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Sure, Philadelphia is an exciting place to visit on the weekends, but it’s also a happening spot Monday through Thursday. Visitors can dig into a great meal, catch a concert at a major music venue, dance it up at a club or watch one of the hometown teams do their thing in South Philly. They can also opt for something a little more off-the-beaten path: happy hours at museums, open-mic nights, poetry readings, cooking classes, dance lessons, drag shows and more. In fact, there’s so much to do, visitors will want to book a hotel deal at visitphilly.com/hotels, and stay...
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 popular restaurants and shops. The Gayborhood sets itself apart with dozens of rainbow street signs that adorn poles
Steps away from the most historic square mile in America, the Market East neighborhood serves as a gateway to the city’s business, shopping and entertainment district. Originally known as High Street, what is now called Market Street is a busy boulevard, particularly during the daytime as shoppers, workers and visitors fill the street.
Bordered by Old City to the east, Chinatown to the north and Washington Square West to the south and dominated by Philadelphia’s elaborately embellished City Hall, the Market East neighborhood is largely commercial with boundaries that stretch roughly from 7th to 15th Streets and Chestnut...
All of Philadelphia’s a stage in 2014 when the Free Library of Philadelphia, The Philadelphia Shakespeare Theatre and other arts organizations join together to present the Year of the Bard: Shakespeare at 450, a celebration of the famed playwright. Festivities include ongoing exhibitions at the Free Library of Philadelphia, an outdoor birthday celebration, pop-up performances, chamber music concerts, literary salons and more. That makes 2014 a blooming great time to explore the region’s British treasures. Visitors can top off their teacups with visits to the city’s historic sites, pubs and sporting events. Here’s a look at some of Philadelphia’s English...
Long a pioneer in the environmental movement, Philadelphia is attracting increasing global attention for its efforts to establish itself as a leader in urban sustainability. Attractions, organizations and the Philadelphia itself hold prestigious designations—from the city receiving a major award from the Environmental Protection Agency to a world-renowned golf club utilizing used motor oil to heat its mechanic’s shop. Not to be outdone, the region’s service amenities and modes of transportation are also advancing the green revolution. In 2014, Philadelphia will unveil its new Bike Share program, giving people access to about 50 bike stations throughout Center City and parts...
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. Ethnically diverse restaurants, bars that keep the party going long after dessert and galleries and performance spaces help make South Street the place where everyone meets. 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 who you ask) spans...
Fall brings a colorful slate of restaurant openings to Philadelphia. On the list are new locations for local quick spots Plenty and HipCityVeg, along with a contemporary reboot of Fork’s next door café and several Euro-centric bring-your-own-bottle (BYOB) spots. Here are just a few of the region’s autumnal additions, arriving just in time for turtleneck season:
- Long-running casual market-cafe Fork:etc. was recently reborn as High Street on Market, showcasing chef Eli Kulp’s creative cookery in the form of delicious pastries and breads and inventive salads, pasta dishes and sandwiches by day and contemporary American cuisine focused on
Beyond the colorful Friendship Arch at 10th and Arch Streets lives Philly’s vibrant Asian enclave, settled in the mid-19th century by Cantonese immigrants. Stretching from Vine to Arch Streets between 9th and 12th Streets, the neighborhood is packed end to end with restaurants and stores that represent Hong Kong, Cantonese, Fujianese, Northern Sichuan and Taiwanese cultures, with a sprinkling of Korean, Thai, Malaysian, Burmese, Vietnamese and hipster thrown in for good measure. On any given day or night, Chinatown bustles with activity and authenticity, from the steaming platters of hand-stretched noodles to the seasonal street festivals...
The Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis exhibition opens on October 14, 2013 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA)—its only American showing—and visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to explore the metropolis of Philadelphia and its many modernist and French connections. The exhibit, which runs through January 4, 2014, includes 160 works, centered on Léger’s post-Cubist masterpiece The City (1919), as well as pieces by other renowned artists of the period such as Mondrian, Cassandre and van Doesburg. Outside the PMA, visitors can turn their attention to the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic and architectural influences of the...
Philadelphia’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is jam packed with fun, food and culture. Visitors who want to experience the month-long celebration have plenty of options: They can follow the laughter to the Arden Theatre for the hit comedy Mujeres de Par en Par; indulge at celebrity chef Jose Garces’ Volver, his newest venture located inside the Kimmel Center; and join a couple fiestas—Penn’s Landing’s Mexican Independence Day Festival and the Puerto Rican Day Parade on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter for all of Philly’s Hispanic Heritage Month happenings.
