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Oct 27 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. The neighborhood buzzes with activity all year long.

The one-square-block park that gives the neighborhood its name is more popular with sunbathers, readers, families, artists and even dogs than city founder William Penn ever could have imagined. Festivals, farmers’ markets, fairs and general merriment make it the city’s best-known—and perhaps, most enjoyed—park.

Boundaries are in the eye of the beholder, but generally, Rittenhouse includes the area between Broad Street and the Schuylkill River and Market and Pine streets. It’s easily accessible for out-of-towners: Two train stations, Suburban Station and Amtrak’s 30th Street Station, are a short walk or cab ride away from any neighborhood point.

Neighborhood tips, itineraries and maps are available at

Restaurants, Bars & Entertainment:

  • 1 Tippling Place – Bargoers who can find this hidden gem—there’s no sign outside—give it rave reviews. Comfortable, living room-style seating areas create an ambiance that’s the perfect mix of casual and upscale. 2006 Chestnut Street, (215) 665-0456,
  • – Part of the chic hotel AKA Rittenhouse Square, caters to the swanky set. Open for lunch and dinner, specializes in oysters, charcuterie and snacks complemented by superb wines, craft beers and cocktails. 1737 Walnut Street, (215) 825-7035,
  • – This understated and modern restaurant located inside AKA Rittenhouse Square opens for brunch, lunch and dinner. An unfussy yet spectacular seasonal menu pairs with a selection of 300 natural wines, cocktails and craft beers. 135 S. 18th Street, (215) 825-7030,
  • Abe Fisher – Taking inspiration from the eclectic world of Jewish food, Michael Solomonov creates updated versions of borscht, schnitzel and, yes, even gefilte fish. Diners can watch the magic happen in the open kitchen at this intimate, dinner-only spot. 1623 Sansom Street, (215) 867-0088,
  • Alma de Cuba – Guests enjoy savory dishes with a Latin flair before topping off the meal with a chocolate Cuban cigar. Attentive service and knockout décor make this a highlight on Stephen Starr’s lengthy Philly resume. 1623 Walnut Street, (215) 988-1799,
  • Art Bar – Art Bar defies “hotel bar” expectations with craft cocktails and a stylish interior thanks to an art program curated by The Center for Emerging Visual Artists. Sonesta Hotel, 1800 Market Street, (215) 561-7500,
  • Bar Bombon – The aesthetic may be inspired by Old San Juan, but the all-vegan menu is thoroughly modern. Patrons enjoy Puerto Rican food with a twist alongside margaritas, available by the glass or pitcher. 133 S. 18th Street, (267) 606-6612,
  • Barclay Prime – Comfy velvet banquettes, crystal chandeliers and a well-dressed crowd create an upscale atmosphere at this iconic steak stalwart. Barclay lives up to the buzz, with the finest meat and delicious handcrafted cocktails. 237 S. 18th Street, (215) 732-7560,
  • The Bards – A dartboard and hearty bar food bring customers in, and pints of creamy Guinness keep them there for hours. The happy-hour crowd orders specials every day—even on Saturday and Sunday. 2013 Walnut Street, (215) 569-9585,
  • The Black Sheep Pub & Restaurant – This three-floor neighborhood pub boasts hearty Irish-inspired menu items, a selection of quality drafts, a plasma television and friendly regulars. Brunch devotees stop in on the weekend for a traditional Irish breakfast and $4 Bloody Marys and mimosas. 247 S. 17th Street, (215) 545-9473,
  • Butcher and Singer – Old Hollywood sets the theme at Stephen Starr’s Rittenhouse steakhouse. Diners order steaks and chops with sides a la carte, and repeat guests quickly learn to save room for after-dinner favorites such as New York-style cheesecake, orange sherbet and baked Alaska. 1500 Walnut Street, (215) 732-4444,
  • Byblos Restaurant and Hookah Bar – Patrons here slip into another world as they feast on Mediterranean cuisine, relax with tableside hookahs, sip on cocktails and dance to world beats. Thursday nights bring free hookahs. 114 S. 18th Street, (215) 568-3050,
  • Cavanaugh’s – With more than 20 televisions and every sports package available, this bar caters to all types of fan—locals and out-of-towners alike. (Yes, even Dallas.) Creative bar food and a dictionary of craft beers bring even the deepest rivals together. 1823 Sansom Street, (215) 665-9500,
  • The Cheesecake Factory – Known for its extensive menu running the gamut from veggie burgers to the famous cheesecake, this popular chain is perched two stories above Walnut Street. The patio seats offer great views and retractable windows let in the pleasant weather. 1430 Walnut Street, (267) 457-2203,
  • The Continental Mid-town – A spirited energy fills the three levels of this fun restaurant and bar. The enclosed rooftop lounge, which stays open year-round, draws a young, fashionable crowd. 1801 Chestnut Street, (215) 567-1800,
  • The Foodery – People help themselves to bottles and cans from the refrigerator wall or order at the counter for a draft. Brew-perfect food comes in the form of hearty sandwiches and charcuterie. 1710 Sansom Street, (215) 567-1500,
  • Crow & the Pitcher – The rotating beer taps and cheese cart selections are the focus at this casual spot. The large front window provides the perfect perch for watching people walk to and from Rittenhouse Square. 267 S. 19th Street, (267) 697-2608,
  • D’Angelo’s Ristorante Italiano – This romantic date spot serves up generations-old family recipes paired with an extensive wine list. On Friday and Saturday nights, guests head to the lounge for cocktails, DJ music and dancing. 256 S. 20th Street, (215) 546-3935,
