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Guidebook for Philadelphia

Nicole

Guidebook for Philadelphia

Drinks & Nightlife
Delicious food and craft beers within walking distance.
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American Sardine Bar
1800 Federal Street
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Delicious food and craft beers within walking distance.
My favorite place to go out. It's a whiskey bar with go-go dancing.
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The Trestle Inn
339 North 11th Street
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My favorite place to go out. It's a whiskey bar with go-go dancing.
An awesome speakeasy.
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Hop Sing Laundromat
1029 Race Street
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An awesome speakeasy.
A speakeasy that is really small but makes their own bitters.
Ranstead Street
A speakeasy that is really small but makes their own bitters.
Has the best black bean burger in the city.
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The Sidecar Bar & Grille
2201 Christian Street
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Has the best black bean burger in the city.
One of my favorite cozy places to grab a beer, eat gourmet bar grub, and play pool.
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Good Dog Bar
224 South 15th Street
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One of my favorite cozy places to grab a beer, eat gourmet bar grub, and play pool.
Fun, hole in the wall bar to catch drag shows and live jazz music. Started the city-wide special.
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Bob and Barbara's Lounge
1509 South Street
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Fun, hole in the wall bar to catch drag shows and live jazz music. Started the city-wide special.
Very hip place to eat and get beer. The upstairs is covered in graffiti. Can also play pool here.
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Tattooed Mom
530 South Street
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Very hip place to eat and get beer. The upstairs is covered in graffiti. Can also play pool here.
A bar in the basement in what used to be a sugar mill. Serves great pierogies.
Sugar Mom's
225 Church St
A bar in the basement in what used to be a sugar mill. Serves great pierogies.
Love this place for a night out and to see live jazz. Can order drinks and food here. Also, there are 3 bars and a dance club upstairs. Dress up for this place. Also may be a cover at the door.
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Time
1315 Sansom Street
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Love this place for a night out and to see live jazz. Can order drinks and food here. Also, there are 3 bars and a dance club upstairs. Dress up for this place. Also may be a cover at the door.
Nice sports bar with a mostly mellow crowd.
The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant
247 South 17th Street
Nice sports bar with a mostly mellow crowd.
Go here to watch soccer. It's a big bar with lots of seats and tvs. The soccer crowd is a little rowdy but really fun. Food is good too.
Fado Irish Pub
1500 Locust St
Go here to watch soccer. It's a big bar with lots of seats and tvs. The soccer crowd is a little rowdy but really fun. Food is good too.
Great hole in the wall bar with good music in the jukebox and cheap $2 lagers. Can order fries wit whiz too. Worth the visit.
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Oscar's Tavern
1524 Sansom Street
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Great hole in the wall bar with good music in the jukebox and cheap $2 lagers. Can order fries wit whiz too. Worth the visit.
I've seen some great bands here. Check out the list if you want to see live music.
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Johnny Brenda's
1201 Frankford Avenue
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I've seen some great bands here. Check out the list if you want to see live music.
Food Scene
Little diner to go for brunch.
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Green Eggs Cafe
1306 Dickinson Street
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Little diner to go for brunch.
Thai-American food with dining and takeout options.
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Circles Thai
1516 Tasker Street
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Thai-American food with dining and takeout options.
Some great Indonesian food.
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Hardena
1754 South Hicks Street
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Some great Indonesian food.
Takeout cook to order food and fresh fish.
Ippolito's Seafood
1300 Dickinson Street
Takeout cook to order food and fresh fish.
The best pizza in Philadelphia and the US. Try the pescatarian, tomato and artichoke pies. Also can order by the slice. If you dine there on Th-Sun, you will hear the servers perform opera.
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Francoluigi’s Pizzeria & Italian Kitchen
1549 South 13th Street
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The best pizza in Philadelphia and the US. Try the pescatarian, tomato and artichoke pies. Also can order by the slice. If you dine there on Th-Sun, you will hear the servers perform opera.
The best place for bun rieu and pho.
Viet Huong Restaurant
1110 Washington Ave
The best place for bun rieu and pho.
Great sandwiches and is very vegetarian and vegan friendly.
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Breezy's Cafe
1200 Point Breeze Avenue
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Great sandwiches and is very vegetarian and vegan friendly.
Can order coffee and beer here.
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Ultimo Coffee
1900 South 15th Street
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Can order coffee and beer here.
A great greasy diner open 24 hours.
Little Pete's
219 South 17th Street
A great greasy diner open 24 hours.
Favorite place to eat health, fast food that is 100% plant-based.
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HipCityVeg
127 S 18th St
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Favorite place to eat health, fast food that is 100% plant-based.
Delicious BYOB for dinner.
Dmitri's
2227 Pine Street
Delicious BYOB for dinner.
Only the best coffee and croissants in the city. The coffee shop has a very social atmosphere. Don't come here to do work but instead to have a meeting or chat with friends.
