Things to do in Philadelphia
Here’s your key to the city. A definitive guide of the best local spots, as told by local Airbnb hosts
Best of the best
132 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Frankford Hall is a Philly-style Beer Garden that is fun for groups and families. There are games for the kids and for the young at heart. Very casual dinning and delicious beers. Outdoor seating a... read more
Outdoor beer garden with huge pints of beer, German style! Don't forget to grab a Bavarian pretzel or delicious sausage while enjoying a game of ping pong or jenga. Definitely a must for a night ou... read more
Steven Starr recently converted this exposed brick industrial warehouse into a Beer Garden. Games, including ping pong and jenga, surronding an outdoor fire pit scene which is truly unmatched!
115 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Pat's or Gino's? Get both and you decide! (Shhhh, don't tell anyone but Pat's is WAAAAY better!) Beware: Be familiar with customary Cheesesteak ordering procedures ... luckily, they're posted.
It's considered to be one of the best cheesesteak joints in Philly. They have an ongoing rivalry with Geno's Steaks across the street. (I prefer Pat's becauase they are much nicer to customers)
Famous Pat's Cheese Steak is located across the street from our house. Open 24/7 for cheese steaks & cheese fries
156 local Airbnb hosts recommend
This place is infamous and you must take a walk through. There are specialty food concession stands like cheese, spices, meat, fish, produce and desserts. There are other spots throughout the marke... read more
The Italian Market is the popular name for the South 9th Street Curb Market, an area of South Philadelphia featuring many grocery shops, cafes, restaurants, bakeries, cheese shops, butcher shops, etc.
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From Wiki: The collection includes 181 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 69 by Paul Cézanne, 59 by Henri Matisse, 46 by Pablo Picasso, 21 by Chaim Soutine, 18 by Henri Rousseau, 16 by Amedeo Mod... read more
The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cezanne and Matisse ... read more
240 local Airbnb hosts recommend
What can't you find at Reading Terminal Market?!? So many food vendors all in one spot. It can get crowded but there are many family friendly options here. My personal recommendation would be: F... read more
Reading Terminal If your looking for some great local food, cheesesteaks, Pizza, Deserts, And everything else you can think of you must visit the Terminal Market. Its located in Center City on 12th... read more
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The Philadelphia Museum of Art is great. There is wonderful art inside and across the street at the Perelman. There is also beautiful are outside on the frescos and the architecture. Plus the view ... read more
The museum has a fantastic comprehensive collection of everything from ancient Asian architecture to Impressionism and beyond. Tickets are good for two days, giving you the opportunity to explore t... read more
105 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Johnny Brendas has two floors, one is a bar with great drink and beer selections and the upper level has live bands playing regularly. The best part is that its located on a corner with other grea... read more
One of the original "cool spots" in Fishtown, this place is a solid bar/restaurant and live music venue (upstairs) that hosts lots of great acts. Great food, decor, & outdoor seating. Also, pool table
90 local Airbnb hosts recommend
It's considered to be one of the best cheesesteak joints in Philly. They have an ongoing rivalry with Pat's Steaks across the street. (I prefer Pat's becauase they are much nicer to customers)
Not the best cheesesteak in Philly, but famous (along with next door Pat's).But they’re famous (=tourist trap?), so you can say you went? I won’t eat it, it’s gross in my mind.☺. Philly culture e... read more
Pat's OR Geno's? Try not to get into a fight over who has the better Philly Cheesesteak (shhh ... don't tell anyone but its definitely Pat's!)
83 local Airbnb hosts recommend
This local coffee company has recently gone national. This is their flagship location. It is ultra yuppie, but the food and coffee are fantastic. I highly recommend the Draft Latte. Their food is f... read more
If you like a variety of Coffees or just a strong cup of coffee, they go to Colombe. They have a great selection of good coffee and food and a nice brunch. Its a big place so you will get a seat ... read more
Seriously good coffee, for the coffee snobs. Co-founded by Todd Carmichael, also host of the hit Travel Channel show Dangerous Grounds. You have to visit this place for the coffee and the light food.
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Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surveyor Thomas Holme during the late 17th century in central Philadelphia. The park is widely consid... read more
The nicest area of Center City with tons of restaurants, coffee and shopping near the park/square. Parc is right on the square, is great French fare for brunch and has nice views. Nearby I like V... read more
80 local Airbnb hosts recommend
The zoo has come a long way, I just went again recently. Although it always is hard for me to see animals at the zoo sometimes because I feel bad for them, they have made some nice improvements tha... read more
America's first zoo!! 42 acres and is home to over 1,300 animals. Many children's features such as paddleboat lake,a rain forest themed carousel and lots of educational exhibits.