  • DanDan – A blend of Taiwanese and Sichuan food takes the stage at this bi-level bistro. Balcony seats are the best in the house and the namesake specialty dan dan noodles are not to be missed. 126 S. 16th Street, (215) 800-1165,
  • The Dandelion Pub – Modeled after the contemporary gastropubs in Britain, this cozy Stephen Starr eatery invites Anglophiles to imbibe cask-stored pints and dine on delicious Welsh rarebit, rabbit pie and Stilton cheesecake or sticky toffee pudding. And what would a British restaurant be without afternoon tea? 124 S. 18th Street, (215) 558-2500,
  • Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse – This upscale eatery offers a menu full of flavors in an intimate dining room. The cheesesteak spring rolls and veal chops are favorites among the regulars, and free snacks and drink specials keep the happy hour crowd—well, happy. 111 S. 17th Street, (215) 563-4810,
  • Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse – A former bank building transformed into an impressive bi-level dining room where guests order fine steaks and savory side dishes. A two-story wine tower at the bar acts as the centerpiece of the restaurant, and the area that was once the bank’s vault now hosts private parties. 1426-28 Chestnut Street, (215) 246-0533,
  • Devil’s Alley Bar & Grill – Highlights at this two-story gastropub include the buffalo chicken sandwich, homemade veggie burger and weekend brunch. Outdoor tables and large front windows that stay open when weather permits make Devil’s Alley an after-work hotspot in the warmer months. 1907 Chestnut Street, (215) 751-0707,
  • Devon Seafood Grill – A Rittenhouse mainstay, Devon tempts with its romantic atmosphere, dishes made with fresh ingredients and a not-to-be-missed dessert menu—not to mention its prime location across from the park. On Sundays, guests receive $1 off the tab for each used cork they turn in (up to 25 corks). 225 S. 18th Street, (215) 546-5940,
  • Dizengoff – With just 25 seats, this hummusiya often has a line outside during prime eating hours. Those in the know wait for rich, Isreali-style hummus, freshly baked pita and seasonally changing vegetable salatim. 1625 Sansom Street, (215) 867-8181,
  • Drinkers Pub – As the name suggests, this is a great place to get a drink, particularly for beer fans. The bartenders pour a selection of craft brews, as well as old favorites like Pabst Blue Ribbon and Miller High Life. 1903 Chestnut Street, (215) 564-0914,
  • El Rey – With a welcoming, roadside feel, Stephen Starr’s Mexican restaurant serves brunch, lunch and dinner and hosts a popular happy hour. Mexican sodas and signature margaritas fill diners’ glasses as they enjoy homestyle, south-of-the-border cuisine. 2013 Chestnut Street, (215) 563-3330,
  • Estia – Theatergoers craving upscale Greek are in luck. Right off Broad Street, also called the Avenue of the Arts, Estia offers a pre-theater menu that includes three courses for $30. Live Greek music on Friday and Saturday nights lends a Mediterranean feel to a weekend outing. 1405-07 Locust Street, (215) 735-7700,
  • Fado Irish Pub – A cozy fireplace, savory dishes and draft Guinness make this Irish pub a lively hangout—especially during soccer and rugby matches. Some of the bartenders even speak with an authentic Irish brogue. 1500 Locust Street, (215) 893-9700,
  • Farmer’s Keep – Just because it’s fast doesn’t mean it’s not healthy. Diners choose from 20 salads with the option to add proteins. A ban on nuts, shellfish, gluten, dairy and eggs caters to nearly everyone. 10 S. 20th Street, (215) 309-2928,
  • Fitler Dining Room – Fitler Dining Room serves American cuisine with inflections of classic French bistro fare. The bright, 32-seat space features double-exposure windows and décor made from reclaimed and salvaged materials. 2201 Spruce Street, (215) 732-3331,
  • The Franklin Bar – Drinkers don’t need a password to sip the expertly mixed cocktails at this speakeasy throwback. The knowledgeable servers happily help navigate the menu with those new to the cocktail craze. 112 S. 18th Street, (267) 467-3277,
  • Good Dog Bar and Restaurant – Ideal for a drink and good conversation, this friendly bar features a great jukebox, delicious bar food and a whimsical canine theme. The cheese-stuffed burger and fries (regular or sweet potato) are fan favorites. 224 S. 15th Street, (215) 985-9600,
  • The Happy Rooster – Patrons of all hunger levels find the perfect pairing for their drinks. Snacks include beer-battered pickles, fried oyster sliders and grilled Spanish octopus, while burgers, lobster roll and baby back ribs satisfy grumbling stomachs. 118 S. 16th Street, (215) 963-9311,
  • Irish Pub – The lively bar crowd drinks pints of Irish Pub Stout in the large bar and dining areas, and during warmer weather, the open-air windows let in a pleasant breeze. Sports fans perch around the main bar to catch the game. 2007 Walnut Street, (215) 568-5603,
  • Jane G’s – The work crowd comes to this sleek space studded with red lanterns for business lunches and happy hour. The menu highlights classic Szechuan Chinese dishes, including a chef’s tasting menu for $40. 1930 Chestnut Street, (215) 563-8800,
  • Jose Pistolas – The food is Tex-Mex, but the beer selection is a little more varied. This is the place for those looking for delicious nachos, a big burrito and a pint of microbrew to wash it all down. 263 S. 15th Street, (215) 545-4101,
