Food Scene in Philadelphia

Bite, savor, and swig. This is where local Airbnb hosts say you should go to get a taste of the city.


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132 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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!

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

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.

Famous Pat's Cheese Steak is located across the street from our house. Open 24/7 for cheese steaks & cheese fries

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)

240 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Reading Terminal Market is one of the oldest and largest enclosed public markets in America. It is located directly across from the Philadelphia Convention Center (Corner of 12th & Arch Streets) in... read more

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

90 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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!)

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

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)

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Reasonably priced hipster Mexican place with a large outdoor patio on Passyunk Ave. Good margaritas. Vegan fajitas surprisingly delicious.

More casual dining spot with nice outdoor seating area. Fine Mexican fare, potent margaritas, a lively vibe & outdoor seating make this a popular hangout.

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.

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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!

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!

68 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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).

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

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Fette Sau

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$$· 1208 Frankford Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

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

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.

This place is Philly famous, and for good reason! This place has amazing food (big portions) with great flavors and hilariously named specials. All of the locations have the same monthly menu. Brun... read more

#11

Parc

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$$$· 227 S 18th St·Map·Hours·Website·

65 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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!

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.

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

Known for their fancy coffee! If you want trendy strong coffee, this is the place to be. A 20min walk from my place! I'd especially recommend for the working professional who may want a quiet space... read more

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

#13

Pizza Brain

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$· 2313 Frankford Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

59 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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.

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.

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

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.

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Zahav

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$$$· 237 St James Pl·Map·Hours·Website·

50 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Amazing Israeli food - best I've had in Philly! Consistently voted one of the best restaurants, and rightfully so. Reservations fill months in advance, but don't let that scare you away. We are abl... read more

Opening its doors in 2008, Zahav is a modern Israeli restaurant that brings the authentic flavors of Israel's cultural heritage to Philadelphia. The name Zahav means "gold" in Hebrew, and is a ref... read more

World renowned Chef Michael Solomonov cooks modern Israeli restaurant that brings the authentic flavors of Israel's cultural heritage to Philadelphia.

#16

Loco Pez

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$· 2401 E Norris St·Map·Hours·Website·

56 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Happy Hour Nachos - $4 and can feed 2 people. Happy Hour Margaritas - $4 - Dollar off drafts Get the K&A Nachos for awesomeness. Food is good and you can leave full without breaking the bank.

Patrons at this Mexican gastropub swear by the 10 kinds of tacos (carne asada, seitan and spinach, chorizo and potato) offered as low-priced singles, encouraging eaters to try as many varieties as ... read more

Hidden Gem. I came across Loco Pez and have been going back ever since. Its a small corner spot but is jammed pack and you will see why. The drinks are good and cheap, the food is also good and ... read more

#17

Stateside

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$$· 1536 E Passyunk Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

41 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Words can't describe the whisky and bourbon menu. Superbly crafted cocktails, better than average craft beer selection, and great small plates. Order the pork belly.

Known for a great whiskey selection and small plates, this bar becomes a hub of activity when they open their windows wide in the spring and summer.

Crafted cocktails and a great selection of whisky and bourbon. The bar is in the heart of East Passyunk nightlife when it opens its windows in the spring and summer months. Just a short walk to a s... read more

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Awesome location in an awesome neighborhood. It has really cute design. Chinese plates with a Jewish twist & festive scorpion bowls are served at this snug, energetic spot. We frequent their Satu... read more

A Jewish guy making his take on dim sum classics. Fantastic casual spot. Great place for families. Definitely order the cucumber salad and the lamb dumplings. And save room for their soft serve ice... read more

This place is amazing. It's quite popular so best to go when it opens at 5, or earlier for weekend brunch. Sort of dim sum fusion, which sounds like something I might pass on, but it all works so... read more

#19

Amada

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$$$· 217-219 Chestnut St·Map·Hours·Website·

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Chef Jose Garces is one of Philadelphia’s culinary elite, known across the city as, "Iron Chef". Amada is the restaurant that started the Garces empire, serving authentic Andalucian tapas chic way.

Iron Chef Jose Garces puts a modern spin on tapas at this contemporary Spanish spot with warm decor. One of the best restaurants in the city!

