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Philadelphia Like a Local: Guidebook

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Philadelphia Like a Local: Guidebook

Local Restaurants (South Philly)
Philadelphia is a FOODIE paradise. Here are a list of our favorite must try locations in the city! While center city has some big names in food, why not walk to some great local gems or try an up and coming chef before you can't get a reservation!
Extensive array of Spanish-centric small plates & wine with an outdoor patio. Located in the heart of Passyunk Square, this vibrant local destination always draws a crowd.
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Barcelona Wine Bar
1709 E Passyunk Ave
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Extensive array of Spanish-centric small plates & wine with an outdoor patio. Located in the heart of Passyunk Square, this vibrant local destination always draws a crowd.
Fine Mexican fare, potent margaritas, a lively vibe & outdoor seating make this a popular hangout. If the weather is nice, this is the patio you want to be sitting on!
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Cantina Los Caballitos
1651 East Passyunk Avenue
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Fine Mexican fare, potent margaritas, a lively vibe & outdoor seating make this a popular hangout. If the weather is nice, this is the patio you want to be sitting on!
If a view is what you want, this is one of the BEST in the city! Scenic rooftop of an old school building offers a unique vintage flair and offers new life to this commanding structure. With cool vibes offering wine, craft beer & Asian bites, plus family days on Sundays. Don't miss! (open only during the warmer months)
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Bok Bar
1901 S 9th St
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If a view is what you want, this is one of the BEST in the city! Scenic rooftop of an old school building offers a unique vintage flair and offers new life to this commanding structure. With cool vibes offering wine, craft beer & Asian bites, plus family days on Sundays. Don't miss! (open only during the warmer months)
American beer bar featuring a lineup of drafts that rotates often, plus unique kitchen creations.
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South Philadelphia Tap Room
1509 Mifflin Street
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American beer bar featuring a lineup of drafts that rotates often, plus unique kitchen creations.
Laid-back brewpub with house beers, wine, cocktails & vegan-friendly bar bites
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Second District Brewing Company
1939 S Bancroft St
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Laid-back brewpub with house beers, wine, cocktails & vegan-friendly bar bites
Chinese plates with a Jewish twist & festive scorpion bowls are served at this snug, energetic spot.
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Bing Bing Dim Sum
1648 East Passyunk Avenue
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Chinese plates with a Jewish twist & festive scorpion bowls are served at this snug, energetic spot.
If you're looking for a high end culinary experience, look no further. An intimate settings offers a tight menu of creative French & American fare in a small, stylish BYOB bistro. Book your table well in advance.
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Laurel
1617 East Passyunk Avenue
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If you're looking for a high end culinary experience, look no further. An intimate settings offers a tight menu of creative French & American fare in a small, stylish BYOB bistro. Book your table well in advance.
Dinner and a show? Look no further! A south Philly landmark, this quint essential eatery offers classic Italian dishes served with a side of live opera performed by your talented wait staff. Romantic evening, or a fun group gathering. A perfect place to 'make a night of it'.
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The Victor Café
1303 Dickinson Street
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Dinner and a show? Look no further! A south Philly landmark, this quint essential eatery offers classic Italian dishes served with a side of live opera performed by your talented wait staff. Romantic evening, or a fun group gathering. A perfect place to 'make a night of it'.
No Michelin stars here, but if you are craving some late night eats, stubble no further than next door for an assortment of options to fill that craving!
Three Countries
1626 Dickinson St
No Michelin stars here, but if you are craving some late night eats, stubble no further than next door for an assortment of options to fill that craving!
A rotating list of microbrews matches the quirky menu of sandwiches & bar food at this hip hangout. Live like the locals and get a sense of the neighborhood most visitors never get to see.
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American Sardine Bar
1800 Federal Street
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A rotating list of microbrews matches the quirky menu of sandwiches & bar food at this hip hangout. Live like the locals and get a sense of the neighborhood most visitors never get to see.
Bright corner BYO serving burgers, salads & other New American brunch & dinner classics.
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On Point Bistro
1200 Point Breeze Ave
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Bright corner BYO serving burgers, salads & other New American brunch & dinner classics.
They serve homemade quality dishes using only the best local ingredients that truly are ‘Philly to Table’! The limited menu features items that are never frozen, made on premises and perfected to meet our impossible standards. Also look out for nightly specials, appetizer selections and delectable desserts.
Burrata
1247 S 13th St
They serve homemade quality dishes using only the best local ingredients that truly are ‘Philly to Table’! The limited menu features items that are never frozen, made on premises and perfected to meet our impossible standards. Also look out for nightly specials, appetizer selections and delectable desserts.
Dock Street South
2118 Washington Avenue
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Cafe Ynez
2025 Washington Avenue
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Your Morning FIX!
Need a spot to get your caffeine in the morning? A quick bite? Perhaps just a cozy cafe to relax. Philly has it all! PS - coming soon, check out Batter & Crumbs Vegan bakery at Reed & Carlisle!
This brunch trio crafts quirky fare with herbs from a rooftop garden & goods from local merchants.
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Green Eggs Cafe
1306 Dickinson Street
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This brunch trio crafts quirky fare with herbs from a rooftop garden & goods from local merchants.
