An Insider’s Guide to Philadelphia

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Jennifer Schwartz

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  • USA

  • Pennsylvania

  • Philadelphia

  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • Domestic Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Luxury Travel

  • Sightseeing

  • Foodie

  • Museums

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Curator’s statement

I may be biased, but born and raised in Philadelphia, I think that we have it all: arts, culture, food and attitude. As the birthplace of our nation, Philadelphia is rich with historical significance and has been recognized as America’s first UNESCO World Heritage City. From the Rodin to the Reading Terminal, there’s just so much to do and see!

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Where to stay in Philadelphia

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Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center

Discover the modern lifestyle of Philadelphia in this five-star property that hosts luxury rooms, exquisite culinary experiences and an infinity-edge pool.

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The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia

The city’s unofficial grande dame delivers decadent interiors and a plum location near all the city sights.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

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Kimpton Hotel Monaco Philadelphia

A playful addition to the collection of Center City hotels in Philadelphia that stands out due to its whimsical and bright modern design.

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  • $50 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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Things to do in Philadelphia

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art - One of the oldest art museums in America, this world-renowned collection is not to be missed. Look for me lingering in front of Monet’s Marine near Étretat.

  • Rodin Museum - The only dedicated Rodin Museum outside of France, the Rodin Museum houses an intimate collection of sculptures, with a tranquil outdoor garden.

  • Barnes Foundation - Extensive and uniquely displayed collection of impressionist, post-impressionist, and modern arts, chartered by Albert C. Barnes.

  • Wonderspaces - Ever-changing immersive art exhibit. I love taking the kids!

  • Independence National Historical Park - Visit America’s most historic square mile, transport yourself back to the American Revolution and see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Carpenters’ Hall, and Congress Hall.

  • The Franklin Institute - Approachable science museum, with interactive exhibits. This one is a big hit with the kids too!

  • Reading Terminal - Iconic indoor eatery and farmer’s market.

  • Mütter Museum - Museum dedicated to unlocking the mysteries of the human body and the history of modern medicine.

Day Trips from Philadelphia

  • Chanticleer - Just a short drive from the City, you’ll find one of the most idyllic, relaxing, and inspiring gardens in the region. Whenever I need to clear my head, this is where I go.

  • Longwood Gardens - Extensive and gorgeous botanical garden right in Kennett Square.

  • Va La Vineyards - Ok, I’ll let you in on this little secret. Head out to Avondale for some standout blends and a relaxed tasting room, my favorite is the Mahogany.

Places to eat & drink in Philadelphia

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Places for coffee in Philadelphia

Places for Lunch & Brunch in Philadelphia

  • Café La Maude - French/Lebanese brunch destination.

  • Honey’s - A classic.

  • Goldies - The Tahina shake is life-changing.

  • Parc - Iconic French Bistro, on Rittenhouse Square.

Places for Dinner in Philadelphia

Places for Pizza in Philadelphia

Places for Drinks in Philadelphia

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This guide is part of our ongoing series on city travel.