Spanish Tapas - The best in town - Jose Garces' restaurant (iron chef)

42 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bar or restaurant... whatever it is, it's a divine institution. It's a pioneer of the gastropub movement of the cities restaurant scene and has great food and an phenomenal beer menu of course.

Mind blowing beer selection emphasizing Belgian brews. Check out the beer bible. I recommend the mussels and (really) hot wings.

This award-winning Belgian Beer bar is unlike anything else in Philly. If you’re serious about your beer, this is one of those places you just can’t miss.

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El Vez

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$$· 121 S 13th St·Map·Hours·Website·

41 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Steven Starr in the heart of the Gayborhood/Midtown East section of the city. This area offers the newest nighlife boom in all of Center City and this Restaurant is one of the staples. Ambiance!

Steven Starr Mexican restaurant with guacamole to die for! Great ambience​ and located right in the heart of Center City. Hard to get a reservation, so plan ahead.

Themed Mexican Steve Starr restaurant but not modern twist like usual... Mid range to expensive price, interesting decor

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LaScala's Birra

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$$· 1700 E Passyunk Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

I can't say enough about this great local restaurant. They use in-season produce and seriously have one of the best pizza's I've ever eaten.

Great gourmet pizza, and deep selection of craft beer on draft, in can or by bottle.

Mac 'n' cheese pizza & other inventive pies pair with craft brews at this casual Italian joint.

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The only problem with this place: chips/salsa are so good but the GREAT burritos and tacos are also far too massive to order anything else.

Amazing tacos with seasonal varieties including fish, sweet potato roasted veggies. Fun stop, mostly take-out.

Best burritos, quick service. Try the Halloween Hot Sauce.

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you don't eat at all while you are here and choose to eat at one spot, choose this one. Open only for breakfast and lunch, save your appetite. This place will have you wishing you lived closer.

One of my favorite brunch places. Be prepared to leave full. Get there early if you do not want to wait- before 10am.

Classic Philly brunch. Can get crowded so get there early or be prepared to wait.

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This stylish coffee shop is right down the street and serves delicious coffee and craft beer.

Every time I drink their coffee, I walk around all day muttering, "Superior product!"

7-8 minute walk, good coffee, has a bottle shop with lots of good and local beers co-located, located across the street from the South Philadelphia Tap Room.

39 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Farm-fresh ingredients star at this Mediterranean joint set in a chic, compact space.

Impossible to get reservations here, but well worth the wait if you can plan in advance. Barbuzzo is one of the top restaurants in Philly. Other options are Abe Fisher, Wedge + Fig, Vedge or Luk... read more

If I ever win the lottery and contract a tape worm on the same day, then I'll probably eat at Barbuzzo for the rest of my life. Recommended: chicken liver-foie mousse, autumn shaved salad (shaved b... read more

39 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Traditional American and southern style dishes. Nice brunch spot. One of the few places in the area that opens early (7a) for brunch. Very family-friendly.

This breakfast and brunch spot has been loved by Philadelphian's forever. If you go on weekdays before 9am, they have a breakfast special for under $5.

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

#28

Dahlak

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$$· 4708 Baltimore Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Authentic Ethiopian restaurant at the heart of the local African community. Full bar in the back with local characters, restaurant with Ethiopian wicker seats, low table & great food.

You can find me behind the bar here on Fridays and Sundays! Come in for a weird (good-weird) local crowd and a cheap drinks. We serve food until 1:30am, try the Ethiopian cheesesteak!

Tasty Etheopian food with a bohemian feel, especially the bar in the back. Very inexspensive drinks. Kareoke on Tuesday nights.

37 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place has a little bit of everything. Part grocery store, part deli for meat and fish, part coffee shop, and part restaurant. The seating is communal so just jump right in and enjoy.

Tela's is a great weekend brunch spot, it is also a market and coffee shop so it's got everything you could need!

Great for coffee and great seating for leisurely dining. Also small fresh market with fruits, veggies and meats. Great breakfast sandwiches, right across the street from us!

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La Calaca Feliz

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$$· 2321 Fairmount Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

38 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Personally, it's one of our favorite Mexican places in the city. Modern, fun and interesting food; and, there's outdoor dinning during the summer months.

Try the fish tacos, guacamole and refreshing margaritas

This place is the go-to mexican spot in Fairmount. Delicious tacos and guac and super yummy margaritas.