Euro-style cafe serving java, a global menu of sandwiches & small plates, plus beer, wine & drinks.
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Plenty Café
1710 East Passyunk Avenue
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Euro-style cafe serving java, a global menu of sandwiches & small plates, plus beer, wine & drinks.
Cozy choice offering coffee, smoothies & homestyle fare with vegan-friendly & gluten-free options.
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B2
1500 East Passyunk Avenue
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Cozy choice offering coffee, smoothies & homestyle fare with vegan-friendly & gluten-free options.
Breakfast & lunch fare plus coffee are served at this caffeine bar with a mosaic-adorned facade.
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Black N Brew
1523 East Passyunk Avenue
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Breakfast & lunch fare plus coffee are served at this caffeine bar with a mosaic-adorned facade.
Our closest morning spot, this hip cafe with an eye-catching mural serves coffee, smoothies, salads & gluten-free goodies.
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Hive
1444 South Broad Street
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Our closest morning spot, this hip cafe with an eye-catching mural serves coffee, smoothies, salads & gluten-free goodies.
Two Eagles Cafe
1401 S 20th St
Philadelphia Attractions
When visiting the city of Brotherly Love - here are the must do attractions, and some you may not have thought of!
Book your time slot online or at the visitor center. Though free to enter, a timed ticket is required, and hard to come by in peak season.
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Independence Hall
520 Chestnut Street
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Book your time slot online or at the visitor center. Though free to enter, a timed ticket is required, and hard to come by in peak season.
The oldest continuously occupied street in America! enjoy the colonial charm and cobblestones.
Elfreth's Alley
The oldest continuously occupied street in America! enjoy the colonial charm and cobblestones.
Climb the steps just like Rocky, and after you pump your fists in the air, enjoy a diverse collection of masterpieces.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
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Climb the steps just like Rocky, and after you pump your fists in the air, enjoy a diverse collection of masterpieces.
Undoubtedly the most manicured square in the city, this lovely park is well shaded and offers a charming respite in one of the nicest neighborhoods.
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Rittenhouse Square
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Undoubtedly the most manicured square in the city, this lovely park is well shaded and offers a charming respite in one of the nicest neighborhoods.
Take in the view from the TOP.
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One Liberty Observation Deck
1650 Market St
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Take in the view from the TOP.
Lunch? Snacks? Dessert? Produce? They have it all, brought in from local PA area farms.
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Reading Terminal Market
51 North 12th Street
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Lunch? Snacks? Dessert? Produce? They have it all, brought in from local PA area farms.
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Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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Open air market, still full of character and venders!
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Italian Market
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Open air market, still full of character and venders!
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Philadelphia's Magic Gardens
1020 South Street
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Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue
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Liberty Bell
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Spruce Street Harbor Park
301 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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Museum of the American Revolution
101 S 3rd St
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Philadelphia Restaurants
Enjoy any of these popular restaurants for great food at a reasonable price point. Most people don't realize that many chefs open in Philadelphia to get their experience before expanding to more expensive cities like New York. So enjoy top quality and innovative food, without breaking the bank.
For the third year in a row, Philly hot spot Zahav won big at the James Beard Awards, the annual honors given out to chefs, restaurants, and restaurateurs. The 11-year-old Israeli eatery in Society Hill, from star chef Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook, was named outstanding restaurant at the 2019 James Beard Awards ceremony. It was the only winner from Philadelphia, and the first time Philly received the outstanding restaurant award.
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Zahav
237 Saint James Place
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For the third year in a row, Philly hot spot Zahav won big at the James Beard Awards, the annual honors given out to chefs, restaurants, and restaurateurs. The 11-year-old Israeli eatery in Society Hill, from star chef Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook, was named outstanding restaurant at the 2019 James Beard Awards ceremony. It was the only winner from Philadelphia, and the first time Philly received the outstanding restaurant award.
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Amada
217-219 Chestnut Street
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The BEST brunch in the city. Amazing at all meals - but a buffet brunch to die for!
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Harp & Crown
1525 Sansom St
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The BEST brunch in the city. Amazing at all meals - but a buffet brunch to die for!
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Sampan
124 S 13th St
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Double Knot
120 S 13th St
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Mixto Restaurante
1141 Pine Street
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El Vez
121 South 13th Street
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Barbuzzo
110 South 13th Street
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Little Nonna's
1234 Locust Street
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Moshulu
401 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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XIX (Nineteen) Restaurant
200 S Broad St
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Attico Rooftop
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Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse
1426-1428 Chestnut Street
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Fette Sau
1208 Frankford Avenue
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Buddakan
325 Chestnut Street
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The Franklin Fountain
116 Market Street
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Abe Fisher
1623 Sansom Street
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Village Whiskey
118 South 20th Street
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Parc
227 South 18th Street
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Dim Sum Garden
1020 Race Street
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Pizzeria Vetri
1615 Chancellor Street
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Oyster House
1516 Sansom Street
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Talula's Garden
210 West Washington Square
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Giuseppe & Sons
1523 Sansom St
K'Far Cafe
110 South 19th Street
Bars
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Stateside
1536 East Passyunk Avenue
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Burg's Hideaway Lounge
1200 S 21st St
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