A Top-Rated Day: The 2019 Philadelphia City Guide
Updated for 2019
We are happy to present 23 all-new Philadelphia destinations as nominated by our team. All locations featured in this guide are within a 30-minute walk from our store and represent just a few of our favorite hometown heroes. You can find the printed City Guide at our concept store and at participating locations throughout the summer.
For a limited time, we've teamed up with the talented folks at Firth & Wilson to offer bike rentals from our shop! Speak to a staff member to feel the wind in your hair and explore Philadelphia in style.
About Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles
Firth & Wilson Transport Cycles is a full-service bicycle shop and retail showroom specializing in transportation and cargo bicycles. Visit them at one of their two locations (located just outside our map radius in Fishtown and the Bok Building in South Philadelphia) to pick up a commute-ready bicycle, get a tune-up, or simply talk shop!
Explore the locations below!
Art in the Age
116 N 3rd St I Wed - Sat: 12pm - 8pm Sun: 12pm - 6pm | @artintheage
A one-stop-shop for the home mixologist looking to imbibe like a founding father, AITA is equal parts tasting room, barware boutique, and workshop. You can sample their creative seasonal cocktails at the bar in the back.
Cuttalossa & Co
47 N 2nd St | Mon - Sat: 12pm - 7pm Sun: 12pm - 5pm | @cuttalossa.co
Housed in (2018 City Guide pick) Meadowsweet Mercantile's old space, this collaborative shop hosts Cuttalossa, The Wayward Collection, and Tavatine and offers a rotating collection of textiles, furniture, and vintage clothing all under one roof.
Joseph Fox Bookshop
11724 Sansom St | Mon - Sat: 10am - 6pm | @foxbookshop
This family-owned bookshop features a highly curated collection of new art, architecture, and small press titles (all organized by press). If you're allergic to cats, fear not, they have two bookstore dachshunds!
Moon + Arrow
754 S 4th St | Tue - Sat: 11am - 7pm Sun: 11am - 5pm | @shopmoonandarrow
You'll find a mix of unique and environmentally conscious fashions, ceramics, and self-care products with an ever-so-slight hint of palo santo at this free-spirited boutique in the heart of Fabric Row.
Ps & Qs
820 South St | Mon - Sat: 12pm - 7pm Sun: 12pm - 6pm | @psqsshop
This boutique and label serves up streetwear with a smile. A true labor of love in every sense of the word, they keep South Street looking sharp.
Elixr Coffee Roasters
207 S Sydenham St | Mon - Sat: 7am - 8pm Sun: 8am - 7pm | @elixrcoffee
When we're not drinking tea, you can find us at Elixr. With 4 locations, a decorated team of baristas, and a rotating selection of freshly roasted beans for sale, stopping by is the easiest decision you'll make all day.
Franklin Ice Cream Bar
112 Market St | Mon - Thu: 2pm - 11pm Fri: 2pm - 12am Sat: 1pm - 12am Sun: 1pm - 11pm | @franklinicecreambar
No, not that Franklin Fountain. The "Ice Cream Bar" opened in 2018 and offers the same great ice cream without the line. Grab a "Keystone Bar", go crazy with the toppings, and explore Old City before it all melts! (p.s. they take cards)
1009 Christian St | Mon - Sat: 8am - 6pm Sun: 8am - 4pm | @isgro_pastries
You'll smell Isgro before you see it. This 100+ year old Italian bakery has stood the test of time thanks in part to their decadent cannolis and classic cookies. We're obsessed with their Ricotta Cookies and adorable Pesca Alla Crème!
John's Water Ice
1701 Christian St Mon - Sat: 11am - 10pm Sun: 1pm - 10pm | @johnswaterice
John's is an institution. Nestled just a few blocks from the Italian Market, John's uses simple ingredients to create one of Philadelphia's most iconic "wooder" ices.
Vernick Coffee Bar
1800 Arch St (2nd Fl)| Mon - Fri: 7am - 5pm | @vernickcoffeebar
Located on the 2nd floor of the new Comcast Center, this stylish cafe from Chef Greg Vernick caters to the working crowd and is a great place to beat the heat. Given the location, one would hope the wifi is the best in the city.
Friday Saturday Sunday
261 S 21st St | Tue - Thu, Sun: 3pm - 12am Fri - Sat: 3pm - 1am | @friday.saturday.sunday
This intimate eatery is an ode to that special feeling you get on the weekend when all you want to do is eat, drink, and be merry with friends. Plan on spending a few hours here.
