Your guide to Philly's diverse creative scene, nightlife, music, food & more
Philly 360º and The Recording Academy® Philadelphia Chapter got together for brunch with many of Philadelphia's rising music stars following the sold out Roots Picnic.
The Roots Picnic kicks off the summer and is the perfect opportunity to round up all of Philly's top talent when they are finally at home and not on the road performing.
Though tired from the all day festivities of the picnic and after party, Philly 360º Ambassador Brandon Pankey kicked off the afternoon introducing Philadelphia Chapter President and fellow Creative Ambassador Ivan Barias. Barias gave inspiring remarks about the thriving Philadelphia music scene and how impressive it is that industry professionals continue to stay in the Philly market even after “making it big.”
We had the opportunity to catch up with Carvin Haggins, Bria Marie, Dilemma, MPrynt, Asia Sparks and many more.
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Coming into the city for Jay-Z's Made in America festival? We thought we'd pull together a list of where to go while you're in town if you have some down time to explore Philly. We've got you covered - from Philly 101 basics like running up the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps Rocky style to the best nightlife spots after the show. Get to know Philly, and find out why Jay-Z has “a love affair” with the City of Brotherly Love.
If you’ve never been to Philadelphia before or never had a chance to check out everything this city is known for, it’s time for a little Philly 101. Here’s a list of must-sees, must-dos, must-tastes for Philly rookies.
Philly is the birthplace of freedom. Pick up free timed tickets for Independence Hall—and many other Philly attractions—at the Independence Visitor Center. Then, head a block south to tour the building where the Declaration of Independence was adopted and the U.S. Constitution was debated, drafted and signed. Next, cross the street for a stop at the Liberty Bell Center, and take a look at the mighty cracked bell that served as a symbol of freedom for abolitionists who actually gave the Liberty Bell its name. Also not to be missed: the new President’s House, a site that deals with the paradox of slavery and freedom. For more Historic Philadelphia , go here.
Best known for their appearance in several Rocky movies, the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art are a favorite stop for Balboa fans eager to recreate the boxer’s famous run up the enormous staircase. After you complete your triumphant journey to the top of the steps, head inside to admire the impressive collection of Renaissance, American and Impressionist art that fills the galleries. Learn more about Rocky here.
Trying Philly’s signature foods is a must while in town. It’s fun to sample cheesesteaks from Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks, competing vendors in South Philly at 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue. Tony Luke’s in South Philly and Jim’s Steaks on South Street are other popular spots. The salty, doughy delight known as the soft pretzel is available at street vendors found on corners all over town, or you can get it fresh out of the oven at Sansom Street Soft Pretzel Factory at 1532 Sansom Street. If you want to taste all of Philly’s iconic foods or a few Amish specialties, head to the always-buzzing Reading Terminal Market at 12th and Arch Streets. Find out more about Philadelphia's food scene here.
Philadelphia has a history of hosting major outdoor concerts and festivals, like Live 8 in 2005 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Live Aid in 1985 at the former JFK Stadium. And, now Philly is welcoming Made in America.
Some of the hottest and most influential talents in the entertainment business are based in Philly. From the masterful musical creations of Gamble & Huff and Philadelphia International Records, to jazz icons like John Coltrane and Grover Washington, Jr., to the smooth vocals of Boyz II Men, to hip-hop pioneers Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff, to today’s soul and hip-hop artists such as Jill Scott and The Roots, the sound of Philadelphia continues to evolve and influence music on a national and international level. Experience Philly’s music scene for yourself at some of our legacy sites and music hotspots. Go to philly360.com to get current event listings and more information about the musical legacy sites and music venues.
Benjamin Franklin Parkway 101:
The mile-long Benjamin Franklin Parkway is home to many world-class museums and cultural institutions. Artistic offerings include the world-renowned collection of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist and early Modern Paintings at the Barnes Foundation Philadelphia; the renovated Rodin Museum, featuring the most extensive public collection of Auguste Rodin's works outside Paris; and the iconic Philadelphia Museum of Art. Down the street you'll find America's oldest natural history museum, the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University; educational activities and blockbuster exhibitions at the Franklin Institute; and a perfect spot to picnic at the new Sister Cities Park. Explore the Benjamin Franklin Parkway here.
