7 Tips on How to Do Philadelphia in a Day
If you've found yourself stuck in Philly for the day, consider yourself lucky. The birthplace of American democracy offers an abundance of food and drink venues that really put the love in City of Brotherly Love. We've rounded up only a handful of the hot spots that will make your limited stay the best 24 hours ever.
Let freedom ring.
Click through for some of our favorite places.
For Breakfast: Reading Terminal Market
There are dozens of local dining options in Philly's famous Reading Terminal Market, but you'll want to make a beeline for the irresistible doughnuts from Beiler's Bakery. We're not quite sure what the Pennsylvania Dutch put into their dough, but it's guaranteed to break even the strictest of diets (and absolutely worth the sacrifice!).
Reading Terminal Market (Center City)
For a Cheesesteak Lunch: Jim's Steaks
If you ask any local where you can get the best cheesesteak, they'll typically say Jim's. The no-frills, 75 year-old joint serves up some of the most mouthwatering steaks fresh off the grill. We recommend onions and hot peppers, but don't let that stop you from creating the next best flavor profile of a Philly classic.
Jim's Cheesesteaks (West Philly, Northeast, Springfield)
For Exercise: Museum of Art Steps
Yes, we are aware that everyone runs the Museum of Art's steps to imitate Rocky. No, we're not going omit it from our list of things to do. Just because it's expected, it doesn't make it any less fun. This is the best form of exercise you're going to get all day. And with all the calorie-filled places we're recommending, you're going to need it.
Philadelphia Museum of Art (Fairmount)
For an Afternoon Treat: Sweet Freedom Bakery
You don't have to be vegan or gluten-free to enjoy Sweet Freedom Bakery, but you do have to be a fan of friendly bakers serving an array of health-minded treats. Don't leave without getting at least one cake ball.
Sweet Freedom Bakery (Center City)
For a Drink: 1 Tippling Place
Nobody can resist an afternoon cocktail, especially if it's a seasonal variety from 1 Tippling Place. What makes the lounge even more unique is its adorable decor – a page right out of an antique catalogue with quirky mismatched furniture. City dweller tested, grandma approved.
1 Tippling Place (Center City)
For Dinner: Vernick Food & Drink
If your parents couldn't get you to eat your vegetables, Vernick will. In fact, their vegetable sides are the highlights from a delicious and creative American menu. Try the baby carrots with tahini vinaigrette. It will be the best decision you make all day.
Vernick Food & Drink (Center City)
For Dancing: Tavern on Camac
There's no better way to end a day than with a song and a dance. Tavern on Camac's popular nightclub, Ascend, plays non-stop hits (lots of amazing '90s throwbacks) in a mirror-clad room lined with TVs. You can literally watch yourself morph into the drunk pop star you were always meant to be.
Tavern on Camac (Center City)