Updated: May 1, 2018
Recently, I spent a weekend catching up with an old pal in fabulous Philadelphia.
"Philly" as its affectionately known is loaded with history, culture and of course cheesesteaks (drool!!). It served as the capital for the budding US of A while Washington was under construction and therefore has plenty of fascinating historical landmarks to explore.
Home of the Liberty Bell, superbowl champions the Eagles and of course Rocky Balboa - Philly is definitely worth the visit.
Here is a list of my "must dos" for a weekend in this brilliant city!
Rocky Steps/Philadelphia Museum of Art
No visit to Philly is complete without visiting the big man himself, Rocky Balboa, and posing in your best boxer stance. Be sure to run up the steps to the Philadelphia Museum of Art and have someone recording you as proof of the feat! Of course because you have ran up those stairs you must head into the museum - a spectacular architectural feat filled with many greats across multiple periods of art.
This beautiful, unique gallery definitely goes on my list of one of my favourite art galleries in the entire world. A private collection that is displayed in a beautiful modern setting. You will never seen so many impressionist masterpieces in such a small space - Renior, Degas and Monet, oh my! Throw in beautiful Picassos, Modigliones and Henri-Matisses and you have a feast for the eyes - do not miss this place!
Old Town Philly
Take some time to wander the streets of Old Town Philly - plenty of things to see including Elfreth's Alley - the oldest residential street in the USA and Philadelphia City Hall.
Do not leave Philly without trying the quintessential Philly dish.
I hopped in an Uber and headed out to South Philly (Rocky Balboa territory) to head to Geno's - one of the most famous cheesesteak places in all of Philly.
Crunchy baguette stuffed with juicy beef and cheese of your choice (Provolone, Cheddar or the traditional cheesesteak way - cheese whiz!). Ensuring I had the full experience, I went with the cheese whiz - DELICIOUS!
Liberty Bell and Independence Hall
Philadelphia is home to the iconic symbol of American Independence, the Liberty Bell. Across the road is Independence Hall, the historic site where the constitution and the declaration of independence where adopted. Entrance is free to both historical landmarks and well worth the visit.
Reading Terminal Market
One of America's largest and oldest public markets and a smorgasbord for the senses and the belly - every type of food you could imagine and plenty of fresh produce. Wander the lanes, take in the scents and grab yourself a snack or lunch.
Stuff your face!
Philly has SO many good places to eat. I really wish there were more than 3 meals in a day!
A highlight for me was Federal Donuts - a popular donut and fried chicken place where both these delicious food groups are cooked in the same oil! Donut-flavoured chicken anyone??
Other favs include:
Bluestone Cafe - especially for any Aussies who find themselves in Philly, this place is a little bit of Melbourne in the middle of America - flat whites and smashed avo, need I say more?
Umai Umai - a delicious contemporary Japanese restaurant. Some of the best handrolls I've had since being in Japan.
Philly for the win!