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Check out our Top Picks for a series of short articles full of fun suggestions for great things to do in and around Philadelphia.

We make things easy for you — we give you plenty of top recommendations and then you can pick and choose the places you like best.

Top Picks gives you the best of Philly: everything from bars under the stars to the city’s best ice cream cones.

  • Top 16 Reasons to Visit Philadelphia in 2015

    The Pope, bike sharing, an observation deck and more

    Top 15 Things to Look Forward to in Philadelphia in 2015

    From the pope’s visit and the launch of Philadelphia Bike Share to a blockbuster Impressionism exhibition and the return of Spruce Street Harbor Park, 2015 is going to be an awesome year in Philly. Here are some of the major happenings taking place.

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  • Valentine’s Day In Philadelphia Restaurant & Dining Specials for 2015

    Enjoy a romantic evening in Philadelphia

    Valentine’s Day In Philadelphia Restaurant & Dining Specials for 2015

    Wine and dine on Valentine’s Day at one of more than 45 restaurants serving romantic meals. Treat your sweetheart to French fare, Mexican food, Italian eats or Spanish tapas. Here’s our guide to Valentine’s Day dinners in Philadelphia for 2015.

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  • Top Romantic Attractions and Activities in Philadelphia

    Plan a romantic excursion to the city’s most swoon-worthy spots

    Set out and explore the city’s sweet side with our interactive guide to romantic attractions and activities in the region.

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  • Romantic Date Ideas in Philadelphia

    Embrace romance in the City of Brotherly Love

    Romantic Date Ideas in Philadelphia

    Looking for an exciting night out in the city? Take a loved one out for a romantic adventure with a few of our favorite date ideas and explore the city’s fabulous restaurants, activities and luxurious hotels.

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  • Top Valentine’s Day Hotel Packages in Philadelphia

    Book a romantic rendezvous in the city

    Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and Philadelphia is ready to host your romantic weekend getaway. Book a romantic rendezvous with one the top romantic hotel packages available throughout the city.

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  • Where To Celebrate Black History Month In Philadelphia In 2015

    Our top picks for this city-wide celebration of African American culture

    Since Philadelphia’s earliest days, African American culture has played an influential role in shaping the city’s unique color and personality. This February, Philadelphia celebrates this rich history and heritage with a host of Black History Month special events, exhibitions, film screenings and family-friendly activities

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  • Where To See African-American Art In Philadelphia In 2015

    African-American art shines at top Philadelphia museums, galleries and exhibitions

    Top Ways To See African American Art In Philadelphia In 2015

    In 2015, Philly will host a number major exhibitions featuring African-American artists, including shows at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Brandywine River Museum and more. Here are the exhibits, galleries and museums worth exploring this year.

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  • Top Reasons You Need To Visit The All New RiverRink Winterfest

    The all-new Waterfront Winterfest is bigger and better than ever before. By Far.

    Winterfest

    A family-friendly winter destination, the expanded Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest is a spectacular seasonal park at Penn’s Landing complete with ice skating, food, entertainment and more. Discover why you are going to want to visit this winter waterfront destination.

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  • Top Reasons to Visit the All-New Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

    Ice skating in the shadow of City Hall

    Rothman Ice Rink at Dilworth Park

    This winter, the brand new Dilworth Park transforms into the awesome Rothman Ice Rink. Check out our photo tour of rink to see why it’s one the coolest new winter attractions Philadelphia has seen.

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  • Top 10 Most Instagrammable Places in Philadelphia in 2014

    There were a lot of awesome additions to Philly this year – check out our top picks for the most “Instagrammable” of the bunch

    There were a lot of awesome additions to Philly this year – check out our top picks for the most “Instagrammable” of the bunch.

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  • The Craft Distilleries & Spirits Trail Of Greater Philadelphia

    See why small-batch distilling is booming in the region

    The Craft Distilleries & Spirits Trail Of Greater Philadelphia

    In just over two years, craft distilling has boomed in the Philadelphia region, helping to restore Pennsylvania to its once-prominent place in the national distilling conversation. Here’s a look at the region’s distilling pioneers.

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  • Top 10 Spots for Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks

    Our picks for the best places to go for an Authentic Philly Cheesesteak experience

    Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks

    Here in Philly, cheesesteaks are a civic icon, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession. Often imitated around the world, the cheesesteak is rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia. So what is an authentic cheesesteak and where did it come from? Here’s the lowdown on this region’s favorite sandwich.

