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Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Art Museum
“Admission is $20 for a two day pass and you just might need it as the museum is large. It is pay as you wish on the first Sunday of every month and Wednesday nights and always free to kids 12 and under. There is free street parking north of the museum and $12 in the museum's garage with validation.”
  • 451 locals recommend
Market
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“A great place for locals and visitors, especially if the weather is bad out. An overwhelming selection of food stands and restaurants, mixed in with shops along with produce and butchers, fishmongers, and other sources for a great home cooked meal. On Saturdays the Amish bring their goods as well. Prepare to spend a few hours here, and come hungry! On top of that Chinatown is across the street, if you're in the mood for asian food. Not just Chinese, but Japanese, Korean, and Burmese as well.”
  • 313 locals recommend
Historic Site
“One of history's most famous symbols of freedom and justice is a must-see when in the city! Surrounded by other historic monuments and sights which makes it an easy day trip!”
  • 190 locals recommend
Plaza
“Largest of four city parks offering great shopping (off Walnut street) and dining options. Pop into Parc for a bite and a cocktail at Steven Starr's flagship Art deco-inspired French Eatery (18th/Locust). Or simply sit on a park bench and enjoy people-watching (and puppy-watching). Grab a book at Joseph Fox's Bookstore (Walnut/17th) and settle into La Colombe (Walnut/19th) for an unforgettable cup of coffee.”
  • 216 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It first opened in 1753. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”
  • 195 locals recommend
Art Museum
“Besides the spectacular architecture of the building and the zen grounds that surround it, The Barnes in Philadelphia is home to one of the world's greatest collections of impressionist, post-impressionist, and early modernist paintings.”
  • 257 locals recommend
Science Museum
“Founded in honor of America’s first scientist, Benjamin Franklin, The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest and premier centers of science education and development in the country. Great exhibits for children and adults to enjoy!”
  • 142 locals recommend
History Museum
“After the Revolution, Benjamin Franklin began hosting meetings about ways to reform criminals, rather than just punish them. Eastern State Penitentiary was the result. ”
  • 186 locals recommend
Zoo
“If you have kids, this is a must. Fun fact: The Philadelphia Zoo was the first zoo in the United States. The Tickets are $23 per person and children 2 and under are free. There are many places to get food but you can also bring your own and enjoy it on the many picnic tables throughout. Bringing alcohol is not permitted. There is some street parking along Girard and also 34th and the zoo offers a garage for $16. You can also take the trolly that runs east/west on Girard, as it is only 1.3 miles from Hipster Chic.”
  • 81 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“The self-proclaimed "inventor of cheesesteak" offers classic versions of Philly's favorite sandwich.”
  • 135 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“The Magic Gardens spans three city lots, and includes indoor galleries and a large outdoor labyrinth. It is a giant piece of art you can walk through and explore nooks & crannies. It is whimsical & facinating. To date, it is the largest work created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. They host fun events, DIY art nights, live music & BYOB. Check the website calender for more information. ”
  • 143 locals recommend
College History Building
“America's finest museum of medical history, the Mütter Museum displays its beautifully preserved collections of anatomical specimens, models, and medical instruments in a nineteenth-century "cabinet museum" setting. ”
  • 154 locals recommend
Hardware Store
“Close to downtown Philadelphia many picture opportunities, many historic buildings and figures, many trails, many parks, many museums ”
  • 106 locals recommend
Park
“Grab a beer and a sandwich and swing on a hammock along the Delaware River! Awesome views of the Ben Franklin Bridge!”
  • 153 locals recommend
Beer Garden
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“German beer hall, lots of fun for groups. The Bavarian pretzel is good and the beers are even better.”
  • 174 locals recommend
City Hall
“I always pass through here on the way to visit my parents or just getting to the other side of town. It's a great building, full of architectural details. Dilworth Park, on the west side, has an ice skating rink in the winter and a run through water fountain in the summer. Love Park, across the street at the end of Ben Franklin Parkway, has the LOVE sculpture and a great view up the parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (with the Rocky steps). A great place to hang out and take a break.”
  • 131 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Sandwich Place
“The self-proclaimed "inventor of cheesesteak" offers classic versions of Philly's favorite sandwich.”
  • 135 locals recommend
Beer Garden
“German beer hall, lots of fun for groups. The Bavarian pretzel is good and the beers are even better.”
  • 174 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“Local Fave. So it’s a friendly competition between Pat’s steaks. Their stores literally face each other. So you have to buy a steak from each place and weigh in on this debate. Whose is the best ”
  • 108 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
“Steak sandwiches are delicious. Get there early in good weather as the line can get long. There is some shopping along South Street. A pretty walk from the historic sights on Market Street.”
  • 102 locals recommend
French Restaurant
“Imagine being transported to a French Brasserie, only to realize that you're just looking at Rittenhouse Square. Great people watching and excellent food, great for families and groups but equally romantic for a date night. Don't sleep on the bread basket and desert. ”
  • 105 locals recommend
Bar
“A fishtown staple, this is a great bar and they have some awesome concerts on the second floor!”
  • 135 locals recommend
Bar
“Great local bar, with a variety of local beers on tap and a great seasonal menu for such a small venue. Patio seating in the back. Onion rings the side of your fist. ”
  • 86 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“This place is a Philly staple! The food is amazing (particularly the Eggs Benedict and the Potato Latke), but you will wait for a while for a table. The wait is worth it! If you are headed here for brunch, pick up a bottle of champagne (or sparkling wine) on your way and order the fresh squeezed orange juice for some BOYB mimosas. Cash only, atm on site. ”
  • 82 locals recommend

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