Going to PHILLY!
You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy this beautiful city. Philadelphia stands as a city with a remarkable historical legacy. Its significance in the founding of the United States, coupled with its vibrant arts and culture scene, make it a destination that attracts history buffs, art lovers, and curious travelers alike. As one of the most underrated tourist cities in the US, here is your ultimate guide organized by area from an honorary local. Old City | Center City | Chinatown | South of Center City | Passyunk | Northern Liberties -Where to Eat -Where to Stay -What to Do
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Old City

This one is for the history buffs. One of Philadelphia's most iconic landmarks is Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. This historic building stands as a symbol of the city's integral role in the formation of American democracy. Nearby, visitors can explore the Liberty Bell, an enduring symbol of freedom and one of the country's most famous symbols. Old City is known for its many museums as well as laid back restaurants and bars.

Where to Stay?

No, you can't lick the Liberty Bell, but you can stay next to it!

Any Airbnbs you can find between Arch St down to Chestnut, and in between 7th and 2nd is a great location, or check out these hotels below.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
@myshoeahh
Super cute hotel & if you're lucky, you can score a room that overlooks Independence Hall & the Liberty Bell.
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Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
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Where to Eat?

Philly easily has some of the best foods in the US. Check out some of my favorites in Old City.

The Angelo Pizza
@myshoeahh
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Talula's Garden
@myshoeahh
The most beautiful garden restaurant that just transports you to another place. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is like no other. You have to try this when you're in Philly.
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ICI Macarons & Cafe
@myshoeahh
To die more pastries; I'm talking PB&J croissants, cruffins, macarons, savory pastries, *chef's kiss. There's usually a small wait outside but the line goes by fast and it's well worth it.
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Amada
@myshoeahh
After a week in Barcelona, I was hooked on tapas. Found this gem in Philly & I can't quite seem to find tapas like this anywhere else.
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La Colombe Coffee Roasters
@myshoeahh
You might have seen their coffee at your local grocery store shelves, so you have to stop here for Philly's finest coffee roasters. They have multiple locations across the US, including 5 in Philly. If you think their canned lattes are good, you should try it in real life.
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What to Do?

Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the surrounding museums are no brainers, but check out these other places in Old City!

Elfreth's Alley Museum
@myshoeahh
Elfreth's Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia that is renowned as the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the United States. With its cobblestone pavement and charming row houses, the alley provides a glimpse into Philadelphia's colonial past.
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Betsy Ross House
@myshoeahh
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Race Street Pier
@myshoeahh
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Christ Church Burial Ground
@myshoeahh
Pay your respects to Benjamin Franklin at the Christ Church Burial Grounds. You don't need to go in to see his tombstone, you can catch a glimpse of it on Arch St through the gates. A little bit weird, a little bit cool.
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Center City

Center City is the vibrant heart of the Philadelphia characterized by its bustling streets, towering skyscrapers, and diverse cultural attractions. As the central business district, it serves as the commercial and cultural hub. Center City offers a dynamic blend of history, commerce, and entertainment that attracts visitors and residents alike.

Where to Stay?

Aloft Philadelphia Downtown
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Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
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Where to Eat?

Green Eggs Café
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Reading Terminal Market
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The Dandelion
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Harp & Crown
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K'Far Cafe Philadelphia
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Oyster House
@myshoeahh
You can't go to the East Coast without eating some raw oysters. Catch their happy hour for $2 oysters!
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What to Do?

Dilworth Park
@myshoeahh
If you're here during the holidays, the Christmas village at Dilworth Park is a must-go! Along with multiple vendors, there is ice skating, a ferris wheel, carousel, they also have mulled wine and a light show projected onto City Hall.
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Love Park
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Rittenhouse Square
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Chinatown

Philly's Chinatown is a vibrant and culturally rich neighborhood located just north of Center City. This bustling enclave is known for its lively atmosphere, authentic Asian cuisine, and unique shops. From delicious dim sum restaurants to vibrant cultural festivals, Philly's Chinatown offers a captivating glimpse into the city's diverse and thriving Asian community.

Where to Eat?

Dim Sum Garden
@myshoeahh
Some of the best soup dumplings I've ever had. YUM!
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Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House
@myshoeahh
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Cily Chicken Rice and Thai food
@myshoeahh
Come here for the best Thai Chicken Rice- get it with fried chicken & don't forget to drizzle on the sauce.
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Prince Tea House
@myshoeahh
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A La Mousse
@myshoeahh
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Paris Baguette
@myshoeahh
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Terakawa Ramen
@myshoeahh
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Ocean Harbor
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South of Center City

Where to Eat?

