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Top Places for Lunch Near the Liberty Bell

Grab-and-go bites and fanciful dishes, all within a 10-minute walk of the bell

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Independence Beer Garden Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia
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A busy morning of sightseeing in Philadelphia’s Historic District can easily work up quite the appetite. If your visit leaves you near the Liberty Bell Center at lunchtime, a wide selection of nearby eateries in Philadelphia’s Old City invite you to relax and refuel.

Between 2nd and 8th streets and Walnut and Market streets, you can grab a deli sandwich from the food court in an American landmark, chow down on a traditional Philly cheesesteak, opt for a chef-driven, sit-down meal in an elegant setting or choose from a number of other top-notch eats.

Whatever the rest of your day has in store, be sure to take a moment to recharge with a delicious bite from one of these local eateries.

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Sonny's Famous Steaks

Philly’s most famous sandwich in the shadow of the Liberty Bell

Sonny's Sonny's
— Photo by P. Meyer for Visit Philadelphia

Sonny’s Famous Steaks serves up popular, made-to-order cheesesteaks (with a variety of cheeses and toppings) as well as rib-eye burgers, cheese fries, onion rings and more. Large parties can reserve tables in advance, making Sonny’s a convenient and affordable option for group dining.

Where: 228 Market Street, Philadelphia

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Campo’s

Authentic city eats in Philadelphia's Historic District

Campo's Campo's
Located just three blocks from Independence Mall, Campo's has been serving up Philly favorites for nearly 75 years. — C.Smyth for Visit Philadelphia

In between sightseeing, partake in another essential local leisurely pursuit by enjoying an authentic Philly cheesesteak or hoagie at Campo’s. The popular spot, which originally opened in 1947 as a small grocery store and luncheonette, sources its rolls from Sarcone’s, the celebrated bakery in South Philly.

Where: 214 Market Street, Philadelphia

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Talula’s Daily

High quality on-the-go grub on Washington Square

— Photo courtesy Talula's Daily

Stroll from the Historic District through Washington Square to Talula’s Daily, a casual cafe from the team behind the well-known dinner destination Talula’s Garden (located next door). Patrons can enjoy a selection of fresh pastries, salads, sandwiches and gourmet items in the quaint dining room or take their food to go for an al fresco picnic in the park.

Where: 208 W. Washington Square, Philadelphia

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La Colombe

Coffee paired with pastries and treats

— A. Ricketts for Visit Philadelphia

Locals swear by the coffee and pastries at La Colombe, which operates a spacious location on Independence Mall. The stylish cafe features a marble-topped coffee bar and floor-to-ceiling windows with views of the area’s historic sites.

Where: 100 S. Independence Mall West #110

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Food Court at The Bourse

A food court in a nationally registered historic site

Originally serving as the country’s first commodities exchange, the Bourse is now on the National Register of Historic Places. The building houses a modern indoor food court with many delicious food and drink options from more than 27 different eateries and purveyors.

Where: 21 S. 5th Street, Philadelphia

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Independence Mall Cafe

An al fresco cafe located on the lawn of the Independence Visitor Center

— R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Note: Due to construction, the Independence Mall Cafe is temporarily closed and will re-open for Summer 2018. An outdoor food stand right on Independence Mall, Independence Mall Cafe serves everything from snacks and sandwiches to wine and beer and is open seasonally from May through October. During the off-season, find coffee and light fare just across the lawn at Cafe Independence inside the Independence Visitor Center, open year-round.

Where: 50 N. Independence Mall East

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Independence Beer Garden

Cold beer and tasty food on Independence Mall

— M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Open seasonally (April through October), Independence Beer Garden features an approachable menu packed with crowd pleasers like pigs in a blanket, al pastor tacos and strawberry shortcake. Kids of all ages love playing shuffleboard or ping pong out back, while the 40 beers on tap give adults plenty of options.

Where: 100 S. Independence Mall West

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SquareBurger

Carousel rides, mini-golf, burgers and more

— R. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia

Franklin Square, one of Philadelphia’s original five public squares, is home to a mini-golf course, a carousel and SquareBurger, a burger shack selling BBQ pulled pork, fries, salads and more. The signature Cake Shake blended with Tastykake Butterscotch Krimpets is a highlight.

Where: 200 N. 6th Street

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Jones

Upscale comfort food in a retro chic environment

— Photo courtesy Jones

In addition to an approachable menu of classic American favorites, Jones features a bi-level space and retro-chic decor. The design-your-own-salad is a popular menu choice, as are the alcoholic milkshakes and specialty cocktails.

Where: 700 Chestnut Street

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Mrs. K’s Koffee Shop

Delicious diner breakfast all day long

— Photo courtesy Mrs. K's Koffee Shop

The kitchen at Mrs. K’s Koffee Shop churns out breakfast favorites like eggs, pancakes, waffles and scrapple, along with classic lunch fare like burgers, salads and sandwiches all day long. The diner has been serving Philadelphians and visitors for more than 50 years, and the quick, reliable service ensures that visitors can get back out to see the sights as fast as possible.