  • Lacroix at the Rittenhouse – Along with an extensive wine list and elegant décor, the French-infused menu makes this dining gem a true champion. Guests sitting by the windows enjoy views of the square. The Rittenhouse, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 2nd Floor, (215) 790-2533,
  • Ladder 15 – A great place to catch a game, this firehouse-turned-bar boasts multiple TVs and a rotating selection of beers on tap. Bites and bar snacks include truffle fries, macaroni and cheese and spring rolls. On the weekends, a young crowd mixes and mingles to DJ music. 1528 Sansom Street, (215) 964-9755,
  • Le Chéri – Here, a French master prepares French classics, such as steak tartare, onion soup and steak frites. Pierre Calmels hails from Lyon, and this elegant bistro with a secluded garden is a magnifique showcase for his talents. 251 S. 18th Street, (215) 546-7700,
  • Liberté – Located in the lobby of the Sofitel Philadelphia, this modern lounge draws people with its handcrafted cocktails and French-inspired food. The cocktail menu contains a list of libations, plus fun facts about each item. 120 S. 17th Street, (215) 569-8300,
  • The Library Bar – Located just off of the lobby at The Rittenhouse, The Library Bar serves small bites and sophisticated cocktails. As patrons relax on comfortable bar stools, armchairs and couches, they can peruse a carefully curated collection of books and fine art. 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 790-2533,
  • Mama Palma’s – Neighbors have tried their best to keep this wood-fired pizzeria a secret. Diners dig into a variety of traditional and creative pizzas and sip beers chosen from an extensive menu. 2229 Spruce Street, (215) 735-7357,
  • Marathon on the Square – Located a stone’s throw from the park, this eatery is a convenient and satisfying choice for American fare. The build-your-own-omelet option and outdoor seating make it a go-to for brunch on Saturdays and Sundays. 19th & Spruce Streets, (215) 731-0800,
  • Misconduct Tavern – A sports bar with a nautical theme, Misconduct is as proud of its happy hour as it is of its better-than-bar-food menu. Dishes include salmon, shrimp or lamb sliders and macaroni and cheese topped with tomatoes, bacon or roasted red peppers. 1511 Locust Street, (215) 732-5797,
  • Monk’s Café – This Philadelphia beer institution pours only the finest craft pints. Novices shouldn’t be intimidated—the helpful bartenders can help to decipher the “Beer Bible” and suggest the perfect dish to complement the brew. Regulars swear by the burgers, crock of mussels and frites. 264 S. 16th Street, (215) 545-7005,
  • Ocean Prime – This Ohio-based chain combines top-quality steak and seafood to create a modern American supper club. Cocktails and a Wine Spectator-approved vino list wash down the delights coming out of the kitchen. 124 S. 15th Street, (215) 563-0163,
  • Oscar’s Tavern – Oscar’s was a dive bar before they were cool. And it remains true to its “real bar” rep: cheap beer, jukebox, cash-only policy and old-beer smell. 1524 Sansom Street, (215) 972-9938
  • Oyster House – Sam Mink continues his father’s mission of serving fresh seafood at reasonable prices. He presents classic dishes with modern flavors and uses local ingredients whenever possible. The happy hour menu includes buck-a-shuck oysters, $3 beer and a $5 cocktail. 1516 Sansom Street, (215) 567-7683,
  • Parc Brasserie – Diners may feel as though they’ve gone transatlantic while sitting at this Parisian-inspired bistro. From tables across from Rittenhouse Square, people view the park foot traffic while noshing on the crusty fresh breads, onion soup and mussels in Dijon broth. 227 S. 18th Street, (215) 545-2262,
  • Pietro’s Coal Oven Pizzeria – The crust on this top-shelf pizza is thin and crispy from the coal-fired ovens. The menu also includes pasta dishes and salads. 1714 Walnut Street, (215) 735-8090,
  • Pizzeria Vetri – Crowds flock to this pizza shop for authentic Neapolitan-style pies made from the freshest ingredients and helmed by one of Philadelphia’s finest chefs, Marc Vetri. Smart pizza heads know to save room for dessert—the Nutella pizza topped with marshmallows is a menu favorite. 1615 Chancellor Street, (215) 763-3760,
  • The Prime Rib – With a dress code (gentlemen must wear jackets) and a bar serving up perfectly mixed Manhattans, The Prime Rib exudes class. A well-heeled crowd chows down on the delicious steak and seafood dishes. 1701 Locust Street, (215) 772-1701,
  • Ranstead Room – Stephen Starr’s take on the speakeasy shares space with El Rey. Guests can talk to the mixologists to order a special off-menu concoction. 2013 Ranstead Street, (215) 563-3330
  • R2L – The breathtaking views that span 40 miles add a grand atmosphere to Daniel Stern’s bar and restaurant, situated 500 feet above Center City. American cuisine is served in an ultra-modern dining room. The website lists the exact time for the sunset, so guests can be sure to catch the “show.” Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th Street, 37th Floor, (215) 564-5337,
  • Raven Lounge – Free events, eclectic music and board games set Raven Lounge apart from typical bars. Patrons enjoy comedy acts every Thursday night on the second floor. 1718 Sansom Street, (215) 840-3577,
  • Rogues Gallery – The daily happy hour and amped up bar food such as fried deviled eggs with house-cured duck prosciutto keep the after-work crowd satisfied. Thursday through Saturday, resident DJs spin until 2 a.m. 11 S. 21st Street, (215) 561-1193,
  • Rouge – Tucked among tough dining competition, this Rittenhouse Square mainstay serves up classic cocktails, simple dishes and sidewalk seating that’s perfect for midday people watching. 205 S. 18th Street, (215) 732-6622,
