For WCGA members and friends heading to Philly –
I can’t compete with Jane’s inside knowledge of Cleveland, but I do consider myself a Philly girl and still cheer for the Eagles, so here are a few of my suggestions.
Philly has a great food scene but some of the best restaurants are BYO. Yes, pack your bags with a few bottles of wine. You’ll save a ton on the bill and avoid having to try and find a PA state store. The best BYOs are usually small table places, so go ahead and make a reservation. My favorites are Modo Mio (cash only but so worth it as 4 courses/$35 and equal to any restaurant in DC), Monsu, Radicchio Café, or Pumpkin.
If you like LeDiplomate in DC, you can check out one of Stephen Starr’s many restaurants in Philly. I like the rooftop of the Continental downtown for drinks.
Exploring and enjoying –
A walk in Old City is always a nice way to pass the time. You can start on Market Street and walk north on 2nd or 3rd streets to see cute boutiques, the Betsy Ross house, or walk on Elfreth’s Alley, the oldest continuous residential street in the country. If you walk over to 6th street, check out National Constitution Center (just as impressive as the Newseum) or go south to play tourist at the Liberty Bell.
The Reading Terminal is perfect to pick up a quick lunch and try some authentic local food. Walk outside to the LOVE statute and have a picnic lunch. Or walk a few more blocks to the famous public park, Rittenhouse Square, which is surrounded by shopping, restaurants, and bars.
If you feel like walking off the good food from the Reading Terminal, walk along the Ben Franklin Parkway and check out Philly’s world-class museums. The Barnes, with its world renowned post-impressionist, early modern art collection has to be seen to be believed, and the Rodin Museum is the third largest collection in the world.
Locally, as a way to address graffiti, arts have been encouraged with public murals. To date, there are 3,600 murals around the city and worth one of the tours if you have time. If you find yourself on South Street, go check out Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Garden.
Night life –
Philly has a similar vibe to Baltimore with a ton of cute neighborhoods with their own local bars and nightlife. My favorites are in Northern Liberty – head to Standard Tap and have a relaxed, fun time. N. 3rd is close by for dinner and drinks too.
Hope you enjoy your stay!