Italian neighborhood in the City of Brotherly Love.
Exploring South Philadelphia
Credit: © Cindy Jensen

South Philly’s proud immigrant heritage lives on in this neighborhood, best known for its farmers’ markets, coffee houses, and, of course, cheese steaks. Navigating the city is easy, though be sure to brush up on your parallel parking skills.

Anthony's Italian Coffee House & Chocolate House

Anthony's, a wooden storefront located in Philadelphia's Ninth Street Italian Market, opened in the 1930s. The environment is Old World, with small, marble-topped tables, dark-wood wainscoting, and tall, wooden shelves stocked with sacks of coffee and baskets of cellophane-wrapped candies. Traditional Italian pastries like chocolate chip cannoli, are displayed on a tiled counter. The espresso bar serves a variety of brewed coffee drinks; the Venetian roast is a popular signature blend. Frozen coffee drinks are kept cold and undiluted with coffee ice cubes. Chocolate-covered figs stuffed with chopped almonds are a specialty here. Panini filled with Italian meats and cheeses are served for both breakfast and lunch.

Pat's King of Steaks

It wouldn’t be Philly without a cheese steak, so lay on the Cheese Wiz at this iconic restaurant. “Pat” is Pat Olivieri—the South Philly hot dog vendor who’s credited with inventing the Philly cheesesteak (with his brother Harry) back in 1920. The street-side take out window has been drawing long lines since 1930, holding the onions—or not—for everyone from Humphrey Bogart to John McCain.

Thomas Bond House

Set in tony Society Hill (a 10-minute taxi ride away), the hotel features period furniture in a circa-1769 row house across from Independence Hall.