Best of the East Coast: Philadelphia, PA

Philly Travel Guide

Today I’m excited to be linking up with one of my blogger friends Savannah from Always, S! This linkup showcases posts from bloggers all up the East Cost. We’re sharing our favorite spots in our cities and towns so be sure to check out the posts from other bloggers at the bottom of this page!

Philly is my home during the school year and I’ve lived within 40 minutes of it for my entire life. I’ve gone there on weekends and my friends and I love to head into Center City on any given night to explore! I’ve been wanting to share some of my fav Philly spots here on the blog for a while, so I was excited when Savannah’s link up came about! We Temple Owls love to explore and venture into the city. No matter where you are on campus, you’re minutes away from the Broad Street Line, which means you have access to pretty much all the hot spots in town. This list has some cliche places and also some places that you might not have heard of! These spots are obviously not the only places/things to do when you’re in Philly. Philly has a ton of awesome areas to explore, so don’t feel tied down to only doing this list. I hope you enjoy Kayla Blogs’ guide to Philly!

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Food Spots

Of course, we have to start with the food. I recently have been venturing and trying a ton of new food spots in Philly (shout out to my roommate Jess for being a total foodie with me!). Here are some amazing places I’ve tried and trendy places I’ve been hearing about a lot this year!

Green Eggs Cafe

Green Eggs Cafe

Green Eggs is my favorite breakfast/brunch spot EVER. You can’t leave Philly without going there at least once and trying their red velvet pancakes, their famous “kitchen sink”, or any of their amazing specials!

Dalessandro’s Steaks, Pats + Geno’s

You also can’t leave Philly without trying a cheesesteak! There are so many places to get one in Philly. My family’s personal favorite is Dalessandro’s, but you could also hit up the tourist spot that is Pat’s + Geno’s!

Mac Mart

Mac Mart

Mac Mart was (and still is!) an amazing mac & cheese food truck that just recently opened a storefront in Rittenhouse! Jess and I tried the original mac this spring at a food truck festival and it was SO good. I haven’t been to their storefront yet but I can’t wait to go!

Franklin Fountain

Franklin Fountain is a quaint little ice cream shop in Old City that has delicious homemade ice cream. Their waffle cones are also to DIE for. Something unique about this place is that it has an “old timey” vibe! Definitely a place you must stop if you’re in the Penn’s Landing/Old City area.

Sweet Charlie’s

sweet charlie's philadelphia

Sweet Charlie’s is a new hand-rolled ice cream place in Philly! I haven’t been there yet but I’ve heard from everyone who has that it’s amazing. I’ll definitely be stopping here once I’m back at school in August! (Pic from @almostapriest… my foodie roomie)

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal is a famous indoor farmer’s market and a great spot to try some new food all in a really cool atmosphere!

Parks

Dilworth Park

Dilworth Park is the newly renovated park located at City Hall. I love the fountain and the fresh green space that is so hard to come by in the city!

Rittenhouse Square

Rittenhouse Square is beautiful and a must-see! There are a ton of restaurants nearby to check out also.

Penn’s Landing

Penn's Landing

Ryan and I had a great time walking around Penn’s Landing back in April. It was so much fun to explore that part of the city with him. It’s also a great area for taking pictures!

Spruce Street Harbor Park

This park was new last year and I’m glad to see they’re doing it again! Complete with hammocks and a beer garden, Spruce Street Harbor Park is an adorable little place to relax. It’s also super cute at night, there are tons of twinkling lights!

Historical Must-Sees + Museums

City Hall

City Hall

Check out the observation deck for a sky-high view of the city!

Independence Hall

Independence Hall

Where the United States Constitution and the Declaration of Independence were signed! A great Philly spot filled with tons of history.

The Liberty Bell

Liberty Bell

Located across the street from Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell is in a tiny museum all on its own!

Philadelphia Museum of Art/Rocky Steps

I might be the worst Philadelphian in all the land, but I’ve never ACTUALLY been inside the Art Museum. It’s definitely something I’m determined to check off my list before I graduate! While you’re there, you can’t miss the famous Rocky Steps and statue!

Mutter Museum

The Mutter Museum is a unique museum filled with medical oddities and other fun stuff. Probably not for the queasy or faint of heart but still a really interesting museum!

Well, there you have it guys! If you’re interested in joining in on the fun, you have until June 20, 5pm EST to add your link at the bottom of this post. Just make sure you’re on the East Coast, of course!

 

 

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  • Whitney H

    Can you believe that I didn’t have a cheesesteak in Philly? Ridiculous right?! I loved Rittenhouse Square and all of the historical places to visit. I felt like I was in National Treasure!

    • That’s one of my favorite parts of Philly! Old City is the best!

  • I HIGHLY agree with this entire post! Haha, but I still have to try Green Eggs! Awesome post, Kayla!

    Sunny | astoldbysunny.com

  • This is such a fun post, Kayla! I really want to visit Philly so this will come in handy when I do! (And I’ll definitely let you know if I’m ever in the area, haha!) I’m already obsessed with Green Eggs…I’m a total breakfast person.

    X,
    Cristina
    cristinawashere.com

  • This post makes me want to go back home to the east coast! I miss it so much. This post was super cute, I am now dying to try that adorable hand rolled ice cream.

    Taylor / SmartAndSimplistic.com

  • I’ve never been to Philly but every time I see photos, it reminds me so much of Boston! So many beautiful buildings, great food, and rich history. I’ll have to make sure I get there ASAP so we can hang out!!

    Rachel / http://www.seashellsandsparkles.com

  • Looks like you guys had a ton of fun! I need to go to Philly soon.

    Alix | http://www.apintsizedlife.com

  • Ashlee Elizabeth

    I lived in Philly for about 9 months while I was working at a hospital there, and I loved it. The food is absolutely insane, plus the shopping. This made me miss it so much, I will have to plan a trip back as soon as I can! I loved the Mutter Museum, even though it was definitely not for the faint of heart, haha. Great post girl!

    Ashlee Liz
    http://www.ashleeliz.com

  • Michelle Mullins

    Loved the post, Kayla! My sister has been dying to go to Philly and see the Liberty Bell. I can’t wait to show her this post of all the other places we can stop by too, when we (hopefully) make it up there this summer!

    Michelle | http://www.landofstyleandsass.blogspot.com

  • Ok this post officially made me really hungry, haha! I’ve only been to Philly once, and it was only for a super quick trip. I really want to go back sometime though – it sounds like a great city, and it has so much history! I’ll definitely reference your guide if I ever find myself going there!

    Stephanie | http://www.stephanietherese.com

  • Oh god you are killing me with all of those food photos! The red velvet pancakes and the Mac Mart, ugh so yummy!

    La Belle Sirene

  • adriana nudo

    I love this! Philly is really fun especially in the warm weather! :)

  • I went to Philly last summer and I went to a lot of these places- it’s making me miss it!

    Emily
    http://www.EmilyRiane.com

  • I’d love to visit Philly again to explore some of the rich history! The only time I’ve been is in the airport so I need to plan a trip! Xoxo Mindy

  • I’ve never been to Philly but have heard great things about it! One of my oldest readers lives there, and she’s always telling me about how much there is to do in the city! XO

  • Jen Dang @ Skirt The Rules

    I’ve only been to Philly once but it was so cute and the food was SO good. Loved Rittenhouse Square!

    xo Jen
    Skirt The Rules

  • Hannah Madison

    My younger brother is actually in Philadelphia right now! I will pass along your recommendations! :) Thank you!!

    XO,

    Hannah from HMS Jewels

    http://www.hmsjewels.com