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Jan 10 2017

Philly's Dining Scene Scores Major Media Praise In 2016

Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure, Zagat & So Many Others Rave About Philly’s Fantastic Food

Philadelphia’s raved-about restaurants racked up loads of accolades and positive reviews from media heavy hitters such as Bon Appétit, Travel + Leisure and so many others in 2016. The city ranked #8 on Zagat’s “26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016,” took the #6 spot on The Washington Post’s “10 Best Food Cities in America Ranked” and claimed a place on Travel + Leisure’s “America’s Best Cities for Foodies.” Philadelphia also starred in a major New York Times feature entitled “A Four-Day Feast in Philadelphia.”

Here’s a look at some of the more than 380 articles and accolades highlighting the city’s food and dining scene that VISIT PHILADELPHIA® collected over the past year:

Food Accolades:
December 2016

  • “The 27 Best Ramen Shops in America,” Thrillist – Cheu Noodle Bar (#5) and Terakawa Ramen (#16)

November 2016

  • “The 26 Hottest Food Cities of 2016,” Zagat – Philadelphia is #8

September 2016

  • “The Best Farm-to-Table Restaurant in Every State,” Travel + Leisure – Vedge
  • “The 10 Best Pepperoni Pizzas in America,” The Daily Meal – Pizza Brain is #9

August 2016

  • “The 12 Best Places for Pasta Around the U.S.,” AFAR – Modo Mio
  • “America’s Best Cities for Foodies,” Travel + Leisure
  • “America’s 50 Best New Restaurants 2016,” Bon Appétit – South Philly Barbacoa and
    Wm. Mulherin’s Sons
  • “The 5 Best New Sandwiches in America,” Bon Appétit – Sandwich of the Year: The Classic Lox Sandwich from Philly Style Bagels

June 2016

  • “50 Iconic Foods Across America That Demand a Road Trip,” MSN Foods – Philly cheesesteak is #5

April 2016

  • “10 foodie vacations for every price point,” Canadian Living online
  • “The top 10 restaurants in America, according to OpenTable,” Business Insider – Vetri is #10

March 2016

  • “11 of the Best US Cities for Vegans,” Matador Network – Philadelphia is #5
  • “101 Best Restaurants in America 2016,” The Daily Meal – Zahav (#37) and Vetri (#82)
  • “Best Airport Sitdown Dining,” USA Today’s 10 Best – Local Tavern at Philadelphia International Airport is #7
  • “5 Travel Destinations for Foodies,” Black Enterprise

February 2016

  • 2016 Star Ratings, Forbes Travel Guide – Volvér named a five-star restaurant; Lacroix named a four-star restaurant

January 2016

  • “The 50 foods that best represent the 50 states,” USA Today College – Cheesesteak is Pennsylvania’s
  • “America’s 38 Essential Restaurants,” Eater – Zahav and Vedge

December 2015

  • “The 10 Best Food Cities in America Ranked,” The Washington Post – Philly is #6
  • “The 25 Best New Restaurants in America,” Gear Patrol – Neuf
  • “These Are the 10 Best Restaurants in America,” Elle Decor online – Vetri is #10

Great Food Destination Stories:

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On Greater Philadelphia’s official visitor website and blog, and, visitors can explore things to do, upcoming events, themed itineraries and hotel packages. Compelling photography and videos, interactive maps and detailed visitor information make the sites effective trip-planning tools. Along with Visit Philly social media channels, the online platforms communicate directly with consumers. Travelers can also call and stop into the Independence Visitor Center for additional information and tickets.

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Mar 12 2018

Arcades, Drags Shows & Other Unusual Nighttime Fun In Philadelphia

Alternatives To Philly’s Bar-Hopping, Music-Centered Nightlife Scene Stand Out

Philadelphia’s hip bars, jazz lounges, indie rock haunts and electric dance clubs are always worth exploring, but visitors whose after-dark tastes trend toward the less usual can also enjoy ping pong, video games, drag shows and museum parties. To make the nighttime fun continue into the next day, visitors can sleep over and take advantage of the popular Visit Philly Overnight Hotel Package—packed with perks, including free hotel parking, at

Games For Grown-Ups:

  • Barcade – Grown-up gamers can defeat Donkey Kong and master Marble Madness—all while choosing from a list of a couple dozen top-notch microbrews
Mar 8 2018

What’s In The Neighborhood?


Dubbed the “Loft District” by real estate developers and “The Eraser ’Hood” by locals referencing the once-dark landscape that inspired former resident David Lynch’s 1977 cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something between these two extremes. The stylish-yet-still-transforming neighborhood attracts both young professionals who enjoy its high-end condos and close proximity to Center City and artists looking for affordable studio and gallery spaces. The formerly industrial neighborhood charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and hidden cultural gems.

