Brandon's Guidebook

I'm an adjunct professor of art, and a photographer for Airbnb who happens to also be a host. Originally from Atlanta, GA, I moved to Philly for grad school in 2008 and fell in love with the city i... read more

Things to do in Philadelphia

132 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beer garden that is simultaneously indoor & outdoor, complete with fire-pits and games like table tennis & foozball, and Jenga sets on all the tables.

211 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Possibly the best private collection of post-impressionist and early-modern art in the world. Features 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modigli­anis, 7 Van Goghs, etc etc

240 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Massive food market with basically any type of food you can think of. Not the best for indecisive people like myself, but def a fun place to wander through and/or eat

404 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of the best art museums around, but massive, so budget your time. The contemporary wing is awesome, and houses the largest collection of Marcel Duchamp work in the world

105 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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

83 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Beautiful (and huge) coffee shop with amazing decor. Features a Steve Powers mural inside. They also sell coffee-infused rum that is distilled on-site.


Fette Sau

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

67 local Airbnb hosts recommend

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


Pizza Brain

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

59 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great pizza and home to the world’s largest collection of pizza-memorabilia (as certified by Guinness Records). And Little Baby's Ice Cream is right next door!


Loco Pez

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

56 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Bar/restaurant with great Mexican food and drinks on the cheap. The brunch is killer! ($5 Bloody Mary's during brunch Happy Hour)

39 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Brunch all day every day. Southern comfort-food influenced.

36 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Huge selection of beers for takeout. It's also a bar/restaurant in the back.

119 local Airbnb hosts recommend

If you're into medical oddities from generations past, this is your spot.

28 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Outdoor deck seating and cool interior. Pretty much everything on the menu is good. The veggie wings are great, especially during Happy Hour when they're (I think) $5!


Jinxed Fishtown

1331 Frankford Ave·Map·Hours·Website·

26 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Vintage furniture and collectibles at amazingly low prices.


El Bar

Drinks & NightlifeBars
$· 1356 N Front St·Map·Hours·Website·

20 local Airbnb hosts recommend

The quintessential Fishtown dive bar. No food. Just cheap booze, jukebox, and karaoke some nights. $2.25 PBR tall boys all the time. Back yard. Dogs are usually allowed, even inside.

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Great BBQ and Tex-Mex menus. Great for meat-lovers and vegetarians (the latter should try the veggie wings or the seitan cheesesteak). Outdoor seating and cheap margarita pitchers during happy hour.


The Rocket Cat Café

Food SceneRestaurants
$$· 2001 Frankford Avenue·Map·Website·

19 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Coffee shop just up the street where all the cool kids hang out ;) Good place to work on your laptop or grab a breakfast sandwich. And there's a Shepard Fairey mural on the outside wall.


Bourbon & Branch

Food SceneRestaurants
$· 705 North 2nd Street·Map·Hours·Website·

9 local Airbnb hosts recommend

One of my favorite menus in the area, for both dinner and brunch. Bar/restaurant downstairs, music venue upstairs.

8 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Indoor BYOB Miniature Golf Course and Arcade. Enough said.


Liberty Choice

Food SceneRestaurants
1939 North Front Street·Map·Hours·Website·

11 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Basically a fancy bodega with great made-to-order food (try the falafel) and basic groceries. Good amount of health/vegan grocery options.

7 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Awesome traditional Mexican food. BYO.

18 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Who knew Philadelphia had a Japanese tea house, eh? Well indeed it does, hiding within the beautiful and expansive Fairmount Park.

2 local Airbnb hosts recommend

Cute little coffee shop right on the block. Also has good sandwiches.