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  • Where to Find the Best Ramen in Philadelphia

    Our favorite spots around Philadelphia

    To master its flavorful broth, Nom Nom Ramen in Rittenhouse soaks pork bones for more than 24 hours to extract all the richness.

    Philadelphia has seen a surge in restaurants serving real, hearty ramen that will make those days waiting at the microwave seem like a distant memory. Read on for our picks for the best ramen in Philadelphia.

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  • Top 12 Family-Friendly Attractions

    Philadelphia attractions where kids can learn, play and explore

    Academy of Natural Sciences

    Explore a dozen of our favorite family-friendly museums, parks and attractions that will keep the entire family engaged and happy throughout your entire trip.

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  • Top 10 Free Philadelphia Attractions

    Popular places to visit — with no admission required

    The Liberty Bell and Independence Hall

    For families and budget-conscious travelers eager to explore the region, there are plenty of fantastic, FREE attractions to discover in Philadelphia.

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  • Where to Find the Best Doughnuts in Philadelphia

    Favorite spots for the fried, glazed, dipped and filled treats

    Philadelphia’s bakeries and restaurants offer a wide variety of the sweet treats dusted with with a sugary blend, stuffed with a variety of sweet surprises or glazed with any number of fantastic flavors. Browse a few of our favorites.

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  • Top 12 Reasons To Be Psyched For The New Dilworth Park

    The awesome new park next to City Hall opened in September 2014

    Once it’s complete, the brand new Dilworth Park will transform the west side of City Hall into a multi-use public space, complete with four tree groves and shaded green sitting areas, an outdoor café, a performance space and activity areas for outdoor markets and an ice-skating rink in season.

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  • Philadelphia’s Sandwich Hall Of Fame

    An ode to Philadelphia’s wealth of almost impossibly delicious sandwiches

    Philadelphia's best sandwiches

    Nothing speaks to Philadelphia’s love of great food more than our appreciation of an amazing sandwich. From the world-famous Philly cheesesteak to its less famous, but equally delicious brother, the hoagie, to the third juggernaut in Philly’s sandwich triumvirate, the roast pork sandwich, Philadelphia loves genuinely incredible sandwiches. We know them. We love them. We eat them. It’s what we do. And this Sandwich Hall of Fame is our ode to Philadelphia’s greatest sandwiches.

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  • Best Brunch Spots in Philadelphia

    Weekends are made for brunching in the city

    Weekends were made for brunching — chatting with friends, digging into a stack of syrupy pancakes, lingering over a latte or a Bloody Mary. Check out more than 100 of our favorite brunch spots in Philadelphia.

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  • Top Five Sky-High Vantage Points in Philadelphia

    The best places to go in Philly when you’re looking for observation deck-like views

    philadelphia city hall tower observation deck

    Did you know that Philadelphia’s City Hall has an observation deck at the top of its 500-foot tower? It does. And it’s awesome. This is our guide to the top five places around the city that offer spectacular sky-high views of Philadelphia.

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  • Guide to the Best Burgers in Philadelphia

    Satisfy your carnivore craving with some of the best hamburgers in the city

    Alla Spina

    Philadelphia is quickly becoming Burger Town, U.S.A. as new burger joints are popping up all over town.

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  • Top Places to Watch the Sunset in Philadelphia

    Our favorite spots for the twilight hour

    One of our favorite ways to find inspiration is heading outside and relaxing with the beautiful colors of the setting sun. Check out our favorite spots to watch the sunset in Philadelphia.

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  • Rocky’s Philadelphia

    Explore Rocky’s hometown, following in his footsteps from the Art Museum to the Italian Market

    Experience Rocky’s Philadelphia with our interactive guide to where the champ trained, lived and loved.

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  • The 25 Best Pizzas in Philadelphia

    Best spots to grab a slice in the city

    Birra

    It’s no surprise that Philadelphia, a city with such a rich Italian heritage, is a haven for delicious gourmet pizza. And in recent years, the pizza offerings around town have only gotten better as a new class of Philadelphia restaurants have entered the fray, specializing in pies that have turned pizza into a meal worth dining out.

