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Jul 24 2015

What's on South Street?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Coffee Shops On South Street

Long known as the edgiest street in Philadelphia, South Street welcomes more than just hippies these days. Shoppers searching for a statement-making look, visitors hungry for a real Philly cheesesteak and music lovers who want to catch an up-and-coming band head to the storied boulevard. Also lining South are ethnically diverse restaurants, bars that keep the party going long after dessert, galleries and performance spaces.

Over the past decade, the development of South Street’s east side has spread west of Broad Street, but the traditional definition of the district (depending on who you ask) spans up to 14 blocks: Front

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Jul 21 2015

What's In The Graduate Hospital Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Coffee Shops, Boutiques & Parks In The Graduate Hospital Neighborhood

Graduate Hospital goes by many names (Center City South, South of South, G-Ho), which is fitting for a neighborhood that draws its personality from the people inside it: young transplants, born-and-raised neighbors, hip urban professionals, craft beer crowds and more. In recent years, the area stretching from Lombard Street to Washington Avenue and from Broad Street to Gray’s Ferry Avenue has accumulated a healthy dose of restaurants, bars, cafes, shops and markets that reflect the area’s residential and cool vibe.

The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) has picked this ’hood for its summertime PHS Pop Up Garden two years in a

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Jun 24 2015

Philadelphia Food Trucks Satisfy

The Mobile Food Movement Flourishes In Many City Neighborhoods Via Classic, Casual & Contemporary Cuisine

Say it five times fast: Philly’s fallen for food trucks. From Temple University’s campus to South Philly, the beyond-fun dining craze has truly boomed. If a diner craves something, chances are he or she can source it on wheels: brick-oven soppressata pizza, green-tea macaroons, gourmet mac and cheese, Spam musubi, sweet-cream ice cream, pour-over coffee. That’s not even mentioning staples such as soul food, cheesesteaks, crepes and falafel. 

Lunch seekers can find trucks all over the city, especially near universities, but they know to check Twitter before they make a trip. These trucks have wheels and often use them to

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Jun 15 2015

It's The Year Of Urban Public Spaces In Philadelphia

Reclaimed Outdoor Spaces Invigorate The City & Offer Modern Opportunities For Leisure

In The New York Times' influential “52 Places To Go In 2015” article, writer Nell McShane Wulfhart calls Philadelphia “an urban outdoor oasis,” attributing the city’s transformation to places like Dilworth Park, Race Street Pier, Spruce Street Harbor Park and Bike Share. And what an urban oasis it is.

Philadelphia’s residents and visitors are heading outdoors in huge numbers thanks to the activation of many under-utilized spaces in recent years. Lively urban parks, reimagined recreational landscapes and spirited pop-up gardens have taken over once-overlooked patches of land and water. These transformations have the city’s civic planners reclaiming

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Feb 20 2015

What's In The Fishtown Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Cafes, Art & Shops In Philadelphia’s Fishtown Neighborhood

Like its hip neighbor Northern Liberties, Fishtown has quickly become one of the coolest sections of Philadelphia, thanks to an influx of quality restaurants, inventive bars, impressive music venues and forward-thinking art galleries.

Philadelphians have found new and innovative uses for Fishtown ever since William Penn made peace with the Lenape Indians there 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, drink craft beer while playing Tetris, eat stellar Yugoslavian food and visit the world’s only pizza museum. Fishtown’s Frankford Avenue Arts Corridor serves

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Feb 18 2015

What's In The Callowhill Neighborhood?

Food, Drinks, Culture, Shops, Galleries & Nightlife In Philadelphia's Callowhill 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 cult classic Eraserhead, Callowhill is something in 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-yet-expansive studio and gallery spaces. It’s a formerly industrial neighborhood that charms with a rich stock of large, urban buildings, remnants of cobblestone streets, edgy rock clubs, emerging galleries and the kind of hidden cultural gems that intrigue visitors and residents alike.

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Feb 18 2015

What's In The Bella Vista And Queen Village Neighborhoods?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars & Cafes In Queen Village & Bella Vista

Once considered working-class suburbs, the tree-lined South Philadelphia neighborhoods of Queen Village and Bella Vista have spent the past decade establishing themselves as some of the city’s most stable and vibrant places to live, work, dine and shop. Small, mostly historic townhouses and a mix of new and well-established businesses make up these side-by-side neighborhoods. Residents both new and old are passionate about maintaining pocket parks and patronizing independent merchants and restaurants. The districts’ busiest byways include the open-air Italian Market on South 9th Street and the mini neighborhood of west-to-east-running South Street.

