I'm going to be spending a day in Philadelphia, any recommendations on places to visit or places to eat (lunch/dinner) that are easy to get to using public transportation?
- Reading Terminal MarketN 12th St & Arch St, Philadelphia, PA 19107recommended Reading Terminal MarketYummmm who wouldn't like somewhere you can get an authentic cheesesteak followed by chinese food or any other ethnic variation under the sun. Super convenient if you're at a tradeshow right across ... read morefrom the convention center.recommended Reading Terminal MarketWhat's not to like about this place? As usual, I skipped the scrapple and headed for Rick's and for desert, the Apple Dumplings (with heavy cream) in the Amish corner. It's fun to walk around, take in ... read morethe energy and watch all the people. And each repeat visit is a whole new experience!Eric Brink
Take your pick on what to eat!
- Villa Di Roma936 S 9th St, #36, Philadelphia, PA 19147recommended Villa Di RomaRight in the heart of the Italian Market and the best Italian restaurant in the city. The staff are no nonsense but the meatballs are out of this world knock your socks off! Been going there for 30 ... read moreyears and the food has not changed because it doesn't need to.
- La Viola253 S 16th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102recommended La ViolaOne of the most underrated restaurants in the city and that is saying a lot. The service is excellent and they know their stuff. Just ask them. Food is top notch and if they have the steak which is ... read morenot often get it. Many restaurants in Philadelphia get a lot of press but if you are in the know there are some true little known gems like this one.Jim Barton
Everyone I know that has been here loved it. The prices are good too.
- Vetri1312 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19107
- Fork306 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA
- Di Bruno Brothers930 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147recommended Di Bruno BrothersIf you want to have some fine cheese, sausage and olive, find Di Bruno Brothers. They have the best selection in the entire city. Also the staff will help you to find the perfect cheese for your ... read moreneeds. I always have a lot of fun whenever I visit Di Bruno Brothers. Some of the finest cheese I had were from this shop. Recommended!Juno Kim
If you want to get some cheese, olive, sausage to go picnic with, this is the perfect place to do so.
- Green Eggs Cafe719 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123-3007, United Statesrecommended Green Eggs CafeVery popular brunch place in town. And there's a reason. Their red velvet pancake is really interesting! The portion is generous, and very home-cooking. I loved their chicken pot pie came out on a ... read moreskillet. Egg dish is always a good choice. There is a wide range of vegan, gluten free, vegetarian menu.
- Darling's Diner1033 North 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA, United Statesrecommended Darling's DinerOne of the most charming places to eat in Philadelphia. Charming diner vibe is quiet cute. Try Northern Liberties monster, it's sensational. Also their cheesecake is award-winning famous. It will be a ... read moreperfect place to have a long brunch. One of my friend had a minor incident with the food but I didn't have any problem.
- Franklin Post Office316 Market Street, Philadelphia, PArecommended Franklin Post OfficeThis is where Mr. Franklin lived and worked and walked the same street. Go through alley between the buildings and mock of the area of where is house once stood and a ramp from the back of the ... read morebuilding is where to can get in. You will need about 1/2 hour to visit.Jason Planck
I think this great knowing that this is place that Mr. Franklin actually work able to walk in his footsteps also this is of course free to walk around in the area.
- Independence Hall500 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106recommended Independence HallThis is part of Independence N.H.P. which is included on guided tour for which get free tickets at the Visitor Center. Disability access is provide. Parking again around this site is very difficult, ... read morejust on street meter parking.
- Christ Church20 North American Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106-4509recommended Christ ChurchThis is the church where many of Continental Congress attended church and several more of them are buried here also. Historian and Guild staff the church during the week to talk about the history of ... read morethe church and Philadelphia. There is very little parking around the church and it is semi-accessible. You will need about 1 hour to visit.
- Alma De Cuba1623 Walnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103recommended Alma De CubaTasteful, classy, hip atmosphere. Check out the third floor to sit at the bar and order a solid mojito. Otherwise sit down for a super tasty meal. Prices are not easy on the wallet, but they do ... read morereflect the quality of the food and service.Nomadic by Nature
Have fun bro!!!
