Denise's Guidebook

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Things to do in Philadelphia

115 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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)

156 local Airbnb hosts recommend

A historic open-air market that is so fun to explore! Fresh produce, butcher shops, specialty cheese shops, bakeries, cafes, restaurants & stores.

211 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century French painting in the world. #2 of TripAdvisor's Things to Do in Philadelphia.

240 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Featuring over 80 concessions, this historic market has something for even the most eclectic of tastebuds. #5 of TripAdvisor's Things to Do in Philadelphia.

404 local Airbnb hosts recommend

An impressive collection of European art housed in a stately, neoclassical building with the Rocky Steps! #1 of TripAdvisor's Things to Do in Philadelphia.

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)

65 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Most popular brunch spot in Philly; Huge portions- recommend sharing; $$

210 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Philly's most visited historic attraction

153 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Eastern State Penitentiary was once the most famous and expensive prison in the world, now a haunting world of crumbling cellblocks and empty guard towers. #4 of TripAdvisor's Things to Do in Phila.

#10

Royal Tavern

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 937 E Passyunk Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

33 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Good food; slightly divey; great happy hour (1/2 off drafts)

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Comprehensive beer selection of individual bottles and cans from across the globe. Browse cold case displays or ask for recommendations. Good food & ambiance (fireplace). Takeout beer if preferred $$

108 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Interesting indoor/outdoor art exhibit. Free to walk by and peak at from the outside. The mosaics around my neighborhood were done by this artist.

#13

Isgro Pastries

Food SceneBakeries
$$· 1009 Christian St·Map·Hours·Website·

23 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the oldest and best Italian bakeries in Philly

#14

Nam Phuong Restaurant

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 1100 Washington Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

My favorite Vietnamese restaurant. If you go with a group of adventurous eaters, share one of the family meals at the back of the menu for multiple courses at a discount. $

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It's a divey bar with a very comprehensive selection of canned beers. You can bring your own food in (get a cheeseteak from Pat's across the street!) and they have skeeball!

#16

Paesano's

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1017 South 9th Street·Map·Website·

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The best sandwiches in Philly! The Arista sandwich (roasted suckling pig w/broccoli rabe, Italian long hots, sharp provolone, natural jus) was rated by Bon Appetit as 3rd best meal under $10 in US

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Closest takeout for very good pizza & sandwiches; $

#18

RIM Cafe

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1172 South 9th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

14 local Airbnb hosts recommend

This place is really strange! They have very unique and elaborate coffee drinks, chocolates, candies and desserts.

#19

Pho 75

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 1122 Washington Avenue·Map·Hours·

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best Pho nearby. $

101 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Organic Grocery Store

10 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Closest Indian food; very good

#22

Monsu

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 901 Christian Street·Map·Hours·Website·

8 local Airbnb hosts recommend

BYOB; Great Italian Food; $$$

17 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Closest wine & liquor store

#24

ACME Markets

EssentialsGrocery Stores
$$· 1400 E Passyunk Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

61 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cheapest grocery store in walking distance

#25

The Dive Bar

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 947 East Passyunk Avenue·Map·Hours·

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Very divey, but they have some arcade games and a pool table on the 3rd floor; FYI- they allow smoking inside.

#26

Anastasi Seafood

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$$· 1101 South 9th Street·Map·Hours·Website·

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It's a bar/restaurant/fresh seafood market with happy hour (Tues-Frs 4-7PM) $1 Buck a Shuck • $5 Drafts • $4 House Wine • $1 Oysters & Clams $4 Crab Cake Slider • $6 Guacamole & Chips

#27

Ba Le Bakery

Food SceneRestaurants
606 Washington Avenue·Map·Hours·Website·

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Best Bahn Mi (Vietnamese) sandwiches in Philly! (takeout)

5 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the closest bikeshare docks. There is an even closer dock at 11th & Washington. $4 per half hour. Rent a bike and return to any other dock.

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Go here for information about sightseeing in Philadelphia and to see displays of historic Philadelphia for free.

6 local Airbnb hosts recommend

It's a Mexican Tortilliaria! They make tortillas in the shop fresh daily using a crazy looking machine. You can watch and then eat warm tortillas or buy freshly made tortilla chips.