Philadelphians love their city.
A visit to the area will show why: It’s rich with activities for history buffs, sports fans, art connoisseurs and foodies alike.
A short trip to Philly is sure to be packed and ultimately satisfactory—that is, if you plan in advance to hit some of these winning attractions:
Vetri • (215) 732-3478 • 1312 Spruce St
This is the perfect upscale gem in which you’ll find exceptional Northern Italian cuisine. A meal here really is a culinary experience. If you opt for the wine pairing—an expert option—be prepared to drink.
Homemade pasta is the specialty, but every menu item blends bold new flavor with traditional aspects from your oldest, favorite dishes. The atmosphere—a rustic dining room with just eleven tables—will only add to your time here.
Sonny’s Famous Steaks • (215) 629-5760 • 228 Market St
Philadelphia is famous for its cheesesteaks, so when in Rome, indulge!
If you’re looking for the best one, look no farther than Sonny’s. With its convenient location—tucked in the historic district near the Liberty Bell—you won’t have to travel out of your way for Sonny’s delicious steak sandwiches and fries.
The customer service is sure to impress, too, as the employees go above and beyond to make your experience a pleasant one.
Morimoto • (215) 413-9070 • 723 Chestnut St
If you want to feel like royalty, and you’re a fan of Japanese cuisine, Morimoto is a must.
Mr. Morimoto has been featured on “Iron Chef” multiple times, and his restaurant prices reflect his impressive skill. In other words, dinner for two with two drinks per person could easily surpass $250.
But hey, that’s the price you pay to eat five-star Whitefish Carpaccio in the city’s most chic dining environment.
The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. • (267) 467-3277 • 112 S 18th St
A speakeasy with the best cocktails around, this place often comes with a waiting list. If you don’t get there early enough on a weekend, you can expect to wait 30 minutes to two hours.
The line speaks for the quality of ambience and drinks. The menu features classics like a mind-blowing Old Fashioned and an extensive whiskey selection.
Franklin Bar is especially renowned for its interesting cocktail names and combinations—like the Demon Tied to a Chair in My Brain.
Yards Brewing Co. • (215) 634-2600 • 901 N Delaware Ave
You can find Yards’ brews all over the country, but going to the source offers a different type of experience. Specifically, you’ll be able to enjoy its signature ales at their freshest—the Love Stout is particularly tasty.
There are also clean pool tables, a shuffleboard table and friendly, knowledgeable staff. Tours are free on the weekends, with a tasting room open every day.
Jerry’s Bar • (267) 273-1632 • 129 W Laurel St
While Jerry’s delicious eats (particularly its burgers) can’t be ignored, we’re shining the spotlight upon this gastropub’s drink menu.
The place gives off a local tavern feel with a whiskey focus. Daily happy hour—from 4-6:30 p.m.—offers deals on cocktails, wine and draft beers.
You can also head there for brunch to enjoy live music and a spicy, shrimp-twisted Bloody Mary that could be a meal on its own. The bartenders are confident with their mixology skills, leaving options galore for this full-bar establishment.
Hotel Monaco Philadelphia • (215) 925-2111 • 433 Chestnut St
A top-rated Philadelphia lodging option, Hotel Monaco boasts a central location, friendly staff and a hip, cool vibe. Independence Hall is just steps away as the hotel sits in the center of Philly’s historic district.
The attached Red Owl Tavern serves local eats, and a hosted wine hour is available, too. You can also enjoy a signature cocktail and a gorgeous view of the city from the Stratus Rooftop Lounge.
Morris House Hotel • (215) 922-2446 • 225 S 8th St
You’ll feel like you’re sleeping in history in the Morris House Hotel, nestled in Center City. A tour is offered upon check-in, allowing guests to learn the rich history of the establishment, which was built in 1787.
It’s within walking distance of Harbor Park, and has a unique, vintage charm. Think coffee, tea and cookies in a cozy living room. The M Restaurant and Copper Bar—featuring local ingredients—is also on-site for guests.
Lincoln Financial Field • (267) 570-4000 • 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way
Whether it’s an Eagles game, a concert, or something else, Lincoln Financial Field often hosts the most desirable events in the city.
The outdoor stadium houses 67,000 seats and features friendly, professional staff. Don’t even think about wearing a Dallas Cowboys jersey inside the place, however, or any opposing jersey for that matter.
According to GQ, Philadelphia fans, for both football and baseball, are the worst sports fans in America. They’re known to harass outsiders–sometimes violently.
One of Philly’s best live music venues, Union Transfer is roomy with a decent beer selection. Even when it’s packed, the feel inside the space is intimate rather than overly crowded.
The impeccably clean interior along with the cool décor just might impress you more than the performing groups.
With these attractions on your to-do list, you’re sure to experience Philadelphia at its finest.
Got any suggestions?
If you live near or have been to Philly and you have travel suggestions that we missed, we’d love to hear them in the comments!