743 S 4th St | Mon - Thu: 7am - 11pm Fri: 7am - 12am Sat: 9am - 4pm & 5am - 12am Sun: 9am - 4pm & 5am - 11pm | @hungrypigeonphilly
This plant-filled cafe focuses on crowd favorites made from expertly sourced ingredients. A true "all day cafe", the menu changes constantly and you'll want to hang around just to see what'll come out next.
617 S 3rd St | Wed - Fri: 5pm - 12am Sat - Sun: 11am -12am | @neighborhoodramen
Efficient, delicious, and short on frills (aka everything a good ramen joint should be). This relative newcomer offers up a well-curated mix of ramens that all receive the Rikumo stamp of approval. Bonus points for BYOB.
111 S Independence Mall E | Mon - Thu: 7am - 10pm Fri - Sat: 7am - 12am Sun: 9am - 6pm | @theboursephilly
After its recent renovation, the delightfully Beaux-Arts Bourse has gone from a tourist trap to a dining destination! With dozens of vendors to choose from (hi Menagerie & Lalo!), it's THE place to go if you're short on time and must see the bell.
Royal Sushi & Izakaya
780 S 2nd St | Mon - Sun: 5pm - 2am | @royal_izakaya
Transport yourself to a trendy Tokyo izakaya (minus the salarymen). You won't find this level of quality and diversity of Japanese dishes and drinks anywhere in the city. For the full experience, reserve the Omakase and watch Chef Jesse Ito at work.
1935 Chestnut St | Mon - Sun: 11am - 9pm | @stockphilly
The Rittenhouse outpost of this modern Southeast Asian eatery serves up bold flavors in a new fast-casual format. They're BYOB, so grab a bottle of Riesling at the "Fine Wine" on Market St and drop in for the nightly dinner specials!
2005 Walnut St | Sun - Thu: 12pm - 12am Fri - Sat: 12pm - 1:30am Happy Hour: Mon - Thu: 5pm - 7pm | @triaphilly
You'll find a great crowd, a knowledgeable staff, and some of the rarest beers and wines in the city at this casual yet refined bar. What you won't find is a single bottle. Their rotating list of drinks are all on tap and listed on their iPad app.
1221 Locust St | Sun – Thu: 5pm - 10pm Fri - Sat: 5pm – 11pm Happy Hour: Sun - Fri: 5pm - 7pm | @vedgephiladelphia
The crown-jewel of Philadelphia's exploding veg-forward restaurant scene, Vedge is a shrine to nature's bounty. We are still not 100% convinced that there is no cheese in that magical fondue…
The Athenaeum of Philadelphia
219 S 6th St | Mon - Fri: 9am - 5pm | @philaathenaeum
Located on Washington Square (one of last year's outdoor picks), this lesser-known National Historic Landmark building is an architectural treasure and is home to books and documents from throughout America's history. Entry is free!
1216 Arch St FL 5A | Tue - Fri: 10:30am - 5:30pm | @fleisherollman
Since opening in 1952, this gallery space has been a platform for self-taught and non-mainstream artists like William Edmondson and the Philadelphia Wireman. Their Instagram posts thought-provoking art and is well worth a follow.
Fabric Workshop and Museum
1214 Arch St | Mon - Fri: 10am - 6pm Sat - Sun: 12am - 5pm | @fabricworkshop
FWM is a contemporary art museum with an influential Artist-In-Residence Program that encourages artists to experiment with new materials and techniques. No visit is complete without a stroll through their fantastic gift shop.
Cherry Street Pier
121 N Christopher Columbus Blvd | Sun – Thu: 11am - 10pm Fri - Sat: 11am - 11pm | @cherrystreetpier
The newest addition to the rapidly expanding Delaware River Waterfront, this indoor/outdoor public space offers art installations, food, and an impressive view of the Ben Franklin Bridge.
Schuylkill River Park
300 S 25th St | Open 24 hrs | @schuylkillbanks
This 30+ mile trail has a lot to offer. The new "boardwalk" on the south end makes for a fun walk, but this listing is specifically for the dog run near 25th and Spruce. It is hands-down the cutest place in Philadelphia!
Thank you to all of the locations for making Philadelphia a great place to call home.
Did we forget your favorite place? Let us know in the comments.