beiler's Doughnuts — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia Good luck narrowing it down to a dozen tender, yeast-risen doughnuts at Beiler’s. Will it be the blueberry fritter or the mocha crème? The coconut custard or the salted caramel? Whether you choose to go for classics like apple cider doughnuts or go crazy with Fruity Pebbles-spangled treats, Beiler’s is one sweet spot truly not to miss. Where: Belier's Bakery, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 03 Apple Dumplings at Dutch Eating Place — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia Dutch Eating Place, a charming diner run by Amish and Mennonite families, is best known for its apple dumplings, made by peeling and coring whole apples, coating them in a sugar-cinnamon mixture and wrapping them in pastry. As the dumplings bake, the fruit slumps into custardy-goodness in the pastry shell. Traditionally served warm with cream poured over, the dumplings make a fantastic dessert to go — especially if you also pick up some ice cream from Bassets. Where: Dutch Eating Place, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 04 Soft Pretzel at Miller's Twist — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia Unlike a traditional Philadelphia soft pretzel, the Amish-made pretzels at Miller’s Twist are hand-rolled from fresh dough, brushed with butter and served slightly warm. Even better? In the mornings, Miller’s makes a breakfast pretzel stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheese and your choice of bacon, sausage or ham. It’s one of the most satisfying and portable breakfast items at the market. Where: Miller's Twists, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT 05 Whoopie Pies at Flying Monkey — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia There are plenty of whoopie pies at the market’s bakeries, but nobody makes this regional treat quite like whimsical bakery Flying Monkey. The traditional whoopie is two circles of cake — typically chocolate — filled with fluffy white frosting, but Flying Monkey offers a variety of tasty creative pies like cookies ‘n cream, lemon lavender, strawberries & cream, FlufferNutter, coconut and chai. Tip: Spring for the set of six flavors to try one of each. Where: Flying Monkey Bakery, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 06 Barbecue Chicken at Dienner's rotisserie chicken at Dienner's in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphiarotisserie chicken at Dienner's in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia — Photo courtesy Dienner's Bar-B-Q Chicken This Amish-style rotisserie is a mouth-watering, can’t-miss stop during a visit to the market. The family-owned Dienner’s has been using the same ingredients for three generations and, more importantly, maintains high standards of freshness; poultry arrives every morning from Philadelphia-area farms. Hungry patrons can order whole or half rotisseries, or a pulled chicken sandwich with signature sides. The wings, available in three varieties, are the most portable option for visitors on the go. Where: Dienner Barbecue Chicken, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 07 Mint-Lemon-Rosewater Lemonada at Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia A go-to vegetarian pick, Kamal’s Middle Eastern Specialties has offered falafel, baba ganouj, hummus, eggplant stew and spinach feta pies since 1981. A hidden gem, though, is the family’s lemonada, made with fresh lemon juice and mint blended together with a hint of rosewater. The resulting sweet-tart drink is bright green and supremely refreshing, and makes the perfect accompaniment to a plate of shawarma — or pretty much any other meal at the market. Where: Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 08 Roast Duck & Roasted Pork Noodle Platter at Sang Kee Peking Duck House — Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia At Sang Kee, where gorgeously burnished Peking duck and roast pork hang on display, it’s difficult to choose between the two. Thankfully, you don’t have to. Pick No. 7 on the menu to get Peking duck with crispy skin and deeply flavored roast pork atop rice with tender, bright green baby bok choy. Pro tip? Swap out the rice for noodles. Where: Sang Kee Peking Duck House, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT 09 The Train Wreck Po' Boy at Beck's Cajun Cafe — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia From beignets to boudin, Beck’s Cajun Cafe represents the Big Easy in Philly. Though the muffuletta is a solid showing, the true more-is-more sandwich at Beck’s is the Train Wreck Po’ Boy. Stuffed with andouille, steak, salami, cheese and onion, it’s a major meal in sandwich form. Where: Beck's Cajun Cafe, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 10 Scrapple at Down Home Diner — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia Grab a seat at Down Home Diner — one of the few spots in the market with plenty of dedicated seating — and order some scrapple. This regional favorite is essentially a pork paté thickened with either cornmeal or buckwheat. The version at the diner is fragrant with black pepper, and slices of it are served deeply browned — a perfect foil to a platter of scrambled eggs and toast. Try it sweet with maple syrup or savory with ketchup. Where: Down Home Diner, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE
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Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street
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A great place for locals and visitors, especially if the weather is bad out. An overwhelming selection of food stands and restaurants, mixed in with shops along with produce and butchers, fishmongers, and other sources for a great home cooked meal. On Saturdays the Amish bring their goods as well. Prepare to spend a few hours here, and come hungry! On top of that Chinatown is across the street, if you're in the mood for asian food. Not just Chinese, but Japanese, Korean, and Burmese as well. https://www.visitphilly.com/articles/philadelphia/best-things-to-eat-at-reading-terminal-market/?utm_source=VisitPhillyEmail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=VPE_December2019&utm_content=ReadingTerminalMarket Article 10 Awesome Things to Eat at Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia Great eats at one of the best public markets in the U.S... Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia Reading Terminal Market is a must-visit on any trip to Philadelphia. Beloved by locals and visitors alike, this historic indoor market features more than 80 vendors offering an astonishing variety of food, with some vendors operating in much the same way that they did when the market opened in 1892. The globally inspired food — available for breakfast, lunch, dinner and dessert as well as for snacking — is the main draw, while butchers, bakers, chocolatiers, cheesemongers and produce vendors offer food, ingredients and goods for sale. From scrapple and samosas to soul food and smoothies, Reading Terminal Market is such a fantastic place to eat that it can be tough to choose what to get. So here are 10 of our favorite things to eat at Reading Terminal Market, the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Map data ©2019 Google Terms of Use Roast Pork Sandwich at DiNic's Beiler's Doughnuts Apple Dumplings at Dutch Eating Place Soft Pretzel at Miller's Twist Whoopie Pies at Flying Monkey Barbecue Chicken at Dienner's Mint-Lemon-Rosewater Lemonada at Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties Roast Duck & Roasted Pork Noodle Platter at Sang Kee Peking Duck House The Train Wreck Po' Boy at Beck's Cajun Cafe Scrapple at Down Home Diner 01 Roast Pork Sandwich at DiNic's — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia While there are delicious cheesesteaks at Reading Terminal Market, the best bet for sandwich lovers is DiNic’s famous roast pork, voted “Best Sandwich in America” by the Travel Channel. The fourth-generation shop builds its sandwich with thinly sliced, juicy roast pork, lining the long roll with sliced sharp provolone and topping it with bright green chopped broccoli rabe. If you like spice, opt for grilled longhots — long green chili peppers — as well. The spot’s popularity can mean long lines, but it’s worth the wait. Where: DiNic's, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 02 Beiler's Doughnuts — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia Good luck narrowing it down to a dozen tender, yeast-risen doughnuts at Beiler’s. Will it be the blueberry fritter or the mocha crème? The coconut custard or the salted caramel? Whether you choose to go for classics like apple cider doughnuts or go crazy with Fruity Pebbles-spangled treats, Beiler’s is one sweet spot truly not to miss. Where: Belier's Bakery, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 03 Apple Dumplings at Dutch Eating Place — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia Dutch Eating Place, a charming diner run by Amish and Mennonite families, is best known for its apple dumplings, made by peeling and coring whole apples, coating them in a sugar-cinnamon mixture and wrapping them in pastry. As the dumplings bake, the fruit slumps into custardy-goodness in the pastry shell. Traditionally served warm with cream poured over, the dumplings make a fantastic dessert to go — especially if you also pick up some ice cream from Bassets. Where: Dutch Eating Place, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 04 Soft Pretzel at Miller's Twist — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia Unlike a traditional Philadelphia soft pretzel, the Amish-made pretzels at Miller’s Twist are hand-rolled from fresh dough, brushed with butter and served slightly warm. Even better? In the mornings, Miller’s makes a breakfast pretzel stuffed with scrambled eggs, cheese and your choice of bacon, sausage or ham. It’s one of the most satisfying and portable breakfast items at the market. Where: Miller's Twists, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT 05 Whoopie Pies at Flying Monkey — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia There are plenty of whoopie pies at the market’s bakeries, but nobody makes this regional treat quite like whimsical bakery Flying Monkey. The traditional whoopie is two circles of cake — typically chocolate — filled with fluffy white frosting, but Flying Monkey offers a variety of tasty creative pies like cookies ‘n cream, lemon lavender, strawberries & cream, FlufferNutter, coconut and chai. Tip: Spring for the set of six flavors to try one of each. Where: Flying Monkey Bakery, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 06 Barbecue Chicken at Dienner's rotisserie chicken at Dienner's in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphiarotisserie chicken at Dienner's in Reading Terminal Market in Philadelphia — Photo courtesy Dienner's Bar-B-Q Chicken This Amish-style rotisserie is a mouth-watering, can’t-miss stop during a visit to the market. The family-owned Dienner’s has been using the same ingredients for three generations and, more importantly, maintains high standards of freshness; poultry arrives every morning from Philadelphia-area farms. Hungry patrons can order whole or half rotisseries, or a pulled chicken sandwich with signature sides. The wings, available in three varieties, are the most portable option for visitors on the go. Where: Dienner Barbecue Chicken, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 07 Mint-Lemon-Rosewater Lemonada at Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia A go-to vegetarian pick, Kamal’s Middle Eastern Specialties has offered falafel, baba ganouj, hummus, eggplant stew and spinach feta pies since 1981. A hidden gem, though, is the family’s lemonada, made with fresh lemon juice and mint blended together with a hint of rosewater. The resulting sweet-tart drink is bright green and supremely refreshing, and makes the perfect accompaniment to a plate of shawarma — or pretty much any other meal at the market. Where: Kamal's Middle Eastern Specialties, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 08 Roast Duck & Roasted Pork Noodle Platter at Sang Kee Peking Duck House — Photo by R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia At Sang Kee, where gorgeously burnished Peking duck and roast pork hang on display, it’s difficult to choose between the two. Thankfully, you don’t have to. Pick No. 7 on the menu to get Peking duck with crispy skin and deeply flavored roast pork atop rice with tender, bright green baby bok choy. Pro tip? Swap out the rice for noodles. Where: Sang Kee Peking Duck House, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE ADVERTISEMENT ADVERTISEMENT 09 The Train Wreck Po' Boy at Beck's Cajun Cafe — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia From beignets to boudin, Beck’s Cajun Cafe represents the Big Easy in Philly. Though the muffuletta is a solid showing, the true more-is-more sandwich at Beck’s is the Train Wreck Po’ Boy. Stuffed with andouille, steak, salami, cheese and onion, it’s a major meal in sandwich form. Where: Beck's Cajun Cafe, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE 10 Scrapple at Down Home Diner — Photo by N. Santos for Visit Philadelphia Grab a seat at Down Home Diner — one of the few spots in the market with plenty of dedicated seating — and order some scrapple. This regional favorite is essentially a pork paté thickened with either cornmeal or buckwheat. The version at the diner is fragrant with black pepper, and slices of it are served deeply browned — a perfect foil to a platter of scrambled eggs and toast. Try it sweet with maple syrup or savory with ketchup. Where: Down Home Diner, 51 N. 12th Street READ MORE
These aren't just any ole donuts. Order the "hot and fresh", these aren't made until you order them (not the ones in the display case). Once they're served up, get a seat and eat immediately. Hot, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. The ones in the case are nice too, but I really like the hot donuts.
Federal Donuts
540 South St
These aren't just any ole donuts. Order the "hot and fresh", these aren't made until you order them (not the ones in the display case). Once they're served up, get a seat and eat immediately. Hot, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. The ones in the case are nice too, but I really like the hot donuts.
Only a few blocks away, this is one of the iconic Philly cheesesteak places. Try not to go during prime mealtime, as there's easily a line that goes around the corner and down the block. Also, they only take cash (there's an ATM inside). Eating is upstairs, and can be loud and crowded; I usually just bring mine back home to eat. If you're not into cheesesteak and/or want to try something different, they also make a great hoagie- and you get to skip the cheesesteak line (go past the line and cut in right before the cash register). These hoagies are huge, one will last me 4 or 5 meals!