  • Seafood Unlimited – Fish lovers flock to this restaurant/market regularly to discover what’s on the menu, largely based on the fresh fish available that day. Diners looking for deals love the all-you-can-eat mussels for $11.95 on Mondays and the half-priced appetizers during the daily happy hour. 270 S. 20th Street, (215) 732-3663,
  • Serafina – The Philadelphia outpost of a New York City staple, Serafina serves thin-crust pizza and Italian dishes to shoppers taking a break from their Walnut Street excursions. Outdoor seats let diners see and be seen. 130 S. 18th Street, (215) 977-7755,
  • Shake Shack – People line up for burgers, dogs and fries from this hip fast-food joint. Those craving an icy-cold milkshake can skip the crowd and jump into the C-line. Friendly staff, outdoor seating, a television and a limited beer list give it a neighborhood vibe. 2000 Sansom Street, (215) 809-1742,
  • Smiths Restaurant & Bar – Suit-and-tie types pile into this sports bar—conveniently located near Center City’s business district—to enjoy happy hour or catch part of a day game during lunch. On Friday and Saturday nights, a DJ keeps the crowd on its feet until morning. 39-41 S. 19th Street, (267) 546-2669,
  • Square 1682 – Adjacent to the chic Hotel Palomar Philadelphia, this American eatery serves small and large plates alongside a variety of creative signature cocktails. The truffle popcorn is a must. 121 S. 17th Street, (215) 563-5008,
  • Square on Square – A favorite of the work crowd and neighborhood residents, Square on Square offers both creative and classic Chinese dishes. Regulars rave about the Velvet Corn Soup and the General Powell Spicy Chicken. 1905 Chestnut Street, (215) 568-0088,
  • Stir Lounge – The music pumping inside this gay-friendly bar is audible from the outside, enticing passersby to come in and partake in the fun. Friendly bartenders and even friendlier pours accompany the jams. 1705 Chancellor Street, (215) 732-2700
  • Tavern 17 – The restaurant inside the Radisson Blu Warwick Hotel, Philadelphia offers New American small plates, such as oven-baked goat cheese, short rib quesadilla and truffle-scented deviled eggs. When the weather allows, people dine outside with their dogs—Fido can order from the canine menu. 220 S. 17th Street, (215) 790-1799,
  • Tinto – Iron Chef Jose Garces followed the success of his first Philly restaurant, Amada in Old City, with this wine bar and restaurant. The authentic menu features mouthwatering pintxos, the variety of tapas found in Spain’s Basque region. 114 S. 20th Street, (215) 665-9150,
  • Tria – Specializing in the fermented trio—wine, cheese and beer—Tria prides itself on boutique beers, global wines and tapas-style plates. The knowledgeable staff helps guests choose from the menu’s delectable offerings. 18th & Sansom Streets, (215) 972-TRIA; 2227 Pine Street, (215) 309-2245,
  • Tria Taproom – Like its counterparts, the taproom edition of the Tria family focuses on wine, beer and cheese—but with a twist. Beer and wine are served on tap, not from bottles. The crowd-pleasing menu includes a selection of wood-grilled flatbreads. 2005 Walnut Street, (215) 557-TAPS,
  • Twenty Manning Grill – This sleekly modern neighborhood spot offers a sophisticated yet laid-back atmosphere and a menu of refined traditional American cuisine. Tip: Bar guests vie for the couch seats by the front windows. 261 S. 20th Street, (215) 731-0900,
  • Urban Enoteca – This corner spot at the Latham Hotel serves Italian-style cuisine for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Patrons love the selection of rustic, handmade pastas and entrees such as the marinated skirt steak sandwich and hook-and-line-caught black cod. 135 S. 17th Street, (215) 825-3583,
  • V Street – The couple behind nationally acclaimed Vedge keep hungry (and thirsty) vegans happy with global street food, such as Peruvian fries and Korean fried tempeh, and creative cocktails at this sleek, relaxed Rittenhouse bar. Even non-vegans love it here. 126 S. 19th Street, (215) 278-7943,
  • Vango Skybar and Lounge – After snagging fizzy cocktails from the bar, partiers kick up their heels to DJ-spun beats. At the rooftop Skybar, king-sized beds provide the perfect seats to admire the dazzling city skyline. 116 S. 18th Street, (215) 568-1020,
  • Vernick Food & Drink – Husband-and-wife team Greg and Julie Vernick bring their love of food and drink to their Rittenhouse friends and neighbors. Regulars rave about the food, from the complimentary amuse bouche to the raw seafood dishes to the mix of small and large plates that make sharing easy. Cocktails, wines and house-made sodas wash it all down. 2031 Walnut Street, (267) 639-6644,
  • Vesper – A throwback swanky supper club, Vesper prides itself on its impressive raw bar and carefully crafted cocktails. A hidden underground bar is accessible by dialing the rotary phone in the entrance and waiting for the secret passcode 223 S. Sydenham Street, (267) 930-3813,
  • Village Whiskey – Jose Garces puts his stamp on this pint-sized neighborhood bar, offering 100 varieties of whiskey, bourbon, rye and scotch alongside sparkling wines and American craft beer. The menu of tasty burgers, salads and snacks attracts its own crowd. 118 S. 20th Street, (215) 665-1088,
  • Zama – Chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka brings his experience from Pod, Genji and Morimoto to Rittenhouse Square. Zama presents innovative, visually stunning sushi; exquisitely prepared Japanese dishes; and a diverse selection of cocktails, beer and wine. 128 S. 19th Street, (215) 568-1027,

