With Summer coming, Philadelphia is a fantastic place to visit. Invite those long lost college friends, that can't-forget ex or just treat yourself to a stay-cation and be a tourist in your own city. Here is what is on my itinerary, which is no means all encompassing.
9 am: Start the day off with coffee at Rival Brothers on Spruce St. Probably the best Americano in town, made by some of the nicest baristas for miles around. If you want a light breakfast, their peanut butter toast is worth the wait.
10 am: Swing on over to Rittenhouse Square for the Farmers Market. Of all the vendors, our favorites are the King Family who runs the Triple Tree flower stand. Their buckets full of in-season flowers like glowing red zinnias are major Instagram fodder. #perfect #nofilter
11 am: But if you need more than toast...Our go to breakfast spot, Artisan Boulanger Patissier (12th St and Mifflin Street) is worth the Uber ride out of Rittenhouse. Andre (and his wife Amanda), the Paris-trained Cambodian-American baker (James Beard Awards Semifinalists 2013), conjures the most fantastic French pastries and their breakfast sandwiches are out of this world. Two eggs on their house-made baguettes and an ice coffee is quite divine. You won't go wrong treating yourself to pastries in this space.
12 pm: Walk off that breakfast with a stroll through to the Italian Market.
1 pm: Treat yourself to light lunch on Washington Avenue. Experience some of the best Mexican in town at Taqueria La Veracruzana or Netflix-famous South Philly Barbacoa. If you have a love for sugary treats, check out the Vietnamese dessert spot, Bambu Desserts & Drinks.
2 pm: Spend the rest of the afternoon at the Barnes Foundation and enjoy Mr. Barnes incredible lifetime art collection. Can you find the Soutine that was in Mona Lisa Smile? Then walk up to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Do the Rocky steps for a great view of the city and then walk around the museum to the back for a great view of the River.
4 pm: Go for a stroll on South Street. Of course, come visit M Concept and let us introduce you to some of the coolest young designers in Philadelphia. Treat yourself to something unexpected and unique.
6 pm: Happy Hours are in order. We recommend Jet Wine Bar for their cozy space and great service.
8 pm: There are so many options for dinner. We like: Philly favorite for Vietnamese, Banh Mi and Bottles, offering casual takes on Vietnamese classics and modern street food. Barbuzzo which always great for Italian; Gran Caffe L'Aquila has a stunning menu of trattoria style offerings and the best dessert options in town ; and Stina, is our favorite go to for a great casual meal with super fresh ingredients. If you're vegan, a meal at Charlie Was A Sinner is a revelation on how good vegan food can be when done right.
10 pm: Go for a walk around the city. Start at City Hall and walk down Walnut Street. Heads towards Old City. Franklin Fountain is a must visit for a late night ice cream treat.
12 pm: End the night with a drink or two. We love Writer's Block Rehab for their library inspired cocktails and encourage you to try for a table upstairs. Graffiti Bar and Randstead Room are always good options too.