Once upon a time the city was the second largest in the British Empire after London. A marketable, educational and culture enriched center, it was the communal and geographical center of the original 13 American colonies. Philadelphia contributed hugely to American history when Benjamin Franklin, in the 18th century, begun the American Revolution and American Independence. Nowadays the vibrant city is modernized yet still pieces of history are evident. If you would like to visit either for business or holidays, there is a huge variety of holiday accommodation to choose from and compare with from leading five star hotels to budget motels. Spoil yourself in the exciting range of restaurants and visit attractions to get a real classic feel of the place.
Places to Eat in Philadelphia
Parc - Parc pays tribute to the beloved French bistro, where good food, good wine and better company commingle to create an unmistakable joie de vivre. Relying on authentic design elements imported directly from Europe, the all-day restaurant presents a sweeping cinematic interpretation of the French lifestyle. From a café au lait and fresh-baked croissant to start your morning through to flawless brasserie classics like steak frites, escargots and towering plateaus of fruits de mer, the menu is wide enough to please, while remaining true to the traditions that inspired it. Parc is a lightly perfumed love letter to all the City of Light has to offer, written in a distinct Philadelphian hand.
The Love - Just steps away from beautiful Rittenhouse Square, this bi-level sanctuary features a total of 100 seats, split between the main dining and bar areas, outdoor seating along 18th Street and an upper-level loft with a 20-person communal country table perfect for large parties and casual drop-ins alike. A one-of-a-kind beverage program inspired by personal travels to vineyards, breweries and cideries in the region is equally as enticing as the cuisine. The creative energy emanating from the kitchen and bar is matched by a front-of-house service staff passionate about providing homey, honest hospitality.
Talula’s Garden - Talula’s Daily aims to be an everyday hub to shop, eat, drink, and congregate over real, wholesome food and ingredients. Market-goers are greeted by the scents of crusty, warm bread; freshly roasted coffee; and local farmstead cheeses of all shapes, sizes and flavors. We offer wine by the glass, bottled and draft beer, and our coffee bar serving atelier La Colombe is the perfect place for a pick-me-up or to linger at one of the café tables. A larder counter and refrigerated section offer creative sandwiches for vegetarians and omnivores alike. Heirloom recipes include honey-glazed carrots, homemade gnocchi, cider-scented squash soup, and old-fashioned butterscotch pudding. Quick takeaway meals such as roasted chicken, mushroom risotto, and grilled salmon are also prepared throughout the day. In addition, The Daily offers catering, custom cheese boards, and beautifully arranged gift baskets for any occasion.
The Dandelion - is a cozy eatery that invites Anglophiles to imbibe cask-stored pints and dine on delicious Welsh rarebit, an English cheddar-adorned burger or sticky toffee pudding. And, since a British-inspired restaurant would not be complete without afternoon tea, pots of tea with traditional fixings are available daily.
White Dog Café - Known for award-winning contemporary American Cuisine and friendly service with three neighborhood locations in Philadelphia and the Main Line. Since 1983, White Dog Cafe has provided local, seasonal food that is sustainably raised to our surrounding neighborhoods and communities. Open daily for Lunch, Dinner and weekend Brunch. We look forward to serving you throughout the four seasons enjoying the seasonal harvests.
Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse - The authentic Fogo De Chao Brazilian Steakhouse began more than 35 years ago in Brazil and features fire-roasted meats carved table-side by gaucho chefs, gourmet salads and sides and an award-winning wine list. The full Churrasco experience is our prix-fixe menu which includes continual service of our fire-roasted meats carved tableside by Brazilian trained gaucho chefs, including house specialties like Picanha(signature sirloin), Filet Mignon, Ribeye, Fraldinha (Brazilian sirloin) Cordeiro (lamb) and more. Each experience starts at the gourmet Market Table & Feijoada Bar featuring seasonal salads, fresh vegetables, feijoada (traditional black bean stew served over rice), soups and more. You may visit as often as you like during your meal. In addition to the main dishes, enjoy a variety of traditional Brazilian side dishes such as the world famous pão de queijo (warm cheese bread) served tableside.
