Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Top 10 Areas to Visit in Philly

(from a native Philadelphian)

1. Independence Mall – Constitution Center, Hotel Monaco, Independence Hall

2. Italian Market – Isgro’s Pastries, Di Bruno Bros, Pat’s/Geno’s Steaks* 

3. Fishtown – Frankford Hall, Barcade, Johnny Brenda’s

4. Chestnut Hill – Top of the Hill Market & Cafe, McNally’s Tavern, The Cheese Shop

5. Rittenhouse Square – Continental Midtown (18th and Walnut)

6. East Oak Lane – Soho Cafe, Melrose Hardware, & the oldest, character-filled, unpretentious mansions in the city**

7. Reading Terminal Market – Beck’s Cajun Cafe, Bassett’s Ice Cream, & DiNic’s Pork & Beef

8. Stadium Area – Citizens Bank Park, Xfinity Live!, Lincoln Financial Field Shaded Parking Lots

9. 2nd and South St. – Bridget Foy’s, Headhouse Square, & Wawa

10. Boathouse Row – Waterworks, Bishop’s Collar, Philadelphia Art Museum Steps 

Finally, walk around the museum to find what you’ve been waiting for…the Art Museum Steps. Summon your inner Stallone and run up those steps. Do it! Hit the top step, put your hands in the air triumphantly, catch your breath, then put your arms down and turn around. What you’ll see is one of the most picturesque panoramas a city can offer.

Your view will include 1,000+ yards of sculptures, fountains, landscape, architecture, and an overwhelming sense of depth and culture. All of which ends in the most beautiful city hall in America, topped by the watchful protecting eye of William Penn himself. Snap a shot. Post it on Instagram and Facebook. Then put down your phone. Sit down for a while and take it all in.

This city is truly amazing!

*Pat’s and Geno’s steaks, which reside at 13th and Passyunk, are not technically at the Italian Market (9th and Christian), but they are too important to miss. Well worth the short walk.

**Bias Alert – I admit that I grew up in East Oak Lane. Though nonetheless worthy of being on the list, I divulge my own personal acclimations towards the neighborhood of my youth.