6 places you have to go if you’re in Philly

I was born in Philadelphia and since have been lucky enough to discover all the best pieces of it.

As I’m headed back home for the holidays, I want to share a few of my favorite recommendations.

There’s many famous landmarks to see and a few spots to know about that’re off the beaten path.

The city of brotherly love is full of history, culture, cuisine and adventure and here is a list of must-dos for the next time you’re in town!


Where to eat:


My favorite restaurant in the city sits right on the corner of Rittenhouse Square. It’s an amazing French restaurant with all the classics from fresh-baked baguettes and croissants to steak frites. It’s perfect for brunch or dinner with a bistro ambiance, including open doors and outdoor seating.


Pat’s vs. Geno’s

For the local Philadelphia experience, stop at the corner of 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue in South Philly. For over 40 years, both Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks have competed for the best cheesesteak in town.

While I’m partial to Pat’s, you’ll have to stop by and decide for yourself as it’s almost always a tie. Both are open 24/7!


The Franklin Fountain

For those with a sweet tooth, Franklin’s is the place to be. Located in Old City, this homemade ice cream parlor has an endless amount of original flavors and is always known as a local favorite.



What to do:

Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens


The city is full of art, and these magic gardens are a perfect way to get the experience outside of a museum. The gardens are a non-profit museum displaying both local and international work in an environment that’s completely covered with mosaics.



The iconic “Rocky” statue and steps

This is a famous landmark you can’t miss. Head to the steps of The Philadelphia Art Museum and to run up the same stairs as Sylvester Stallone did in “Rocky.”


Bike Pedal Tour

For a fun adventure with a mini workout, sign up for a bike pedal tour! It’s great for groups and allows you to explore the city in a new way.


by Nicolette Tamburri

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