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  • Top 10 Reasons to See the 2014 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in Person

    Enjoy the oldest Thanksgiving Day Parade in the country

    10 Reasons to See the 2014 Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade in Person

    The Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade serves as the unofficial kickoff to the holiday season — and it’s one of Philadelphia’s most beloved traditions. Here’s why it’s more than worth it to bundle up, grab the kids or a group of friends and head out for an early holiday treat.

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  • Thanksgiving Week in Philadelphia 2014

    Celebrate the long weekend with parades, dinners, holiday attractions and more

    Philadelphia Thanksgiving Day Parade

    Philadelphia goes big for the Thanksgiving holiday with a spectacular citywide celebration. Check out our guide to the holiday weekend with historic parades, festive dinners and holiday fun.

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  • Complete Guide To Halloween Weekend in Philadelphia 2014

    Get in the Halloween spirit all weekend long

    Terror Behind the Walls

    Halloween is on a Friday this year, which means the parties and celebrations go all weekend long. Start planning your Halloween costume, gather your friends and plan your Halloween weekend in Philadelphia using our handy guide.

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  • Halloween in Philadelphia 2014

    Haunted houses, friendly frights and ghostly encounters throughout the region

    Philadelphia

    The city fully embraces the Halloween season with dozens of top-rated haunted houses, spooky ghost tours at historic attractions and family-friendly frights. Find a little scary fun for everyone in our complete guide to Halloween in Philadelphia.

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  • Top Halloween Events and Activities in Philadelphia

    Hayrides, spooky soirees, historical frights and top haunted houses

    Thrill-seeking families, couples and friends can celebrate Halloween with hayrides, parties, festivals—and more haunted houses, of course—that transform one of the country’s most historic regions into a Halloween destination sure to scare, surprise and entertain.

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  • Top Reasons Why Terror Behind The Walls Is The #1 Haunted House in America

    Eastern State Penitentiary is home to the largest and scariest haunted attraction in the country

    The haunted history of Eastern State makes it the perfect setting for the largest haunted house in the country, Terror Behind the Walls. Check out why this year it is scarier than ever.

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  • Harry Potter’s Guide to Philadelphia

    City attractions and locations that could be found in the world of wizards

    Chestnut Hill is bringing back its bewitchingly popular Harry Potter Festival for a weekend of Quidditch, costumes and wizarding on Germantown Avenue. In addition to the annual festival, Philadelphia has much more in common with the magical world created by J.K. Rowling.

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  • Top Reasons To Visit The Awesome New Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk

    A breathtaking new over-the-water extension of the Schuylkill River Trail

    Three years in the making, the Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk is a beautiful over-the-water extension of the existing Schuylkill River Trail, extending the trail from Locust Street to the South Street Bridge and connecting the trail to University City and beyond.

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  • Top 12 Reasons To Be Psyched For The New Dilworth Park

    The awesome new park next to City Hall opened in September 2014

    Once it’s complete, the brand new Dilworth Park will transform the west side of City Hall into a multi-use public space, complete with four tree groves and shaded green sitting areas, an outdoor café, a performance space and activity areas for outdoor markets and an ice-skating rink in season.

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  • Top Oktoberfest Celebrations in Philadelphia

    Beer, brats and block parties in honor of the traditional German festival

    Get ready for beer steins and bratwursts as Philadelphia celebrates Oktoberfest. The city’s version of the traditional German festival is bigger than ever with massive street-fairs, plentiful beer specials and neighborhood activities.

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  • Top Late Summer and Early Fall Festivals

    Celebrate the final days of summer with food, arts, music and more

    School is back in session and those summer days may be winding down, but Philadelphia’s festival season is just getting warmed up. The final days of summer mean food festivals, performing arts celebrations, outdoor activities and more.

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  • Where to Find the Best Doughnuts in Philadelphia

    Favorite spots for the fried, glazed, dipped and filled treats

    Philadelphia’s bakeries and restaurants offer a wide variety of the sweet treats dusted with with a sugary blend, stuffed with a variety of sweet surprises or glazed with any number of fantastic flavors. Browse a few of our favorites.

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  • 20 Awesome Things To Do At The Oval This Summer

    The pop-up park on the Parkway is a must-visit attraction this summer

    The Oval at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.

    There’s so much to do at The Oval on Philadelphia’ Benjamin Franklin Parkway that it can be hard to keep track of it all. So here’s our list of the 20 things you have do at The Oval this summer.

