One of my favorite things about living in New York is being able to leave it. With so many quaint towns and big cities just a hop, skip, and a jump over, a day trip to Philadelphia was inevitable.
With this being my first trip to Philadelphia, I wanted to cram in as much fun and sightseeing as possible. Between brunch with the girls, tourist stops, and the great debate of the best Philly cheesesteak spot, I compiled a list of things you can fit into a tight 24 hours. Planning a day trip to Philadelphia was such a great way to spend a Saturday with friends.
Brunch In West Philadelphia.
Doesn’t matter if you’re in New York or not, on Saturday’s you brunch. One of the reasons I was excited to go to Philadelphia was to catch up with some of the coolest girls I know. We went to the Gold Standard Café in west Philadelphia. One of the things that made me feel right at home was the fact it felt oddly reminiscent of Brooklyn. According to my sources and Philly natives, other really good brunch spots to check out are:
Art Installations at Magic Gardens
Attending art galleries and installations are always a favorite for me when visiting a new location. In Philadelphia, I highly recommend visiting Magic Gardens.
Magic Gardens is a nonprofit art museum and gallery space located in Isaiah Zagar’s visionary art environment at 1020 South Street. The gallery includes an iconic mosaic art installation and indoor galleries created by non-traditional items such as glass, statues, “found objects,” bicycle wheels, hand-made tiles, and mirrors.
Art is such a big part of my life; most importantly, it’s a way we share our stories with others. Find moments when traveling to seek out locations that can inspire you; make you think, make you wonder, make you feel like there is always something more you can be doing.
The best way to get to know any city is to put on a comfortable pair of shoes and walk. Lucky for me, my friends have been living in Philadelphia for quite some time and know some of the coolest places to visit, such as South Street. South Street is full of shops, restaurants, and a very eclectic art scene. It’s a great location to walk around and get to see parts of the city you might normally not have seen.
The Great Philly Cheesesteak Debate.
While in Philly, one of the most heated arguments you could get into is where to find (and eat) the best Philly cheesesteak. To this day, I have yet to get a definitive answer, but I was taken to Jimmy’s and had my very first cheesesteak experience ever! The top spot for most of my friends is Ishkabibbles, also on South Street, and I definitely want to go back and give it a try.
Other Places to try:
- Pat’s King of Steaks
- Sonny’s Famous Steaks
A serious goal of mine is to go with a group of friends, try and rate all four and see who really is the best!
Altogether, a weekend in Philly is a great way to spend 24 hours. I definitely would love to go back and see more of the city, and visit more museums! Have a favorite Philly spot I missed? Let me know in the comments below and I’ll add it to the list. Until next time.