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Jim's Steaks
400 South St
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Only a few blocks away, this is one of the iconic Philly cheesesteak places. Try not to go during prime mealtime, as there's easily a line that goes around the corner and down the block. Also, they only take cash (there's an ATM inside). Eating is upstairs, and can be loud and crowded; I usually just bring mine back home to eat. If you're not into cheesesteak and/or want to try something different, they also make a great hoagie- and you get to skip the cheesesteak line (go past the line and cut in right before the cash register). These hoagies are huge, one will last me 4 or 5 meals!
If you're doing museums in the area and chinese food sounds good, this is just a couple blocks off of Ben Franklin Parkway. The food and service are excellent- we take my parents out to eat there every Sunday as it's an easy walk from their place.
Dim Sum & Noodle
2000 Hamilton St
If you're doing museums in the area and chinese food sounds good, this is just a couple blocks off of Ben Franklin Parkway. The food and service are excellent- we take my parents out to eat there every Sunday as it's an easy walk from their place.
This is where we go when we want Peking duck. The congee (rice porridge) is also really good; my dad and I like the version with fish fillets in it, my brother prefers the plain. A basic dim sum selection that satisfies the kids, and you'll leave stuffed. If a whole or even half a Peking duck is too much, you can get just a bite sized version- the Peking duck with the sauce and scallions rolled into a little bau (chinese steamed bread).
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Sang Kee Peking Duck House
238 North 9th Street
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This is where we go when we want Peking duck. The congee (rice porridge) is also really good; my dad and I like the version with fish fillets in it, my brother prefers the plain. A basic dim sum selection that satisfies the kids, and you'll leave stuffed. If a whole or even half a Peking duck is too much, you can get just a bite sized version- the Peking duck with the sauce and scallions rolled into a little bau (chinese steamed bread).
When I want a gyro this is where I go- there's a take out window, and I just bring it home to eat. They also have sit down service inside. Family owned, been around for ages.
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South Street Souvlaki
509 South Street
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When I want a gyro this is where I go- there's a take out window, and I just bring it home to eat. They also have sit down service inside. Family owned, been around for ages.
Don't let the sit down service and white cloth napkins fool you; you can get a really nice lunch for around $10. Tried it with some friends visiting from out of town, it was very tasty.
Isot Turkish Cuisine
622 S 6th St
Don't let the sit down service and white cloth napkins fool you; you can get a really nice lunch for around $10. Tried it with some friends visiting from out of town, it was very tasty.
Just down the block. Coffee, pastries. Locals will bring their laptops and work away. When weather is nice, tables outside, great for people and dog watching.
Rally Coffee
701 S 7th St
Just down the block. Coffee, pastries. Locals will bring their laptops and work away. When weather is nice, tables outside, great for people and dog watching.
Ok, I pass at least 2 independent coffee shops on the way to Starbucks (and that's even with taking different routes), but I like my caffeinated hot chocolate from them. And they let me bring Scruffy inside.
Starbucks
2201 South St
Ok, I pass at least 2 independent coffee shops on the way to Starbucks (and that's even with taking different routes), but I like my caffeinated hot chocolate from them. And they let me bring Scruffy inside.
When you want a big breakfast but are in a hurry, get a breakfast sandwich here. It'll last you the whole day (I can only eat half, and the other half becomes dinner). Of course you can get just bagels, and they have lunch sandwiches too, but I've always just had the breakfast bagel, great enough! Unfortunately no place to sit, for that get a breakfast sandwich at Federal Donuts.
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South Street Philly Bagels
613 South 3rd Street
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When you want a big breakfast but are in a hurry, get a breakfast sandwich here. It'll last you the whole day (I can only eat half, and the other half becomes dinner). Of course you can get just bagels, and they have lunch sandwiches too, but I've always just had the breakfast bagel, great enough! Unfortunately no place to sit, for that get a breakfast sandwich at Federal Donuts.
Sightseeing and Shopping
Places I like to go .
I'm a book person, so love an excuse to go visit a book store. An outpost from their New York City location, always happy to have another independent shop around. They also have a coffee bar and snacks up front, with tables outside when the weather is nice.
Shakespeare & Co
1632 Walnut St
I'm a book person, so love an excuse to go visit a book store. An outpost from their New York City location, always happy to have another independent shop around. They also have a coffee bar and snacks up front, with tables outside when the weather is nice.
Independent bookstore just off of Headhouse Square, lots of quirky local selections. I like browsing their cards and other knickknacks.
