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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.
Don’t miss these hotspots
- Kennett Square Mushroom Festival
- Victor Cafe
- High Street on Market
- Mixto Restaurant
- Jerry’s Bar
- Ms. Tootsie’s Restaurant Bar Lounge
- The Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge
- Valanni Social
- Concerts in the Park – Rittenhouse Square Summer Concert Series
- 2nd Street Festival
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America’s oldest farmers’ market
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.”
Intimate East Passyunk location for Top Chef winner
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.
Outdoor retreat just steps from Independence Mall
Independence Beer Garden (IBG) is a 20,000-square-foot outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park.
A glistening specialty food emporium providing a veritable feast for the senses
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.
Part bar, part culinary showcase near Rittenhouse Square
It’s a simple formula: Local beer and in-house-infused liquors (“Pub”) and mouth-watering gourmet fare (“Kitchen”).
The critical favorite brings Israeli cuisine to Society Hill
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.
The Iron Chef’s first American restaurant
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.
Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first Philadelphia restaurant
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.
One of the nation’s most acclaimed Italian restaurants
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.
Stephen Starr’s popular Rittenhouse Square bistro pays homage to Paris
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.
September 6-7: All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”
Expect to taste your way through a competitive line-up of soups and other mushroom dishes prepared by local restaurateurs on Sunday, and you won’t want to miss what the group of celebrity chefs and culinary arts students will be serving up throughout the festival.View More
Italian with a side of opera
First opened in 1933, Victor Cafe is the only restaurant in Philadelphia that continues the old world tradition of waiters and waitress performing operatic arias for diners each and every night.View More
Freshly made artisanal breads and season ingredients from the team behind Fork
Since opening in the fall of 2013, High Street on Market by the team from Fork has garnered praise for serving high-quality fare and innovative baked goods.View More
Cuban, Latin and Carribean flavors collide
Latin-American and Caribbean plates are the specialty at Mixto, a neighborhood favorite on Antique Row on Pine Street.View More
A Northern Liberties gastropub with Jazz Brunch Sundays
Formerly a corner-bar relic in Northern Liberties, Jerry’s Bar has been transformed into a raved-about gastropub serving house-smoked meats, bistro bar favorites and a stellar brunch.View More
Soul-satisfying southern cuisine on South Street
The charming bar and lounge restaurant has been a neighborhood favorite since opening in 2000. Its southern comfort cuisine has a built a reputation as being among the best in the city.View More
Sample some of Philly’s best BBQ outside the ballpark
The annual Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox Barbecue Challenge pits some of the city’s best BBQ dishes against each other — then has attendees vote on the best. Bonus: It’s all for a good cause.View More
Stellar food and drink just off the Avenue of the Arts
Fancy drinks in a stylish setting are just the beginning at Medi-Latin eatery Valanni Social, which boasts one of the best late-night snacks in town — a feast of roasted feta, Greek olives, hummus and pita, spicy pulled-chicken empanadas and grilled adobo beef kebobs.View More
The series celebrates 24 years in 2014
Rock out in Rittenhouse Square during the 24th annual “Concerts in the Park” series, sponsored by Philadelphia Weekly. The free concert series attracts thousands with live music from reputable local and national bands spanning musical genres from jazz to rock, country to R&B.View More
Super-sized block party in Northern Liberties
Every August, thousands pack a seven-block stretch of North 2nd Street for a day of music, food, beer gardens, art, workshops and vendors of all kinds.View More