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Race Street Pier

52 Places to Go in 2015, The New York Times

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22 Philadelphia Attractions Making Headlines
in 2015

Visit the attractions, restaurants and destinations that have the nation talking

Philadelphia enjoyed some spectacular press in the first month of 2015. The New York Times ranked the city #3 (the highest-ranked U.S. city) on its coveted list of “52 Places to Go in 2015” ; Condé Nast Traveler said that the city is “rising through the ranks as a U.S. shopping destination;” and Travel + Leisure declared it among “11 of the world’s most compelling food capitals.”

In all this press praise, 22 Philly locations enjoyed major kudos. Visitors planning their Philadelphia trips would do well to heed the writers’ expert advice. Tip: Take a few vacation days; there’s a lot to do.

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Serpico

The Best New Restaurants, Travel + Leisure

New York’s Peter Serpico (of Momofuku Ko fame) and Philadelphia’s own Stephen Starr opened in spring 2013 to rave reviews. To Philly foodies, the one-room, 60-seat project represents a culinary shift for the traditionally casual South Street food scene. Serpico’s evolving menu focuses on playful yet unfamiliar takes on global fare.
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The Italian Market

The Italian Market

The 40 Biggest US Cities, Ranked by Their Food, Thrillist

“Italian has a strong foothold here, too, thanks to world-class fine-dining options like Vetri (and the continued cultural gravity of Italian Market).” Yes, Thrillist put the Italian Market and the destination restaurant Vetri in the same sentence.

For Philadelphians, the Italian Market is the sacred home of Di Bruno Bros., Claudio Specialty Foods and Anthony’s Italian Coffeehouse. Dating back to the 1880s, it’s the nation’s oldest, continuously operating outdoor market. Food stalls of all kinds—fresh seafood, local vegetables and decadent pastries—line 9th Street in South Philly.

While Italian immigrants originally dominated the market, today’s merchants hail from all parts of the world, making the name a bit of a misnomer.

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Sugarcube®

Sugarcube

The Best Shopping Cities in the World, Condé Nast Traveler

A spacious store and small, coveted labels (A.P.C., Farrah 1953, Dunderdon, Left on Houston, BLKSMTH) make for a well-edited men’s and women’s boutique.

GQ gave its nod of approval by including Sugarcube in its Philadelphia GQ City Guide, and Condé Nast Traveler continued the acclaim in 2015 by listing it as one of the highlights on Philadelphia’s shop-heavy North 3rd Street.

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Minima

The Best Shopping Cities in the World, Condé Nast Traveler

Those who outfit their homes with minimalist, chic fashions must go to Minima on North 3rd Street. Sculptural curves meet sleek lines and take shape in chairs, tables and sofas. The contemporary furniture and lighting collection balances form and function.

Condé Nast Traveler took notice and featured the shop when it called Philadelphia as one of the world’s top shopping cities.

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