- The Barnes Foundation2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkwayrecommended The Barnes FoundationThe Barnes Foundation has an amazing art collection. Where else would you see in one place 181 Renoirs, 69 Cezannes, 59 Matisses and 46 Picassos? Besides these priceless works, the collection includes ... read moreart works by other European and American artists, plus African and ancient artworks from other cultures. One interesting feature of this collection is how the artworks are displayed – they are grouped together to demonstrate a certain aspect of art comparison or study, combining works of different styles and time periods in one space. After a controversial and much debated move from Merion, Pa to downtown Philadelphia, new location makes this collection more accessible. In order to keep Albert Barnes’ wishes, the original galleries were completely replicated. The new home has better natural lighting which improves the overall experience. The building with galleries is set inside of a larger building that provides modern and specious amenities. You need to reserve your timed ticket ahead of time, even if you are a member and have free unlimited access.Elvira Vanag
If you like art and decide to visit one of the art museums in Philly - go to this one!
- Barbuzzo110 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PArecommended BarbuzzoAfter a few unsuccessful attempts to get a Saturday night reservation at Barbuzzo, we were lucky to get it for Thursday night (reserving on OpenTable just a few days earlier). No wonder that it’s hard ... read moreto get in – the place is small and popular. It serves smaller size dishes family style. We liked pretty much everything that we ordered (there were 4 of us). Our favorites were the vegetable board (veggie selection is probably different every day), grilled Spanish octopus and calamari, fried sardines, and pear pizza (the crust is very thin – it’s similar to flatbreads, and it’s pretty big). The service was very nice – the dishes were served at good time intervals in between, the water was frequently refilled, etc. I liked the lively atmosphere at Barbuzzo. The only downside was the noise level – but it wasn’t so bad that you couldn’t carry a conversation. I will definitely go back.Elvira Vanag
Daniel, there are so many great restaurants in Philadelphia. I assume you will be somewhere in the center of the city. You can walk to so many places (or take subway or bus if you want). Take a look at my Philly restaurant guide to get an idea for places to eat http://www.gogobot.com/elvira-vanag-philadelphia-restaurants
- Geno's Steaks1219 S 9th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147recommended Geno's SteaksGeno's or Pat's? That is the age-old question for visitors (and residents) to the City of Brotherly Love. When I visited the first time, I tried both cheesesteaks - and came to the conclusion that ... read morewhile Pat's was more tasty, Geno's was far friendlier in service. However, that was 6 years ago. On my last outing, in 2008, I preferred Geno's steaks over Pat's. So who will ever win? Perhaps we will never know.
- Pat's King of Steaks1237 E Passyunk Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19147recommended Pat's King of SteaksGeno's or Pat's? That is the age-old question for visitors (and residents) to the City of Brotherly Love. When I visited the first time, I tried both cheesesteaks - and came to the conclusion that ... read morewhile Pat's was more tasty, Geno's was far friendlier in service. However, that was 6 years ago. On my last outing, in 2008, I preferred Geno's steaks over Pat's. So who will ever win? Perhaps we will never know.
- Continental Mid-Town1801 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Jim's Steaks400 South St, Philadelphia, PA 19147
- Little Pete's219 S 17th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103recommended Little Pete'sLittle Pete's is across from the Radison and is open 24 hours. It's a nice unpretentious throwback of a cafe with very good food at a reasonable price. I'm a repeat visitor and really like the cozy ... read moreatmosphere and people watching.Eric Brink
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- Liberty Bell500 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106recommended Liberty Bell.....And therefore never send to know for whom the Liberty Bell tolls; It tolls for thee. I'm big on history and especially when it has to do with an iconic symbol of American Independence. It's also ... read moreacross the street from the old Rohm and Haas HQ Building (my first employer) and of course Independence Hall where the Declaration of Independence was signed on July 4, 1776. I first came here when I first moved to Philly in 1980, and I stop by to pay my respects every time I'm back in town (which unfortunately is not often enough). I like that you can see Independence Hall through the picture window behind the bell and the that it still hangs from its original yoke. I don't like that I can't touch it anymore and that the new display center is not as good as the earlier (pre-2003) version (IMHO). But see it again I will as this is part of who we are. "Yes there's a lady that stands in a harbor for what we believe. And there's a bell that still echoes the price that it cost to be free.."Eric Brink
Iconic and worth the visit
- Good Dog Bar & Restaurant224 S 15th St, Philadelphia, PA 19102recommended Good Dog Bar & RestaurantThe Good Dog Burger (and the sweet potato fries) live up to the "Best of Philly" hype and more... I found the place a bit too noisy for good conversation downstairs. Upstairs was better. The beer ... read moreselection was also very good.Eric Brink
- White Dog Cafe3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia, PA 19104
- City Hall1450 John F Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19107-3212
- Rittenhouse Square1801 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103-4727