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  • Top 12 Things To Do At Spruce Street Harbor Park

    Philly’s coolest waterfront park probably ever

    Philadelphia has fallen in love with Spruce Street Harbor Park, the new park that has popped up on the Delaware River Waterfront this summer. The park has a little bit of everything: a boardwalk with arcade games, a hammock lawn, a bocce court, a floating restaurant, a beer garden and so much more.

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  • Top 12 Family-Friendly Attractions

    Philadelphia attractions where kids can learn, play and explore

    Academy of Natural Sciences

    Explore a dozen of our favorite family-friendly museums, parks and attractions that will keep the entire family engaged and happy throughout your entire trip.

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  • Top 10 Spots for Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks

    Our picks for the best places to go for an Authentic Philly Cheesesteak experience

    Authentic Philly Cheesesteaks

    Here in Philly, cheesesteaks are a civic icon, a tourist draw and a cultural obsession. Often imitated around the world, the cheesesteak is rarely duplicated successfully outside of Philadelphia. So what is an authentic cheesesteak and where did it come from? Here’s the lowdown on this region’s favorite sandwich.

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  • Top 10 Reasons Philly Loves Pop-Up Beer Gardens

    Turning underused spaces into brilliant summertime hangouts

    The Oval Beer Garden

    Pop-Up Beer Gardens have become some of Philadelphia’s most popular summer destinations. And for good reason – they’re awesome! Philly loves them. So much so that we felt compelled to put together a list of the Top 10 Reasons Philly Loves Pop-Up Beer Gardens. Check it out.

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  • July 4th in Philadelphia - An Hour-By-Hour Guide

    How to get the most out of Independence Day in Philly

    July 4th in Philadelphia - Hour-By-Hour Guide

    Philadelphia, the birthplace of independence, is celebrating the Fourth of July in 2014 in a big, big way. Plan your Independence Day celebration with our hour-by-hour guide to July 4th in Philadelphia below.

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  • July 4th Events in Historic Philadelphia

    Special events, daily activities and extended hours during the Celebration of Independence

    Celebrate the nation’s 238th birthday in Historic Philadelphia with special events, daily activities for the kids and extended hours at can’t-miss historic attractions like Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell.

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  • July 4th in Philadelphia - Day by Day Guide

    Daily events, festivals, fireworks and happenings during the city-wide Independence Day celebration

    Plan your Independence Day celebration with our day-by-day guide to July 4th in Philadelphia.

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  • Top Summer Festivals & Events in Philadelphia

    Get outside and celebrate with festivals, fireworks, concerts and more

    All summer long, outdoor festivals abound in Philadelphia. To help you navigate through them all and find the ones you definitely do not want to miss, we’ve compiled our Summer Festivals roundup with all the festivals we could find taking place within the next few months.

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  • Top Summer Outdoor Movie Screenings in Philadelphia

    Get outside and watch a movie

    Grab some popcorn and a blanket for a few of our favorite movie screenings under the stars this summer.

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  • July 4th in Philadelphia’s Countryside

    Celebrate with fireworks, parades, concerts and more

    Independence Day is kind of a big deal in Philadelphia, as seen in the 10-day Wawa Welcome America! festival. Not to be left out on the fun, there are plenty of not-to-be missed festivities in the Countryside.

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  • July 4th in Philadelphia - Fireworks, Concerts and More - Wawa Welcome America! Events

    Fireworks, concerts, parades and parties during Independence Day in America’s Birthplace

    Philadelphia, the birthplace of independence, is celebrating the Fourth of July in a big way. From the start of the annual Wawa Welcome America! festival on June 28, events celebrating America’s birthday will light up the streets, the skies and the stages from the waterfront at Penn’s Landing to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway on the other side of town.

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  • Top Spring Festivals in Philadelphia

    Celebrate the season with arts, science, beer, music and more

    The longer days and warmer temperatures mean many things, including the arrival of outdoor events and fantastic festivals all around the city. Mark your calendar for our top spring festivals in 2014.

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  • Best Brunch Spots in Philadelphia

    Weekends are made for brunching in the city

    Weekends were made for brunching — chatting with friends, digging into a stack of syrupy pancakes, lingering over a latte or a Bloody Mary. Check out more than 100 of our favorite brunch spots in Philadelphia.

