The Best Philadelphia Tips From Our Readers

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I’m always astounded that cities move out a many comments in a Hack Your City column. Readers left a whopping 231 comments on Monday’s post, “Tell Us Your Best Philadelphia Tips.” we starred all a best ones, so if we strike “Load some-more comments” a dozen times, we can wash in high-quality city tips. I’ve also sorted tips by category, so we can customarily check out a best museums or bars or alternatives to a common movement system.


  • Please Touch Museum for kids
  • Over a dozen readers suggest a Mütter Museum, that is full of creepy medical oddities. Eighthave breaks it down in a prolonged comment. Some highlights: “They tastefully benefaction genuine skeletons, genuine dead, semi-decayed bodies (soap lady), they have a wall of genuine skulls with several injuries (most fatal) and other conditions. There are genuine fetuses and babies recorded in jars, some are unequivocally disfigured. There are also crippled viscera and vast tumors recorded for we to browse.”
  • Eastern State Penitentiary, another creepy destination
  • “Philadelphia Museum of Art: Fantastic collection, a Duchamp room is of of my favorite places in a city.”—phillythings
  • Rodin Museum
  • “Take a debate of a City of Murals from Mural Arts Philadelphia. More murals than anywhere else in a world, and a several tours are great.”—RComm
  • “The Barnes Museum is one of a best collections of Impressionist art in a world,” says markan. And it’s giveaway on Sundays, says cjas9298.
  • “The new Museum of a American Revolution is illusory and unequivocally good done; customarily make certain to check out Washington’s domicile tent.”—Go Rimbaud
  • “The Constitution Center is unequivocally interesting, yet skip a Liberty Bell.”—fknboz
  • “Get tickets in allege for Independence Hall. Also it’s a federally tranquil trickery so they do not concede weapons of any kind, i.e. pocketknives. It’s identical to TSA manners and we will have to travel by a steel detector. So if we lift a blade in your slot on your keychain like we always do, leave it during your hotel that day.”—grover173
  • “If someone has children, afterwards we would suggest a Franklin Institute BUT ONLY AFTER THAT FAMILY HAS VISITED THE ACADEMY OF NATURAL SCIENCES. That is 10 million times improved than a Franklin Institute.”—Hachi
  • “Check out a Rosenbach Museum for some aged manuscripts and other things.”—WaldosAkimbo
  • “I utterly desired a Penn Museum, that focuses on archaeology and anthropology.”—DL Thurston
  • “Penn Museum: Awesome rotunda space with illusory acoustics and also, yes, fanciful chronological artifacts. Rarely crowded.”—phillythings
  • “Great museums: Independence Historic Park, The National Constitution Center, National Liberty Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, University of Pennsylvania Museum, and many more.”—just checking


  • Philly has concerned wine laws, yet a upside is a healthy BYOB scene.
  • “Devil’s Alley has good food in a cold atmosphere (hip).”—FaceCrook
  • “For a good drink posh brunch, strike adult Hawthorne’s on 11th and Fitzwater with a outrageous preference of superb qualification brews out of a cooler or a tap, and good comfort brunch food.”—Plax On, Plax Off
  • “If we wish to feel like a local, have Ethiopian food during one of a many places in West Philly. A good choice would be a Abyssinia (45th Locust).”—splodeyhemisphere
  • “The pizza museum/ emporium Pizza Brain with trustworthy Little Baby’s Ice Cream creates for a good 1-2 tummy punch.”—phillythings
  • “Ok, a biggest dark culinary gem has got to be Octopus Falafel Truck during 20th and Ludlow. The man who runs it is mostly likened to Seinfeld’s soup nazi, and there are some comparisons to draw, yet he’s never been meant when I’ve been there. Opinionated and charcterised for sure, though.”—bluepu4u


  • “The speakeasy called Fiume doesn’t have a pointer outside. Focus is on classical cocktails. Large drink and scotch lists. Fiume hosts live bluegrass on Thursday evenings, and a rotating array on Sundays (old timey jazz, Roma jazz, blues, etc).”—splodeyhemisphere
  • “Bob and Barbara’s on South Street. Go on Friday night for a rope that specializes in ‘liquor celebration music.’”—WindUpBird82
  • “You wish a bit of a drink… Stateside will give we your whiskey fix. Dive bar? My favorite is indeed a dive bar in Center City nearby a ancestral area Las Vegas Lounge. It’s is any thing a dive bar should be.”—quckmeallup
  • “Three words: McGillin’s Ale House. It’s a oldest ceaselessly handling pub in a city (opened in 1860), still has good food/great drinks, and as a reward it’s totally dark in an alley that will make we consternation if people were teasing when they gave we directions. Plus, if my relatives are to be believed, it is unequivocally haunted.”—botticellilove
  • “You can get a good perspective of a city from a SkyGarten. It is a tiny drink garden on a 47th building of an bureau building with a deck. It is open Thursday by Sunday. It is about 7 dollars for a beer.”—HockeyMikeOnTheGo 
  • “‘The Special’ [or ‘the Citywide’] is a elementary sequence for a shot and a drink for $3, or during smallest that’s what it once was. It originated as a PBR and good whiskey, yet it’s been theme to specializations variations by bars with opposite themes (Mexican restaurants, tiki bars, etc). It’s great, obviously. You gaunt adult on a bar with a $5, ask for ‘The Special’ and leave with a good treat.”—cooljames
  • “Drinks and classical arcade games during a Barcade.”—splodeyhemisphere
  • “If you’re into a qualification drink thing, Tired Hands in Ardmore (just west of Philly) is a contingency visit. They have a Brew Cafe, Fermentaria General Store all within a few blocks of any other (with varying daub lists during any location).”—SenorValasco
  • “Like locally brewed beers? Go to a new brewpubs on Spring Garden, possibly a Yards that customarily opened, or if a line’s too long, Roy Pitz customarily a few blocks away.”—Wallardina
  • “In a summer demeanour for The Oval or Parks on Tap mobile drink garden.”—RComm


