Philly, you are the best city of all the cities. In honor of your loveliness, I’ve teamed up with four other fab Philly lady bloggers to bring our readers the ultimate list of all the things you must do, see, eat, drink, and visit in our fair city. A Philly bucket list, if you will, filled with unique things to make you say “hmmm that sounds interesting,” and more obvious things to make you go, “duh! Why have I not done that yet?”
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Below you’ll get my contribution to the list, and when you’re done, click over to the rest of the list on each blog. Here goes!
61. Go eat an ice cream sandwich from Little Baby’s. I highly recommend the Almond Butter Apple ice cream between some Chai Snickerdoodles. Yes please.
62. If you’re not really a “runner” (like me), walk down to Broad Street and cheer on the runners at the Broad Street Run.
63. Take a summer stroll and see what gems you can find at the Phila Flea Markets. The location changes each week, so check their schedule for a spot near you.
64. Bring your pup, or tag along with someone who has a pup, and take a visit to the Schuylkill River Park Dog Run.
65. Eat dim sum in Chinatown.
66. Arrive early to get a spot for the Macy’s Holiday Light Show before Christmas for a nostalgic blast from the past.
67. Try a new beer or two at Monk’s. Don’t be afraid to ask the bartender for suggestions based on the lame beers you drink (I asked for something similar to a Blue Moon – embarrassing).
68. Sign up & take your first Flywheel class for free – complete with 45 minutes of an ass-kicking workout.
69. Explore some of the best Philly shopping up & down Walnut Street. Make sure you stop in Anthropologie’s downstairs sale room for some gems!
70. If you work outside the city, make sure you get your butt to Center City SIPS at least 3-5x each season. If you work in the city, you have no excuse.
71. Pop down to the beautiful Philadelphia Zoo. Enjoy all of the animals, but especially the otters.
72. Order everything at Fairmount’s amazing Mexican spot La Calaca Feliz, but make sure you get the short rib nachos. My mouth is currently watering.
73. Attend a free Radio 104.5 concert at the Piazza. If you’re brave, try Winter Jam. If not, the Summer Block Parties are fun & free.
74. Walk to Pop’s Homemade Italian Ice after a Phillies game. Get the mint chocolate chip. Yes, it’s green.
75. Make reservations and enjoy the places you’ve had on your list for ages via Center City Restaurant Week. Just try it.
76. People watch in Rittenhouse Park. More specifically, puppy and baby watch.
77. Hit up Reading Terminal Market and savor the ‘Best Sandwich in America’ at DiNic’s. I literally dream about it.
78. Bring a bag of your old clothes & do a little thrift shopping at either Circle Thrift location. But call me first, because I want to come with you.
79. Download UBER and give arriving in style a try. I love using it when I’m going out with lots of buds after a pre-game – the SUVs can seat seven.
80. Eat at as many Jose Garces restaurants as possible. I have never met a Garces place I didn’t like, but I’ll always have a special place in my heart for Amada.
81. Tour the Eastern State Penitentiary during the day. It’s a completely different experience than the Halloween tour, trust.
82. Attend as many festivals and street events as possible. I love Crafty Balboa, Bloktoberfest, and the Night Markets.
83. Find the “secret” locations to some of Philly’s best speakeasy’s and treat yourself to an amazing cocktail, or four.
84. Explore the shops & restaurants on East Passyunk Avenue. Take them all in at once during spring’s Flavors of the Avenue.
85. Dance with your besties at Silk City. But don’t forget to check the DJ schedule first.
86. Go check out what Mister 1801 is dressed as. You’ll find him on 18th Street between Spruce & Pine.
87. Explore the Rittenhouse Farmers’ Market for some great produce, yummy pre-made food & even gifts.
88. Drift from the bar to the counter at Little Pete’s at 3 am. Order the disco fries.
89. Sign up for the wait list and get ready to attend Diner en Blanc, Philly’s annual all white pop-up picnic and dance party in a surprise Philly location.
90. Check out the pretty lit up trees on Addison Street year round. If you’re instagramming, you’ll get a better picture from the 17th Street side.
Ready for more? Click through the pictures below to visit each lady’s blog & get inspired by her list. You have a whole weekend ahead of you, so get out there & enjoy our amazing city!