It’s true, Philadelphia has no shortage of well-traversed landmarks, iconic cheesesteak eateries and world-famous art. And, keeping in the spirit of brotherly love, we take a look some intriguing alternatives to the famed attractions.
If you like Pat’s or Geno’s Cheesesteaks…Check out Wiz Kid
A cheery, fast-casual vegan (yes, vegan) eatery from husband-and-wife duo Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby serves creative riffs on the classic cheesesteak sammie. Order a signature meatless number made with seitan, mushrooms, fried onion, pickled peppers and rutabaga wiz (it takes just like the real thing) alongside hand-cut fries. Those are best dunked in spicy ketchup.
If you like Constitution Center…Check out the Museum of the American Revolution
A short walk from the major tourist draws, this recently opened 16-room museum houses an impressive collection and offers a glimpse into the lesser-known history of the American Revolution. Divided into four parts from 1760 to the present, uncover unusual objects like General Washington’s tent and a rare, engraved Philly powder horn.
If you like the Magic Gardens…Check out the Mural Arts Walking Tour
For a visual feast, enjoy the colorful collection of over 50 new murals which appear yearly on various buildings. Take a free self-guided tour around the largest cluster in Center City, known as “Mural Mile” and check out vibrant works like Meg Saligman’s Philadelphia Muses, made with parachute cloth and featuring a cast of dancers, readers and artists.
If you like the City Hall Tower & Observation Deck …Check out One Liberty Observation Deck
Soak in the fantastic panoramic views from the 57th floor of this late ‘80’s design from by German-American architect Helmut Jahn. Long known as the city’s first skyscraper, a grand spire makes it a memorable skyline landmark. On the lower floors, find a lineup of chic retail shops for some retail therapy.
If you like the Philadelphia Museum of Art…Check out the Barnes Foundation.
Inside its modernist glass and limestone home, the world-renowned collection of pharmaceutical giant Dr. Albert C. Barnes showcases 19th and 20th-century French masterpieces including countless pieces—181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes and 59 Matisses. But who’s counting? After you take in the art, stroll the four acres of brilliantly landscaped grounds.
If you like shopping in Rittenhouse Square – Check out N. Third Street
For a boutique shopping along sleepy brick streets, head to Philly’s charming Old City. Here, North Third Street is peppered with small, indie shops and perfect for idle strolls. The cool girls head to Vagabond for cutting-edge labels like Ulla Johnson, chic homewares and designer vintage. A mother-daughter duo runs the minimalist Erdon stocked with European and Japanese brands like MM6 Maison Marginal and Orner. For renewable goods, United by Blue carries eco-conscious clothing like soft woven hoodies and canvas bags, and is a great place to nurse a cup of coffee from their in-store cafe.
And that’s not at all. Want to shop like a local? Visit Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia’s under the radar recommendations here.
These are all great recommendations! I’ll have to check a few of them out when I go to visit family this summer.
Thanks, Raena! You’ll have to let us know what you think of them once you’ve had a chance to see them in person.