Travel Blog: Philadelphia
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to travel to Philadelphia for a week to visit my little sister. I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed my stay. I think it's a much under appreciated city, with great sights, a swanky nightlife, and lots of great food.
The first night in Philly, my boyfriend and I went out to explore the town and discovered an amazing restaurant, Charlie Was a Sinner. They served tapas style plates and incredible drinks. I am not much of a cocktail drinker, as they are usually too strong for me, but the drinks here were so smooth and delicious! The food was just as impressive, with creative items on the menu like a charred Caesar salad (a must if you go here!), crab cake sliders, and mushroom & barley toast. Everything on the menu is plant based, so don't expect to see any steak on the menu, but rest assured, with the amazing menu selection, you won't even realize the meat is missing!
We spent most of our week being tourists, visiting the sites Philadelphia is famous for, such as Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. I wanted to experience the city like a local so we tried to do most of our exploring on foot, which I highly recommend! There are so many beautiful communities to walk through and enjoy, which could be easily missed by driving everywhere.
One of my favorite places to visit was the Mutter Museum of Medical Oddities (not for the faint of heart but really interesting!). This museum was full of all sorts of strange medical cases and rare anomalies. If you're in to books, you may enjoy visiting the house that author Edgar Allan Poe lived in. It is thought that this is the house that inspired some of his most famous stories, and during my visit, I could see why, it is sort of creepy!
An absolute must during your time in the city is the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Whether you're an art lover or not, this is an impressive museum. With artwork from all around the world and every century, there's something for everyone. This is also the filming site of the famous "Rocky steps", so you'll knock out two tourist sites in one. The best part about the museum is that the admission is good for two days, which will give you plenty of time to explore the huge property, along with a few off-site attractions that are included in the ticket price. Plan to spend at least 2-3 hours in the main building to truly experience this museum, although art lovers can easily spend an entire day here.
For some great coffee in the city, I highly recommend checking out La Colombe in Rittenhouse Square. The atmosphere is great for relaxing and enjoying a deliciously brewed coffee in the morning. I could have spent at least few hours there! For the coffee enthusiasts out there, you will love their handcrafted pour over coffee! This method is argued to be the superior brewing method for producing the best taste, and you'll know its fresh since it's made to order!
Across the city you can try out Good Karma Cafe for some great coffee and breakfast items. The best part is that the coffee is 100% organic and fair trade certified, so you can enjoy your morning brew with a clear conscience. The Happy Buddha breakfast bagel is a must, along with the Chocolate Banana Soy smoothie! I loved the location of this shop so much, I seriously would move to this neighborhood! All the homes here are so adorable and full of history. I recommend taking your coffee to-go and strolling down these cute little streets, you won't be disappointed!
For a quick bite to eat in the city, I recommend HipCityVeg. Enjoy from their selection of burgers, salads, sandwiches, alongside some delicious and brightly colored drinks. This is a small eatery and it's difficult to find a seat during the lunch rush, but not to worry, order your food to go and take a quick walk down the street to hit Rittenhouse Square; a spacious park with lots of trees, seating and a fountain to enjoy your lunch alfresco.
I absolutely loved my stay in Philadelphia. There is just so much history behind everything in this city! Can't wait until I can go back again.
Stay tuned for my upcoming travel blog for New York City! Talk to you all soon!