Skip tourist traps like Geno's and Pat's, and get yourself one of these cheesesteaks.

Woodrow's Sandwich Shop
@myshoeahh
A little bit of boujee & a wholelotta flavor. That truffle whiz is the way to go.
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Ishkabibble’s 1
@myshoeahh
Definitely my favorite classic Philly Cheesesteak in the Center City area. There are two locations and both make equally great cheesesteak steaks. Ishkabibble's 1 is their first location with limited seating and a walk-up window. #2 is situated just down the street with seating available. All you need are onions & whiz.
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What to Do?

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
@myshoeahh
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The Atlas of Tomorrow
@myshoeahh
I love this thing; it's an interactive mural by artist, Candy Chang. You spin this giant dial and it essentially gives you a fortune. I do this at least once a year.
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Passyunk

Pronounced "pash-unk", Passyunk Square is a charming and eclectic neighborhood nestled in South Philadelphia. Known for its lively atmosphere and strong sense of community, Passyunk Square offers a mix of historic row houses, trendy boutiques, and an array of diverse dining options.

Where do Eat?

Herman's Coffee
@myshoeahh
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Batter & Crumbs Vegan Bakery and Cafe
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Little Italy Philadelphia
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South Philly Barbacoa
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Nam Phuong Restaurant
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Northern Liberties 

Northern Liberties, located just north of Old City, is a rapidly evolving neighborhood with a unique blend of historic charm and modern energy. Once an industrial district, it has transformed into a thriving community known for its trendy bars, hip restaurants, and art scene. 

Where to Eat?

Cafe La Maude
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Yards Brewing Company
@myshoeahh
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What to Do?

The Rail Park
@myshoeahh
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Other Must-Do's

Spruce Street Harbor Park
@myshoeahh
A super fun nighttime activity where you can hang out in the hammocks and enjoy the beautiful lights!
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Logan Square
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The Franklin Institute
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
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Going to PHILLY!
You don't have to be a sports fan to enjoy this beautiful city. Philadelphia stands as a city with a remarkable historical legacy. Its significance in the founding of the United States, coupled with its vibrant arts and culture scene, make it a destination that attracts history buffs, art lovers, and curious travelers alike. As one of the most underrated tourist cities in the US, here is your ultimate guide organized by area from an honorary local. Old City | Center City | Chinatown | South of Center City | Passyunk | Northern Liberties -Where to Eat -Where to Stay -What to Do
48 Places • ago
Free

Old City

This one is for the history buffs. One of Philadelphia's most iconic landmarks is Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were signed. This historic building stands as a symbol of the city's integral role in the formation of American democracy. Nearby, visitors can explore the Liberty Bell, an enduring symbol of freedom and one of the country's most famous symbols. Old City is known for its many museums as well as laid back restaurants and bars.

Where to Stay?

No, you can't lick the Liberty Bell, but you can stay next to it!

Any Airbnbs you can find between Arch St down to Chestnut, and in between 7th and 2nd is a great location, or check out these hotels below.

Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia
@myshoeahh
Super cute hotel & if you're lucky, you can score a room that overlooks Independence Hall & the Liberty Bell.
Add to
Details
Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown Hotel
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details

Where to Eat?

Philly easily has some of the best foods in the US. Check out some of my favorites in Old City.

The Angelo Pizza
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Talula's Garden
@myshoeahh
The most beautiful garden restaurant that just transports you to another place. The food is amazing, the atmosphere is like no other. You have to try this when you're in Philly.
Add to
Details
ICI Macarons & Cafe
@myshoeahh
To die more pastries; I'm talking PB&J croissants, cruffins, macarons, savory pastries, *chef's kiss. There's usually a small wait outside but the line goes by fast and it's well worth it.
Add to
Details
Amada
@myshoeahh
After a week in Barcelona, I was hooked on tapas. Found this gem in Philly & I can't quite seem to find tapas like this anywhere else.
Add to
Details
Add to
Details
La Colombe Coffee Roasters
@myshoeahh
You might have seen their coffee at your local grocery store shelves, so you have to stop here for Philly's finest coffee roasters. They have multiple locations across the US, including 5 in Philly. If you think their canned lattes are good, you should try it in real life.
Add to
Details

What to Do?

Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the surrounding museums are no brainers, but check out these other places in Old City!

