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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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  • Sumo Steaks

    Offering authentic cheesesteaks in North Philadelphia

    Located near the campus of Temple University, Sumo Steaks serves up authentic Philly cheesesteaks made with quality ingredients.

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  • Panorama

    Sample all the best flavors of Northern Italy at the Penn’s View Hotel in Old City

    Tucked within the historic Penn’s View Hotel in Old City is Panorama, a romantic trattoria-style restaurant with a massive wine list to complement its Italian meals.

    Tucked within the historic Penn’s View Hotel in Old City is Panorama, a romantic trattoria-style restaurant with a massive wine list to complement its Italian meals.

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  • Franklin Flea

    A Philadelphia-centric market offering vintage and antique wares

    Franklin Flea recently returned for its 2014 season.

    November 15 – December 20
    The Philadelphia-centric Franklin Flea market supplies Philadelphia shoppers with its curated selection of vintage and antique wares throughout the year.

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  • SugarHouse Casino Philadelphia

    Fun and games on the Delaware River

    SugarHouse Casino, the first casino in the City of Philadelphia, is conveniently located on the picturesque Delaware River waterfront.

    SugarHouse Casino, the first casino in Philadelphia, is located on the picturesque Delaware River waterfront. This premier gaming and entertainment destination, open 24/7, offers a complimentary mix of table games, slots, restaurants and a VIP Lounge.

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  • Main Street Manayunk

    Charming canal-edged shopping and dining minutes from Center City

    Those in need of retail therapy can rejoice in Manayunk, which also boasts more than 65 boutique shops and galleries.

    Just minutes from Center City, Manayunk features more than 65 shops and galleries and scores of restaurants. The heart of the community is Main Street, a thoroughfare bustling with dozens of restaurants, owner-operated boutiques, bars and galleries.

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  • a.kitchen + a. bar

    Contemporary comfort food and cocktails at AKA Rittenhouse Square Hotel

    The modern stylings of a.kitchen located on the ground floor of the AKA Rittenhouse Square Hotel.

    Part of the chic hotel AKA Rittenhouse Square Hotel, a.kitchen and a.bar offer modern, contemporary dining and cocktails in an intimate space.

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  • Art Star Craft Bazaar

    High-quality handmade goods from local and national artists

    Art Star Craft Bazaar features more than 150 local and national artists.

    November 8 – 9
    One of Philly’s finest craft fairs, Art Star Craft Bazaar features more than 60 local and national artists showing off and selling high-quality handmade goods.

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  • Day of The Dead Festival and Parade

    Celebrate Día de Muertos with South Street and The Magic Gardens

    The South Street neighborhood and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens team up to celebrate Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, with a parade and festival on Sunday, November 2.

    November 2
    The South Street neighborhood and Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens team up to celebrate Day of the Dead, or Día de Muertos, with a parade and festival on Sunday, November 2.

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  • Dilworth Park

    Undergoing renovations to become one of the city’s great green spaces

    Rendering of the renovated Dilworth Plaza, opening in 2014.

    Now open
    Located at the foot of City Hall, Dilworth Park has undergone a major — and awesome — transformation into a modern and welcoming outdoor space with new plantings, lawns, a programmable fountain, a cafe with outdoor seating and two iconic glass entrances to the underground concourse.

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  • Lovash Indian Cuisine

    Fine dining on South Street

    Now with a full-service bar, this fine-dining establishment comes with all the traditional plates one expects to find at an Indian restaurant.

    Now with a full-service bar, this fine-dining establishment comes with all the traditional plates one expects to find at an Indian restaurant. Lovash also offers some unusual dishes such as scallops, crab in pastry and grilled salmon with goa sauce.

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