The Democrats have left Philadelphia after their 2016 convention, but any time of the year the City of Brotherly Love and Revolutionary history offers plenty of excitement for extended-stay visitors. Explore our Philadelphia Guide for highlights, then book your Philadelphia short-term rental to enjoy it all.
PHILADELPHIA BARS AND RESTAURANTS
More than cheesesteaks (not that we have anything against cheesesteaks)
Vedge and V Street
At Vedge, you can join other Philadelphia foodies in a plant-only space created by chefs Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby. Though no animal products will be found in Vedge’s kitchen, this “vegetable restaurant” is popular with vegetarians, omnivores, vegans and carnivores alike. At V Street, Landau and Jacoby serve exactly what you’d expect – street food – but all vegan. V Street is open for lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, so if you can’t get into dinner-only Vedge, try here for your veggie fix. Vedge, 1221 Locust St. V Street, 126 S 19th St.
REX 1516 is known as a fine place to go for Southern soul food in Philadelphia, but the comfort cuisine here comes with a twist. The Creole-inspired menu changes seasonally, and local food is used as much as possible, with some ingredients even being grown in REX 1516’s backyard garden. For a taste of the South on Philly’s South Street, try the skillet cornbread and ham hock ravioli. 1516 South St.
You’ll find one of the most beautiful dining patios in all of Philadelphia at M Restaurant, just off Washington Square near Independence Hall. The building itself, dating to 1787, is designated a National Historic Landmark. Not only does this Philadelphia dining hot spot offer a romantic outdoor seating area, but it also crafts amazing fare from ingredients grown in its own garden. Even a section of the cocktail menu is “garden to glass.” 231 S 8th St.
Aimee Olexy, owner of Talula’s Garden, is one of the most recognized personalities on the Philadelphia dining scene. Her Washington Square restaurant, presented with major league restaurateur Stephen Starr of Morimoto and Alma de Cuba fame, demonstrates the art of graciousness. You can often see Aimee fluttering about Talula’s Garden, conversing with patrons who dine on seasonal American food amid bursting planter boxes. 210 W. Washington Square.
World Café Live
Visitors to Philly can eat great food and listen to live music at World Café Live, a three-tiered concert hall in a beautiful 40,000 square-foot Art Deco building. Catch a show upstairs or downstairs while dining from a full menu or a selection of small bites, depending on whether your show is seated or standing. 3025 Walnut St.
Fiume is a favorite among those who want a killer beer selection (150 choices or more) and a whiskey chaser. But when you pay a visit to Fiume, you’re going to pay in cash, because that’s all they accept. This hole-in-the-wall is small and always packed, but the bartenders are attentive, and there’s live music. 229 S 45th St., 2nd Floor.
A note about Philly restaurants: Because of Pennsylvania’s strict liquor laws, many establishments are BYOB. So check ahead to see if you should bring your own bottle.
History happened here
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Yes, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is known in pop culture for the front steps that Rocky Balboa ran up as “Gonna Fly Now” swelled. Throw your fists in the air, pose for a photo – then get inside the museum to view vast examples of works from Impressionist, Modern, Renaissance and American artists. Through Sept. 25, 2016, the museum will be celebrating “Creative Africa” through five exhibitions focused on art, architecture, photography, fashion and textiles. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania features a 15-ton Egyptian sphinx, just one of nearly a million objects on display at what’s considered to be one of the world’s finest archaeological museums. 3260 South St.
Independence Hall is perhaps the most famous Philadelphia landmark, and it’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site. The Hall sits on the south side of Chestnut Street, and is the place where courageous men gathered to pave the way for America’s future. This National Park Service site also includes the Liberty Bell. 143 S. 3rd St.
Christ Church, a stunning example of Georgian Colonial architecture, provides a perfect place for visitors to reflect on American history after a morning or an afternoon at the museums and historical landmarks. The church’s burial ground includes the tomb of Benjamin Franklin. 20 N. American St.
The Philadelphia Zoo, the oldest zoo in the United States, features a 42-acre Victorian-inspired garden setting. The zoo was the first in the country to see a live orangutan and chimp birth at a zoo. It also was the first to exhibit white lions. The Philadelphia Zoo is known for its ornate architecture and botanical collection of more than 500 plant species. 3400 W. Girard Ave.
The Big Four and more
Basketball: Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers, or “Sixers,” are one of just eight of the original 23 NBA teams still active, making them one of the oldest franchises in the league. Since 1996, the Wells Fargo Center, which hosted the 2016 Democratic National Convention, has been the team’s home. 3601 S. Broad St.
Hockey: Philadelphia Flyers
The Philadelphia Flyers have been the city’s National Hockey League franchise since 1967, when they were formed as one of the league’s expansion teams. The Flyers were the first team from that expansion era to win the Stanley Cup. They share the Wells Fargo Center with the 76ers as their home ice. 3601 S. Broad St.
Baseball: Philadelphia Phillies
The Philadelphia Phillies were formed in 1883 and they have the distinction of being the oldest continuous, one-name, one-city franchise in all of professional American sports. The Phillies play their home games at Citizens Bank Park. The stadium is part of the South Philadelphia Sports Complex near the Walt Whitman Bridge. One Citizens Bank Way.
Football: Philadelphia Eagles
Few teams in the National Football League are looked upon with such fear by their opponents as the Philadelphia Eagles. The thing is, they’re not so much afraid of the Eagles as they are the fans! Philadelphia Eagles fans are very passionate, and they have been since the team was formed back in 1933. Lincoln Financial Field, 1 Lincoln Financial Field Way.
Arena Football and Soccer
Philly’s Big Four sports teams give fans plenty of action to enjoy all year long, but some want even more; thankfully, Philadelphia’s sports scene doesn’t end there. The city also has an arena football team, the Philadelphia Soul, and a Major League Soccer team, the Philadelphia Union.
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