Oh, Old City: the essence of old school Philadelphia, the birthplace of the United States, and the groundwork for the city as we know it. There’s a lot to love about Old City. From cobblestone streets and some of the city’s best restaurants and shops to the history at Independence Mall, this neighborhood is definitely not one to miss.
Embrace Your Inner History Nerd
If you love US history, look no further! Historic Philadelphia is where it all began, and there are plenty of places to learn about all walks of life at nearby Independence Mall. Home to both Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell, the Mall also offers several popular museums and institutions, including the National Museum of Jewish American History, the Philadelphia History Museum, and the National Constitution Center. No trip to Philly is complete without catching a glimpse of the iconic Liberty Bell. Pro tip: tours of Independence Hall are free!
Home to more than 80 popular restaurants, Old City offers any fare you can imagine. Ranging from international dishes to cheesesteaks, there’s something nearby for everyone. Philadelphia Magazine's "50 Best Restaurants In Philadelphia 2016" recently highlighted some Old City favorites, including Fork and Amada. Fork, featuring award-winning American fare in modern setting, is conveniently located on Market Street. For a Philly staple, check out Amada on Chestnut Street. Featuring speciality tapas and other small plates, this neighborhood favorite is sure to please!
Old City isn’t all restaurants and museums; there’s plenty of places to blow off some steam after a long week at the office. Looking for a sweet spot to meet up for a drink? Penn’s Landing, located along the Delaware River Waterfront on Columbus Blvd, offers seasonal entertainment, boating, food trucks, and perhaps most importantly, plenty of hammocks hanging in the shade. Stop by now to check out Winterfest, featuring a riverfront skating rink and an abundance of warm drinks. If you’re ready to explore, make sure to check out 2nd Street. This historic street is home to some of Philly’s most popular restaurants, specialty shops, and art galleries.