Harp & Crown - brings together old-world touches of charm and luxury with modern sensibility and functionality. Its glass-façade, 24-foot ceilings, and four chandeliers on the ground floor are glamorous pieces balanced with funky vintage wallpaper and leather club chairs, millwork and natural tones throughout the space. The result is a comfortably refined space to match Co - Executive Chefs Max Hosey & Jhon Ghiraldo's approach to cooking, which highlights seasonal ingredients and global cuisines. Guests may enjoy the delicate yet complex flavors of his new-American dishes amongst the space including a 32-seat bar. Delving further into the unused space within the building itself, Harp & Crown features a cocktail bar and two-lane, reservations-only bowling alley beneath the main room where cocktails, pizza and charcuterie is served.
Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House - was born in 1981 with a bold vision – to embody the rich tradition of the classic American steakhouse. Since then, our purpose has remained the same. We keep this tradition alive, but with a modern, sleek twist, bringing you an unparalleled experience every time you dine. Our impeccable chef-driven cuisine, extensive award-winning wines and exceptional hospitality are unlike any other steakhouse in America. Our menu features the freshest, most mouth-watering ingredients. Our sommeliers are on hand to guide you through our extensive wine list. Our staff is there to give you unforgettable service in a stunning, energetic atmosphere, perfect for any occasion.
El Vez - As bright and boisterous as a joy ride in a Tijuana taxi, El Vez exudes fun at every conceivable turn. The flashy, frenetic Latin decor, featuring high-backed velvet Hollywood booths and an eye-popping low-rider bike elevated above the dining room, creates the perfect conditions for memorable food and drink. Unexpected interpretations of Mexican classics join traditional cooking on the expansive menu, complemented by a bar that boasts one of the biggest tequila selections — and the best margaritas — in the city. Striking the ideal balance between a south-of-the-border celebration and a hot and flashy Las Vegas blowout, El Vez is the embodiment of Mex-Eclectic spirit.
Frankford Hall – Hoist a stein and release a hearty “Prost!” — Frankford Hall is a German Biergarten for the 21st century. Set in an industrial structure in the heart of Philadelphia’s Fishtown, Frankford Hall nails the perfect balance between edge and charm. Complete with massive garage doors and trees strung with twinkling lights, the space spreads out the action between spacious open-air picnic tables, fire pits and indoor bar area with ping-pong and shuffleboard. German and American beers flow by the half and full liter, joining two-fisted eats like sausages, burgers and warm Bavarian pretzels. Ideal for an impromptu drop-in with a few friends or an all-day session with a huge group, Frankford Hall embodies true Teutonic spirit-raising with a modern twist.
Things to See in Philadelphia
Reading Terminal Market - One of America’s largest and oldest public markets, housed since 1893 in a National Historic Landmark building, the Market offers an incredible selection of locally grown & exotic produce, locally sourced meats and poultry, plus the finest seafood, cheeses, baked goods, and confections. You’ll find everything you need to create a memorable meal, from cookbooks, to table linens, to kitchenware, to fresh cut flowers, and more. Plus the widest variety of restaurants under one roof. Find it all here at Philadelphia’s historic public market!
Philadelphia Museum of ArtA world-renowned collection. A landmark building. A place that welcomes everyone. We bring the arts to life, inspiring visitors—through scholarly study and creative play—to discover the spirit of imagination that lies in everyone. We connect people with the arts in rich and varied ways, making the experience of the Museum surprising, lively, and always memorable. We are committed to inviting visitors to see the world—and themselves—anew through the beauty and expressive power of the arts.
Johnny Brenda's - is a bar, restaurant, and music venue located in the Fishtown section of Philadelphia. Featuring a world-class sound system, and a balcony (a rarity for a room its size), it is unlike any performance space in Philadelphia. It maintains the feel of an elegant, iconic historical social hall with design elements reminiscent of a turn of the century burlesque club or theater. Built on a philosophy of supporting the local community, Johnny Brenda’s serves all-draft high quality beer from local brewers as well as an eclectic menu using fresh ingredients supplied from area farmers.>
Philadephia Zoo - The region’s leading family destination and one of the area’s foremost conservation organizations, Philadelphia Zoo is home to nearly 1,300 animals, many rare and endangered. Leveraging its platform as America’s first zoo, Philadelphia Zoo is working double-time to educate more than 1.2 million annual visitors about animal and environmental conservation via a first-in-the-world animal travel and exploration trail system, called Zoo360, that offers animals more room to roam, and KidZooU -- a new KidZooU children’s zoo and education center that serves as a model for children’s zoos nationwide.
