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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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  • 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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  • Sassafras Bar

    A classic Philly neighborhood bar in Old City

    Serving Philadelphians for more than 35 years, Sassafras Bar offers a small but eclectic menu, along with a serious selection of single-malt scotches, whiskeys and bourbons.

    Serving Philadelphians for more than 35 years, this Old City classic offers a small but eclectic menu along with a serious selection of single-malt scotches, whiskeys and bourbons. Old-school charm, bartenders proficient in classic cocktails and a speakeasy vibe make for a perfect all-night hangout.

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  • Sly Fox Brewery

    Some of Philly’s most well known and widely accessible craft beers

    Sly Fox’s brewpub in Phoenixville has become both a local and destination favorite and has been named the best in the region by several publications.

    Opened in 1995, Sly Fox beers has become renowned for their diverse styles, and Sly Fox brewers have garnered numerous medals at The Great American Beer Festival. The brewpub has become both a local and destination favorite and has been named the best in the region by several publications.

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  • Victory Brewing Company

    The Philadelphia region’s largest craft brewery

    Victory Brewery Company formally began operations in February 1996 in an old Pepperidge Farm factory in Downingtown, Chester County and hasn’t looked back.

    Founded in 1996 by childhood friends, Victory has seen awesome growth thanks to its superb line of brews and the industry rise of craft beer sales. From its humble beginnings brewing barrels of HopDevil Ale, Victory Festbier and Brandywine Valley Lager, Victory is now one of the largest craft breweries in the country.

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  • Fishtown RiverCity Festival

    Annual riverside celebration of the Fishtown neighborhood

    Celebrate the Fishtown neighborhood during the RiverCity Festival at Penn Treaty Park.

    Saturday, October 11
    Celebrate fall in the Fishtown neighborhood during the annual RiverCity Fall Festival at scenic Penn Treaty Park on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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  • Midtown Village Fall Festival

    Food, drinks and outdoor fun on 13th Street

    Celebrate on 13th Street during the Midtown Village Fall Festival.

    Saturday, October 4
    Held every autumn, the Midtown Village Fall Festival is one of Philadelphia’s premier outdoor events.

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  • Chestnut Hill Fall For The Arts Festival

    A picturesque fall festival of food, art, music and more

    Each year, Chestnut Hill welcomes autumn with the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival, a Sunday full of art, music, great food, boutique shopping and family fun.

    Sunday, October 5
    Each year, Chestnut Hill welcomes autumn with the Chestnut Hill Fall for the Arts Festival, a Sunday full of art, music, great food, boutique shopping and family fun.

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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.

    Thursday, October 2
    The last Night Market of the season is set in Chinatown. Expect the great food selection that Night Markets have been known for, as well as lion dancing and kung fu.

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  • Old City Fest

    First annual free street festival in Philadelphia’s historic district

    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.

    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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  • 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.

    October 18
    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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