Over Valentine’s Day weekend I surprised my fiancé with a one night stay at a Chic hotel in Philadelphia and a list of cool things to do while we were there. We had an awesome time and I thought I’d list a few places that I thought were worth mentioning and would be awesome for a day trip or date night!
The Philly food scene is blew us away in general but this place had AMAZING FOOD, specifically an awesome brunch menu. The food was also reasonably priced. Best fried chicken in Philly! They are located in ‘Midtown Village’ and serve American classics. Their brunch menu is served on Saturday and Sunday from 10am-3pm and includes tasty appetizers, salads, fried chicken, and egg dishes. We tried the caramelized apple French toast (pictured above) and their fried chicken bucket. AH-MA-ZING. I also had a grapefruit mimosa which was tasty as well! I would definitely go back!
TIP: There is a parking lot across the street that charged us $25 for parking so looking back taking an Uber or subway may have been a better option.
This place is a go to spot for tourists and may seem a little corny but was actually very interesting. For $10 you get to walk through this magical place filled with cool artwork, specifically trash turned into wall art. It is an enclosed ‘garden’ (no flowers) filled with pathways, cool photo spots, and so much art! It gets packed on weekends so make sure to buy your tickets online first. Definitely a must see spot in Philadelphia.
TIP: Tickets sell out quickly. Purchase your tickets online in advance and reserve a time to visit.
Amada’s is an upscale Spanish restaurant in Philadelphia serving savory tapas. Located in Old City on Chestnut Street, it is surrounded by lots of little shops and lounges. The food was delicious. It was recommended that we choose at least three plates per person which allowed us to try lots of menu items. It was a bit pricey but the flavors were really amazing. Our favorite dishes were the Costillas de Ternera (beef short rib and bacon flatbread), the Pernil Asada (roasted pork with white beans) and the lamb meatballs! The tapas will run you approximately $12 per plate and at the suggested three plates per person this could get pricey.
TIP: Make reservations as they do get busy on weekends!
All I need to say is $15 Rum buckets! This was a cool place near Rittenhouse Square. It is labeled as an ‘alternative’ casual lounge with a cool style. The inside is dark with neon graffiti on the walls. We went on a Sunday night during Presidents Day weekend and we had a great time. They played reggae and trap music and the DJ was awesome. Apparently they have game nights and very diverse entertainment options such as jazz night Mondays, open mic nights, trivia nights, and more. There is also a speakeasy bar located downstairs which we didn’t even know about!
Location, location, location! This hotel is located right outside of Rittenhouse Square and is within walking distance from tons of shops and bars. The hotel has a super chic style. Although it was pricey, approximately $160 a night, we found a Groupon and got $30 off. We didn’t spend too much of our time at the hotel but we did enjoy our stay.
- Photography Spots near South Street
Philadelphia is filled with tons of street art and cool brick homes with colored doors (think Brooklyn) which made it an awesome spot for candid photos—a bloggers dream. We made tons of stops to take pictures. There are lots of small stone streets and alleys filled with cool backgrounds for photos. If you make a trip to Philly make sure to bring your camera!
What are your favorite places to go when visiting Philadelphia? Let me know! I’d love to make another trip there soon!