The oldest zoo in the USA. It is especially known as a breeding facility for animals that are hard to breed in captivity. Today, the zoo covers 42 acres and has more than 1300 animals.
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Modern twists on Mexican dishes, such as vegan fajitas and mahi mahi tacos—fare that washes down perfectly with a tequila flight or specialty margarita. In warmer months, the outdoor patio rocks.
More casual dining spot with nice outdoor seating area. Fine Mexican fare, potent margaritas, a lively vibe & outdoor seating make this a popular hangout.
Reasonably priced hipster Mexican place with a large outdoor patio on Passyunk Ave. Good margaritas. Vegan fajitas surprisingly delicious.
79 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Complementing the handcrafted brews is impressive lineup of hand-tossed, wood fired pizza, char-grilled burgers, numerous vegetarian and vegan friendly options, fries and bites, Pennsylvania wines,... read more
Great beer brewed on site, great pizza from a wood fired brick oven, a friendly neighborhood vibe with great staff, bar and table seating and in-demand outside tables, and brunch pizzas on Sundays!
Great portrait of Philadelphia's local beer scene and amazing wood fired pizza. They serve brunch-style pizzas as well and you often see families here in the daytime.
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Located right in the middle of the most popular and lively part of South Street. Have one of Philadelphia's best cheese steaks and then wander East on South Street towards the Delaware River!
Pat's and Geno's are the original Philly steak houses, but for the best Philly cheese steak, we recommend Jim's. There's always usually a line so plan to arrive early.
Jim’s Steaks on South Street is our personal fav. Just be sure you’re ready to order when you get to the front of the line, or you may get send to the back. Cash only. There are a LOT to choose from!
68 local Airbnb hosts recommend
One of Philly's favorite brunch spots. Long lines on weekends, but the big portions and laid back atmosphere makes it pretty hard to say no to! Honey's is open for dinner and is just as delicious... read more
Honeys has a great extensive menu, sometimes makes it hard to choose from. The prices are great very affordable and the servings are LARGE. A great place for brunch and lunch. Always check the webs... read more
Amazing brunch, cheap, diner-style, fast service (though the line can get long on the weekend). They serve lunch and dinner too, BYOB (Bring Your Own Booze).
82 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Walk the campus of one of the oldest Ivy League schools in United States. Make sure to see The Quadrangle at 36th and Spruce. (University City)
Right over the bridge is home to Philly's Ivy League college. A beautiful campus with lots of good food and shopping surrounding it.
Ivy League University within 15 minutes walking!
67 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Stephen Starr Restaurant that is take out BBQ with picnic table settings and beer and drinks you can purchase there. Go for happy hour stake tips and Manhattans...$10 for both and it makes you happy.
Some of the best BBQ you will ever eat, even if you're from the South like myself. Check out their happy-hour that features reduced-price pork sandwiches and $5 Old Fashions and Manhattans
Yummy BBQ. Great happy hour deal with 5$ Old fashions and food discounts. Outdoor and indoor seating.
65 local Airbnb hosts recommend
If you want a good brunch, this is a great spot. In addition, it becomes a relaxing (a bit divey) bar at night. Be warned that if you show up much after 11:00am during a weekend you will probably h... read more
Probably the most popular bar in the neighborhood. Good menu and always a great rotating selection of craft beer.
Amazing neighborhood spot. Brunch, latenight snacks, great bartenders, good music
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THE place to have breaky in Philly. On the Italian Market, early birds are rewarded with quick seating and inventive deliciousness. The food is BIG here at breakfast so come hungry. Get there be... read more
Hearty, innovative brunch fare. Weekly menus around fun themes. We recommend the special stuffed French toast, be ready to skip lunch (and dinner). Expect a line after 10am on weekends. BYOB.
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Imagine sitting across from a park enjoying fresh baked bread and enjoying a glass of wine. Add cheese and charcuterie and perhaps steak tartare. Why stop there...try the moules frites or trout Ama... read more
Classic french bistro. Love going here for brunch when the weather is warm and grabbing an outdoor table (prepare for a wait). Try the warm shrimp salad and the cranberry bread.
On a beautiful day, Parc and Rouge vie for most-sought-over seats in the city. Ask for a "park view" on the 18th street side ... and always call ahead. Perfect for brunch or afternoon drinks!
58 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Third biggest mall in the world, second biggest in the United States! If you go by retail space square footage instead of just square footage, it's actually bigger than the Mall of America!
