A Guide to Fashion, Food, and Photo-worthy spots in Philadelphia
I’m finally back in San Diego! This trip was seriously one for the books. We started off with a few days in Philadelphia. I was reunited with my two best friends after a year and a half apart, had a small surprise dinner for Ramsey’s 30th with his best friends and brother, and got to spend much needed time appreciating the beautiful Philly streets. The weather, however, was WAY colder than I anticipated and I was so thankful for bringing tons of Fall layers to keep me warm.
Aside from having so many people we love here, Philadelphia is pretty freaking awesome. The food scene is INCREDIBLE, its packed with so much history, and the architecture is beautiful.
What to Wear in Philadelphia
Philadelphia is so beautiful in the fall, but I’ve learned from living on the east coast that even a 65 degree day will make your fingers numb and your nose pink when you’re running around the city all day.
It’s hard to find a happy medium when its brick AF outside and brick-oven hot everywhere you step into. Thats where layering comes into play. If you’re headed to Philadelphia in the Fall, be sure to pack lots of layers. This means tanks, tees, turtlenecks/long sleeves, a few thin sweaters and a thick one, a jacket, and lots of hats and scarves! I usually opt for simple styles so I can easily mix and match without looking like a hot mess.
There was a wind storm two of the days we were there, which made walking around, even in layers, pretty brutal. I ran out to grab some food with my best friend, Alex, who snapped these shots of my layered look. I wore a TopShop Turtle Neck (here on SALE) and Mom Jeans (here), All Saints boots (similar), and Zadig & Voltaire scarf (similar) and long cardigan (similar). I had this cardigan on repeat throughout my trip and also came to the conclusion that every girl needs one in her life. Mine is no longer available but here, here, and here are a few styles I also love.
What to Eat in Philadelphia
Philly is known for its food scene, in all its diversity. Fine dining from the industry’s hottest chefs, apple dumplings from Lancaster’s Amish, and dim sum from hole in the wall Chinatown spots can all be found here.
Intimate & Delicious: Tria Cafe is one of the coziest and cutest spots in Philly. I can’t even count how many times I’ve been here. The food is delicious, the beer and wine list is abundant and well curated, and the crowd is really welcoming. I love their flatbreads and the fact that they have so many IPAs on tap! The restaurant itself is pretty small, which calls for a super intimate environment, perfect for a girls night or date night.
Vegetarian & Vegan: If you’re looking for delicious, reasonably-priced vegan food at with a trendy ambiance, V street is the place to be. Their creative, tapas-style dishes are perfect for small or large groups. Even non-vegans like myself love this place! I’ve tried and love pretty much everything on their menu, but the Korean Fried Tempeh Tacos and the Dan Dan Noodles are my all time favorite.
Large Party Approved: Dim Sum Garden is a small restaurant in Chinatown where we had Ramsey’s surprise 30th birthday. The food is great and the price tag is even better. Its BYOB, which is a huge plus and only $25/person for all you can eat (including tip) on parties larger than 10. A LOT of pork, but all dishes were super tasty and they’re especially known for soup dumplings. The service is definitely lacking, but that isnt what you come here for!
The Holy Grail: Reading Terminal Market is an absolute MUST if you are in Philadelphia. Its an oasis of all things Pennsylvania. You’ll usually catch me by the BBQ, freshly made donuts, or – my all time favorite – the apple dumplings. The homemade jams and honey are also very necessary. There’s so much variety, deliciousness, and culture to be found here.
Where to Go in Philadelphia
Juxtaposition fills the streets of Philly! Its a crazy mix of traditional and urban – historical and modern. Rittenhouse Square is dreamy to walk through anytime of year. Its kept so well, you wouldn’t believe it was one of the 5 original open space parks in the US. The apartments nearby are all brick with big windows and black shutters – so colonial and beautiful. I always walk by the apartments and through the park when going to V Street or Tria Cafe (see where to eat in Philly above 😉 )!
If you’re looking for a more urban experience, hit up Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. It’s a mosaic mural wall that’ll seriously blow you away. I didn’t get a chance to stop by this trip, but its one of my favorite pieces of street art ever. Philly is filled with street art from so many talented artists. I found this awesome map so you don’t have to search for them!
Because we thought the Jurassic Park exhibit had launched (and it was SO cold out), my two best friends, Ramsey, and I headed to the Franklin Institute on our last day there. I went to a Lego exhibit there a few years ago and fell in love with the place. They’ve got really neat exhibits, iMax movies, and the most fun gift shop. ever. You can easily spend a good 3 hours here. We were SO bummed to find out the Jurassic Park exhibit wasn’t open yet, but we took advantage and saw a sweet iMax movie about National Parks. There’s always something fun going on.
Do you have any places in Philly you recommend?!