This month I took another quick trip to Philly and was able to take in more sites and eats! If you read about my last trip to Philly, I shared more of my historical and tourist recommendations. This trip, I was focused on food and other fun attractions. If you’ve never been to Philadelphia, I definitely recommend seeing all the historical sites like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell first – then take advantage of all the amazing food and other sites. Here are some of the places I got to check out this time around:
A quaint coffee bar close to Rittenhouse Square. Stop by for a morning treat and cup of joe, you won’t be disappointed.
If you want a full breakfast or brunch spot, look no further than A.kitchen+bar. Located in AKA Rittenhouse and boasts one of the country’s most innovative wine and spirits programs. They’ve also been named One of America’s Best Wine Restaurants by Wine Enthusiast! Stop by for classic American flare or small plates to share, and don’t forget the wine.
Great spot for a happy hour or dinner. Located in Rittenhouse Square, this space delivers a fun atmosphere, authentic Mexican food, and an endless tequila menu. I went here for a group dinner and the service was amazing. The portions are pretty large, so I recommend sharing.
Zama is a swanky sushi spot that offers a wide variety of a la carte fish flown in from around the world that changes daily, along with a large selection of specialty Maki and a sushi bar crafted from only the finest ingredients. The service was great and the cocktails did not disappoint either. If you go, you have to order the Philly roll! It’s a mini Philly Cheesesteak made into a sushi roll. Fun presentation and super delish. Highly recommend!
Coined a delightful bar on a popular corner, Bar Bombón takes authentic Puerto Rican recipes and adds a twist. The menu is plant-based meals that satisfy temptations in a healthy way – so you can fiesta now, siesta later. You have to get the chips and queso and the traditional tacos – es muy delicioso!
Now onto some must-see sites!
Boathouse Row is a historic site from the 19th century on the east bank of the Schuylkill River, just north of the Fairmount Water Works and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It consists of a row of 15 boathouses housing social and rowing clubs and their racing shells. They light up at night and create a picturesque reflection off the river. A must see!
Head to South Street and then you must, I repeat, you must go see Magic Gardens. Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens (PMG) inspires creativity and community engagement by educating the public about folk, mosaic, and visionary art through recycled materials. PMG preserves, interprets, and provides access to Isaiah Zagar’s unique mosaic art environment and his public murals. The gardens are truly magical! Before you go, buy your tickets online and reserve your time slot. Slots sell out quickly so I would get them advance. They are $10.
Take a stroll down one of Philadelphia’s most famous streets and experience a variety of eclectic dining, fun shops, artwork, and the city’s best cheesesteaks. Jim’s or Geno’s are my recommendations.
Unfortunately, a weekend trip is never enough time to check out all that Philly has to offer – but, if you make it to a few of these above you’re ensured a great weekend. Happy travels! Until next time, Philly.