Jonathan’s Guidebook

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Jonathan’s Guidebook

Outdoor Beverages
A fantastic bar and restaurant on the roof deck of this former vocational school. Some of the best views of the city.
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Bok Bar
1901 S 9th St
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A fantastic bar and restaurant on the roof deck of this former vocational school. Some of the best views of the city.
An outdoor beer garden run by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. A fun place to have a beer and relax.
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PHS Pop Up Garden
1438 South Street
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An outdoor beer garden run by the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. A fun place to have a beer and relax.
Head over to 13th Street and down a graffiti stricken alleyway to this cool outdoor patio with long high-top tables. Maybe don't get sucked into ordering a fish-bowl, but definitely try the food (from Sampan's kitchen) which comes out super fast.
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Graffiti Bar
124 South 13th Street
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Head over to 13th Street and down a graffiti stricken alleyway to this cool outdoor patio with long high-top tables. Maybe don't get sucked into ordering a fish-bowl, but definitely try the food (from Sampan's kitchen) which comes out super fast.
Sightseeing
Philly's equivalent to the High Line. Phase 1 of the Rail Park is a 1/4 mile stretch of elevated park that stretches from 1300 Noble Street up onto the Viaduct. It's free and open to the public every day from 7am–10pm. ttps://www.therailpark.org/
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The Rail Park
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Philly's equivalent to the High Line. Phase 1 of the Rail Park is a 1/4 mile stretch of elevated park that stretches from 1300 Noble Street up onto the Viaduct. It's free and open to the public every day from 7am–10pm. ttps://www.therailpark.org/
A cute boardwalk that borders the Delaware River, the Harbor Park has food trucks and beer as well as hammocks and lots of seating. It's close to lots of other attractions like the Moshulu, the USS Olympia, the Seaport Museum, and Penn's Landing.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park
301 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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A cute boardwalk that borders the Delaware River, the Harbor Park has food trucks and beer as well as hammocks and lots of seating. It's close to lots of other attractions like the Moshulu, the USS Olympia, the Seaport Museum, and Penn's Landing.
The boardwalk is built at the end of the Schuylkill River Trail which extends 10 miles down river. Great for walking or biking on a nice day, get on at South Street and continue north toward the Art Museum, the Water Works, or Boathouse Row.
Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk
The boardwalk is built at the end of the Schuylkill River Trail which extends 10 miles down river. Great for walking or biking on a nice day, get on at South Street and continue north toward the Art Museum, the Water Works, or Boathouse Row.
Coffee & Breakfast
Now a national brand, the first location of this Philly based company is in the heart of Rittenhouse Square.
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La Colombe Coffee Roasters
130 South 19th Street
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Now a national brand, the first location of this Philly based company is in the heart of Rittenhouse Square.
Good for any meal, but great for breakfast, this classic French bistro run by restauranteur Steven Starr is a Philly staple.
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Parc
227 South 18th Street
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Good for any meal, but great for breakfast, this classic French bistro run by restauranteur Steven Starr is a Philly staple.
Philly based coffee roaster with a selection of custom, house roasted blends and seasonal single-origin beans.
Rival Bros Coffee Bar
1528 Spruce St
Philly based coffee roaster with a selection of custom, house roasted blends and seasonal single-origin beans.
A hipster luncheonette that does a solid, greasy-spoon style breakfast with some modern twists. The bright, minimalist spot features an open kitchen with counter seating and a selection of pantry favorites to take home.
Middle Child
248 S 11th St
A hipster luncheonette that does a solid, greasy-spoon style breakfast with some modern twists. The bright, minimalist spot features an open kitchen with counter seating and a selection of pantry favorites to take home.
Food Halls
While this old train station turned market can get a bit touristy, Reading Terminal has some of the best food in the city. The Amish Place and Beilers Donuts are your go-to's for breakfast; lunch, hit up DiNic's for a roast pork sandwich (with sharp prov and greens) or Sang Kee for some peking duck. If you prefer to cook, they've got everything you need.
