Philadelphia travel guide

The City of Brotherly Love

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You're Going to Love Philadelphia

The birthplace of the United States of America, Philadelphia has it all. From elite sports to music, fantastic food, museums, shopping opportunities, and plenty of accommodation options, "the City of Brotherly Love" covers all the bases, and more.

Philly has a unique atmosphere. Maybe it's the beautifully painted murals in Center City, the cobblestone streets in the Old Town, or the relaxed vibe of Washington Square. It's a city that welcomes everyone, from sports fans in bars like the Fox & Hound to the tour guides at Independence Hall who field every question, no matter how obscure.

It's also a city that caters to daytime and nighttime activities. You can spend the day at the Museum of Art or visiting iconic sights like the Liberty Bell, then stay up into the small hours at jazz bars like Time or clubs like Rumor. It all comes together in a city that really lives up to its nickname.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Philadelphia

What to do in Philadelphia

Independence Mall
Reading Terminal Market
Philadelphia Museum of Art
Eastern State Penitentiary
Top activities & attractions in Philadelphia

When to Visit Philadelphia

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The most popular time to visit Philadelphia is summer, when the Pennsylvania weather is at its best (and you can take part in July 4th celebrations). However, if you want to dodge the peak season crowds, try visiting in fall, when warm spells and dazzling sunshine are common, or even the festive season, when Philadelphia really goes to town, with ice rinks, markets, and holiday sales.

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How to Get to Philadelphia

Airports near Philadelphia

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Where to Stay in Philadelphia

Most of the city's best hotels are located in Center City and the Old City, and popular options include the Wyndham, Marriott, and Le Méridien. If you want a more boutique-style accommodation experience, have a look at Rittenhouse 1715, or bed and breakfasts like Spruce Hill Manor. There are also budget hostels, like Apple and Philadelphia House, which provide affordable dorm-based accommodation within a stone's throw from the major historical attractions.

Popular Neighborhoods in Philadelphia

Most popular hotel in Philadelphia by neighborhood

Center City

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How to Get Around Philadelphia

The Cost of Living in Philadelphia

Philadelphia's Hottest Shopping Streets

Philadelphia is a great shopping destination. Center City streets like Market Street, Chestnut Street, and Walnut Street are the place to go for major brands. 2nd Street in the Old City hosts a collection of offbeat independent boutiques and galleries like Pentimenti and Muse, and Fishtown is another excellent place to look for apparel, art, and jewelry. Philadelphia Mills also offers stores like Old Navy, Forever 21, and Foot Locker.

Groceries and Other Necessities

Central Philadelphia isn't crammed with supermarkets, although there are a couple of ACME stores that offer a good selection. There are also 7-Eleven outlets and various smaller deli markets like Mulberry Market, while Reading Terminal Market is a good place to hunt for fresh produce. Expect to pay $3 for 12 eggs or $2 for a pound of apples.

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Where to Eat in Philadelphia

For an authentic Philadelphia Cheesesteak, head to Geno's or Carmen's in Reading Market, while the hotdogs at Franks a Alot are a great snack between the sights. You'll find excellent Vietnamese at Pho Cali in Chinatown, sushi at Kabuki Sushi, and gourmet burgers and high-quality craft beers at the Misconduct Tavern on Locust. Expect to pay $15-20 for a medium range meal (plus 10 percent sales tax) and more than $30 at the more upmarket restaurants. A basic cheesesteak costs around $8-10.

Most popular restaurants in Philadelphia

Alma De Cuba
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