We got back from Philly yesterday afternoon and I wanted to share some snaps from our ~26 hours there! I’d only ever visited once and it was to visit a friend in college, so I hadn’t seen any of the city beyond a few blocks surrounding campus. The purpose of this weekend’s trip was for a wedding, so we took the train up Saturday morning and were checked into our hotel by 10:45am! Such a quick one if you’re coming from DC or NYC–I’m really surprised it took us this long to make it up there.
I did some googling and found Garces Trading Company for brunch, which was a yummy restaurant with a menu inspired by places around the world. J and I split the burger and the baked eggs–would highly recommend both, and trust me: make sure you swap out the chips for the duck fat fries if you get the burger. They’re gooood.
After that we walked to Rittenhouse Square, which is surrounded by a bunch of restaurants and shops. There was a huge art exhibition/sale going on and the park was packed! We were staying at The Franklin (note: wouldn’t recommend except for the wonderful location) and made our way back towards the hotel–about a mile and a half–stopping by the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and Penn’s Landing on the water. This girl finally ticked the Liberty Bell off her America to-do list, even if it was just through the looking glass!
This photo was originally super bright (I couldn’t see my screen/settings well with the sun) so when I darkened it a bit, the sky got crazzzy and kind of cool! Disclaimer that the sky did not in fact look like this :)
The wedding was late Saturday afternoon…Sunday morning we walked over to Federal Donuts, which is apparently a BFD in Philly. It was busy, the donuts are relatively inexpensive as far as “famous” donuts go and they’re really delicious. They come in the most interesting varieties: think blueberry pancake, churro, hot cocoa, etc. I brought home half a dozen for some coworkers so we could sample most types!
On our way out of town, we stopped by the Reading Terminal Market, which is basically this massive food hall with a bunch of vendors. There are also gift stalls, but the emphasis was definitely on dining and groceries. We picked up some cannoli to go from Termini Brothers, which were SO, so good–they’re known for it. Stick with the cheese variety if you go! Also, this is a great place to get your cheesesteak fix…there are a couple famous spots with counters. Pro tip if you’re driving: The market will validate parking to make it $4 if you spend $10 at a single vendor!