CHAARG’S GUIDE TO PHILADELPHIA
The city of brotherly [or sisterly ; )] love has something for everyone! Whether you need a classy spot to eat, a trendy fitness studio, or a little dose of history//culture, there is so much to choose from! The list could be endless, but here are some great recommendations that CHAARG girls are sure to love!
1] Green Eggs Café: The perfect brunch spot with amazing breakfast + lunch options!! They are known for their quirky flavors, especially for pancakes + french toast.
2] Parc: Delicious French food paired with the perfect atmosphere. This restaurant overlooks Rittenhouse Square, but it feels like you just hopped off a flight to Paris.
3] Dalessandro’s Steaks + Hoagies: The number one question when it comes to food in Philly is “who has the best cheesesteaks?!” Every Philly resident will probably tell you some place different, but Dalessandro’s is definitely one of the most popular.
4] Max Brenner’s: If chocolate is your favorite food group, this is the restaurant for you! Their food is amazing, but you can’t help but rush through to the dessert to try all of the chocolate creations.
For Next Time: Reading Terminal Market, Mile’s Table, Kei Sushi, Burrata, Manakeesh, Luke’s Lobster, Buddakan, Italian Market, HipCityVeg
COFFEE + SWEETS
1] Square One Coffee: A simple coffee spot — not over the top with options — but delicious nonetheless. Plus, who doesn’t love a cute place to sit + get some work done?!
2] J’aime French Bakery: Pastries baked fresh + from scratch, both sweet ++ savory, paired with a bright, beautiful ambiance to enjoy your coffee//snacks.
3] Lil’ Pop Shop + Café: The absolute cutest little shop with fancy popsicles + pies. The flavors are unique + everchanging, with a location basically made for Instagram pics.
4] Franklin Fountain: Homemade, old-fashioned ice creams, malts, sundaes, + sodas. The line for this place is usually down the street, but it is well worth the wait!
For Next Time: Federal Donuts, D’Ascenzo’s Gelato, Shakespeare + Company, Nook, Chapterhouse, Sweet Charlies, Vault + Vine
1] Heritage: This semi-upscale bar has some good eats, but the highlight is the live jazz bands + rustic bar. They have solid drink selections + it’s the perfect spot for a night out.
2] Bob + Barbara’s: A fun dive bar with drinks + live entertainment. This place has been around for a long time, so you know you’re in for a good night.
3] The Rainstead Room: The speakeasy themed joint is a unique tribute to the golden age + has some of the best cocktails around.
4] Tattooed Mom: A super trendy spot with funky décor! Everything you expect + love about South Street wrapped up in one bar!
For Next Time: Franklin Mortgage + Investment Company, WM Mulherin’s Sons, Graffiti Bar, Barcelona Wine Bar
1] TITLE Boxing Club: Get a killer cardio workout while doing a combination of heavy bag + mitt work to learn real boxing technique. A super fun way to relieve stress + burn tons of calories!
2] Barre3: This studio is so welcoming, + you can’t go wrong with any instructor you take. The classes will challenge you in a unique way, + you will feel great after every workout.
3] [solidcore]: The workout you never knew you needed! These classes will give you the most challenging, toning workouts that you will be feeling for days after.
4] Philly Power Yoga: A great yoga studio with a variety of flows + classes. Great for both novices + more advanced yogis.
For Next Time: F45, Freehouse, Unite, Revel Ride, Ripped, Flywheel Sports, Everybody Fights, Soul Cycle
1] Theatre of Living Arts: This small venue makes concerts way more fun + intimate. The perfect venue to let loose + party up close with your favorite entertainers.
2] Smak Parlour: A small boutique in Old City that has the most adorable clothes + unique accessories, with the sweetest staff around.
4] Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: The art gallery [+ Instagram backdrop] of your dreams! Though small, there is so much to see + revel in.
For Next Time: Walnut Street Theatre, Spruce Street Harbor Park, Race Street Pier, Eastern State Penitentiary, Philadelphia Zoo, Urban Axes, The Book Trader
1] Independence Hall + Liberty Bell + Constitution Center: Must-sees for everyone at some point in their lives! Learn about the history of the U.S. + see some of the most historical buildings in the country.
2] Franklin Institute Science Museum: Featuring some super cool permanent exhibits + there are always interesting exhibitions going on here that you wouldn’t expect from a science museum!
3] Philadelphia Museum of Art: The Philly art museum is a beautiful museum, with so much art on showcase and incredible architecture. It is in a prime location surrounded by many other museums as well, for a perfect day of museum hopping!
4] Shofuso Japanese House + Garden: A great way to experience Japanese culture + traditions in the middle of Philly. Attending a tea ceremony is highly recommended!
For Next Time: Betsy Ross House, The Barnes Foundation, The African American Museum in Philadelphia, National Museum of American Jewish History, Mütter Museum
Elfreth’s Alley, Rocky Statue + Steps, One Liberty Observation Deck, Graffiti Pier, Love Letter Murals, South Street, Love Park, Boathouse Row, Addison Street, + Spruce Hill!