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La Colombe Coffee Roasters
130 South 19th Street
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Only the best coffee and croissants in the city. The coffee shop has a very social atmosphere. Don't come here to do work but instead to have a meeting or chat with friends.
Great sandwiches and pizza.
Pizzeria Pesto Inc
1925 South Broad Street
Great sandwiches and pizza.
Order drinks and/or food on the top of skyscraper with floor to ceiling windows to see the city. Dress up for this place or wear nice shoes with your jeans.
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R2L Restaurant
50 South 16th Street
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Order drinks and/or food on the top of skyscraper with floor to ceiling windows to see the city. Dress up for this place or wear nice shoes with your jeans.
Great little bakery.
Le Bus Bakery
129 South 18th Street
Great little bakery.
Best place to get sushi.
Shiroi Hana
222 South 15th Street
Best place to get sushi.
A little hole in the wall restaurant to get a quick, steaming hot bowl of ramen.
Nom Nom Ramen
20 South 18th Street
A little hole in the wall restaurant to get a quick, steaming hot bowl of ramen.
Oldest soda fountain in the country that serves delicious ice cream in takeout chinese containers and homemade soda. It's a very charming place.
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The Franklin Fountain
116 Market Street
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Oldest soda fountain in the country that serves delicious ice cream in takeout chinese containers and homemade soda. It's a very charming place.
Best Ethiopian food in the city. There is also a bar upstairs called Fiume that is very homey. Serves great beer and whiskey. Also has live music on Thursdays and Sundays.
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Abyssinia Restaurant
229 S 45th St
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Best Ethiopian food in the city. There is also a bar upstairs called Fiume that is very homey. Serves great beer and whiskey. Also has live music on Thursdays and Sundays.
Great place for fireside dining and beer. May be closed since there was a fire upstairs.
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Hawthornes
738 S 11th St
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Great place for fireside dining and beer. May be closed since there was a fire upstairs.
Best place to get donuts and fried chicken.
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Federal Donuts
1632 Sansom Street
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Best place to get donuts and fried chicken.
If you like mussels and beer, this is the place to go. They have over 100 beers. Also serves skinny fries that are delicious.
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Monk's Cafe
264 South 16th Street
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If you like mussels and beer, this is the place to go. They have over 100 beers. Also serves skinny fries that are delicious.
Great fine, white table cloth dining that is inexpensive and BYO.
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La Viola
253 South 16th Street
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Great fine, white table cloth dining that is inexpensive and BYO.
Friend's family owns the restaurant. Big soccer fans from Napoli. It's expensive but worth it. Request the sea bass baked in salt. It's such a delicious experience.
Girasole
440 South Broad Street
Friend's family owns the restaurant. Big soccer fans from Napoli. It's expensive but worth it. Request the sea bass baked in salt. It's such a delicious experience.
Great thai takeout place. The owners are very sweet.
Thai Singha House To Go
106 South 20th Street
Great thai takeout place. The owners are very sweet.
A french restaurant with windows facing the waterfront. Have had brunch here a handful of times but it's only served on Sundays. It's inexpensive and very delicious. Entrance off of Market Street.
Bistro St. Tropez
2400 Market Street
A french restaurant with windows facing the waterfront. Have had brunch here a handful of times but it's only served on Sundays. It's inexpensive and very delicious. Entrance off of Market Street.
Don't recommend dining here since there is better vietnamese restaurants, however there is an asian grocery store in the same plaza.
Nam Son Bakery
1600 Carpenter Street
Don't recommend dining here since there is better vietnamese restaurants, however there is an asian grocery store in the same plaza.
Come here on a weekend morning to get dim sum. It's delicious and a nice experience if you want authentic chinese food.
Imperial Inn
146 North 10th Street
Come here on a weekend morning to get dim sum. It's delicious and a nice experience if you want authentic chinese food.
One of my favorite and romantic restaurants. It is very open and filled with plants. It's like eating a meal in the garden.
Rose Tattoo Cafe
1847 Callowhill Street
One of my favorite and romantic restaurants. It is very open and filled with plants. It's like eating a meal in the garden.
Mexican american food where a lot of hipsters go but ok food and margaritas. One drink will make you very tipsy. Also next to a lot of locally-owned shops.
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Cantina Los Caballitos
1651 East Passyunk Avenue
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Mexican american food where a lot of hipsters go but ok food and margaritas. One drink will make you very tipsy. Also next to a lot of locally-owned shops.
A little out of the way under a highway but hands down the best cheesesteak in Philly.
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Tony Luke's
39 East Oregon Avenue
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A little out of the way under a highway but hands down the best cheesesteak in Philly.
Steer clear of the touristy cheesesteak places and eat here. Locals say this is also one of the best.
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Jim's Steaks
400 South St
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Steer clear of the touristy cheesesteak places and eat here. Locals say this is also one of the best.
Order takeout or eat in a very small dining area next to the little grocery. Authentic and delicious food.
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Bitar's
947 Federal Street
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Order takeout or eat in a very small dining area next to the little grocery. Authentic and delicious food.
