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What To Do In Philadelphia

Philadelphia is at the centre of it all. Conveniently located in the Northeast United States, the “City of Brotherly Love” is the second-most populous city in the East is just 90 minutes from New York City and two hours from Washington, D.C., by train.  You will be captivated by Philadelphia’s 21st-century city where an inspired, young, creative culture is blooming and partnering with innovators and educators. With a spirit of independence, the city and region are giving birth to a new generation of energised people designing this Modern Renaissance City.

Feel like a Philadelphian as you walk day and night through the vibrant streetscape and immerse yourself in America’s Old and New World. Picturesque and friendly streets are lined with parks, rivers, shops, public art, restaurants and museums. Everything is within walking distance from downtown, including the main attractions of the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Museums and Art Galleries.  Visit Philadelphia for its urban sophistication, exploding culinary scene, and manageable scale. Stroll Rittenhouse Square, the epitome of good city living that surrounds a cozy namesake park.   Visit the Barnes Foundation’s buzzworthy locale (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway; 215/278-7000)—a 93,000-square-foot building with gardens, galleries, and 2,500 art objects—and the Rodin Museum (2154 Benjamin Franklin Parkway; 215/763-8100). As the sun sets, catch an outdoor concert at The Mann Center for the Performing Arts (5201 Parkside Avenue; 215/546-7900).  However at some point you are going to get hungry, and there is more than just Philly Cheese Steaks in this city!  Here are our suggestions in how to fill the gaps between sightseeing…..

A flower-filled oasis in the city, Talula’s Garden (210 W. Washington Square; 215/592-7787) specialises in farm-to-table cuisine. Mediterranean cuisine by way of Israel is on offer at rustic Zahav (237 Saint James Place; 215/625-8800). The Dandelion (124 S. 18th Street; 215/558-2500) bills itself as a gastropub, but it feels more like a British men’s club.

Village Whiskey (118 S. 20th Street; 215/665-1088) lives up to its name, with flights of obscure Scotch, bourbon, and rye—plus duck-fat fries and the best burger in town. Don’t mind the dark alley that leads to The Ranstead Room (2013 Ranstead Street; 215/563-3330). The faux-speakeasy’s lighting is dim, the music’s jazzy, and the expertly mixed tequila honeysuckles are out of sight. Tria Café (123 S. 18th Street; 215/972-8742), a narrow wine bar with a sociable crowd of after-work imbibers, pours 50 wines by the glass, with nearly as many beers on draft.

Being well dressed in Philly means shopping at Boyds (1818 Chestnut Street; 215/564-9000), an old-school jewel box housing a thoughtfully selected collection of designer clothing in a turn-of-the-century building. Between fittings, check out the sushi bar and art gallery. More Than Old (144-146 N. Third Street; 215/922-0246) is a go-to spot for lovers of Mad Men-era cocktail shakers, martini glasses, and art deco ice buckets. A few doors down, Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction (116 N. 3rd Street; 215/922-2600) specialises in clothing, art books, and locally produced leather goods. Ask for a sample of the owner’s latest project: liquors made from recipes popular just before the start of Prohibition.

Make sure you include Philadephia in any itinerary to the Northeastern United States, and we can help you with hotel, sightseeing and even restaurant reservations!