  • “Go for coffee and chocolate customarily around a dilemma from Pat’s and Geno’s during Rim Café. It’s heterogeneous and unequivocally Italian American.”—quckmeallup
  • “Go to a La Colombe for coffee, there are several locations in a city. Have a breeze latte, or even better, a black and tan breeze latte. The biggest and coolest plcae is in Fishtown.”—Wallardina


Readers are separate on a dual famous cheesesteak spots Pat’s and Geno’s. “It’s customarily overhyped inexpensive beef cuts on inexpensive bread with Cheez Whiz,” says zilla53. Here are some other suggested spots for steaks:

  • “Pat’s is SIGNIFICANTLY improved than Geno’s (the one with all a neon signs—compensating for something? Yes) yet Tony Luke’s and John’s are good too if we wish to equivocate a 45 min lines.”—TheTruth3459
  • “Jim’s Steaks during 4th and South is a customarily place downtown to get a good cheesesteak.”—cheese for breakfast
  • “Try Jim’s on South Street, or Dalessandro’s nearby Manayunk.”—doginyellowcoat5
  • “The modernized moves in a cheesesteak realm: Steve’s, Dalessandro’s, Jim’s.”—TotalFuckingHomer
  • “Try some-more internal shops like Sonny’s on Market in Old City.”—The Incredulous Hulk

Reading Terminal Market

  • “It’s America with a European Market aptitude to it.”—quckmeallup
  • “Do a fry pig during Dinic’s. Get it with a broccoli rabe.”—Bryan Irrera (and a dozen other readers)
  • “Best farmer’s marketplace in a world, and go in hungry. Fruit, pizza, sandwiches, a best canollis in a universe from Terminis.”—Rich
  • “Just equivocate going on Saturdays, generally if there’s a gathering in town.”—WaldosAkimbo
  • “Famous 4th Street cookies- ask what’s warm. Or revisit one of a amish owned stands on a fringe for a super caramelly gummy bun. People like Beillers donuts yet ehhh they’re customarily donuts.”—phillythings

Things to Do

  • Repo Records—FaceCrook
  • “I always tell visitors to go for a travel or float in Fairmount Park, and privately a areas between Boathouse Row/Kelly Drive and Forbidden Drive. People are always astounded during how large a park is. we used to bike invert around that route.”—Michael
  • “We are unequivocally into pop-ups here. Check for what’s going on a weekend we are here, as there are always pop-up restaurants, travel festivals, etc.”—cheese for breakfast

Getting Around

Readers mostly suggest we stay off a SEPTA movement complement and travel around. “Buses, subways, and informal rails all run with unsuitable regularity, and will totally destroy during a smallest sneeze,” says zilla53.


“Most of a ‘sites’ and engaging things are in walking stretch of Center City area,” says quckmeallup. “Just travel around and find engaging nooks and crannies. Like Betsy Ross House, Friends Meeting House, etc. You will also find small hole-in-the-wall restaurants and coffee shops.”

Most of SEPTA’s sight stations don’t sell fares. And it costs additional to buy a sheet on a train, says JustAddButter. Worst of all, “they recently combined a order that we can't buy tickets on a sight during rush hour. Reason being it ‘saves time.’”

You could try customarily skipping a fare, if you’re feeling criminal. “Most of a time, tickets are not checked within 30th Street station, Suburban, Jefferson, and infrequently Temple,” says Ryan. The initial 3 go from 30th street, to 15th, to 11th, afterwards a large burst to Temple. They are a middle city informal rail stops. Tickets are customarily checked when a sight is withdrawal them all going possibly direction.”


“Car pity is overwhelming in Philly,” says Non Sleeping Giant. “There’s many cars all around town, a rates are unequivocally cheap, a good accumulation of vehicles are available, and it creates clarity either we creation a brief furnish run to Reading Terminal or a prolonged float to Sesame Place with a kids.”

And that’s it! Leave some-more Philly tips below, go review a other tips, and come behind Monday to give tips on a new city, a western city, a high city.

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