Everything Else
Nearby hospital for emergencies.
Methodist Hospital-Jefferson
2301 South Broad Street
Nearby hospital for emergencies.
Closest subway stop to my place.
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Tasker-Morris Station
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Closest subway stop to my place.
Big shopping district.
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Rittenhouse Square
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Big shopping district.
Go to a yoga class while you are visiting!
Wake Up Yoga South
1839 East Passyunk Avenue
Go to a yoga class while you are visiting!
It's a beautiful building w/ old art & murals worth seeing even if you are not catching a train. However, if you want to go to casinos or beach, you can catch an inexpensive train to Atlantic City.
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30th Street
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It's a beautiful building w/ old art & murals worth seeing even if you are not catching a train. However, if you want to go to casinos or beach, you can catch an inexpensive train to Atlantic City.
Essentials
Grocery store.
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ACME Markets
1400 East Passyunk Avenue
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Grocery store.
Great place to get prepared gourmet food to take and eat in Rittenhouse Park. Offers many types of cheese.
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Di Bruno Bros.
1730 Chestnut Street
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Great place to get prepared gourmet food to take and eat in Rittenhouse Park. Offers many types of cheese.
Best place in Philly to get cannolis tucked in the Italian Market but you have to get there early in the day before they are all gone.
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Isgro Pastries
1009 Christian Street
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Best place in Philly to get cannolis tucked in the Italian Market but you have to get there early in the day before they are all gone.
If you need groceries you can always hop on a bus to go back and forth. Acme is much closer.
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Trader Joe's
2121 Market Street
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If you need groceries you can always hop on a bus to go back and forth. Acme is much closer.
Highly recommend visiting here in an old railroad building with many food vendors, fresh meats and fish, and a little shopping. Right next to Chinatown too.
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Reading Terminal Market
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Highly recommend visiting here in an old railroad building with many food vendors, fresh meats and fish, and a little shopping. Right next to Chinatown too.
Shopping
24 hour convenience store and pharmacy.
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CVS
1405 South 10th Street
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24 hour convenience store and pharmacy.
Cute little boutique. Check out their other store across the street for bags, jewelry, and chocolate truffles made on site.
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Open House Store
107 South 13th Street
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Cute little boutique. Check out their other store across the street for bags, jewelry, and chocolate truffles made on site.
Favorite store for clothing and it's in an old ritzy mansion. I think it's their landmark store as the company is local to Philly.
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Anthropologie
1801 Walnut Street
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Favorite store for clothing and it's in an old ritzy mansion. I think it's their landmark store as the company is local to Philly.
Great consignment clothing store. Find all of my jeans here.
2nd Time Around
1728 Chestnut Street
Great consignment clothing store. Find all of my jeans here.
Know the owners who you often see at the bookshop. They are very selective with their books.
Joseph Fox Bookshop
1724 Sansom Street
Know the owners who you often see at the bookshop. They are very selective with their books.
Arts & Culture
A little neighborhood theatre for plays
Theatre Exile
2329 South 3rd Street
A little neighborhood theatre for plays
Nearby music venue that works with R5 productions
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Boot & Saddle
1131 South Broad Street
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Nearby music venue that works with R5 productions
Great place for dancing with DJs from the Making Time scene but very hipster.
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Dolphin Tavern
1539 South Broad Street
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Great place for dancing with DJs from the Making Time scene but very hipster.
If you are visiting during the summer, check to see the list of bands. It's a beautiful outdoor amphitheater and you can get seats or lay out on a blanket. Tends to get some good bands.
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The Mann Center
5201 Parkside Avenue
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If you are visiting during the summer, check to see the list of bands. It's a beautiful outdoor amphitheater and you can get seats or lay out on a blanket. Tends to get some good bands.
Sightseeing
Awesome area of the city to check out with many sidewalk vendors selling produce. Also, visit Molly's bookstore and record shop!
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Italian Market Visitor Center
919 South 9th Street
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Awesome area of the city to check out with many sidewalk vendors selling produce. Also, visit Molly's bookstore and record shop!
The finest, most beautiful masonry in the country. Also, can get a tour to the top of the building.
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City Hall Visitor Center
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The finest, most beautiful masonry in the country. Also, can get a tour to the top of the building.
Free museum that is easy to miss but tells a very interesting history about the city. Highly recommended. Also in a beautiful area of the city.
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Water Works by Cescaphe
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Free museum that is easy to miss but tells a very interesting history about the city. Highly recommended. Also in a beautiful area of the city.
Come here for a brewery tour and to sample beer at the end.
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Philadelphia Brewing Co
2440 Frankford Avenue
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Come here for a brewery tour and to sample beer at the end.
One of my favorite museums in the country.
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Penn Museum
3260 South Street
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One of my favorite museums in the country.
You'll see mosiacs around the city but this is the garden worth visiting. The artist is often there.
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
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You'll see mosiacs around the city but this is the garden worth visiting. The artist is often there.