Where: 325 Chestnut Street

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National Mechanics

Nostalgic cuisine in a historic building

— Photo courtesy National Mechanics

Decorated in a Gothic style, National Mechanics boasts 18 beers on tap along with elevated bar food and even a special kids’ menu. The bar’s name stems from the building’s original purpose as Mechanics National Bank, built in 1837.

Where: 22 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia

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Capofitto

Thin-crust pizza and world-famous gelato

In addition to world-renowned, homemade gelato from sister outpost Capogiro, Capofitto serves thin-crust, modern-style Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a wood-burning, on-site oven. The menu also features Italian favorites like antipasto, charcuterie, paninis and salads.

Where: 233 Chestnut Street

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Khyber Pass Pub

Southern comfort food with vegan and meat-heavy options

Po-boys, fried green tomatoes, gumbo and hickory-smoked meats are among the southern-style staples on the menu at Khyber Pass Pub, which also features one notable craft beer list. Tucked inside a Colonial-era building, this off-the-beaten-path spot also offers a wide range of vegan and vegetarian-friendly options.

Where: 56 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

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Red Owl Tavern

Modern pub fare in a relaxed atmosphere

Red Owl Tavern serves up a delicious prix-fixe meal this Thanksgiving. — M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

On the ground floor of Hotel Monaco, Red Owl Tavern adds a dose of modernity to the classic tavern experience with a menu that includes smoked chicken wings, mussels, salads and more. The relaxed, welcoming atmosphere appeals to solo diners, families and groups, and shaded outdoor seating situated across the street from Independence Hall lets guests eat with views of some of the country’s most historic sites.

Where: 433 Chestnut Street

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High Street on Market

Freshly made artisanal breads and seasonal ingredients from the team behind Fork

— J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Patrons enjoy sit-down lunches or opt for take out at High Street on Market, which has consistently ranked among the city’s best restaurants since it opened in 2013. Be sure to sample the fresh-baked pastries and buzzed-about breads alongside menu items like Rival Brothers Coffee, artisanal sandwiches, salads and sides.

Where: 308 Market Street, Philadelphia

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Amada

Authentic Spanish tapas and more

— N. Sheldon for Visit Philadelphia

Jose Garces serves Andalusian-style Spanish cuisine at Amada, where the authentic decor includes hams hanging from the ceiling and wine barrels lining the walls. Open for lunch on weekdays and brunch on weekends, the tapas-based menu is a perfect choice for groups who want to sample several of the restaurant’s mouthwatering items.

Where: 217-219 Chestnut Street

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City Tavern

Colonial America is recreated at this authentic tavern in Old City

City Tavern City Tavern
— Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia

Drink and dine as Founding Fathers did at City Tavern, which recreates the food, drink and ambiance that comforted the framers of the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution as they argued over the documents late into many nights. Look forward to Colonial haute cuisine, costumed waitstaff and Colonial-era desserts and drinks.

Where: 138 S. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

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Buddakan

Where creativity and cachet loom large

Interior of Buddakan Interior of Buddakan
— Photo by B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

The distinctive Asian fare at Buddakan includes family-style dishes ranging from dumplings and salad to lamb chops and lobster fried rice. The lunch menu features a popular bento box, which comes with three courses and an option to add dessert.

Where: 325 Chestnut Street

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FARMiCiA

Delicious, organic cuisine in Old City

— J. Smith for Visit Philadelphia

Popular for its wide selection of sustainably and locally sourced dishes and cocktails, FARMiCiA features several distinct spaces within its restaurant, including an airy dining room and the Farm Bar, where solo diners can grab a seat for lunch. The eatery also offers outdoor seating, floor-to-ceiling windows and a kids’ menu to keep little ones happy.

Where: 15 S. 3rd Street, Philadelphia

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Morimoto

The Iron Chef’s first American restaurant

— B. Krist for Visit Philadelphia

Open for lunch Monday through Friday, this high-design restaurant from renowned Chef Masaharu Morimoto serves an assortment of fresh sushi, appetizers and noodles. The elegantly prepared Japanese dishes pair well with the selection of creative specialty cocktails from the bar.

Where: 723 Chestnut Street

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LaScala’s Restaurant and Bar

Fresh, home-style Italian-American comfort food in historic Philadelphia

— Photo courtesy LaScala's Restaurant

LaScala’s is known for its simply prepared, delicious, homestyle Italian specialities. Everything from the pizza and pasta to more filling dishes like lasagna and chicken parmesan are made from scratch.

Where: 615 Chestnut Street

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Sonny's Famous Steaks
Campo’s
Talula’s Daily
La Colombe
Food Court at The Bourse
Independence Mall Cafe
Independence Beer Garden
SquareBurger
Jones
Mrs. K’s Koffee Shop
National Mechanics
Capofitto
Khyber Pass Pub
Red Owl Tavern
High Street on Market
Amada
City Tavern
Buddakan
FARMiCiA
Morimoto
LaScala’s Restaurant and Bar
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