Food Only:

  • Agno – At this organic, vegan-friendly and 100% gluten-free restaurant, diners build their own Mediterranean masterpieces by choosing a base—salad, rice or wrap—and adding proteins, veggie toppings and sauces such as spicy harissa or lemon tahini. 2104 Chestnut Street, (267) 858-4590,
  • Day by Day – Well-known around town for its elegant private catering, Day by Day also operates a storefront near Rittenhouse Square. The hearty lunch-brunch menu includes standouts like the stuffed challah French toast, soy chorizo burrito and potato pancake eggs benedict. 2010 Sansom Street, (215) 564-5540,
  • Dos Tacos – This shoebox-sized shop makes up in flavor what it lacks in space. Tacos, Mexican grilled corn and house-made churros keep lunchtime crowds sated, and the late-night menu is available until 3 a.m. for party animals. 120 S. 15th Street, (215) 567-8226,
  • Federal Donuts – People come here for one thing: deep-fried joy. It’s delivered in the form of Korean-style chicken, with a variety of rubs and glazes, and donuts in constantly changing flavors like cookies and cream, pumpkin spice latte, sea salt chocolate, sticky bun, coconut mango and blackberry anise. Coffee rounds out the delicacies at this triple-threat. 1632 Sansom Street, (215) 665-1101,
  • Giwa – The Korean tacos and bibimbop (rice bowl) options are the stars at this small eatery. The business crowd knows to get there early for the lunchtime to-go special—buy three tacos, get one free. 1608 Sansom Street, (215) 557-9830,
  • Hai Street Kitchen – Creativity flies at this loosely Japanese-inspired fast-food spot, where diners craft custom sushi rolls or rice bowls from out-there ingredients, including Mexican grilled pork belly and pickled mango. 32 S. 18th Street, (215) 964-9465,
  • HipCityVeg – In a city best known for its cheesesteak, HipCityVeg welcomes vegans and vegetarians looking for a quick bite. It focuses on all things green, with a completely plant-based menu, compostable packaging and delivery by bike. And because it wouldn’t be Philly without one, HipCity even offers a faux cheesesteak. 127 S. 18th Street, (215) 278-7605,
  • Honeygrow – At this bustling spot, a high-tech ordering system, flavorful smoothies and freshly prepared salads and stir-fry draw Center City crowds for lunch and dinner. Newcomers should be sure to sample the honey bar, where they can choose from a variety of local honeys, fruit and toppings to make a delicious, healthy snack. 110 S. 16th Street, (215) 279-7724,
  • Little Pete’s – Simple, reliable diner staples—burgers, fries, pancakes and waffles—pack the menu at this greasy spoon. Since Little Pete’s stays open 24 hours a day, it’s a favorite of the late-night, club-going crowd. 219 S. 17th Street, (215) 545-5508
  • Luke’s Lobster – Even New Englanders approve of the fresh fare at Luke’s Lobster, which imports its crustaceans exclusively from Maine. The menu includes classic lobster, shrimp and crab rolls, as well as more modern items such as lobster grilled cheese, lobster mac and cheese and ice cream sandwiches for dessert. 130 S. 17th Street, (215) 564-1415,
  • Mama’s Vegetarian – This strictly kosher falafel bar serves eats like eggplant and fried chickpea sandwiches on fresh-baked pitas, perfectly complimented by delicious fries. Tempting pastries such as borekas and baklava can follow the meal—or even stand on their own. 18 S. 20th Street, (215) 751-0477,
  • Meltkraft – Operated by New Jersey’s Valley Shepherd Creamery, this grilled cheese shop isn’t the average sandwich stop. The creamery uses cheeses made from its own grass-fed cow and sheep and goat’s milk to build sandwiches such as the Valley Thunder, filled with brisket and baked macaroni and cheese. 46 S. 17th Street, (267) 639-3309,
  • Milk House – Workers, neighbors and visitors get a sweet treat at this grilled cheese and milkshake shop. Breakfast, soups, salads, hand-cut fries and La Colombe coffee round out the menu. 37 S. 19th Street, (267) 639-4286,
  • Nom Nom Ramen – These are not the noodles from college. Authentic Hakata-style tonkotsu ramen bowls come filled with mushrooms, bamboo, kelp, pickled ginger or soft-boiled eggs, among other ingredients. To master its flavorful broth, Nom Nom soaks pork bones for more than 24 hours to extract all the richness. 20 S. 18th Street, (215) 988-0898,
  • P.S. & Company – The menu changes daily based on the availability of local ingredients at this organic, vegan, gluten-free, kosher parve cafe. A variety of green and electrolyte juices round out the healthy offerings. 1706 Locust Street, (215) 985-1706,
  • Philadelphia Chutney Company – Fast-food Indian is the name of the game here—though it’s lighter and healthier than people may be used to. The organically sourced cuisine comes from southern India. 1628 Sansom Street, (215) 564-6446,
  • Pure Fare – Operating on the you-are-what-you-eat principle, Pure Fare serves only fresh, healthy, all-natural foods. Local farmers and artisans provide many of the menu’s ingredients. 119 S. 21st Street, (267) 318-7441,
  • Rachael’s Nosheri – This deli has developed a loyal lunch following among the Center City business community. It could be the delicious sandwiches, the yummy salads and the great pickles. Or it’s the value—most menu items cost between $5 and $11. 120 S. 19th Street, (215) 568-9565,
  • Rotisseur – Folks hankering for slow-roasted chicken (raised by the Amish and free of hormones, no less) stop at this mostly takeout joint. Vegetarians and vegans order BBQ tofu, a banh mi sandwich or veggie sides and salads. 102 S. 21st Street, (215) 496-9494,
  • Slice – Serving Neapolitan-style pizza (think thin, crispy slices) to the Center City crowd, Slice uses a variety of regular and gourmet toppings. Whole-wheat dough, gluten-free dough and vegan mozzarella cater to all pizza lovers. 1740 Sansom Street, (215) 557-9299,
  • Steve’s Prince of Steaks – With a prime location, Steve’s offers convenience in addition to its delectable sandwiches. Cheesesteaks, hoagies, burgers and fries satisfy diners looking for a Philly-centric meal. 41 S. 16th Street, (215) 972-6090,
  • Sweetgreen – Health-conscious customers pick a dish or makes their own by selecting up to two bases, up to four locally grown produce items, premium options such as meat and cheese and a dressing. Ordering online cuts down on wait time. 1821 Chestnut Street, (215) 665-9710,
  • Underdogs – Hot dog lovers choose from options including the Texas Tommy (wrapped in bacon, fried and topped with cheese) or The Penn Deutch (spicy mustard and pepper hash). Veggie dogs and gluten-free rolls are available. 132 S. 17th Street, (215) 665-8080,