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Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street
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While this old train station turned market can get a bit touristy, Reading Terminal has some of the best food in the city. The Amish Place and Beilers Donuts are your go-to's for breakfast; lunch, hit up DiNic's for a roast pork sandwich (with sharp prov and greens) or Sang Kee for some peking duck. If you prefer to cook, they've got everything you need.
If you're visiting any of the national landmarks in Old CIty, the Bourse is an easy stop in to grab lunch either solo or with a bog group. The historic space has been repurposed into an internationally inspired food hall with deep local roots.
The Bourse Marketplace
111 S Independence Mall E
If you're visiting any of the national landmarks in Old CIty, the Bourse is an easy stop in to grab lunch either solo or with a bog group. The historic space has been repurposed into an internationally inspired food hall with deep local roots.
Museums
A truly unique museum experience, the Barnes is a treasure trove of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings, as well as old master works, Native American fine crafts, and early American decorative art. It's all displayed together in fantastic and often symmetrical arrangements.
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Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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A truly unique museum experience, the Barnes is a treasure trove of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings, as well as old master works, Native American fine crafts, and early American decorative art. It's all displayed together in fantastic and often symmetrical arrangements.
One of the newer museums in Old City, they have done a great job integrating technology into the typical museum layout. Learn about the revolution through interactive displays, new video production, and period artifacts.
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Museum of the American Revolution
101 S 3rd St
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One of the newer museums in Old City, they have done a great job integrating technology into the typical museum layout. Learn about the revolution through interactive displays, new video production, and period artifacts.
It's that big building behind the Rocky Statue. After you run up the stairs, keep going straight to the Japanese tea house exhibit or the Indian pillared temple hall.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
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It's that big building behind the Rocky Statue. After you run up the stairs, keep going straight to the Japanese tea house exhibit or the Indian pillared temple hall.
Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true penitentiary. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone.
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Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue
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Known for its grand architecture and strict discipline, this was the world's first true penitentiary. Its vaulted, sky-lit cells once held many of America's most notorious lawbreakers, including bank robber "Slick Willie" Sutton and Al Capone.
Serious Food
The omakase at Royal Sushi is a near impossible reservation, but the izakaya in the front of the building is a walk in only bar and restaurant that serves some of the best fish in the region. Totally casual and energetic.
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Royal Sushi
780 S 2nd St
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The omakase at Royal Sushi is a near impossible reservation, but the izakaya in the front of the building is a walk in only bar and restaurant that serves some of the best fish in the region. Totally casual and energetic.
Our favorite restaurant in Philly, this BYOB serves a small menu of ingredient focused dishes that are great for sharing. Get anything, it's all good.
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Helm
1303 North 5th Street
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Our favorite restaurant in Philly, this BYOB serves a small menu of ingredient focused dishes that are great for sharing. Get anything, it's all good.
Dive-y Bars
B&B's has been a South Street staple since 1969. Don't think about it, just order "a special". Show up on Friday and Saturday nights to hear familiar jazz standards and more on their Hammond B-3 Organ.
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Bob and Barbara's Lounge
1509 South Street
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B&B's has been a South Street staple since 1969. Don't think about it, just order "a special". Show up on Friday and Saturday nights to hear familiar jazz standards and more on their Hammond B-3 Organ.
On a street with more fancy new restaurants than most, Oscars stands unchanged. Slip into a torn red vinyl booth and order something frothy in a very tall cold glass. If you're craving better food, more upscale options like Giuseppe & Sons, Oyster House, and Mission Taqueria and all within a few steps.
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Oscar's Tavern
1524 Sansom Street
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On a street with more fancy new restaurants than most, Oscars stands unchanged. Slip into a torn red vinyl booth and order something frothy in a very tall cold glass. If you're craving better food, more upscale options like Giuseppe & Sons, Oyster House, and Mission Taqueria and all within a few steps.