Directly south of Old City and

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Jan 16 2015

What's In The Old City Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Shops, Bars, Cafes, Galleries & Theaters In Historic Philadelphia’s Old City

Located just next to Independence Mall, where the country’s Founding Fathers declared liberty and built a free nation, Old City still boasts charming cobblestone streets and plenty of 18th-century charm—along with an independent streak that’s evident in everything from its owner-operated shops to its edgy art scene.

Its proximity to the Liberty Bell, Penn’s Landing and the Benjamin Franklin Bridge make Old City a favorite for out-of-towners as much as for the residents who call it home. People love the neighborhood for its fashionable boutiques, great restaurants, eclectic galleries and theaters and vibrant nightlife. Especially popular are First

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Jan 14 2015

What's In The Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Cafes & Culture in Philadelphia's Rittenhouse Square Neighborhood

Long-considered one of the toniest neighborhoods in the city, Rittenhouse Square isn’t just an enviable address. It’s a lifestyle. And since it’s home to a number of hotels, the neighborhood remains an out-of-towner favorite.

Along the Rittenhouse sidewalks—many of which boast seating for alfresco dining and drinking in the warm months—residents and visitors find high-end stores; locally owned boutiques; small galleries; theaters and entertainment; cafes; beer, wine and cocktail bars; and restaurants of all kinds. With all this, the neighborhood buzzes with activity all year long.

The one-square-block park that gives the neighborhood its name is more popular with sunbathers,

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Nov 16 2014

What's In The Washington Square West Neighborhood?

Restaurants, Bars, Shops, Galleries & Theaters In Washington Square West, Midtown Village & The Gayborhood

Three neighborhoods in one: That’s the perfect way to describe Washington Square West, a thriving enclave that also includes Midtown Village and the Gayborhood. Running roughly from 7th to Broad streets and Chestnut to South streets, the buzzed-about ’hood is increasingly a go-to spot for trendy restaurants and owner-operated boutiques.

Midtown Village maintains its own personality thanks to a small-business boom concentrated on the 13th Street corridor, where power couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran preside over a handful of restaurants and shops. The Gayborhood sets itself apart with dozens of rainbow street signs, along with many restaurants

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Jul 16 2014

Backgrounder: Pet-friendly Philadelphia

Pet lovers are crazy about their animal companions and spend $61 billion a year in the U.S. on pet services and accouterments to prove it. For those who love to spoil their pet but hate to leave him behind while traveling, the Philadelphia region proves to be the “purr-fect” getaway. Pet-friendly hotels, restaurants and retail shops welcome visitors and their animals in all sections of the city and its suburbs. With canine-friendly parks to VIP (Very Important Pet) hotel programs, it’s easy to bring furry friends along for the ride. Here’s how:

Four-“Bone” Hotels:

  • At the Four Seasons Hotel
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Jun 9 2014

Philly's Got Soul By The Forkful

The Region’s Dining Scene Is Steeped In Southern, Soul & Caribbean Flavors

Nothing’s more satisfying than a plate of down-home eats, and thankfully, Philly’s dining scene is rich in catfish, jerk chicken and macaroni and cheese. Whether it’s a gourmet spin on turkey wings, a zesty bowl of jambalaya or a slice of sweet-potato pie, hearty goodness abounds at the region’s soul, southern, Cajun and Caribbean eateries. Here’s a look of some of the mouthwatering delights sure to make a visit to Philly a filling one:

Hot Buttered Soul:

  • South Street’s Ms. Tootsie’s serves up irresistibly homey eats (crab mac and cheese balls, smothered pork and turkey chops and some of
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May 30 2013

Poll: Philly's Beer Scene Runneth Over

GPTMC’s Newly Created “Philly Friends” Panel Has Spoken, & 54% Love Their Suds Alfresco

Inspired by Philly Beer Week, kicking off today, the Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) polled the newly created Philly Friends opinion panel about the city’s beer scene. The findings are mouthwatering.

Question #1: What do you think makes Philly’s beer scene so impressive? (Select all that apply.)

  • Beer-centric pubs & bars – 76%
  • Quality breweries – 69%
  • Beer gardens – 54%
  • Philly Beer Week – 43%
  • Bartenders who know their stuff – 37%
  • Home-brewing scene – 19%
  • Other – 7%

Question #2: What is your favorite place in Philadelphia to enjoy beer on a hot summer day?

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May 8 2013

What's New & Notable In Philly's Restaurant Scene This Spring?

In Bloom: BYOBs, Gastropubs, A Biergarten, A Raw Bar, A Noodle Bar & More

Spring in Philadelphia means more than baseball and cherry blossoms: It also means brand-new BYOBs, gastropubs, a biergarten, a raw bar, a noodle bar and the list goes on. Among the crowd of culinary creators are a number of second, third and beyond acts by some of the region’s hottest restaurateurs. And, as is appropriate in the warm weather, there’s news on the ice cream front too. Here’s what’s cooking in Philly this spring:

Recent Openings:

  • Northern European cuisine, including smoked fish, smørrebrød, bitterballen and lots of beets, get their day in the sun thanks to Chef Joncarl Lachman’s
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Oct 22 2012

What's In The Northwest Philadelphia Neighborhoods?

