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Philadelphia City Guide

Traveling to Philadelphia? Here’s where to stay, what to do and where to eat the best cheesesteak in The City of Brotherly Love.

PACKING LIST Philly is coming into its own as a style hub with major brands taking headquarters in the city. The local style has a great outdoors feel (think layered printed scarves, chic boots and knit hats) with a fashion-forward bent of mixed prints, lush fabrics and uniquely layered silhouettes. The result is an eclectic variety of Americana-inspired interpretations.

- An over-sized scarf and a wide brimmed felt hat to keep you warm in the brisk fall days - Low-heeled moto booties - A lightweight leather jacket to layer onto your outfit as the sun set. - Cardigans to layer - Skinny leg jeans or denim of any variety - Stackable personal and statement jewelry

STAY Rittenhouse 1715 Located near Rittenhouse square, this quiet boutique hotel is situation inside a European-style mansion, richly decorated in the Louis XVI style. Romantic and sumptuous, the hotel is a regal retreat from the busy streets of Philadelphia. Each night the Rittenhouse hosts a wine reception for its guests from 5:30-7PM, the perfect way to wind down from a day of site seeing.

Hotel Palomar Philadelphia The Hotel Palomar is a favorite among the cool and happening set. The building itself is a 1929 landmarked building with a stunning Art Deco exterior which has been splendidly restored. The historic exterior however gives way to the coolest place to stay. The Hotel Palomar prides itself on expertly mixing hospitality, art and technology and its theme, “Art in motion” is present in its décor and hip-appeal.

Hotel Monaco Philadelphia Incorporating historical nods to Philadelphia’s most famous citizen Benjamin Franklin and modern amenities, Hotel Monaco is a newly opened haven for visitors. The hotel is located in the middle of the historic center and knowingly mixes the old and the new with its silky Frette linens, marble desks and kites as decorative flair. While staying there, be sure to swing by the hotel’s incredibly popular rooftop Stratus Bar for an after-hours cocktail.

DRINK Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company It may sound like a stuffy office building but Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company is a swanky watering hole named after the longest running alcohol ring that was churning out and serving up booze during Prohibition. Slide into one of the leather banquettes and let the bartender mix you up a crafted cocktail.

The Library Bar The Rittenhouse Hotel bar The Library has a modest name for such an impressive establishment. The drink menu alone is 17 pages and their cocktail ice is carved from $1,000 blocks of ice. The drinks include brilliantly mixed cocktails and rare spirits. For a real show, order the champagne and watch the bartender expertly pour it into the flute.

Boot & Saddle After 20 years since it first closed, Boot & Saddle re-opened its doors and has quickly established itself as a must-visit destination for drinks and music. The bar offers ten different craft drafts on tap. Despite its country name, the venue has hosted some incredibly rock headliners and, for more information on who is playing when you’re in town, check their show listings here.

DINE Frangelli’s Bakery In the great tradition of dessert hybrids, the bakers of Frangelli’s Bakery have debuted their combination glazed donut and cannoli: the Donnoli. The bakery has been open since 1947 but recently re-entered the Philadelphia dessert scene with this piece of confection genius. The Donnoli features a hollowed airy donut layered with a rich cannoli filing of chocolate chips and buttercream.

Sonny’s Famous Cheesesteaks and Burgers No visit to Philadelphia would be complete without a meal of the city’s namesake sandwich The Philly Cheesesteak. Although many vie for the title of best cheesesteak, Sonny’s Famous distinguishes itself for its offering a generous serving of beef on your sandwich. Regardless of where you place your order (at Sonny’s, Philips, Geno’s or Pat’s), be sure to know immediately whether you want Cheese Whiz or Provolone on your sandwich.

Vedge After indulging in a Philly cheesesteak, you may need a detoxifying meal of vegetables and fruits. Enter Vedge, a vegan restaurants that will appeal to carnivores as well as vegetarians. Situated in the old Princeton Club in the Midtown Village neighborhood, the restaurant is a sleek and plush setting. The food is locally sourced and organic and their drinks are prepared with bitters made in-house.

DO PhilaMOCA Philadelphia’s Mausoleum of Modern Art offers more than a display of contemporary art. The space has evolved into a performance venue offering a variety of shows ranging from DJ sets to burlesque shows. To learn more about what will be happening at PhilaMOCA during your visit, check their event listings here.

The National Constitution Center It is an absolute must to pay homage to our nation’s founders while in Philadelphia; therefore, a visit to The National Constitution Center is in order. The museum prides itself on is non-partisan mission to educate visitors on constitutional debates and inspire them to become active citizens.

The Liberty Bell On display in Independence National Historic Park, the Liberty Bell is perhaps Philly’s most iconic landmark. The bell was originally used to make public proclamations and open legislative sessions. The bell earned the title The Liberty Bell when it became the symbol of abolitionists in the 1830s.