Head House Books
619 S 2nd St
Independent bookstore just off of Headhouse Square, lots of quirky local selections. I like browsing their cards and other knickknacks.
Yes there's a copy of the Thinker, but I really like the section of the Gates of Hell. A beautiful museum and grounds, and a collection that doesn't overwhelm like some of the larger museums.
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Museo Rodin
2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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Yes there's a copy of the Thinker, but I really like the section of the Gates of Hell. A beautiful museum and grounds, and a collection that doesn't overwhelm like some of the larger museums.
If you like old/antique stuff, they've got a great selection. I have to try and avoid the place, as I/m trying to pare down, and every time I go in there I want to buy something. Make sure you go all the way to the back room, where they have architectural salvage stuff in case you need a stained glass window. The large display case to your right as you come in has enough cool stuff for its own shop.
Anastacia's Antiques
617 Bainbridge Street
If you like old/antique stuff, they've got a great selection. I have to try and avoid the place, as I/m trying to pare down, and every time I go in there I want to buy something. Make sure you go all the way to the back room, where they have architectural salvage stuff in case you need a stained glass window. The large display case to your right as you come in has enough cool stuff for its own shop.
The story behind this collection, and how it came to Philadelphia, is a soap opera in it's own right. The collection is fascinating not just for what's in it, but how it's grouped and displayed. Tiny little plates on the frames identify the artist; other than that, you're left to your own interpretations- no lecture-y/educational explanations posted.
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Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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The story behind this collection, and how it came to Philadelphia, is a soap opera in it's own right. The collection is fascinating not just for what's in it, but how it's grouped and displayed. Tiny little plates on the frames identify the artist; other than that, you're left to your own interpretations- no lecture-y/educational explanations posted.
Fun shop with Mexican crafts and clothing.
Eyes Gallery
402 South Street
Fun shop with Mexican crafts and clothing.
I always pass through here on the way to visit my parents or just getting to the other side of town. It's a great building, full of architectural details. Dilworth Park, on the west side, has an ice skating rink in the winter and a run through water fountain in the summer. Love Park, across the street at the end of Ben Franklin Parkway, has the LOVE sculpture and a great view up the parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (with the Rocky steps). A great place to hang out and take a break.
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City Hall
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I always pass through here on the way to visit my parents or just getting to the other side of town. It's a great building, full of architectural details. Dilworth Park, on the west side, has an ice skating rink in the winter and a run through water fountain in the summer. Love Park, across the street at the end of Ben Franklin Parkway, has the LOVE sculpture and a great view up the parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (with the Rocky steps). A great place to hang out and take a break.
This is a fun shop for decorative/home items, sourced from other countries. So not only do you get something neat, it benefits a good cause.
Ten Thousand Villages
1122 Walnut St
This is a fun shop for decorative/home items, sourced from other countries. So not only do you get something neat, it benefits a good cause.
Japanese shop of exquisitely made home goods. Love to stop in there when I need a zen moment.
Rikumo
1216 Walnut Street
Japanese shop of exquisitely made home goods. Love to stop in there when I need a zen moment.
You'll find me here Sundays at 10am, getting local produce for the week's meals. Summertime peaches and weird heirloom tomatoes that are 100 times tastier than the supermarket. Fall apples in 20 varieties that I've never heard of. Baked goods (I get my bread and holiday pies here), cheeses, and other stuff. Yum!
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Head House Square
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You'll find me here Sundays at 10am, getting local produce for the week's meals. Summertime peaches and weird heirloom tomatoes that are 100 times tastier than the supermarket. Fall apples in 20 varieties that I've never heard of. Baked goods (I get my bread and holiday pies here), cheeses, and other stuff. Yum!
Need something?
Drug store just a couple of blocks away. Open late, great if you need/forgot the basics.
Rite Aid
704-20 East Passyunk Avenue
Drug store just a couple of blocks away. Open late, great if you need/forgot the basics.
I love independent hardware stores. I just take a picture of what's broken, and Mitchell knows exactly what I need to fix it. Another fun place to check out useful knickyknackys that you didn't know you needed. AnnaMarie picks out wonderful decorative stuff, got a bunch of different ribbons for holiday decorations.
