A Weekend off Philly’s Beaten Track

A Weekend off Philly’s Beaten Track

North Bowl Philadelphia, Events, What to in Philadelphia, BowlingSpend a weekend in Philly, cramming in all the best bits, plus some lesser-known delights.

Friday
Fuel up before sightseeing at creative sushi restaurant Zento or for some aromatic Turkish fare head to Konak.

Indulge in a little (or a lot of) retail therapy at Old City’s new developments. Head to Smak Parlour and Vagabond for eclectic wear, get your fill of jazz, rock and hip-hop at AKA Music and admire art at the Clay Studio.

For more artistic treasures, make your way to the lobby of former publishing building The Curtis Center. Hidden in its unassuming reception is The Dream Garden, a beautiful Tiffany glass mosaic based on a painting by Maxfield Parrish.

Grab dinner in Chinatown’s Lee How Fook (“Good Taste for the Mouth”) and be sure to BYOB!

For live music and local beers, try The Tin Angel, or if it’s the first Friday of the month, head to 2nd and 3rd Streets in Old City for free wine and cheese at the art galleries.

Saturday
After a hearty bacon and eggs breakfast at Melrose Diner, check out one of the fantastic exhibitions at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, a must for ancient Egypt enthusiasts.

Get an eco-friendly, socially-conscious and super tasty burger at White Dog Café, but not before a free look around the Institute of Contemporary Art. Next, get your fashion fix at the Art Deco fronted Perelman Building, home to the grandest of collections of modern design.

To fill your very own wardrobe, rummage through the cute boutiques on Sansom Street and be sure to check out Petulia’s Folly.

For beverages, a bite and bowling (and the Big Lebowski) head to themed alley, North Bowl and chomp on Cherry Coke BBQ Pulled Beef.

Squirrel away in a secretive nook at Standard Tap for a night-cap, or rather, a local brew and a shot.

Sunday
Before heading home, go to the Italian Market for inventive omelettes and pancakes at Sabrina’s Café, and a rich cappuccino from Anthony’s Italian Coffee House while you wait in line.

Explore Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens, marvellous mosaic displays dotted around the city but especially along South Street.

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