Bring-Your-Own-Bottle (BYOB) Spots:

  • Audrey Claire – The large windows, open kitchen and outdoor seating—not to mention the Mediterranean and American fare—add to the cool and casual ambiance at this corner bistro. Reservations are not accepted on Friday and Saturday, but those waiting are encouraged to grab a drink across the street at Twenty Manning Grill. 276 S. 20th Street, (215) 731-1222,
  • Branzino – This old-world Italian eatery specializes in fish, seasonal pastas and meat. When the weather turns warmer, guests can dine in the lovely outdoor garden. 261 S. 17th Street, (215) 790-0103,
  • Caffe Casta Diva – A small apartment converted into a cozy Italian restaurant, Caffe Casta Diva creates dishes with locally sourced ingredients and the finest Italian imports. Musts: the house-made pasta and center cut rib veal chop. 227 S. 20th Street, (215) 496-9677,
  • Erawan Thai Cuisine – This Thai restaurant serves large portions of drunken Thai noodles, shrimp green curry and, of course, pad Thai. People rely on water—along with the wine they brought—to wash down the three levels of spiciness. 123 S. 23rd Street, (215) 567-2542,
  • La Viola – This small, authentic Italian BYOB was so popular, it expanded to a space across the street. Visitors to either of the locations can expect large portions of classic dishes at very reasonable prices. 253 S. 16th Street, (215) 735-8630,
  • La Crêperie Café – This reasonably priced French cafe dishes out both sweet and savory crepes—the feta with tomatoes and basil is a must-indulge. Pizza crepes and quiche satisfy even those who aren’t crepe-crazy. 1722 Sansom Street, (215) 564-6460,
  • Melograno – Chef Gianluca Demontis prepares authentic Italian specialties at this elevated trattoria. The savory menu includes pappardelle, ravioli and several fish dishes. 2012 Sansom Street, (215) 875-8116,
  • Porcini – Brothers Steven and David Sansone opened this very tiny Italian eatery in 1996, and it’s been an under-known neighborhood hit ever since. The menu includes calamari, mussels, filet, scallops, osso buco and a daily fish special. 2048 Sansom Street, (215) 751-1175,

Cafes & Confections:

  • Almaz Café – This Ethiopian cafe offers spicy lentils, chicken wraps and a good cup of joe. Visitors can people-watch from the spacious loft area. 140 S. 20th Street, (215) 557-0108,
  • Bakeshop on 20th – Downtown workers may claim they come for the fresh-brewed coffee or hot soups, but it’s really the signature Rittenhouse Square—a pretzel-crusted fudge brownie with caramel topping—that keeps them coming back. 269 S. 20th Street, (215) 664-9714,
  • Cafe L’Aube – This distinctly French cafe serves everything from crepes and croissants to baguettes and croque madame sandwiches. The coffee blends, however, come from beans harvested from all over the world. 222 W. Rittenhouse Square, (215) 772-3051,
  • Capital One 360 Café – Thirsty techies stop here for free Internet access and inexpensive coffee and pastries. Insider tip: Patrons who use their Capital One 360 debit card get 50% off of all beverages. 1636 Walnut Street, (215) 731-1410,
  • Capogiro Gelato Artisans – Dessert lovers think they’re in Italy when they taste the goods at this Philly favorite, scooping out fresh gelato made from locally sourced ingredients. Flavors vary by season, but include classics like pistachio and stracciatella, plus fun combinations such as rosemary honey goat’s milk. 117 S. 20th Street, (215) 636-9250,
  • Chestnut Street Philly Bagels – The popular South Street Philly Bagels brings its traditional New York-style bagels to Rittenhouse. Bagels, sandwiches, espresso and drip coffee are all available for takeout from this tiny shop. 1705 Chestnut Street, (215) 299-9920,
  • The Coffee Bar – This is the perfect spot to pass a lazy weekend afternoon with rich java, a glass of wine or a bottle of beer—and a homemade brownie, of course. PB&J junkies can choose from a variety, including the Rittenhouse, with white chocolate, peanut butter and raspberry jelly. 1701 Locust Street, (215) 789-6136
  • Elixr Coffee Roasters – Tucked along a quiet side street, Elixr offers an escape from the high energy of the city. From the ethically sourced beans to the artistically poured froth, every sip here feels like something special. 207 S. Sydenham Street, (239) 404-1730,
  • Good Karma Café – In addition to fair trade and sustainably sourced coffee, Good Karma serves a selection of snacks, salads, soups and sandwiches. A rotating display of works by local artists lines the walls, adding to the community-oriented feel. Tip: The backyard garden is a perfect warm-weather escape. 331 S. 22nd Street, (215) 546-1479,
  • Gran Caffè L’Aquila – Constructed in Italy and transported to Philadelphia, this cafe/bar stays open from morning until night and serves pastries, panini, a dozen flavors of gelato, wine and buzz-worthy coffee. The downstairs stand-up bar lends authenticity—that’s how it’s done in Italy—and the upstairs features a full-service restaurant. Also on the second level: the gelato lab, wine tastings and Italian classes. 1716 Chestnut Street, (215) 568-5600,
  • Insomnia Cookies – The sugary scents of fresh-baked treats waft from this take-out bakery, drawing people inside to try cookie varieties such as double chocolate mint and white chocolate macadamia. With delivery offered through the early morning hours, the goodies here can undermine even the strictest diet. 108 S. 16th Street, (877) 63-COOKIE,
  • Joe Coffee – A New York City transplant that was named one of the best coffee bars in the country by Food & Wine magazine, Joe offers caffeine, sweets and outdoor seats, perfect for enjoying the scenery of across-the-street Rittenhouse Square. 1845 Walnut Street, (215) 278-2454,
  • La Colombe – Daniel Boulud is just one chef who favors the beans from this elegant European-style but Philly-born cafe, which serves its java in beautiful flowered china. For homebrewed goodness, coffee drinkers can pick up a bag of Lyon, La Colombe’s collaborative project with Leonardo DiCaprio. 130 S. 19th Street, (215) 563-0860; 1414 S. Penn Square, (215) 977-7770,
  • Max Brenner Chocolate Shop – Serving a seemingly endless lineup of chocolate treats for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, Max Brenner wins over kids and their parents. Highlights: vanilla ice cream popsicles to dunk into melted chocolate, crunchy wafer balls and candied hazelnut. 15th & Walnut Streets, (215) 344-8150,
  • Metropolitan Bakery – A Philadelphia institution, the flagship location of Metropolitan doles out wonderful breads, spreads, scones and sweets. Rittenhouse Square picnickers can grab artisan cheeses, produce and sandwiches here. 262 S. 19th Street, (215) 545-6655,
  • Metropolitan Café – An offshoot of the popular Metropolitan Bakery, this cozy cafe welcomes hungry patrons. The menu features sweet and savory options, including pizzas, salads, sandwiches, quiches and pastries. 264 S. 19th Street, (215) 545-6655,
  • Miel Patisserie – Gourmet desserts, sophisticated sweets and handcrafted, artisan chocolates line the cases at this tempting shop. Patrons can munch on a hot or cold sandwich or sip an espresso while trying to choose their treat. 204 S. 17th Street, (215) 731-9191,
  • Philly Flavors – Local ice cream lovers look for the blue-and-white awning when they’re craving water ice, soft-serve ice cream and massive ice cream sandwiches. 44 S. 19th Street, (267) 928-4079,
  • Plenty Cafe – The sandwiches are inspired by destinations around the world. The Barcelona is a Spanish marriage of serrano ham, chorizo cantimpalo, mahón cheese, tomato, arugula and roasted red pepper aioli. A large selection of teas and coffee by local roasters Rival Bros. draws its own following. 1602 Spruce Street, (215) 560-8684,
  • Saxbys Coffee – This locally based cafe, with multiple locations in the Philadelphia region, takes special pride in its Cold Brew Iced Coffee. The smooth, rich drink is made by steeping ground coffee in cold filtered water, which slowly coaxes flavor from the beans. 2000 Walnut Street, (267) 639-5416; Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut Street, (215) 568-2111,
  • Sip N Glo Juicery – Juices, smoothies and shakes packed with nutrients make for a healthy treat. The menu changes based on the local produce that’s available, and regulars know to anticipate the monthly drink specials. 257 S. 20th Street, (267) 273-0639,
  • Spread Bagelry – Montreal-style bagels baked in a wood-fired oven can’t get much better—unless they’re topped with homemade seasonal spreads, such as spring onion scallion cream cheese, freshly ground peanut butter and Amish jam. On the weekends, those in the know bring their own vodka for Bloody Marys. 262 S. 20th Street, (215) 545-0626,
  • Swiss Haus Bakery – Unable to imagine a birthday without the famous Swiss Pastry Shop hazelnut cake, owner Jim Hausman opened this bakery with Swiss Pastry’s former chef, Donna Canzanese. In addition to the cake that saved the shop, the bakery makes pastries, cookies, breads and custom cakes. 35 S. 19th Street, (215) 563-0759,
  • Waffles & Wedges – Belgian-style waffles, thick-cut potato wedges and coffee—it’s an unlikely combination that just works. Toppings for the waffles and wedges range from sweet (apple butter, Oreo and salted caramel) to savory (gravy, bacon and Sriracha ketchup). 1511 Pine Street, (215) 309-3222,
  • Yogorino – Yogorino’s one-and-only flavor contains all-natural and organic ingredients. Visitors load up on toppings—fruit, nuts, cereals, pistachio, bitter chocolate and dulce de leche sauces—and enjoy a healthy and delightful snack. 233 S. 20th Street, (267) 639-5287,

