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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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!