Local Brews, Great Reads & Tasty Treats Abound In Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Mt. Airy & West Oak Lane

Getting to the diverse and historic neighborhoods of Chestnut Hill, Germantown, Mt. Airy and West Oak Lane is a cinch via SEPTA, Philadelphia’s public transportation system. Check bus and regional rail schedules at septa.org before heading off to explore these vibrant enclaves in the northwest section of the city.

Chestnut Hill (via the Chestnut Hill East/West train lines or the #23 Bus):
With a higher elevation than the rest of the city, Chestnut Hill was once a vacation spot for those who wanted to escape the summer heat of the lower-lying parts of the city. Today, the neighborhood’s eclectic

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Mar 12 2012

Eat On The Green This Spring In Philadelphia

Restaurant Gardens Set The Scene For A Beautiful Meal In Philadelphia And The Countryside®

With spring about to spring, diners are eager to enjoy their meals alfresco, and fortunately, Philadelphia and The Countryside® is flourishing with plenty of green-minded eateries. Whether it’s dinner in an urban courtyard, brunch in an antique greenhouse or beer and pizza on a green roof, there’s an abundance of options for taking in the local flora. Here’s a look at just a few of the region’s restaurants that boast flower power:

  • The enclosed veranda at The Brick Hotel’s Restaurant overlooks lush, well-tended flower gardens, which are a visual complement to the New American cuisine like line-caught salmon over saffron
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Mar 15 2011

Restaurant Independence In Historic Philadelphia

More Than 100 Restaurants Serve Up Menus From Affordable To Luxurious & Everything In Between

When choosing a restaurant in Historic Philadelphia, the key word is choice. In fact, there are so many restaurants, cafes and bistros that discerning diners could eat out all 108 days of summer without ever hitting the same spot twice. Here are just a few places where diners can please their palates:

Asian & South Asian:

  • Aqua – Those in the know order the special Thai iced tea or bring a favorite libation to this lively and brightly hued BYOB where the Thai and Malaysian cuisine brims with spice. 705 Chestnut Street, (215) 928-2838
  • Buddakan – Under the watchful
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Feb 25 2010

A World Of Flavors In Philadelphia

French, Italian, Asian, Hispanic, Irish, African-American & Jewish Meals Abound In Philly

Philadelphia and The Countryside® continues to build its reputation as a not-to-be-missed foodie town, and the city's diverse and multifaceted restaurant scene is doing its part to give discerning diners a taste of the world. It's in Philadelphia that authentic Burmese ginger salads, Brazilian barbecue and traditional Irish breakfasts are as accessible as Israeli eggplant sandwiches and Korean kimchi. The following is just a sampling of the region's global smorgasbord:

French Flair:

  • The city's premminent French restaurant, Georges Perrier’s Le Bec-Fin is consistently lauded for its superior dining experience. These days the menu has a contemporary twist (Jonah crab
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Feb 27 2009

56 Reasons Why Philly's Dining Scene Is As Tempting As Ever

New Restaurants, Small Plates, Beer Galore, Tea Rooms, Swanky Steakhouses

New On The Scene
There are plenty of newcomers to Philadelphia’s ever-growing restaurant scene. Here’s a look at some of the newest spots on the block:

  • This season’s most anticipated opening, Jose Garce’s Chifa promises the intriguing crossover of Peruvian and Chinese cuisines found in Peru—and now at 7th and Chestnut Streets. Like Garces’ other local holdings Amada, Tinto and Distrito, the menu will focus on made-to share-portions. Dishes will include congee, pork belly buns with foie gras and plenty of daily changing options from a ceviche bar.
  • Nola traditions continue to inspire local cooking. Restaurateur/chef John Mims, best
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Feb 11 2009

12 Cool Places To Eat In Philadelphia

Philly’s Restaurants Serve Up Plenty of Dramatic Atmosphere

A truly memorable restaurant experience goes beyond the plate, and nowhere is this more evident than in the restaurants of Philadelphia and The Countryside®. From a church converted into a Creole restaurant and a century-old boat with multi-leveled decks for dining to a sleek French bistro with a skyscraper’s view and a futuristic Asian restaurant with conveyor-belt sushi, the Philadelphia region is brimming with eateries where the surroundings are as compelling as the food. Here are a dozen examples:

Readapted Spaces:

  • Once a train shed, Reading Terminal Market became the city’s preeminent indoor marketplace in 1893, replacing the whistling
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