If you thought all there is to do in Philly is gaze at the Liberty Bell and eat cheese steaks, you’re dead wrong. The City of Brotherly Love has always had lots more to offer, but lately, it’s been upping its cool factor by a lot. Today you’ll find an awesome restaurant scene driven by innovative chefs, laid-back bars, world-class museums, and indie boutiques galore. While many of the major attractions and cultural sites are located in charming Center City with its historic brick buildings and cobblestone streets, some of the best new restaurants, bars, and shops are off the beaten path in Fishtown, a once-gritty neighborhood that’s now undergoing a major renaissance. It’s worth spending a long weekend here so you can see both the old and new sides of Philly.
Where to Stay
Wm Mulherin’s Sons: The first hotel to open in up-and-coming Fishtown, this boutique spot has just four spacious suites, each with a kitchenette, comfy living space, and custom wallpaper designed by artist Stacey Rozich. You’ll definitely want to spring for brunch or dinner at the namesake restaurant downstairs, which serves up some of the city’s best wood-fired pizzas (including an insane brunch pizza with mushrooms and truffle burrata) and handmade pastas in a beautifully restored pre-Prohibition whiskey blending and bottling facility.
ROOST Apartment Hotel: For stays of a week or more, bedding down at ROOST is like having your own little apartment in a full-service building, complete with a 24-hour concierge and bike share. The clean-lined design is accentuated by thoughtful touches, like antique rugs, modern art, Chemex coffee makers, and even washing machines. Two locations, one in Midtown and one in Rittenhouse, are conveniently located near all of Philly’s major sites.