Rich's Guidebook

Rich
I'm a filmmaker and consultant who travels a lot, but Philadelphia is my home base. I've lived in and visited many different places in the US and abroad and hosted travelers many, many times. Good ... read more
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Things to do in Philadelphia

115 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Philly's original cheesesteak shop, open 24/7. There are better steaks, but no better scene.

156 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Historic, authentic street market along 9th St from Federal up to Christian streets. A food paradise, not to be missed. Most vendors open every day, starts shutting down around 3pm.

77 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

54 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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.

74 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hipster bar with good beer selection and food menu. Caution walking here at night -- the hood gets dodgy this direction.

52 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Casual atmosphere, better than casual food, plenty of seating (some outside), excellent beers on tap, great jukebox.

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Voted by a wide margin the best brunch in Philadelphia.

40 local Airbnb hosts recommend

...and beer too, as of lately. Nice place, has wifi.

108 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A remarkable and unique artistic achievement. This is the headquarters but the work is all around the neighborhood. Well worth a visit! www.phillymagicgardens.org/

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Excellent Thai food, take-out and eat in.

#11

Hardena

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1754 South Hicks Street·Map·Hours·Website·

16 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Hole-in-the-wall Indonesian restaurant, no longer secret (thanks, Anthony Bourdain) but still great. Cafeteria-style, eat in or take out. Usually closed by 8pm.

#12

Lucky 13 Pub

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 1820 South 13th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nice little bar with a very good menu. Can get noisy though.

#13

The Bottle Shop

ShoppingStores
$· 1616 E Passyunk Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

22 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Huge selection of bottled beers. Drink-in or take out.

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Italian pastries and biscotti, including amaretti to die for. Homemade gelato too. Cafe seating. Sure, take the cannoli. www.varallobrothersbakery.com

21 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Subway (Broad Street Line). North to Center City, Temple U and transfers. South to sports stadiums. Fare: $2.25 http://www.septa.org/

#16

El Sarape

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1304 South 9th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Italian-style (not Philly-style) pizza and beer; indoor and outdoor seating. Try the truffle pizza.

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best nearby pizza, especially the white. Mostly pick-up/delivery. They also have a nice restaurant with opera singing. See menu in kitchen drawer or www.francoluigis.com. Closed Mondays.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Indonesian food market with tasty homemade meals and snacks.

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Chain drugstore, pharmacy with some groceries.

#20

Marra's

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1734 East Passyunk Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

13 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Classic South Philly "red-sauce Italian" restaurant.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nearest emergency room

#22

Walgreens

EssentialsConvenience Stores
$$· 2014 South Broad Street·Map·Hours·Website·

4 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Chain drugstore, pharmacy with some groceries.

#23

Acme Markets

1400 East Passyunk Avenue·Map·

3 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nearest full-size supermarket. (There are small food stores on Tasker and Morris as you go east from Bancroft.)

#24

US Post Office

1713 South Broad Street·Map·

1 local Airbnb host recommends

A good place to mail things from!

1 local Airbnb host recommends

No atmosphere here, just good takeout seafood, fresh or prepared dishes, and tasty fish sandwiches. Takeout only.

#26

Sunny One Inc

1655 South Chadwick Street·Map·

1 local Airbnb host recommends

Nearest beer. Nice owners but limited selection, dodgy clientele.

1 local Airbnb host recommends

Nearest beer distributor (that means beer much cheaper--but sold by the case only!)

#28

1218 Mifflin St

1218 Mifflin St·Map·

1 local Airbnb host recommends

Baguettes, croissants, etc of seriously Parisian quality. As an Italian it pains me to say that this bread may be the best in town. Open early but by 1-2pm they are running out of most things.

#29

1701 S 16th St

1701 S 16th St·Map·

1 local Airbnb host recommends

Goes north on 16th St through Center City. $2.25 cash fare (no change). http://www.septa.org/ If you don't see one coming, head east to Tasker-Morris Station for the subway...

#30

1699 S 17th St

1699 S 17th St·Map·

1 local Airbnb host recommends

Catch it on 17th St in Center City, get off here. $2.25 cash fare (no change). http://www.septa.org/

#31

Marota Brothers

1838 S 17th St·Map·

1 local Airbnb host recommends

This store hasn't changed much in many decades. Italian specialty foods, general groceries, cheese and salami ... and a trip back in time.

#32

Broad Street Cleaners

1541 S Broad St·Map·Hours·Website·

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Nearest dry cleaners. Good, reliable service.

1 local Airbnb host recommends

A restaurant school that offers full-course dinners at low prices. Student-operated, so it's hit or miss but always interesting. Reservation required. www.culinaryarts.edu