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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 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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  • 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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  • Guide To The Best Barbecue in Philadelphia

    Get saucy with some of the tastiest barbecue in the city

    Make no bones about it: Philadelphia has the sauciest, smokiest ribs and some of the best brisket east of Texas. Here are a few of our favorite down-home eats that are sure to appease any and all comfort-food cravings.

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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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  • Top Hotel Spas

    Relax and refresh at a fabulous hotel spa

    Guests of the inns and hotels of Philadelphia and The Countryside® can now expect more than superlative service and historic trimmings. Increasingly, they can also avail themselves of in-room massages, customized facials, herbal body treatments and day-long day-spa escapes—without ever leaving the property.

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  • Top Permanent Light Displays in Philadelphia

    Displays lighting up the region

    Discover spectacular displays that light up the night sky.

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  • Hands-On Family Fun In Philadelphia

    Interactive summer fun for all ages

    Families have more reasons to visit Philadelphia this summer with new outdoor adventures, hands-on exhibits and traditional favorites.

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  • Soda Is All The Fizz In Philly

    Handcrafted beverages are bubbling up all over town

    Soda is enjoying a resurgence in the region, with local chefs, bartenders and craft producers adding fresh new twists to the carbonated soft drink.

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  • Best Alfresco Dining in Philadelphia

    Perfect places for open air eating

    Outdoor dining is one of the hallmarks of summer, a special ambience-adder that you only get to take advantage of when the weather is warm enough.

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  • Philadelphia Hoagies 101

    Discover the history of Philadelphia’s official cold sandwich

    Among Philly eats, it doesn’t get much more iconic than the hoagie. The hefty sandwich of Italian origin (but now adopted by many cultures) has been an affordable lunch mainstay for the region’s residents and visitors for at least a century. So what constitutes a traditional hoagie, and how did it rise to prominence? The following is a primer on all things hoagie.

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  • Where to Find The Top Designers and Best Brands in Philadelphia

    Philly shops offer fab and familiar brands

    Style-seeking shoppers in Philadelphia don’t have to look far for fabulous and familiar brands.

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  • Top Hotel Happy Hours in Philadelphia

    Sit back and relax during the best hour of the day

    Whether you’ve had a long day at work or an afternoon touring the city, take a moment and unwind during happy hour at one of Philadelphia’s hotels.

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  • Guide to the Best Milkshakes in Philadelphia

    Philly’s top shakes come in all flavors

    It’s officially milkshake season in Philadelphia. During the hot, sweltering months of summer, a classic black-and-white can be a lifesaver.

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  • Guide to the Top Hot Dogs in Philadelphia

    Take a bite out of Philly’s top dogs

    Philadelphia chefs have embraced the hot dog, creating hundreds of delicious variations ranging from old-school franks with onions and mustard to gourmet innovations topped with mac and cheese. We double dog dare you try any—or all—of the following

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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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  • Top Picks for Christmas Trees in Philadelphia

    Philly gets festive at these top Christmas tree locations

    The holiday season doesn’t truly start until resplendent Christmas trees are erected and bedecked all around the city. For those looking to rock around the Christmas tree this holiday season, look no further. Here’s our roundup of the best Christmas tree locations in Philadelphia this season:

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  • Top Halloween Haunts

    October means frights and fun in the Philadelphia region

    Haunted houses, hayrides and parties, oh my! It’s almost time for Halloween in one of the most-haunted places regions in the country and its about to get spooky.

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  • Hispanic Heritage Month in Philadelphia

    A month-long celebration of food, music and culture

    Philadelphia’s Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) is jam packed with fun, food and culture.

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  • Funky Events At Philly Beer Week

    Celebrate the stranger side of Philly Beer Week

    Our top picks for the stranger side of Philly Beer Week.

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  • Top Museum Gift Shops in the Philadelphia Region

    Discover some of the areas top creative and unique gifts

    If you’re searching for a little something different this holiday shopping season, the excellent museum gift shops throughout the Philadelphia region have a wealth of creative gifts for everyone on your list.

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  • Top Hotel Brunches in Philadelphia and the Countryside

    It’s breakfast, lunch and delicious

    From buffet tables laden with caviar, French patisserie and chocolate fountains to à la carte poached egg concoctions from the area’s hottest chefs, hotels in Philadelphia and the Countryside are all about brunch.

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  • Top Pools at Philadelphia Hotels

    Head poolside and relax in style

    It is hard to think of a better way to beat the heat then going for a swim. Fortunately, plenty of hotels in Philadelphia are equipped with wonderful pools to help guests relax and refresh.

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  • Main Streets Trail of Philadelphia’s Countryside

    Small town charm meets big city style

    Experience small town charm with big city style during a visit to the Main Streets of Philadelpha’s Countryside. Charming shops, fantastic dining, history, and fun for the whole family are a short drive away in the towns of the countryside.

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  • Top Rooftop Bars in Philadelphia

    Scenic spots to enjoy a cocktail or two

    Nineteen at the Bellevue

    Grab a drink with a view at a few of Philadelphia’s top bars and restaurants featuring roofdeck or elevated seating.

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  • Top Beer Bars in Philadelphia

    Best places to grab a fancy cold one

    Take a look at a few of the best places to grab a beer in the city and discover why Philadelphia is a major destination for beer lovers.

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  • French Dining in Philadelphia

    Philadelphia’s French Dining Shines During PIFA

    The first-ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (PIFA) features 25 days of arts and culture inspired by Paris circa 1910 – 1920. Where better to showcase French-flavors then at Philadelphia’s incredible restaurant and dining scene.

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  • French Inspired Restaurants, Sights and More in Philadelphia

    Explore French-inspired architecture, culture, cuisine and more

    The city is hosting a number of major, Paris-inspired festivities this year, including the Philadelphia International Flower Show (March 6 – 15) and the first-ever Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts (April 7 – May 1).

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  • Philadelphia Museum of Art Tour With Director Timothy Rub

    Director and executive officer Timothy Rub talks about his favorites

    With more than 200 galleries and 250,000 objects, it can be difficult to pick favorites at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. The Philadelphia Inquirer spoke with the museum’s director Timothy Rub about pieces that have captured his adoration.

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  • Top New Year’s Parties and Celebrations in Philadelphia

    Get a great view of the fireworks while ringing in the New Year

    R2L

    A few top spots to celebrate while ringing in the New Year in Philadelphia.

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  • Guide to Philadelphia’s Best Craft Cocktails

    Sip on classic cocktails and secret spirits in Philadelphia’s Prohibition-inspired bars

    The mystique of Prohibition lives on in Philadelphia bars, restaurants and shops with secret entrances, classic cocktails and liqueur-soaked sweets.

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  • Best Sports Bars in Philadelphia

    You don’t need tickets to the game to be a part of the action

    In a town as sports-crazy as Philadelphia cheering on the local team is not just a past time, it’s a source of pride and excitement. Fortunately, the city has a wealth of fantastic sports bars to watch the big game.

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