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Quintessential Rocky Tour of Philadelphia

City attractions and locations seen in the Rocky films

Forty years ago, 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 hit theaters in November 2015.

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

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The Rocky Steps

72 steps to the top

Seventy-two treads lead art aficionados, exercise enthusiasts and millions of film buffs up to the East Entrance of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway’s esteemed Philadelphia Museum of Art. On any given day, Balboa wannabes jog to the top, raise their fists in the air and, on occasion, belt out “Gonna Fly Now.” Fun fact: This dolomite staircase was featured in every Rocky film except Rocky IV.
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The Rocky Statue

Originally commissioned for Rocky III, sculptor A. Thomas Schomberg’s larger-than-life interpretation of the triumphant boxer stands on stretch of grass just north of the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Previously located at the Spectrum Arena (now Wells Fargo Center), the statue was installed at the museum in 2006. Sylvester Stallone himself presided over the rededication ceremony. Today, visitors still line up for photographs alongside their hero.
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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.
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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

Located in North Philadelphia, this cheesesteak stand—rated best in the city by Playboy magazine—had a star turn in Creed, serving as the go-to spot for Philly’s famous sandwich. In the film, Adonis, who is new to Philly, comes here to get his steak on during his first date with Bianca.
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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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Rocky Run

In his celebrated run, Rocky Balboa conquered a 30-mile venture across the city — nearly the equivalent of a 50K! If you want to run like Rocky but would prefer to execute a nearly 5K course instead, here's the perfect route for you. Start at 9th Street and Washington Avenue, the heart of the Italian Market. This is where Rocky ran to the sounds of cheering fans and a scenery of bustling market buyers and sellers. Take 9th Street north until you hit Spruce Street and then make a left, running along its beautiful, wide sidewalks until you hit 16th Street. Go right on 16th street and follow it all the way until you hit the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Follow the parkway to the left until you see the Philadelphia Museum of Art where you'll end your run like Rocky did, sprinting up the 72 "Rocky Steps?" that lead to the entrance of the museum. Bonus: Run back down the steps to give Rocky Balboa a high five. (Find his statue to the right of the base of the steps). Suggested starting point:9th and Washington streets
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