Things You Need To Do in Philadelphia (Aside from Tourist Activities)

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of going to Philadelphia courtesy of the Visit Philly team. They showed us a different side to the city of Brotherly Love, and it is now one of my favorite cities. Who would of thought that you could find so much charm and vibrancy just a little over an hour outside of NYC?  If you are in town for the Made in America festival or just a quick weekend getaway, take in the views of the Delaware River at Penn’s Landing, ride through the Italian market on a segway, and learn about so many of America's firsts. The Liberty Bell and the typical tourist sites are alright, but Elfreth's Alley will really take you back in time. On my trip I enjoyed so much of the city outside of the stereotypical cheesesteaks and historical sites. If you’re ever in Philly, you need to try these things.

1. Eat good, and I'm not talking Philly Cheesesteak.


Listen to me: if you don’t don’t do anything else in Philadelphia, you need to go to an area of the city called the Gayborhood and try a restaurant. They have a strip of phenomenal places to choose from. We visited Double Knot and it was sooooo good. Get the ribeye skewers, heart of palm salad, and edamame dumplings. Thank me later.

After the turn up, you can recover at brunch at Hickory Lane Bistro, which is conveniently located next to Eastern State Penitentiary if you’re into prisons and fear.

2. Get cultured.

I was pleasantly surprised with all of the art galleries and museums that the city has to offer. We went to Racso’s Art Gallery, which is particularly special because it only showcases artists from Latin America. The most beautiful site to see was the fashion portion of the Creative Africa Exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Those mannequins were slaying.

3. Ride around and get it.

I have always wanted to do a segway tour. Since I lived in DC in 2012 until now, it’s been on my to do list. The Philly Tour Hub took us on a tour of the city and it’s perfect if you want to get a quick glimpse of all it has to offer. It does however, workout your legs. You are rolling over bumps and pot holes, so you are bound to feel some burn in your thighs. There was a moment when I was riding around looking at America's first townhouses and the first residential street, when I almost burst into tears with gratitude. It was so mind blowing that I could be enjoying a beautiful city like Philly, because of my love of sharing with others. All because of a blog and social media. I just felt so grateful to be present in that moment and for the opportunity to truly do what I love.  

4. Take in the views (and drinks) on a rooftop.  

I stayed at the gorgeous Kimpton Hotel Monaco right in the heart of the city, and aside from it being perfectly located and be #homedecorgoals, Stratus rooftop bar is lit on Saturdays. You can also check out the Assembly rooftop as well.

5. Go Vegan.

Bruh. I ate entirely too much on this trip, but I have a new-found appreciation for vegan food. We ate at Vedge, a vegan restaurant and Charlie was a Sinner, a speakeasy kinda bar with the mocktails and cocktails all vegan and made with fresh ingredients. It’s conveniently located across the street from Double Knot, so you can make a night out of it. You will be snatched and feeling super healthy and ready to take on the day.  The ambiance is very romantic at both of these places so defintely bring bae.

6. Get your daily dose of street art.

If you love the murals in Chicago, you'll adore the ones here. Philly actually has the most public artwork in the US and is also home to the Magic Gardens. Your instagram will be getting all the likes with all these views.

7. Go to the beach.

Spruce Street Harbor Park is one of the nation’s best urban beaches. It was on my list of things to do, but I had to catch my flight. Definitely planning on going back for this.


Photos by: Myself, Rachel Matos and Monique Frausto