Best things to do in Philadelphia

Discover the city according to locals. Find the best things to do, places to eat, and get priceless advice from the people who live here.

Locals’ favourite places

Here’s your definitive guide to the best parks, restaurants, landmarks and local spots, all according to locals

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1. Frankford Hall
1210 Frankford Ave
132local recommendations
Christy
Christy says “Outdoor beer garden with huge pints of beer, German style! Don't forget to grab a Bavarian pretzel o...” ·
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2. Pat's King of Steaks
1237 E Passyunk Ave
115local recommendations
Richard
Richard says “Pat's or Gino's? Get both and you decide! (Shhhh, don't tell anyone but Pat's is WAAAAY better!) Bew...” ·
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3. Italian Market Visitor Center
919 S 9th St
156local recommendations
Emily
Emily says “The Italian Market is the popular name for the South 9th Street Curb Market, an area of South Philad...” ·
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4. Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
211local recommendations
Karl & Antonio
Karl & Antonio says “From Wiki: The collection includes 181 paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 69 by Paul Cézanne, 59 b...” ·
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5. Reading Terminal Market
51 N 12th St
240local recommendations
Ana
Ana says “Reading Terminal Market is one of the oldest and largest enclosed public markets in America. It is l...” ·
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6. Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
404local recommendations
Joshua
Joshua says “The Philadelphia Museum of Art is great. There is wonderful art inside and across the street at the ...” ·
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7. Johnny Brenda's
1201 Frankford Ave
105local recommendations
Brandon
Brandon says “One of the original "cool spots" in Fishtown, this place is a solid bar/restaurant and live music ve...” ·
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8. Geno’s Steaks
1219 S 9th St
90local recommendations
Richard
Richard says “Pat's OR Geno's? Try not to get into a fight over who has the better Philly Cheesesteak (shhh ... do...” ·
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9. La Colombe Coffee Roasters
1335 Frankford Ave
83local recommendations
Alejandro
Alejandro says “Seriously good coffee, for the coffee snobs. Co-founded by Todd Carmichael, also host of the hit Tra...” ·
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10. Rittenhouse Square
206local recommendations
Joe & Steve
Joe & Steve says “Rittenhouse Square is one of the five original open-space parks planned by William Penn and his surv...” ·
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11. Philadelphia Zoo
3400 W Girard Ave
80local recommendations
Stay Alfred
Stay Alfred says “America's first zoo!! 42 acres and is home to over 1,300 animals. Many children's features such as p...” ·
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12. Cantina Los Caballitos
1651 E Passyunk Ave
77local recommendations
Rich
Rich says “Reasonably priced hipster Mexican place with a large outdoor patio on Passyunk Ave. Good margaritas....” ·
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13. Dock Street Brewing Co
701 S 50th St
79local recommendations
Angela
Angela says “Great portrait of Philadelphia's local beer scene and amazing wood fired pizza. They serve brunch-s...” ·
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14. Jim's Steaks
400 South St
74local recommendations
Eden & Greg
Eden & Greg says “Pat's and Geno's are the original Philly steak houses, but for the best Philly cheese steak, we reco...” ·
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15. Honey's Sit 'N Eat
2101 South St
68local recommendations
Daniel
Daniel says “Amazing brunch, cheap, diner-style, fast service (though the line can get long on the weekend). They...” ·
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16. University of Pennsylvania
82local recommendations
Anna & Vlad
Anna & Vlad says “Walk the campus of one of the oldest Ivy League schools in United States. Make sure to see The Quadr...” ·
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17. Fette Sau
1208 Frankford Ave
67local recommendations
Chris & Darlene
Chris & Darlene says “Stephen Starr Restaurant that is take out BBQ with picnic table settings and beer and drinks you can...” ·
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18. The Sidecar Bar & Grille
2201 Christian St
65local recommendations
Ashly
Ashly says “Amazing neighborhood spot. Brunch, latenight snacks, great bartenders, good music” ·
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19. Sabrina's Cafe
910 Christian St
65local recommendations
Michael-Andrew
Michael-Andrew says “THE place to have breaky in Philly. On the Italian Market, early birds are rewarded with quick seat...” ·
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20. Parc
227 S 18th St
65local recommendations
Matthew
Matthew says “On a beautiful day, Parc and Rouge vie for most-sought-over seats in the city. Ask for a "park view"...” ·
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21. King of Prussia Mall
160 N Gulph Rd
58local recommendations
Corey
Corey says “Third biggest mall in the world, second biggest in the United States! If you go by retail space squa...” ·
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22. Barcade
1114 Frankford Ave
55local recommendations
Derian
Derian says “Do you enjoy vintage arcade games and alcohol? Then you're gonna love this place. Grab a handful of ...” ·
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23. Citizens Bank Park
1 Citizens Bank Way
58local recommendations
Naomi
Naomi says “Take me out to the ballgame. Super easy to get to the stadiums from our place. Walk one block to B...” ·
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24. La Colombe Coffee Roasters
130 S 19th St
52local recommendations
Andy
Andy says “Best coffee roasters arond - Tasty coffee! Feels like your walking around the block for a great cap...” ·
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25. Local 44
4333 Spruce St
57local recommendations
Lee
Lee says “This corner bar and restaurant is a Spruce Hill gem, but the real treat is the attached bottle shop ...” ·
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26. Pizza Brain
2313 Frankford Ave
59local recommendations
Gregorio
Gregorio says “Try the Kira Tierston pizza: brussel sprouts, bacon, and red onion pie. Perfect. Vegetarian pie. ...” ·
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27. Liberty Bell
Market St
210local recommendations
Amanda
Amanda says “The Liberty Bell is a must see attraction when coming to Philadelphia. Walk up 5th Street, turn onto...” ·
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28. South Philadelphia Tap Room
1509 Mifflin St
54local recommendations
Rich
Rich says “Yes, it's a gastropub. The food's usually quite good, but it can get loud. Very good beer selection,...” ·
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29. Green Line Cafe
4239 Baltimore Ave
54local recommendations
Lee
Lee says “Great icecream (Weckerly's) and sandwiches in addition to the usual coffee options on a great corner...” ·
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30. American Sardine Bar
1800 Federal St
74local recommendations
Kyle
Kyle says “This is our local watering hole. They have a decent happy hour, with local brews on tap and good foo...” ·