One of the biggest malls in the country, with both luxury and normal priced shops. Great for inclement weather or to get some shopping done. Also close to many big box shops in the area, includin... read more
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Do you enjoy vintage arcade games and alcohol? Then you're gonna love this place. Grab a handful of quarters and spend the night tapping buttons and yanking joy sticks.
They have tons of vintage video games and draft beer, can be fun if you're in to that sort of thing... "Joust", "Rampage", "Gauntlet" and "Gataga" are some of my favorites I always look for.
Philly branch of the well-known, Brooklyn bar combining good beers and a slew of arcade video games
58 local Airbnb hosts recommend
If you're looking to spend a day at the ball game—as long as they are playing at home—you can see the the top rated mascot in all major sports (The Phillie Phanatic). Cheering on the Phillies in pe... read more
Philadelphia Phillies Stadium. Easy to get to. 10 mins by car from my home. Really fun place to catch a baseball game. Great vibe and great tailgaiting.
Take me out to the ballgame. Super easy to get to the stadiums from our place. Walk one block to Broad and South, hop on the subway going south, get off at AT&T station.
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Hands down best espresso in the city for me. Besides the fact that they are an institution here in Philly and have expanded nationally now, their coffee is served in most high end restaurants and t... read more
Best coffee roasters arond - Tasty coffee! Feels like your walking around the block for a great cappuccino in Florence, Italy. Sip there or take some home for later.
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This corner bar and restaurant is a Spruce Hill gem, but the real treat is the attached bottle shop where you can browse hundreds of bottles of the best beers in the world and enjoy a few on tap, too.
This is one of the local watering holes around. They're menu may look unexpected but I've never had a bad meal there. They also have great tap beer and serve food late if you come home a little hun... read more
Excellent selection of local and imported beers, with a bottle bar next door housing greater than 500 different varieties of beer. Great pub food as well. $
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Pizza Brain and the Museum of Pizza Culture offers excellent gourmet style pizza. Large slices available for order or call for pickup. Best combined with a visit to Little Baby's Ice Cream next door.
This is "the world's first pizza museum - with an artisan pizzeria attached." It is also recipient of a Guinness world record, and Nylon Magazine named one of their pizzas among the best in America.
Try the Kira Tierston pizza: brussel sprouts, bacon, and red onion pie. Perfect. Vegetarian pie. Wendy Wedgewonth: sun-dried tomatoes, arugula, and honey goat cheese.
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From Signal to Symbol The State House bell, now known as the Liberty Bell, rang in the tower of the Pennsylvania State House. Today, we call that building Independence Hall. Speaker of the Pennsyl... read more
A must see for any visitor to Philadelphia. The Liberty Bell is on view to the public for free, no ticket required, but you may need to wait in line to enter the building if you want to see the fam... read more
The Liberty Bell is a must see attraction when coming to Philadelphia. Walk up 5th Street, turn onto Chestnut, and can get a good view of the Bell from the outside while avoiding long lines.
54 local Airbnb hosts recommend
Gastropub with good brunch, great 4-6 happy hour M-F (half priced local beers and appetizers - two nicely sized wild boar tacos for $5-6 is pretty great. Also has a good bar area.
They have a great variety of drinks and entrees. The appetizers are awesome and are half price during happy hour (M-F 4-6PM). Check it out! (P.S. Wild boar tacos are great!)
Yes, it's a gastropub. The food's usually quite good, but it can get loud. Very good beer selection, almost as good as The POPE.
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Coffee shop. Equal exchange coffee, tea and hot chocolate. Locally made simple food- bagels, sandwiches, muffins. Cozy indoor seating and outdoor seating next to the park. 10 min walk thru park.
Delicious coffee, great tea selection, yummy sandwiches (meat and veggie), best vegan muffins and donuts, wifi. Great for a quiet breakfast or getting some work or reading done.
Great icecream (Weckerly's) and sandwiches in addition to the usual coffee options on a great corner across from Clark Park and the Saturday farmers' market.
74 local Airbnb hosts recommend
This is our local watering hole. They have a decent happy hour, with local brews on tap and good food. We suggest you check it out one night. They're open late and it's like a 2 min walk from the h... read more
Right on the corner, 1/2 block from the house! Lots of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as awesome fried chicken sandwich. Huge craft beer selection and outdoor seating.
Very cool divey restaurant-bar within walking distance, great ambiance and exciting seasonal menu. Great selection of craft beers. They also have outdoor seating out back!