Cohen & Co Hardware & Home Gds
615 East Passyunk Avenue
I love independent hardware stores. I just take a picture of what's broken, and Mitchell knows exactly what I need to fix it. Another fun place to check out useful knickyknackys that you didn't know you needed. AnnaMarie picks out wonderful decorative stuff, got a bunch of different ribbons for holiday decorations.
Brief walk if you need food stuffs.
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Whole Foods Market
929 South Street
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Brief walk if you need food stuffs.
Grocery store just past Whole Foods. And they carry Hagen Daz ice cream, which Whole Foods does not. Also have a decent produce section. If you like beer, they have a bunch of local brewery stuff, and you can buy single cans.
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ACME Markets
1001 South St
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Grocery store just past Whole Foods. And they carry Hagen Daz ice cream, which Whole Foods does not. Also have a decent produce section. If you like beer, they have a bunch of local brewery stuff, and you can buy single cans.
If you need a post office, here's the nearest one. I try to avoid using the mailboxes as mail has been stolen out of them.
United States Postal Service
622 South 4th Street
If you need a post office, here's the nearest one. I try to avoid using the mailboxes as mail has been stolen out of them.
Sometimes when I travel I can't get everything back home, so I'll ship it from the UPS Store.
The UPS Store
614 South 4th Street
Sometimes when I travel I can't get everything back home, so I'll ship it from the UPS Store.
Nearest hospital/emergency room, if you need it. 800 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA 19107. 215-829-3000. They are part of Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
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Pennsylvania Hospital
800 Spruce Street
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Nearest hospital/emergency room, if you need it. 800 Spruce St, Philadelphia PA 19107. 215-829-3000. They are part of Penn Medicine, University of Pennsylvania.
Sightseeing
This is one of my favorite streets to walk. Quiet with no traffic (a car could barely fit down here), filled with quaint old houses. During the Fall the ginkgo trees shed all their leaves...
Quince Street
This is one of my favorite streets to walk. Quiet with no traffic (a car could barely fit down here), filled with quaint old houses. During the Fall the ginkgo trees shed all their leaves...
I always pass through here on the way to visit my parents or just getting to the other side of town. It's a great building, full of architectural details. Dilworth Park, on the west side, has an ice skating rink in the winter and a run through water fountain in the summer. Love Park, across the street at the end of Ben Franklin Parkway, has the LOVE sculpture and a great view up the parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (with the Rocky steps). A great place to hang out and take a break. During December they have pop-up shops (Christmas Village in Love Park and Made in Philadelphia in Dilworth Park), with food and a bar, light show, ferris wheel, and a little train ride. Carousel in the center of City Hall, and musicians and performers. Go across the street on the east side to Macys and catch the light show and Dicken's Village of A Christmas Carol there.
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Ayuntamiento de Filadelfia
1400 John F Kennedy Boulevard
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I always pass through here on the way to visit my parents or just getting to the other side of town. It's a great building, full of architectural details. Dilworth Park, on the west side, has an ice skating rink in the winter and a run through water fountain in the summer. Love Park, across the street at the end of Ben Franklin Parkway, has the LOVE sculpture and a great view up the parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (with the Rocky steps). A great place to hang out and take a break. During December they have pop-up shops (Christmas Village in Love Park and Made in Philadelphia in Dilworth Park), with food and a bar, light show, ferris wheel, and a little train ride. Carousel in the center of City Hall, and musicians and performers. Go across the street on the east side to Macys and catch the light show and Dicken's Village of A Christmas Carol there.

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Cómo moverse
Street parking
Street parking is limited and highly restricted. Read all posted parking signs carefully as parking restrictions and allowances, such as to the time allowed and day of the week, vary block by block. The parking police are very diligent here in Philadelphia. There are public parking lots: at 5th and Bainbridge, and another at Rodman between 10th and 11th, behind ACME Markets on South St.
Cómo moverse
Walking is the fastest way to get around
I just walk everywhere, unless the weather is miserable. There's always so much to see. The bus lines are just a block or two away for heading north or south (I'm not real familiar as I just walk instead). Uber/Lyft will show up in a couple of minutes, and would be around $10 to get to another part of the Center City area.
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Philadelphia Magazine: Best 50 restaurants in Philadelphia
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Philadelphia Magazine: 20 best vegan restaurants in Philly
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