If someone asked you to describe the perfect weekend in the Philly-area, how would you respond? Likely, you'd describe a sunny day when a walk down Kelly Drive showed the cherry blossoms in bloom. Or maybe you'd imagine a lazy brunch followed by a stop at one of the city's best Italian bakeries for a cannoli--or three! We'd wager some shopping would make it onto your list, too. Tell us about your ideal Philly weekend!
With the mercury rising by the day, we're turning our attention outdoors. Instead of simply wondering where to get brunch this Sunday, we're researching which brunch restaurants offer the best al fresco dining. Instead of merely pondering where to chow down on the best vegetarian and vegan fare in the city, we're tracking down the best places to cool off with vegan ice cream, the calories from which can be burned off with a lap around Philly's top playgrounds, public gardens and huge shopping malls. What about you? How do you switch up your routine come springtime?
Is there a more polarizing pork product than scrapple? Love it or hate it, this salty breakfast meat is a staple offering here in Philly, found on plates at diners and trendy eateries and everywhere in between. For the uninitiated, we've put together a little info about this controversial regional food. Check it out here. Those who really dislike the stuff can refresh their palate with our roundup of Philly's six best spots to chow down on a cheesesteak.
After what seemed to be the longest winter in Philadelphia, it's finally spring. The snow is long gone, the sun is shining, and warm breezes beckon the whole family to spend time outdoors. Peel the little ones away from the TV and laptop to spend a day exploring educational and interactive exhibits, then cap it off with a romp around Fairmount Park. Those looking for something with a little more Philly flair can enlist in a historical tour of the city, the perfect way to spend a spring day in the City of Brotherly Love. Make a weekend of it with by staying overnight at these hotels conveniently located near Philly's famous landmarks.
Whether you climb aboard a double-decker bus or crawl into the back of a horse drawn carriage, there's no shortage of professional tours waiting to introduce tourists to the sights and sounds of Philadelphia.
Tour guides will no doubt narrate the history of the Liberty Bell and Art Museum along the way, but will they also tell you all there is to know about Philly's most famous foods? We're not so sure. That's why we took a little time this week to write about the origins of two of our city's edible icons, the cheesesteak and the soft pretzel. Read all about 'em, then surf on over to our roundup of Philly's six best soft pretzel bakeries.
Ask any parent--new or experienced--and they'll likely tell you that child-rearing and coffee go hand in hand. That said, it was only a matter of time before the play cafe concept took off among sleep-deprived moms and dads. Offering a safe indoor play area for little ones alongside a cafe area where caregivers can sip locally-roasted coffee and hook up to free Wi-Fi , play cafes have, unsurprisingly, earned a foothold in a relatively untapped market.
Curious to see what all the fuss is about? This roundup of Philly-area play cafes has the info you're looking for. You'll find a few indoor playgrounds on our list, too, should you prefer to keep your fun caffeine-free.
We're not lacking in cheesesteak coverage here on About.com's Philadelphia site: We've tackled the proper procedure for cheesesteak ordering (don't ask for Swiss!), discussed the hallmarks of a perfect cheesesteak--even provided a recipe or two. However, there's one topic we've yet to delve into: the vegan cheesesteak. This meat- and dairy-free take on Philly's signature sandwich has been attempted by many Philadelphia eateries, but some do it better than others. Lucky for you, we've compiled this handy roundup of Philly's best, most beloved vegan cheesesteaks to take you above the fray. Sample them all, then report back to tell us which is your favorite.
It has been a pleasure writing about Philadelphia for About.com for the past few years, but my time here is coming to a close. I will miss seeing you here.
All the best!
Until a few years ago, Pat's and Geno's were East Passyunk's most notable culinary offerings. There were still long-standing, classic and delicious Italian restaurants like Marra's, but there was a lack of variety and lots of empty store fronts. Now the adorable avenue is a major destination for dining and retail. In 2010 Passyunk Avenue was profiled in the travel section of the New York Times for it's cool cafe culture and hip boutiques. After the young art crowd helped established East Passyunk Avenue as an exciting place to be, culinary heavy weights followed suit. In May of 2013, East Passyunk Avenue was named one of the 10 Best Foodie Streets in America. They have it all: great cafes, cozy BYOBs, progressive gastropubs, specialty food markets and sophisticated fine-dining. Here are some of the best places to eat and drink on East Passyunk Avenue.
May is a busy, beautiful month in Philly. In addition to Mother's Day and Memorial Day, and all the brunches and barbecues that entails, there are some great festivals. Definitely don't miss South Street's "new signature event," the South Street Headhouse District Spring Festival. Lots of great things have been happening in that area and on May 4th you can sample them all at once. Enjoy food and cocktails from nearby by restaurants while the young ones hang out in the "kid zone" at this massive street festival. Read more about what May has in store here.