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In Historic Philadelphia, four-star dining rooms coexist with unassuming, note-perfect neighborhood bistros. Boisterous upscale taprooms counterbalance romantic foodie hideaways. And family-operated Bring-Your-Own-Bottle (BYOB) establishments share the sidewalk with high-profile restaurants owned by star restaurateurs.

National Geographic Magazine recently called Old City “the liveliest urban neighborhood between Soho in New York and SoBe [South Beach] in Miami.”

Filled with restaurants, cafes, bars, clubs and lounges, it’s easy to see why this is one of the premier dining destinations around.

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  • Amada

    Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant

    Amada by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    At Old City’s Amada, chef Jose Garces has created the city’s grandest tapas restaurant, complete with a wall of wooden sangria casks, cured hams and cheeses hanging over the main bar and a menu that ranges from traditional — tortilla espanola, Spanish olives, warm fava bean salad — to edgy — foie gras flatbreads and artichoke and spinach empanadas.

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  • Buddakan

    Where creativity and cachet loom large

    Buddakan

    A towering gilded statue of the Buddha generates elegant calm in this 175-seat, Pan Asian restaurant from restaurateur Stephen Starr

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  • Chifa

    Jose Garces’ unique hybrid of Peruvian and Cantonese cuisines

    Chifa by Iron Chef Jose Garces

    Named after the unique hybrid of Peruvian and Cantonese cuisines found in Peru, Chifa combines the flavors and ingredients of both Asian and Latin cuisines with delicious results.

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  • Cuba Libre

    A little bit of Old Havana in Old City

    Cuba Libre

    This popular Old City spot is designed to resemble a street scene in Havana — and you can’t beat the mojitos.

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  • Farmicia

    Delicious, organic cuisine in Old City

    Farmicia

    A green-thumbed tribute to sustainable cuisine in the heart of Old City

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  • Fork

    A stylish New American bistro and Old City anchor

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    A stylish New American bistro and Old City anchor

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  • La Famiglia

    An Old City landmark for fine Italian cuisine

    La Famiglia

    For more than 30 years, La Famiglia has been one of Philadelphia’s top culinary institutions.

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  • Morimoto

    The Iron Chef’s first American restaurant

    Morimoto

    The restaurant’s namesake and head chef, Morimoto (of Food Network’s Iron Chef fame), has created a menu offering the very best in contemporary Japanese cusine. While regulars flock here for the exquisitely prepared sushi, Morimoto offers diners a broad spectrum of flavors that delve beyond nigiri and sashimi.

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  • Sonny’s Famous Steaks

    The late-night cheesesteak shop in Philly’s Old City neighborhood

    What Pat’s, Geno’s and Tony Luke’s are to South Philly, Sonny’s Famous Steaks is to bar-filled Old City. Open until 3:00 a.m. on weekends, Sonny’s serves up cheesesteaks of all sorts, rib-eye burgers, cheese fries and onion rings to partyers who need to fuel up before going down for the night.

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  • Ristorante Panorama

    Superb, moderately-priced Italian cuisine at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City

    Restorante Panorama

    Ristorante Panorama is an award-winning restaurant located just off the beaten path in the Old City neighborhood of Philadelphia.

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  • City Tavern

    Colonial America is recreated at this authentic tavern in Old City

    City Tavern

    Our Founding Fathers’ favorite haunt — and the fuel-provider during the writing of the Declaration of Independence, City Tavern recreates the Colonial Philadelphia experience

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  • The Bourse

    A historic building on Independence Mall with a food court and specialty shops

    Stopping for lunch at The Bourse.

    Located adjacent to Philadelphia’s historic Independence Mall, the Bourse offers a convenient resting spot while you sight-see. The 105-year-old Victorian building — listed on the National Register of Historic Places — houses a food court and specialty shops.

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