Just north of Center City, Callowhill’s boundaries run from 8th to Broad

Feb 26 2018

Black-Owned Shops, Restaurants, Day Spas & More Boom In Philadelphia

Visitors To Philly Can Support Independent, Brick-And-Mortar African-American Businesses

Philadelphia is rich in Black culture, heritage and history. The tradition carries on in Philly’s array of Black-owned and -operated shops, restaurants, galleries and bars. Need some serious comics? Amalgam Comics & Coffeehouse. A made-to-measure suit with Super Bowl cred? Damari Savile. Unforgettable cultural experience? West Philadelphia’s inimitable arts space, the Tiberino Museum. Have a long list of great people to gift shop for? Options for the perfect something abound. Here’s a traveler-tailored list of some of the city’s standout Black-owned businesses:


  • Black and Nobel – Hakim Hopkins, owner. This independently owned store, almost exactly where Broad Street
Feb 7 2018

What's In The Neighborhood?

East Passyunk Avenue & Pennsport

For decades, insiders have headed to South Philadelphia—particularly the neighborhoods east of Broad Street, for the red-gravy Italian restaurants. Today, the area around East Passyunk Avenue—a diagonal interruption to Philadelphia’s grid layout—has enjoyed much revitalization. This is especially so on the food front, with many new eateries earning enormous acclaim from Bon Appétit, The New York Times, Travel & Leisure and more.

Visitors who stroll down Passyunk (pronounced “pah-shunk” by locals) find boutiques, cafes, gastropubs, excellent Malaysian (Saté Kampar), French (Laurel, Will BYOB) and Filipino (Perla) fare, as well as the ristoranti (Marra’s,

Feb 7 2018

What's In The Neighborhood?

Northern Liberties

Once considered an up-and-coming neighborhood, Northern Liberties has officially arrived, evidenced by the international restaurants, respected gastropubs and trendy boutiques—all this while maintaining the artistic vibe that made it so cool in the first place.

The warehouses that populate the former manufacturing district found new life as condos, galleries, stores and restaurants, and along with newly designed buildings, Northern Liberties enjoys a pleasant mix of older functional and modern design. Two shopping/dining/art/entertainment plazas helped make the area accessible and thriving: Liberties Walk and The Schmidt’s Commons.

The neighborhood lies a little over a mile north of Old City and about

Feb 7 2018

What's In The Neighborhood?

Fishtown And The River Wards

Northeast of Center City, Philadelphia’s Fishtown, Kensington and Port Richmond—collectively known as the River Wards—are some of the city’s most rapidly changing neighborhoods. An influx of restaurants, bars, music venues, art galleries and residents are quickly transforming the makeup of these formerly working-class sections along the Delaware River.

Philadelphians have found new and innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians in what’s now Penn Treaty Park. It’s the only place in the city where, in the same evening, someone can buy a custom-made guitar (DiPinto Guitars), drink craft beer while playing

Dec 21 2017

What’s In The Neighborhood?

Washington Square West

Washington Square West is a historic Center City neighborhood named for a 17th-century park and including the vibrant enclaves of Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Named “Southeast Square” in 1682, Washington Square originally served as a grazing pasture, potter’s field and gathering spot for early African-Americans—who dubbed the park “Congo Square”—on the edge of the original city of Philadelphia. Today, modern residences surround the park, now home to the Tomb of the Unknown Revolutionary War Soldier, a sycamore moon tree and a steady stream of visitors. To Washington Square’s north are the 150 jewelry merchants of Jewelers’ Row.

Dec 11 2017

Fuel Up This Winter With Philly's New Restaurants

New Openings Include French Bakeries, Neighborhood Bistros, Greek Fast Food & More

There’s no hibernating this winter—not when Philadelphia’s restaurant scene offers so many fresh ways to stay warm and energized. Among the worth-bundling-up-for culinary newcomers: a second location for a beloved Korean fried chicken spot (Andy’s Chicken), a destination-worthy American-style brasserie for Old City from Laurel’s Nick Elmi (Royal Boucherie) and a pair of new gyro kitchens (Moustaki and Yeeroh). The following are just some of the latest reasons to bundle up, with more on the way in the New Year:

Center City:

  • Alice – The folks behind Rittenhouse coffee shop Gran Caffe L’Aquila
Dec 6 2017

What's In The Neighborhood?

Rittenhouse Square

Long considered one of the toniest neighborhoods in the city, Rittenhouse Square isn’t just an enviable address. It’s a lifestyle. Home to a number of hotels along with dozens of restaurants and shops, Rittenhouse serves as a point of pride for locals and a favorite among out-of-towners.

Along Rittenhouse’s busy sidewalks—many with seating for alfresco dining and drinking in the warm months—residents and visitors find high-end stores; locally owned boutiques; small galleries; bargain stores; theaters and entertainment; cafes; beer, wine and cocktail bars; and restaurants of all kinds, from petite BYOBs to crowd-pleasing chains. The neighborhood buzzes with activity all

Dec 5 2017

What's In The Neighborhood?

Fairmount & Spring Garden

Because of their proximity to the renowned arts and cultural institutions along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia’s Fairmount and Spring Garden neighborhoods are often referred to as the “Art Museum area.” But the personalities of these historic, laid-back, diverse communities are distinct in their own right.

Fairmount stands on its own as a destination in Philadelphia. The residential neighborhood is considered a sort of urban suburb, thanks to friendly residents and atmosphere. What’s a visitor to do here? Eat, drink and tour the former prison-turned-museum, Eastern State Penitentiary.

Wedged between the cultural powerhouses of the Parkway and better-known Fairmount, Spring