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Laurel, an East Passyunk BYOB by Top Chef winner Nicolas Elmi. Credit: M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Those who think ‘cheesesteak’ when thinking Philly food: Think again. Philadelphia — long known for American history, passionate sports fans and, yes, cheesesteaks — continues to emerge as one of the country’s finest culinary destinations.

More than a decade of development has transformed the region’s dining scene from merely memorable to absolutely abundant. Explore this section to find a restaurant (or a few) for your next visit.

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  • Reading Terminal Market

    America’s oldest farmers’ market

    Delicious Pennyslvania Dutch pies and baked goods? Yes, please.

    Established in 1892 at 12th and Arch Streets, Reading Terminal is the nation’s oldest continuously operating farmers’ market. Today, this indoor foodie paradise is a one-stop shop for everything from local produce and meats to artisanal cheeses and incredibly delicious desserts and baked goods. It’s also home to the “best sandwich in America.”

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  • Laurel

    Intimate East Passyunk location for Top Chef winner

    Laurel, an East Passyunk BYOB by Top Chef winner Nicolas Elmi.

    Philadelphia’s East Passyunk neighborhood is proud to welcome a Top Chef to the neighborhood. Chef Nicholas Elmi, winner of Top Chef New Orleans, continues his winning-streak with the modern French-influenced American BYOB Laurel.

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  • Independence Beer Garden

    Outdoor retreat just steps from Independence Mall

    Independence Beer Garden is a massive new outdoor retreat in Philadelphia’s most historic neighborhood.

    Independence Beer Garden (IBG) is a 20,000-square-foot outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park.

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  • Di Bruno Bros.

    A glistening specialty food emporium providing a veritable feast for the senses

    Cheesecave at the Chestnut Street Di Bruno Bros.

    The Di Bruno Bros. specialty store on Chestnut Street is an absolute must-see if you appreciate food. At all. Seriously. This place is very close to a boutique foodies heaven.

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  • Pub & Kitchen

    Quality pub fare and cold craft beers since 2008

    Pub & Kitchen

    For more than six years, Pub & Kitchen one of Philadelphia’s quintessential restaurants for quality dishes, craft beers and elevated brunch offerings.

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  • Zahav

    The critical favorite brings Israeli cuisine to Society Hill

    Zahav

    A modern Israeli restaurant, Zahav — which means gold in Hebrew — offers authentic Middle Eastern fare in a family-style dining setting typical of the region.

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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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  • 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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  • Vetri

    One of the nation’s most acclaimed Italian restaurants

    Marc Vetri is one of the nation’s most respected chefs.

    Star chef Marc Vetri’s titular restaurant is considered one of America’s finest Italian restaurants. If you find yourself at a table here, consider yourself very lucky.

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  • Parc

    Stephen Starr’s popular Rittenhouse Square bistro pays homage to Paris

    Parc on Rittenhouse Square

    With Parc, famed restaurateur Stephen Starr brings a certain je ne sais quoi to Rittenhouse Square. Parc offers an authentic French bistro experience, fully equipped with a chic Parisian ambiance and gorgeous sidewalk seating overlooking the Square.

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  • Old City Fest

    Two streets in Old City will transform from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into alfresco eating-and-entertainment meccas for Old City Fest, which takes place on Sunday, October 12.

    Two streets in Old City will transform from quiet cobblestone thoroughfares into alfresco eating-and-entertainment meccas for Old City Fest, which takes place on Sunday, October 12.

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  • Night Market — Chinatown

    Philadelphia’s favorite street festival closes out its year in Center City

    The last Night Market of the season is set for Thursday, October 2 in Chinatown.

    The last Night Market of the season is set for Thursday, October 2 in Chinatown. With an epicenter at 10th and Race streets, expect the great food selection that Night Markets have been known for, as well as lion dancing and kung fu.

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  • The Plough & The Stars

    An Irish pub and restaurant in Old City

    On nice days, don’t miss outdoor seating under The Plough & The Stars’ umbrellas.

    An Old City mainstay, The Plough and The Stars often features live music by the fire and packed nights by the bar. Be sure to check out the menu of traditional Irish pub fare including fish and chips, Guinness casserole and Irish-style curry.

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  • Reading Terminal Market
    Harvest Festival

    Head to an urban farm, complete with fall treats and a real tractor

    Reading Terminal Market is one of the best places to savor the bounty of fall, and on October 18, visitors are invited to do just that during the annual Harvest Festival.

    Reading Terminal Market is undoubtedly one of the best places to savor the bounty of fall, and on October 18, visitors are invited to do just that during the annual Harvest Festival.

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  • Mt. Airy Street Fare

    Sip, savor and stroll along Germantown Avenue

    Sip, savor and stroll down Germantown Ave. during Mt. Airy Street Fare.

    Sip, savor and stroll your way through Mt. Airy during Street Fare, an evening of food and fun along Germantown Avenue.

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  • Barra Restaurant

    A great choice for date night or a business dinner in Old City

    Barra specializes in brick-oven pizzas and Italian beer, along with delicate pastas and handcrafted cocktails.

    This Old City resto-lounge specializes in brick-oven pizzas and Italian beer, along with delicate pastas and handcrafted cocktails.

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  • Ocean Prime

    Seafood, steak and more at a modern American supper club

    Located in Center City, Ocean Prime is a modern American supper club committed to serving the highest quality seafood, steak, hand-crafted cocktails and award-winning wines.

    Located in Center City, Ocean Prime is a modern American supper club committed to serving the highest quality seafood, steak, hand-crafted cocktails and award-winning wines.

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  • Oktoberfest at Frankford Hall

    Multiple beer tents, traditional eats, live music and more

    Fishtown’s popular beer garden Frankford Hall hosts one of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations with a day-long block party

    Fishtown’s popular beer garden Frankford Hall hosts one of the city’s largest Oktoberfest celebrations with a day-long block party on Frankford Avenue.

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  • Oktoberfest at Brauhaus Schmitz

    Beer, brats and a block party

    Brauhaus Schmitz is going all out for Oktoberfest with a week of German-inspired events all leading up to an incredible block party on South Street.

    Brauhaus Schmitz is going all out for Oktoberfest with a week of German-inspired events all leading up to an incredible block party on South Street on Saturday, September 20.

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  • Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll

    Most affordable festival returns to West Philadelphia

    Crowds pack the streets during the Baltimore Avenue  for cheap eats and entertainment.

    After a successful summer event in June, the Baltimore Avenue Dollar Stroll is returning in September for an evening of live music and $1 deals.

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