How to Spend a Day in Philadelphia, Finding Nourishment for Body and Soul

By Ivan PetrenkoMay 23, 2024 02:00 AMNews
Aerial photo of Philadelphia
Aerial photo of Philadelphia. Source: unsplash

Philadelphia, often overshadowed by its East Coast neighbors, offers a vibrant food scene, mural-lined streets, and a rich cultural heritage. Here’s a perfect itinerary to experience the best of what the city has to offer in just one day.

8am: Breakfast at Reading Terminal Market

Start your day at Reading Terminal Market, where the early morning hustle is minimal. Slide into a booth at Down Home Diner for classic country-style breakfast or try El Merkury for Central American street food, like Salvadorian pupusas. Grab a coffee and a doughnut from Beiler’s Doughnuts, with over 50 unique toppings to choose from, for a sweet treat on the go.

10am: Go on a Mural Art Tour

Philadelphia, the mural capital of the world, boasts over 4,000 public artworks thanks to Mural Arts Philadelphia. Explore the 'Mural Mile' in Center City on a 90-minute tour. Highlights include Saligman’s Philadelphia Muses and pieces by Shepard Fairey and Amy Sherald, celebrated for their Obama portraits.

1pm: Browse and Snack at Yowie

Head to South Street and discover Yowie, a boutique hotel and lifestyle shop with a curated collection of work by independent artists and designers. Savor a seasonal salad and a rosemary orange espresso tonic at Yowie’s all-day cafe, Wim.

2pm: Race Through City History

Explore Philadelphia’s Old City, rich in National Historical Landmarks. Visit the Liberty Bell, stroll down Elfreth’s Alley, America’s oldest residential street, and then make your way to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Don’t forget to recreate the famous scene from Rocky by running up the museum’s iconic steps.

4pm: Explore Fishtown

Fishtown, once the hub of Philadelphia’s fishing industry, is now a creative hotspot. Wander down Frankford Avenue, stopping for coffee at Persimmon and browsing the eclectic offerings at Jinxed, which features antiques and vintage finds. Continue to Downerss, a boutique selling women’s clothing and unique home decor items.

6pm: Drink Pennsylvania Wine

Stop by Mural City Cellars, an urban winery sourcing grapes within a 300-mile radius. Enjoy a wine tasting with a build-your-own cheese or charcuterie board. The winery’s labels, designed by local artists, add a creative touch to your experience. Try their whites, rosés, and sparkling wines like pét-nat.

8pm: Have Dinner at Laser Wolf

Secure a table at Laser Wolf, an Israeli-style skewer house in Fishtown. Enjoy meat and vegetable skewers cooked over charcoal, like shawarma-spiced cauliflower and royal trumpet mushroom shishlik. The open kitchen, large windows, and high ceilings create a lively atmosphere, complemented by unique cocktails like the rum punch Charred for Life.

10pm: Catch a Show at Chris’ Jazz Cafe

End your day with live jazz at Chris’ Jazz Cafe in Center City, celebrating its 35th year. The intimate, wood-paneled venue has hosted legends like John Coltrane and Billie Holiday. Enjoy a nightcap, draft beers, and old-school spirits while listening to talented performers and soaking in the historic ambiance.

Top Articles
Seville is the perfect vacation destination

Where to stay in Seville: Top 10 hotels for every traveler

Jun 14, 2024 09:17 AM
Secrets of choosing airlines in the US

Budget flights: the best US low-cost airlines for budget travelers

Jun 13, 2024 08:39 AM

Top 10 great hotels in Glasgow: from serviced apartments to stylish boutique properties and grand townhouses

Jun 12, 2024 09:15 AM

America's air harbors: the largest airports in the United States

Jun 11, 2024 10:07 AM
More News
Passengers seating in the aircraft

Key Rule Shared by Flight Attendant to Become a Cabin Crew Favorite

Jun 15, 2024 08:00 AM
Empty modern train platform at sunrise

Stadler’s FLIRT Trains Set to Transform Travel in Serbia

Jun 15, 2024 07:30 AM

Alaska Airlines Introduces Nonstop Flights Between Anchorage and New York City

Jun 15, 2024 06:30 AM

Euro 2024 Travel Chaos for England Fans

Jun 15, 2024 05:30 AM
Flynas airplane on the runway preparing for takeoff

Flynas Expands Domestic Flights for Summer, Boosting Tourism with Over 480,000 Seats

Jun 15, 2024 04:30 AM
Statue in front of Principality Stadium, Cardiff

Visit Cardiff Releases Travel Advice for Taylor Swift’s The Eras Tour

Jun 15, 2024 03:30 AM
Emirates airplane flying in the sky

Emirates Celebrates Eid Al Adha with Gourmet Treats and Entertainment

Jun 15, 2024 02:30 AM
A bus with a passenger waiting at the bus stop

Regional Bus Fares to Increase in West Midlands

Jun 15, 2024 01:30 AM
New York JFK Airport, New York City, USA

FK's New Baggage Sanitization System Eliminates 99.9% Of Harmful Pathogens From Luggage In Seconds

Jun 15, 2024 00:30 AM

FAA Investigates Southwest 737 MAX Incident After Near Mach 1 Scare

Jun 15, 2024 00:05 AM

Air New Zealand Flight Makes Emergency Return After Lightning Strike

Jun 14, 2024 23:30 PM
Wooden gavel with dollar sign on the base

FAA Cracks Down on Unruly Passengers as Summer Travel Soars

Jun 14, 2024 22:30 PM
Airplanes at Newark Liberty International Airport

Severe Weather in Florida Causes Major Disruptions at Newark Airport

Jun 14, 2024 21:30 PM
Aerial view of lush green landscape and beach on the Solomon Islands

Discover the Cultural Heritage of the Solomon Islands: Historical Recordings Return Home

Jun 14, 2024 20:30 PM
View of the Acropolis in Athens, Greece

Greece Issues Travel Warning as Temperatures Soar to 43°C

Jun 14, 2024 19:30 PM

Flydubai Launches Seasonal Summer Routes to Stunning Island Destinations

Jun 14, 2024 18:30 PM

Qatar Airways Passengers Strip Amid 100-Degree Heat During Tarmac Delay

Jun 14, 2024 17:32 PM
Iberia airplane on the runway

Iberia Expands Record Capacity Between Europe and Latin America for 2024

Jun 14, 2024 16:30 PM
Person using a laptop

UK Travel Industry Faces New Regulatory Challenges Impacting Travelers

Jun 14, 2024 15:34 PM
Frontier Airlines plane in flight

Frontier Airlines Launches 'Family Summer Getaway' Giveaway

Jun 14, 2024 14:30 PM
Close-up view of a bus parked on a city street

Travel Disruption: Oxford Bus Services to Heathrow Cancelled

Jun 14, 2024 13:36 PM
Cruise ship of Royal Caribbean

World's Longest Cruise Offers 274 Nights of Adventure Across 60+ Countries

Jun 14, 2024 13:00 PM

Increasing Turbulence in Flights: What to Expect

Jun 14, 2024 12:30 PM

Naked Cyclists Protest for Safer Streets in London and Mexico City

Jun 14, 2024 12:00 PM
Police and emergency vehicles parked by the road

Safety Incident on Lowther Street, Carlisle: A Travel Advisory

Jun 14, 2024 11:35 AM
Ryanair jet in the airport

Ryanair Enforces Ban on Lighters in Hand Luggage

Jun 14, 2024 11:00 AM