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  • Rocky’s Philadelphia

    Explore Rocky’s hometown, following in his footsteps from the Art Museum to the Italian Market

    Experience Rocky’s Philadelphia with our interactive guide to where the champ trained, lived and loved.

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  • Top Affordable Attractions in Philadelphia

    Budget-friendly attractions in and around the city

    Budget conscious travelers have plenty to choose from in Philadelphia, as many of the city’s most popular attractions are easy on the wallet.

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  • Top Iced Coffee in Philadelphia

    See what places are buzzing with great cups of cold coffee

    Whether you’re looking for a major morning jolt with a bottle of cold brew to-go or a carefully poured icy latte to savor, Philadelphia’s coffee shops have your answer.

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  • Top Five Sky-High Vantage Points in Philadelphia

    The best places to go in Philly when you’re looking for observation deck-like views

    philadelphia city hall tower observation deck

    Did you know that Philadelphia’s City Hall has an observation deck at the top of its 500-foot tower? It does. And it’s awesome. This is our guide to the top five places around the city that offer spectacular sky-high views of Philadelphia.

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  • Philadelphia’s Sandwich Hall Of Fame

    An ode to Philadelphia’s wealth of almost impossibly delicious sandwiches

    Philadelphia's best sandwiches

    Nothing speaks to Philadelphia’s love of great food more than our appreciation of an amazing sandwich. From the world-famous Philly cheesesteak to its less famous, but equally delicious brother, the hoagie, to the third juggernaut in Philly’s sandwich triumvirate, the roast pork sandwich, Philadelphia loves genuinely incredible sandwiches. We know them. We love them. We eat them. It’s what we do. And this Sandwich Hall of Fame is our ode to Philadelphia’s greatest sandwiches.

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  • Top Coffee Spots in Philadelphia

    Region buzzing with great cafes

    Philadelphia is no stranger to a strong cup of coffee and enthusiasm for the caffeinated beverage is here to stay. Browse a few of our favorite spots to grab a cup (or two).

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  • Philadelphia’s Newest Skyscraper: The Comcast Innovation and Technology Center

    59-story structure in Center Ctiy to be one of the tallest buildings in the country

    The Philadelphia skyline is growing again. Projected to open in 2017, the 1,121-foot-tall, state-of-the-art Comcast Innovation and Technology Center will be one of the largest buildings in the country and an impressive fixture in Center City.

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  • Top Dining Picks From Philadelphia Chefs

    Top city chefs dish their favorite restaurants, best markets, secret finds and more

    Five local food luminaries share where they like to go on their off-hours, what they snack on late at night, their favorite low-cost meals and why they love to cook and dine in Philly.

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  • The Best Old-School Diners In Philadelphia

    Top classic eateries in and around the city

    Our roundup of some of the most well known and well-frequented classic diners in Philadelphia.

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  • 30 Must-Try Dishes And Drinks In Philadelphia

    Sample some of the city’s lesser-known culinary treasures

    Already sampled Philly’s iconic cheesesteaks, hoagies and pretzels? Then go beyond these local delicacies to sample some of the city’s lesser-known culinary treasures.

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  • Local Breweries and Craft Beers

    Regional breweries putting out award-winning beers

    Philadelphia has a long, storied love affair with beer dating back over 100 years. While most of the city’s breweries were lost during Prohibition the 1920s, today the tradition of fine craft beer is alive and thriving.

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  • Top Food Trucks in Philadelphia

    Proving you can get good food on the road

    A look at some of Philly’s must-try trucks—serving soft pretzels, pork roll sandwiches, elegant pastries, espresso drinks, global fare and just about everything in between.

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  • Guide to the Best Burgers in Philadelphia

    Satisfy your carnivore craving with some of the best hamburgers in the city

    Alla Spina

    Philadelphia is quickly becoming Burger Town, U.S.A. as new burger joints are popping up all over town.

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  • The 25 Best Pizzas in Philadelphia

    Best spots to grab a slice in the city

    Birra

    It’s no surprise that Philadelphia, a city with such a rich Italian heritage, is a haven for delicious gourmet pizza. And in recent years, the pizza offerings around town have only gotten better as a new class of Philadelphia restaurants have entered the fray, specializing in pies that have turned pizza into a meal worth dining out.

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