Things to do in Philadelphia
Benjamin Franklin's grave, Betsy Ross' house, Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell--a list of things to do in Philadelphia is chocked full of iconic American history. Take a walk through the Old City and glimpse its colonial landmarks. Then, explore historic public parks such as Rittenhouse Square and the surrounding streets full of stately homes.
Other ideas of what to do in Philadelphia include stops at the city's masterpiece-stocked art museums. View pieces like "The Thinker" at the Rodin Museum, and see the "Rocky" steps outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
There are also plenty of things to do in Philadelphia for foodie travelers. The city is home to a myriad of first-class brick-and-mortar eateries, along with stops like the Italian Market and Reading Terminal Market, all home to restaurants, produce stands, boutiques and more.
An itinerary of what to do in Philadelphia wouldn't be complete without a taste of a Philly cheesesteak. No-frills, late-night stops like Geno's Steaks and Pat's King of Steaks--the inventor of the sandwich--have gained worldwide followings for their beloved greasy bites.
Though the ladies behind this Center City gift and housewares shop may be better known for their popular Philly restaurants (which include Lolita, Barbuzzo, and Grocery), Open House was actually their first joint venture.
Shadowy second-floor cloister
Two-story design studio carrying everything from coffee-table books to club chairs.
Since 2004, this Northern Liberties-area art gallery has showcased contemporary artists who incorporate unusual materials — from found objects to 3-D installations — into their works. The bi-level space houses several exhibitions at any given time.
Recently restored by its new owners, Chick’s maintains the original pressed-tin ceiling and cherry bar, and features great classic-inspired cocktails.
This venus has closed.
Menswear shop with the latest street styles.
A cross-city sister to the Old City Continental martini bar, restauranteur Stephen Starr launched this Rittenhouse Square restaurant/lounge in 2004.
A favorite professional dealers’ source for Midcentury furniture.
Housed inside the Reading Terminal Market, this gourmet food and souvenir shop specializes in locally made sweets, snacks, and crafts, all of which are available individually and in elaborate gift baskets.
Although a lounge by name, Liberté—inside the Hotel Sofitel—serves more than cocktails. The all-day menu has an eclectic variety of international dishes with a distinct French influence. The Center City restaurant's interiors include wingback chairs, red tones, and soft lighting.
This Old City clothes and accessories boutique stocks vintage and designer pieces from foreign labels, as well as up-and-coming domestic brands. Opened in 2004, the shop's interior has hardwood floors and round display tables showcasing shoes and accessories.
Inspired by European coffee culture, this Philadelphia-based coffeehouse is now an international chain with locations in New York, Chicago, and Seoul.
Stylish industrial space. In addition to great cocktails, Twenty Manning serves Black Angus burgers that are among the best in Philadelphia.
Hauled by steam locomotives, this 45-minute train loops through a pastoral strip of Lancaster County, from Strasburg to Leaman Place Junction and back. Working farms, many of them Amish, make up the bulk of the scenery.