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Quintessential Rocky Tour of Philadelphia

City attractions and locations seen in the Rocky films

Philadelphia was forever immortalized on celluloid with the tale of an aspiring boxer with the Academy Award-winning 1976 film Rocky.

Since Rocky Balboa’s first famous run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the franchise has spawned five sequels and a Broadway musical. Creed, the latest spinoff film, follows Rocky as he mentors the grandson of his friend and onetime rival Apollo Creed. It hits theaters on November 25, 2015.

Get yourself into fighting shape and explore city locations frequented by the beloved fictional Philadelphian.

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Esposito’s Meats

Italian Market butcher shop serving Philadelphia for more than a century

For more than a century, Esposito’s has been the go-to butcher shop in the Italian Market. While it’s doubtful you’ll be able to practice your boxing on a side of beef, you can purchase the high-quality meats and sausages that have made Esposito’s one of Philadelphia’s favorite butcher shops.b
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Isgro Pastries

Traditional Italian treats since 1904

While sweets aren't on Rocky's training regimen, you shouldn't feel ashamed in partaking in the treats at Isgro’s in the Italian Market. Since 1904, Isgro’s has been supplying the area with incredible fresh-made cannolis sure satisfy your sweet tooth.
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Green Eggs Cafe

Locally sourced ingredients make for a crowd-pleasing menu

The Passyunk-area outpost of this Philly brunch spot serves up whopping portions of breakfast and lunch favorites to a full house every day of the week. Locals and newcomers love its eco-friendly sensibilities, locally grown produce (including herbs right from their roof) and menu for everyone (from staunch meat-eaters to vegans). The restaurant makes an appearance in Creed.
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The El Bar

Head beneath the tracks for cheap beer and live music

In the first film, Rocky lived right down the street from the El – or the Elevated rail line – in Philadelphia's Kensington neighborhood. Philadelphia's Elevated rail line is SEPTA's Market-Frankford El, which transverses the city from the Northeast through Center City to West Philadelphia. At the El Bar – situated right underneath the El in Fishtown – you can get a little bit of the vibe from Rocky's neighborhood in the original film. The quasi-dive bar attracts a loyal following, thanks to inexpensive beer and snacks, a pool table and live music on Wednesdays and Saturdays. The enormous outdoor patio provides a perfect spot for enjoying a Kensington Happy Meal, the bar's staple that includes two hot dogs, a bag of chips, a PBR and a toy for $5.
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Max's Steaks

Max’s Steaks, located in an off-the-tourist-beaten-path neighborhood in North Philadelphia, had its star turn in Creed, the seventh and most recent movie in the Rocky movie franchise. In the film, Adonis “Donnie” Johnson, who is new to Philly, is taken there for a cheesesteak by Bianca, a local musician.
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JG Domestic

Garces goes homegrown

Serving farm-to-table American cuisine, Jose Garces' J.G. Domestic offers delicious lunch and dinner options for travelers passing through 30th Street Station. Bonus: It's located on the ground floor of the Cira Centre, which was featured in Rocky Balboa.
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Irish Pub

A popular spot to grab a pint, Irish Pub provides a classic pub experience in Center City. The casual menu and convivial atmosphere will put you in a very social mood — just like it did for Rocky’s son when he was hanging out with his buddies in Rocky Balboa.
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