I recently had a chance to visit Philadelphia for a quick 2 day stay and boy was I pleasantly surprised! Even though Philadelphia is the largest city in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the fifth most populous in the United States, I think it’s definitely one of the most underrated. Philadelphia offers many world class museums, beautiful neighborhoods, amazing restaurants and stylish hotels in artfully remodeled historic buildings.
For my stay, I teamed up with the kind folks at The Independent Hotel, a fully restored Georgian-Revival, 24-room boutique hotel located in the heart of Midtown Village in Center City. Due to the historic nature of the building, each guest room is unique, as some rooms have fireplaces, while others feature exposed brick walls, cathedral ceilings and/or French windows.
This is one of the few cities I didn’t have to use any sort of taxi or public transportation as everything (Rittenhouse Square, the Avenue of the Arts, the Convention Center and Philadelphia’s Historic District) was within walking distance to the hotel.
So here is my 2 day Philadelphia cram session which consists mostly of eating. Looking forward to visiting this beautiful city very soon with a part 2 post which will include a lot more. Enjoy!
Sabrina’s. Stopped by after hearing endless good things about this place on my social media. Expect long waits (over 1 hour on the weekends) but well worth it! The banana-cream cheese stuffed French toast is unreal and the Eggs Benedict Florentine is equally delicious. Also, the portions are incredible huge so make sure you come in with a healthy appetite.
Italian Market. Go back in time! The market which runs along approximately ten city blocks of Ninth Street, is one of the oldest and largest open-air markets in America. Historic area with specialty foods, fresh produce at rock bottom prices, restaurants, fresh fish, butcher shops. You can find everything here and eat well in the process. Definitely deserves at least a half day of your time, especially if you enjoy taking photos.
Rittenhouse Square. One of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme during the late 17th century in central Philadelphia. The park is widely considered one of the finest urban public spaces in the United States.
La Colombe. Re-charge your batteries at one of my favorite coffee shops. This location provides the perfect atmosphere to sip on some coffee and eat a delicious pastry! I had a cappuccino and it was perfect.
Parc Restuarant. Located in Rittenhouse Square, Parc is a fun, French bistro with a great ambiance, superb service, and delicious food. Definitely try the French onion soup and/or their buttery croissants and yummy cappuccinos!
Little Spoon Cafe. Cozy, and chic spot that fills up quickly on the weekends. The staff is super friendly and the food delicious with massive servings. I recommend the lemon ricotta pancakes or the breakfast burrito.
Philadelphia Museum of Art. Spend most of the day exploring holdings in Renaissance, American, Impressionist and Modern art. Also, you taking photos outside the museum by the “Rocky Steps” and Rocky statue are a must!
Dalessandro’s Steaks. Located away from the crowds of Central Philly and downtown, and away from mainstream Pat’s and Geno’s. This place plain and simple has the best cheesecakes in Philadelphia. Also, don’t forget to tip the cooks as they will personalize a verbal shout of of “Thank you (name)!”