One Day Trip: Philadelphia

It’s a shame I  haven’t done a post on Philly before. I visit once a year if I can. I really could go more as I am only a two hour drive away. A couple of months ago I decided to do a last minute trip to the city of brotherly love with a gal pal and wanted to share with you some places to check out if you are an cosmo shopping gal like me and find yourself here for  a day or two.

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Hotel

We stayed at the Loews  which is walking distance to Reading Terminal Market (where they have all of the food), some shopping, restaurants and bars. Our room was spacious and the hotel was nice with a restaurant and bourbon (my fav) bar inside (Bank and Bourbon). There is also a gym and a pool (which was closed when we were there, grr).

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Shopping

If you are a shopaholic like me Philadelphia is a unique town for that. If you only have a short time, I suggest these two areas for shopping:

South Street Area- This is a very hipsterish part of town where you’ll find everything from consignment shops to exotic shops. My favorite second hand store in this area is Greene Street. Chestnut/Market St area is also another good place to do shopping. There are mostly chain shops like H&M and also some boutiques.

Sightseeing

If you can sneak in another excursion or shopping isn’t your thing check out the Philadelphia Museum of Art and see the Rocky Statute and run up the “Rocky Steps” before checking out the art. If you prefer more of a quirky art check out Magic Gardens also in the South Street area.

If history is your thing go see the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

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Food

Green Eggs Café. This place is super tasty for brunch but has a wait so come early if you can but well worth it!

Zavino– Pizza Wine Bar. Great pizza and drinks. Dark and small, cool spot.

Sampan– Trendy and tasty Asian food spot

Federal Donuts– Unique Specialty Donuts. Oh and Chicken. Fried. Nuff said.

Fun

Karaoke- Yakitori Boy. They have a public space and private rooms for us karaoke fanatics.

Check out Center City for more upscale/cocktail bars such as the Rittenhouse Square area.

Hope this guide helps should you ever find yourself in Philly!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Where to Go If the Election Goes Bad

If your candidate didn’t win or she did and you simply just want some rest after all of that political craziness, here are a couple of places to visit (or stay) to start a new.

Amsterdam– I love a smaller city that is accessible on foot or bike. Amsterdam is a huge biking community. It’s very diverse racially and thought wise. There’s great shopping, eating, and a nice music scene. Also you don’t have to be an expert in Dutch to understand what’s going on. Very welcoming and not too foreign from a liberal, artistic way of life that a U.S. urban cosmo girl should know. amsterdam_reflections_by_matthias_haker-d6tz532

Florence– I fell in love with this city. It’s another smaller town with history and beauty. Shopping is nice, the food is amazing and you aren’t too far from vineyards if you are a wine person. I also found, at the time that I visited, it to be affordable living wise. My sister and I happened upon a real estate office in our wandering and seriously considered purchasing a vacation house (we didn’t get it). A great town to unwind and just enjoy life.florence-italy

Dublin– So the weather isn’t too great here but maybe that’s why the people are so friendly (well probably it’s the whisky) to stay happy. I think the mood of the city is the reason why I picked it for this list. A nice contrast to the angry atmosphere in this past election among the other negativities and injustices occurring. It was nice to visit a town where everyone smiled and said Hi. dublin_h

Puerto Rico, San Juan– So I know that this is a US territory so it’s not far escaping but it’s still an escape. The weather is great, the food is delish (if you can’t tell I’m all about the food) and the music scene is quite nice. Also it has a lot of US chains here so if you want something different but not ready for a big leap this is a good option. And you know, the beach. san_juan_condado_beach_puerto_rico

Cuba– I’ve never been here but why not strike while the iron is hot since we now can visit Cuba and flights are pretty cheap. Indulge in Cuban rum and cigars (which you can now send home to the US if you return). Not sure if you can work here but it’s nice for an escape with the music, food, and vibrant scene. cuba

Toronto– Another place on my visit list. A major plus is that it’s close. It’s diverse, artistic, and pretty busy with lots to do. With festivals, a good food scene, shopping and parks, seems like a nice escape to me from some of the tenseness going on in the U.S. Plus they said we could come if the election didn’t work out. canada-toronto-1