Different Concepts:

  • Ashton Cigar Bar – This bar and lounge offers a smoky alternative to the usual after-work drink spot. In addition to 200 varieties of cigars stored in a walk-in humidor, it stocks 330 whiskies and 500 spirits. 1522 Walnut Street, 2nd Floor, (267) 350-0000,
  • COOK – The hardest reservation to score isn’t at a swanky restaurant; it’s at COOK, a collaborative kitchen-classroom that accommodates 16 guests per class. Celebrated and up-and-coming chefs impart their foodie know-how—doughnuts, knife skills, mixology, homemade pizza and so much more deliciousness. The best part: Guests eat the lesson. 253 S. 20th Street, (215) 735-COOK,
  • Di Bruno Bros. – Famous for its fine selection of Italian cheeses and meats, this locally owned gourmet mega-store also offers made-to-order sandwiches and wonderful cappuccino and pastries. The lunch crowd takes their meals to go or enjoys them in the upstairs in the dining area. 1730 Chestnut Street, (215) 665-9220,

Music, Stage & Film:

  • Adrienne Theater – From music and dance to theater and comedy, the Adrienne Theater welcomes performances of all kinds. Many smaller companies—including InterAct Theatre Company, Comedy Sportz and Philly Improv Theater—call this cozy space home. 2030 Sansom Street, (215) 567-2848,
  • Chris’ Jazz Cafe – Local and national jazz acts take the stage here every night but Sunday. Open-mic nights, comedy acts and performers of other genres, including funk, soul, R&B and world music, round out the calendar. 1421 Sansom Street, (215) 568-3131,
  • Curtis Institute of Music – Founded in 1924, Curtis educates and trains a highly selective group of young musicians for professional careers as artists. While only the best and most talented are accepted into the school, anyone can enjoy the free or very affordable performances that are at the heart of the school’s learn-by-doing approach. 1726 Locust Street, (215) 893-5252,
  • First Unitarian Church – Sure, most churches have a choir that performs at Sunday services, but how many host rock concerts? R5 Productions—the same guys who book shows for ultra-cool venue Union Transfer—set the calendar for this music heaven. Note: All the rocking makes for a warm temperature inside. 2125 Chestnut Street, (215) 563-3980,
  • Helium Comedy Club – Standup comedians get big laughs Wednesday through Saturday nights at this intimate venue, which serves drinks, snacks and desserts. Aspiring funny guys and gals can take advantage of the weekly open-mic night and monthly comedy workshop. 2031 Sansom Street, (215) 496-9001,
  • Howl at the Moon – Dueling pianos, a high-energy crowd and rock tunes make Howl at the Moon a surefire pick for a fun night out on the town. Audience interaction, requests and dancing create lively shows. 258 S. 15th Street, (215) 546-4695,
  • PFS Roxy Theater – The Philadelphia Film Society runs the two-screen Roxy Theater, housed in two row houses. It offers educational programs on films and filmmakers and shows popular and independent movies. 2023 Sansom Street, (267) 639-9508,
  • Plays & Players Theatre – One of the oldest, continuously running theaters in the United States, Plays & Players opened as The Little Theatre in 1912. Its location on a quiet, residential street adds to its charm. 1714 Delancey Place, (215) 735-0630,
  • Prince Theater – Featuring dance, comedy, experimental works, operas and film, the Prince showcases a range of productions. Some of the nation’s biggest cabaret and comedy acts stop at The RRazz Room. The theater is owned and operated by the Philadelphia Film Society and hosts the annual Philadelphia Film Festival, featuring the best of American and international cinema. 1412 Chestnut Street, (215) 422-4580,