Festivals & Parades:
- Those hoping to
The Greater Philadelphia Tourism Marketing Corporation (GPTMC) continues to innovate with the image-building photo-sharing app Instagram. Here are two new ways the Visit Philly Instagram account engages its 5,700 followers:
- Philadelphia Public Art Photo Contest: Beginning on August 22, 10 people have the chance to win a membership to one of Philadelphia’s cultural institutions or an art-filled Philadelphia getaway by snapping a photo of public art—murals, sculptures, gardens or paintings in museums and galleries—in the Philadelphia region. Part of the With Art Philadelphia™ campaign, the contest encourages user-generated photography of Philadelphia’s abundant arts scene. To submit, users upload an
LOCATION: Historic District, Center City and University City
TRANSPORTATION: By foot in Historic District, by taxi or Septa for locations beyond
TIME: Three days, two nights
SUMMARY: Featured on visitphilly.com/itineraries, this exploration beckons visitors to follow Benjamin Franklin through the streets of his adopted city, where he invented many institutions and products still in use today and where later generations have created many attractions that honor his legacy. The itinerary starts at the newly renovated Benjamin Franklin Museum, full of Franklin’s possessions, inventions and interactive games to help visitors better understand one of history’s most prolific men.
Fall in Philadelphia means the air is cool and crisp; seasonal fruits and vegetables transform local cuisine; hues of orange, red and brown dominate the landscape; and tens of thousands of people gather at spots all over the region for awesome autumnal festivals. Whether revelers don their Harry Potter-style glasses and broomsticks (Harry Potter Weekend), set out to watch ancient Chinese sea vessels race along the Schuylkill River (Philadelphia International Dragon Boat Festival) or enjoy Grammy Award-winning musical acts (WHYY Connections Festival), there’s something to celebrate all season long in Philadelphia. Here are 25 not-to-be-missed events:
Arts & Crafts:
There’s no such thing as too much heat in Philly kitchens—in fact, summer brings a whole new lineup of edible inspirations. There’s the region’s first Jewish-Italian deli (The Avenue Delicatessen), a bring-your-own cheesesteak spot (Garage), several Mediterranean fast-casual eateries (Ango Grill, Hummus Grill and Zoe’s Kitchen) and vacation-inspired goodies such as lobster rolls (Luke’s Lobster) and popsicles (Lil Pop Shop). Here’s what’s hot and cool in Philly’s restaurant scene this summer:
- Bubbies and nonnas can eat in harmony at The Avenue Delicatessen in Lansdowne. The Italian-Jewish fusion fare includes
Philadelphia’s Latin flair extends well past the boundaries of Center City and the city’s traditional Hispanic neighborhood, El Centro de Oro. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, from 2000-2010, the Hispanic population grew 46% in Philadelphia, representing 12.3% of the city’s total population. Latin restaurants, galleries and attractions have grown with the trend, popping up in ethnically diverse neighborhoods—much to the delight to residents and visitors of all backgrounds. Here are some places that put the amor in the City of Brotherly Love’s neighborhoods.
For more about Philadelphia’s thriving Latino culture, follow @PhillyTeAma on Twitter.
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Tucked inside the larger Midtown Village neighborhood, The Gayborhood has always been known as an enclave for lively nightspots and excellent restaurants. Now, with a new wave of openings, including chi-chi taverns, a biergarten/wursthouse, a second location for a popular Indian restaurant and the latest from 13th Street powerhouse couple Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, the dining and drinking scene here tastes better than ever. Here’s a look at some of the newest spots in the area where locals and visitor can get their food and drink on:
- In August, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran are
Few openings get the kind of anticipatory buzz that’s surrounding Pizzeria Vetri, celebrity chef Marc Vetri’s fifth Philadelphia restaurant and his first to exclusively focus on the pie. With an 8,500-pound wood-burning oven, the Fairmount parlor is sure to turn out pizza like no other when it opens this summer.
Yet that’s just the tip of the crust as it were. There’s a world of pizza secrets to explore in the Philadelphia region, from a suburban “speakeasy” to some rightfully picky pizza makers to dough-throwing classes in chefs’ open kitchens. Here are just a few ways to take a passion...
As the Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis exhibition opens on October 14, 2013 at the Philadelphia Museum of Art—its only American showing—Philadelphia continues its longstanding love affair with all-things French. Visitors in town for the Léger exhibit, which runs through January 4, 2014, can marvel at approximately 160 works, including his iconic Cubist masterpiece The City, as well as pieces by other renowned artists like Mondrian, Cassandre and van Doesburg. Afterwards, Francophiles can turn their attention to the region’s many French cultural, gastronomic, architectural and fashion influences, including the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, planned and designed by two Frenchmen...
The wave of coffee enthusiasm is clearly here to stay in Greater Philadelphia. The first Coffee & Tea Festival, to be held November 2-3 at the Philadelphia Expo Center, will celebrate local love for the mighty bean with exhibitions, tastings, classes and more. Of course, the region’s java scene has been percolating for years now: Cafes roast their own signature beans, baristas specialize in perfectly engineered espressos and coffeehouses use one-of-a-kind La Marzocco machines. From an Australian flat white to a Chemex-brewed cuppa, the possibilities for delicious caffeination are endless. Here are just a few area favorites:
There’s only one place for beer lovers to be this summer, and that’s Philadelphia, where beer gardens abound and where craft beers are king. The two newest additions to the city’s beer garden scene are limited-run only spots: the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Pop Up Garden, a beautifully landscaped lot that’s home to a beer shack serving local brews; and The Oval, the Eakins Oval-transformed oasis that turns into a beer garden and entertainment hotspot on Thursday nights in summer.
Here’s a look at the city’s beer gardens—all places where suds devotees can enjoy warm temps and laid-back vibes, along with...