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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

    Part bar, part culinary showcase near Rittenhouse Square

    Pub & Kitchen

    It’s a simple formula: Local beer and in-house-infused liquors (“Pub”) and mouth-watering gourmet fare (“Kitchen”).

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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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  • Made In America Music Festival

    Labor Day weekend festival on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway returns for its third year

    The crowd at Made In America.

    The Budweiser Made In America Festival is a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend.

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  • Campus Philly CollegeFest

    A day of discounts, giveaways, entertainment and free admission to museums

    College students return to Philly in grand fashion during Campus Philly CollegeFest on Saturday, September 27.

    College students return to Philly in grand fashion during Campus Philly CollegeFest on Saturday, September 27.

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  • Nick’s Roast Beef Bar & Grille

    A classic Philly neighborhood bar in Old City

    Nick’s Roast Beef Bar & Grille offers food and an atmosphere that everyone can enjoy.

    Established in 1969, Nick’s Roast Beef in Old City is a great example of the classic Philadelphia neighborhood corner bar. Today, Nick’s continues to serve as a laid back and friendly alternative to neighboring uber sexy clubs and upscale fine dining restaurants.

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  • Doylestown Arts Festival

    Vendors, music and more

    Every September, along the streets of downtown Doylestown in Bucks County, exhibitors set up shop for a festival of handmade goods galore at the annual Doylestown Arts Festival.

    Every September, along the streets of downtown Doylestown in Bucks County, exhibitors set up shop for a festival of handmade goods galore at the annual Doylestown Arts Festival.

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  • Feria del Barrio

    30th anniversary of one of Philly’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture

    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture.

    The annual Feria del Barrio is one of Philadelphia’s largest celebrations of Latino music and culture, bringing together thousands of residents to celebrate 30 years of arts, education and community. The free, family-friendly day is filled with performances, crafts, games and other activities.

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  • Center City District Restaurant Week

    More than 120 restaurants offering three-course meals from $20-35

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this September with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 120 restaurants, including Mercato.

    Center City District Restaurant Week returns this winter with delicious, budget conscious meals at more than 100 restaurants from $20-35.

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  • Philadelphia Honey Festival

    Honey happy hour, food trucks, mead-making and more

    Take a peek inside a working beehive at the Philadelphia Honey Festival.

    Presented by the Philadelphia Beekeepers Guild, the Philadelphia Honey Festival is bigger than ever this year with three days of bee-related activities at three locations across the city.

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  • Kennett Square Mushroom Festival

    September 6-7: All things mushroom celebrated in “The Mushroom Capital of the World”

    The Kennett Square Mushroom Festival is a major draw for families.

    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.

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  • Victor Cafe

    Italian with a side of opera

    If this looks familiar, it’s because Victor Cafe was the stand-in for the fictitious “Adrienne’s” restaurant in 2006’s Rocky Balboa.

    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.

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  • Banana Leaf

    Malaysian, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese and Thai flavors at a Chinatown BYOB

    Crispy spicy fried squid is just one of the many varied dishes offered at Banana Leaf.

    A casual but funky atmosphere complements the Malaysian cuisine with Thai and Indian accents at Banana Leaf. A great alternative to an Italian BYOB, this Chinatown hotspot will meet all of your dinner group needs, from a date to a full-sized party.

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