Zoo360 is designed for a wide variety of species, and delivers unprecedented animation and animal interaction. Small primates are swinging and strolling their way through mesh canopies in the treetops as part of the Treetop Trail. Large primates are enjoying new, elevated vantage points via Gorilla Treeway. Big cats – lions, tigers, pumas, jaguars and more –will be on the move like never before with the opening of Big Cat Crossing. And gregarious meerkats are digging, running and looking out from their ground-based system called Meerkat Maze. The innovative animal trail initiative enhances the quality of life for the animals, giving them the chance to travel longer distances and explore a greater variety of environments. At the same time, it transforms the Zoo visit for guests, evolving beyond the traditional experience of viewing animals in one-dimensional exhibits. More and more, as visitors move around Philadelphia Zoo, the Zoo moves around them. Truly, Philadelphia Zoo is well on its way to becoming the world’s first fully- animated zoo.
King of Prussia Mall - Featuring a diverse mix of over 400 stores, including Nordstrom, Macy's, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, Lord & Taylor, and a collection of luxury retailers unsurpassed in the region, King of Prussia is one of the most iconic malls in the nation. At King of Prussia, you'll find offerings for every taste and budget, from luxury to your favorite national and international brand retailers. A delectable selection of international dining options are available at three unique food courts and in casual and sit down restaurants including Seasons 52, Maggiano's Little Italy, Sullivan's Steakhouse, Cantina Laredo, Legal Sea Foods, and more.
Liberty Bell From Signal to Symbol the State House bell, now known as the Liberty Bell, rang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House. Today, we call that building Independence Hall. Speaker of the Pennsylvania Assembly Isaac Norris first ordered a bell for the bell tower in 1751 from the Whitechapel Foundry in London. That bell cracked on the first test ring. Local metalworkers John Pass and John Stow melted down that bell and cast a new one right here in Philadelphia. It's this bell that would ring to call lawmakers to their meetings and the townspeople together to hear the reading of the news. Benjamin Franklin wrote to Catherine Ray in 1755, "Adieu, the Bell rings, and I must go among the Grave ones and talk Politicks." It's not until the 1830's that the old State House bell would begin to take on significance as a symbol of liberty. Listen to the story of the Liberty Bell in this audio podcast.
Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter and Paul - The cathedral church (Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul) is the principal church of the diocese, because it is here that the bishop as local ordinary of the diocese has his throne (chair), called the cathedral. Open since 1864 and located at the East side of Logan Square on 18th Street and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, the cathedral is the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. It is the largest brownstone structure in Philadelphia and the largest Catholic Church in Pennsylvania. The history of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul is central to the history of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
Betsy Ross House - The well-known and loved story of Betsy Ross sewing the first Stars & Stripes is tightly woven into the colorful fabric of America's rich history. The Betsy Ross House, the birthplace of the American flag, is alive with the sights and sounds of the 18th century. Tour the house and then stay a while longer to learn more about Betsy and her exciting life and times through our interactive, historical programming.
United States Mint Since our institution’s founding in 1792, the Mint has taken great pride in rendering the story of our nation in coins. To hold a coin or medal produced by the Mint is to connect to the founding principles of our nation and the makings of our economy. The Mint is the nation’s sole manufacturer of legal tender coinage and is responsible for producing circulating coinage for the nation to conduct its trade and commerce. The Mint also produces coin-related products, including proof, uncirculated, and commemorative coins; Congressional Gold Medals; and silver and gold bullion coins. The Mint’s programs are self-sustaining and operate at no cost to the taxpayer.
Visitor Center At Valley Forge - Valley Forge National Historical Park is nationally significant as the site of the 1777-78 winter encampment of the Continental Army under General George Washington. Few places evoke the spirit of patriotism and independence, represent individual and collective sacrifice, or demonstrate the resolve, tenacity and determination of the people of the United States to be free as does Valley Forge. The historic landscapes, structures, objects, and archeological and natural resources at Valley Forge are tangible links to one of the most defining events in our nation's history. Here the Continental Army under Washington's leadership emerged as a cohesive and disciplined fighting force. The Valley Forge experience is fundamental to both American history and American myth, and remains a source of inspiration for Americans and the world.