Elfreth's Alley Museum
@myshoeahh
Elfreth's Alley is a historic street in Philadelphia that is renowned as the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in the United States. With its cobblestone pavement and charming row houses, the alley provides a glimpse into Philadelphia's colonial past.
Add to
Details
Betsy Ross House
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Race Street Pier
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Christ Church Burial Ground
@myshoeahh
Pay your respects to Benjamin Franklin at the Christ Church Burial Grounds. You don't need to go in to see his tombstone, you can catch a glimpse of it on Arch St through the gates. A little bit weird, a little bit cool.
Add to
Details

Center City

Center City is the vibrant heart of the Philadelphia characterized by its bustling streets, towering skyscrapers, and diverse cultural attractions. As the central business district, it serves as the commercial and cultural hub. Center City offers a dynamic blend of history, commerce, and entertainment that attracts visitors and residents alike.

Where to Stay?

Aloft Philadelphia Downtown
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details

Where to Eat?

Green Eggs Café
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Reading Terminal Market
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
The Dandelion
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Harp & Crown
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Add to
Details
K'Far Cafe Philadelphia
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Oyster House
@myshoeahh
You can't go to the East Coast without eating some raw oysters. Catch their happy hour for $2 oysters!
Add to
Details

What to Do?

Dilworth Park
@myshoeahh
If you're here during the holidays, the Christmas village at Dilworth Park is a must-go! Along with multiple vendors, there is ice skating, a ferris wheel, carousel, they also have mulled wine and a light show projected onto City Hall.
Add to
Details
Love Park
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Rittenhouse Square
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details

Chinatown

Philly's Chinatown is a vibrant and culturally rich neighborhood located just north of Center City. This bustling enclave is known for its lively atmosphere, authentic Asian cuisine, and unique shops. From delicious dim sum restaurants to vibrant cultural festivals, Philly's Chinatown offers a captivating glimpse into the city's diverse and thriving Asian community.

Where to Eat?

Dim Sum Garden
@myshoeahh
Some of the best soup dumplings I've ever had. YUM!
Add to
Details
Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Cily Chicken Rice and Thai food
@myshoeahh
Come here for the best Thai Chicken Rice- get it with fried chicken & don't forget to drizzle on the sauce.
Add to
Details
Prince Tea House
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
A La Mousse
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Paris Baguette
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Terakawa Ramen
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Ocean Harbor
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details

South of Center City

Where to Eat?

Skip tourist traps like Geno's and Pat's, and get yourself one of these cheesesteaks.

Woodrow's Sandwich Shop
@myshoeahh
A little bit of boujee & a wholelotta flavor. That truffle whiz is the way to go.
Add to
Details
Ishkabibble’s 1
@myshoeahh
Definitely my favorite classic Philly Cheesesteak in the Center City area. There are two locations and both make equally great cheesesteak steaks. Ishkabibble's 1 is their first location with limited seating and a walk-up window. #2 is situated just down the street with seating available. All you need are onions & whiz.
Add to
Details

What to Do?

Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
The Atlas of Tomorrow
@myshoeahh
I love this thing; it's an interactive mural by artist, Candy Chang. You spin this giant dial and it essentially gives you a fortune. I do this at least once a year.
Add to
Details

Passyunk

Pronounced "pash-unk", Passyunk Square is a charming and eclectic neighborhood nestled in South Philadelphia. Known for its lively atmosphere and strong sense of community, Passyunk Square offers a mix of historic row houses, trendy boutiques, and an array of diverse dining options.

Where do Eat?

Herman's Coffee
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Batter & Crumbs Vegan Bakery and Cafe
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Little Italy Philadelphia
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
South Philly Barbacoa
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Nam Phuong Restaurant
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details

Northern Liberties 

Northern Liberties, located just north of Old City, is a rapidly evolving neighborhood with a unique blend of historic charm and modern energy. Once an industrial district, it has transformed into a thriving community known for its trendy bars, hip restaurants, and art scene. 

Where to Eat?

Cafe La Maude
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Yards Brewing Company
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details

What to Do?

The Rail Park
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details

Other Must-Do's

Spruce Street Harbor Park
@myshoeahh
A super fun nighttime activity where you can hang out in the hammocks and enjoy the beautiful lights!
Add to
Details
Logan Square
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
The Franklin Institute
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details
Philadelphia Museum of Art
@myshoeahh
Add to
Details

* * *
CURATED BY
I am that friend who plans the whole trip while you relax and Venmo me your portion later. You can catch me on Google Drive putting together an itinerary, even for the smallest trip. As an avid traveler with a passion for learning about other cultures, I waste very little time during my travels. I go to every museum, restaurant, and tourist trap so I can give you the best tips & hidden gems I found along the way. If you’re in need of *that* friend, let me help you plan your next adventure. From the best places to eat, where to stay, and what to do, I gotchu. Check out my guides for US and international destinations.
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