Museums, Attractions & Galleries:

  • The Center for Emerging Visual Artists – Dedicated to supporting artists throughout the region, The Center for Emerging Visual Artists provides career support, exhibition opportunities and education for artists working within 100 miles of the city. The community enjoys exhibitions and events. 237 S. 18th Street, 3rd Floor, (215) 546-7775,
  • City Hall – Covering 14.5 acres, Philadelphia’s City Hall is one of the largest municipal buildings in the world. The exterior features sculptures representing the seasons, continents and allegorical figures—all designed by Alexander Milne Calder. The most notable sculpture is at the very top: a 37-foot, 27-ton statue of city founder William Penn. Every weekday, two-hour tours of the building and 15-minute tower tours include a view from the Observation Deck. Broad & Market Streets, Room 121, (215) 686-2840,
  • Gallery 339 – This modern gallery is one of the city’s most ambitious venues for fine art photography. By showcasing work that uses a variety of technical processes, Gallery 339 aims to broaden the public’s appreciation for the depth and range that contemporary photography offers. 339 S. 21st Street, (215) 731-1530,
  • JAG Modern Art – John Andrulis opened this gallery/studio in 2009 to sell his own black-and-white photos, which primarily focus on Philadelphia, the Jersey Shore and Manhattan. JAG also displays prints, pictures, sculptures and pottery from the young artists that Andrulis represents. 1538 Pine Street, (215) 840-8591,
  • Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia – Here, visitors discover the secrets of the “Soap Lady,” view the Hyrtl Skull Collection and immerse themselves in other disturbingly informative medical artifacts. A couple of the most popular displays: a tumor removed from President Grover Cleveland and slides of Albert Einstein’s brain. 19 S. 22nd Street, (215) 560-8564,
  • One Liberty Observation Deck – Even birds are envious of this place. An entertaining video plays as the elevator zips visitors up to the 57th floor of One Liberty Place, where wrap-around, floor-to-ceiling windows reveal panoramic views. Interactive kiosks zoom in on Philadelphia landmarks and exhibits offer interesting history, sports and art tidbits that help form the fabric of Philadelphia. 1650 Market Street, (215) 561-3325,
  • Philadelphia Art Alliance – Located across the street from Rittenhouse Square, the Art Alliance showcases contemporary craft and design. Exhibits focus on process and creating an interaction between artists and audience. 251 S. 18th Street, (215) 545-4302,
  • The Rosenbach of the Free Library of Philadelphia – Located in a stately row home, this museum houses an impressive collection of art, antiques, rare archives and literary treasures. Among them: the only surviving copy of Ben Franklin’s first Poor Richard’s Almanack, James Joyce’s manuscript for Ulysses, original drawings by children’s book author and illustrator Maurice Sendak, Bram Stoker’s notes and outlines for Dracula and more than 100 personal letters from George Washington. 2008-2010 Delancey Place, (215) 732-1600,

Parks & Outdoor Spaces:

  • Dilworth Park – Located at the foot of Philadelphia’s iconic City Hall, Dilworth Park is a welcoming space for pedestrians, commuters and visitors. Highlights include a lawn, an outdoor cafe operated by Jose Garces, a fountain and an ice-skating rink in season. 15th & Market Streets,
  • Fitler Square – First dedicated in 1896, this half-acre park sits just south and west of Rittenhouse Square. Throughout the year, the square hosts neighborhood gatherings including a holiday tree lighting, Easter egg hunt, Halloween party, a farmers’ market and seasonal fairs. 23rd & Pine Streets,
  • John F. Collins Park – An oasis in the middle of Center City’s bustle and skyscrapers, this tiny park provides an ideal spot for a quiet lunch among shrubs and trees carefully selected from the Delaware and Wissahickon Valleys. Gorgeous gates, sculpted by local artist Christopher Ray, guard the park and depict nature scenes of the tri-state area. 1707 Chestnut Street,
  • Rittenhouse Square – The centerpiece of an upscale neighborhood, Rittenhouse Square teems with locals and visitors. In addition to greenery and colorful flowers, the park features walkways, sculptures, fountains and a reflecting pool. Farmers’ markets, craft fairs, concerts and events of all kinds shine a spotlight on the picturesque location all year. 18th & Walnut Streets,
  • Schuylkill River Banks and Trail – This eight-mile stretch of riverbank provides an ideal setting for running, biking, skating or simply enjoying a leisurely stroll and a picnic. Due to its proximity to the water, this area also offers fishing, kayaking and boating. Entry points are located at 25th and Locust streets, Walnut Street west of 24th Street and Chestnut Street west of 24th Street.
  • Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk – An extension of the Schuylkill River Trail, this concrete, above-the-water connection is perfect for walkers, runners and bikers. Solar-powered overhead lights keep the boardwalk lit all night. Access points: Locust Street at the end of the Schuylkill River Trail (25th and Locust streets) and the north and south sides of the South Street Bridge. schuylkill
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