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Laurel

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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  • Pizzeria Beddia

    Named the “Best Pizza in America” by Bon Appétit

    One of the highly sought after pies at Fishtown’s Pizzeria Beddia.

    The ingredients are simple, the space is small and the rules are succinct at Fishtown’s lauded Pizzeria Beddia: no slices, no phoning ahead and cash only.

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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

    Cold beer and tasty food steps from Independence Mall

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

    Independence Beer Garden is an outdoor retreat overlooking the Liberty Bell Center and Independence National Historical Park that supplies America’s most historic square mile with a destination for casual alfresco eating, drinking and playing.

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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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  • 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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  • Russet

    Charming farm-to-table BYOB in Rittenhouse Square

    Russet’s ever-changing menu focuses on the freshest ingredients available.

    Located in Philadelphia’s scenic Rittenhouse Square neighborhood, Russet is a charming BYOB focused on creating quality cuisine with the freshest ingredients.

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  • Assembly Rooftop Lounge

    Enjoy an al fresco beverage and a view, nine stories above street level

    Assembly Rooftop Lounge offers skyline views and classy cocktails from nine stories high atop The Logan.

    Head to Assembly Rooftop Lounge for epic outdoor views and cool cocktails, nine stories above the streets of Philadelphia.

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  • Made In America Music Festival

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

    The crowd at Made In America.

    September 3-4, 2016
    The Budweiser Made In America Festival, a massive musical celebration that takes over the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on Labor Day weekend, is set to return in 2016.

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  • Peddler’s Village

    Charming countryside village just one hour from Philadelphia

    Peddler’s Village

    Peddler’s Village offers small town, colonial charm just one hour from Center City Philadelphia. Explore 65 independently owned and operated specialty shops, six restaurants, a 71-room inn, family-friendly attractions and exciting annual events.

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  • Independence After Hours

    A sneak peek at Philadelphia’s history

    The Independence After Hours tour through Historic Philadelphia.

    May 27 – October 22, 2016
    Prepare yourself for a V.I.P. night…Colonial style! Enjoy a delicious, three-course meal at historic City Tavern, before heading out on an evening of adventure at Independence Hall.

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  • Yards Brewing Company

    The brewery that helped ignite a craft beer revolution in Philadelphia

    Yards’ 100% wind-powered brewery churns out signature ales, a number of seasonals and the Ales of the Revolution line.

    In 1994, Yards resuscitated the Philadelphia’s brewing legacy and helped ignite a craft beer revolution in the city. The brewery’s tasting room gives visitors a chance to sample its beer while shooting pool or nibbling light fare.

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  • Philly Beer Week

    Philadelphia celebrates its beer-drinking roots with a week-long festival

    Ben Franklin with the Philly Beer Week hammer.

    June 3-12, 2016
    The city of Philadelphia has been brewing beer for more than 300 years. So deep are its sudsy roots, Philadelphia has even been called “the best beer-drinking city in America.”

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  • Spruce Street Harbor Park

    The hammock-filled haven on the Delaware River

    Spruce Street Harbor Park is an outdoor summer oasis at Penn’s Landing.

    Now open
    Blockbuster waterfront attraction Spruce Street Harbor Park returns for its third year, bringing an ultimate hangout – and hammock-lounging – spot to the Delaware River Waterfront.

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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.

    May 7-8, 2016
    One of Philly’s finest craft fairs, Art Star Craft Bazaar features dozens of local and national artists selling high-quality, handmade goods.

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  • Dining Under the Stars

    Stroll, shop and dine every Wednesday in Media

    Stroll, shop and dine on State Street in Media during Dining Under the Stars.

    Every Wednesday through September 2016
    Enjoy an alfresco evening on State Street in Media throughout the summer during Dining Under the Stars.

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  • Dining Out For Life

    Dine Out, Fight AIDS

    Amada is one of more than 200 restaurants giving back during the 25th annual Dining Out for Life benefiting those suffering from HIV and AIDS.

    April 14, 2016
    Nearly 200 restaurants are giving back during the 26th annual Dining Out for Life. During the special evening, participating restaurants will donate one-third of the cost of your meal to the fight against HIV and AIDS.

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  • Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week

    Biannual dining celebration on Main Street Manayunk

    StrEAT Food Festival: April 10, 2016; Restaurant Week: April 11-22, 2016
    Manayunk celebrates its diverse dining scene during the bi-annual Manayunk StrEAT Food Festival & Restaurant Week.

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  • Eulogy Belgian Tavern

    Serving up Philadelphia’s largest beer selection with over 400 available options

    Old City’s Eulogy Belgian Tavern serves up Philadelphia’s largest selection of beer with over 400 options to choose from.

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  • Bierstube German Tavern

    A haven for German brews and food

    Brats, burgers and brews are the staple of this Old City bar, holding one of the most expansive German beer selections in Philadelphia.

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  • La Colombe

    Sip on European-style roasted coffee, house distilled rum and more from Philadelphia’s renowned coffee roasting company

    The flagship location for La Colombe, Philadelphia’s renowned coffee roasting company, sits in a giant refurbished Fishtown warehouse that is part restaurant, part bakery and part bar.

    Philadelphia’s renowned coffee roasting company, La Colombe, sits in a giant refurbished Fishtown warehouse that is part restaurant, part bakery and part bar. Come for European-style roasted coffee, stay for the house distilled rum.

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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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