1801 Chestnut Street
This Center City favorite offers one-of-a-kind spins on classic brunch drinks—like the Wake & Bacon Mary, B.L.Tini and the Space Age Mimosa.
719 N. 2nd Street | 212 S. 13th Street | 1306 Dickinson Street
Make sure you give yourself a little extra time for this brunch spot. There’s usually a wait, but it’s worth it. They specialize in eco-conscious food with local and sustainable ingredients. And, it’s a bring-your-bottle (BYOB) spot.
1804 Callowhill Street | 910 Christian Street | 34th Street & Powelton Avenue
This BYOB is a brunch staple in Philadelphia. At all three of its locations—in Bella Vista, Fairmount (this one’s closest to the concert location) and University City—Sabrina’s redefines brunch with creative dazzlers like the blue-cheese frittata, polenta fries and, of course, its famous French toast stuffed with all manner of sweets.
Philly loves brunch. Find more brunch spots here.
Sunday, September 2
7:00 p.m. doors open; 8:00 p.m. show begins
3801 Chestnut Street
Not going to Made in America, or looking for somewhere to go after the show? Head over to the Blockley to party with Jon B. all night.
1033 N. 2nd Street
Not looking to party, but just want some good late-night eats? Located at the popular Piazza at Schmidts, this Northern Liberties neighborhood restaurant hits the spot. For more places to satisfy late-night cravings, go here.
613 S. 4th Street
Held the first Saturday of every month, Philly’s longest running party—Tastytreats—has been going strong for years. With its rhythmic mix of hip-hop, reggae, house and R&B, there are no signs of it stopping. On Saturday, September 1, DJ Mike Nyce and Yameen Allworld will be in the house to get the party started.
Two Liberty Place, 50 S. 16th Street, 37th Floor
If you want a chic night on the town with delicious cocktails, try R2L's late-night Bar2L, available until 1:00 a.m. And, did we mention that R2L has some of the best views of the city?
435 Spring Garden Street
Part diner, part bar and part dance club, Silk City is one of Philly’s coolest nightspots. On any given night, you can catch a rock show or see top DJs like Questlove of The Roots or Rich Medina spinning here.
1709 Walnut Street
Want to keep the party going? Catch Philly favorite DJ Statik spinning at this Rittenhouse Square hotspot on September 1.
Insider TIp: Jay-Z's DJ Young Guru is kicking off Made in America at The Walnut Room.
Friday, August 31
1709 Walnut Street
Jay-Z's studio engineer and tour DJ - Young Guru - will be one the ones and twos at the Rittenhouse hotspot the Walnut Room. There's $20 cover; $10 before midnight with RSVP.
Get a full listing of everything going down Labor Day weekend here.
With all this activity, you're going to need a place to rest up and refresh. Fortunately, Philadelphia has a wealth of accommodations including five-diamond luxury hotels, budget-friendly stays and everything in between. Book the popular Philly Overnight Hotel Package for a two-night stay, free parking and a special gift at check-in.
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Mother's Day is right around the corner, and we can't think of a better way to show your mom some love than in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. Looking to do something special for her? Check out our picks here.
1312 South Street
Insider Tip: Ms. Tootsie's is offering a four-course meal at $35 from noon to midnight on Mother's Day.
Insider Tip: The Spirit of Philadelphia's Mother's Day Cruise includes a buffet, DJ and more.
220 S. Broad Street
Insider Tip: Alll mothers will receive a complimentary mimosa or glass of wine during lunch or dinner.
3025 Walnut Street
Insider Tip: This is a Mother's Day brunch with a Latin flare thanks to the Brazilian duo Minas.
201 S. Columbus Boulevard
Insider Tip: The Hyatt's Mothers Day brunch includes a seafood station with seared tuna, a carving station with grilled flank steak and more.
4120 Main Street
Insider Tip: Listen to the smooth sounds of jazz as you celebrate Mother's Day with the "Brew Pub's" Sunday Jazz Brunch.
1700 Sansom Street
Insider Tip: Treat your mom to a full day of massage, facials, make-up and more.
328 S. 17th Street
Insider Tip: This organic spa will make you feel like you're in a Colombian oasis.
537 N. 7th Street
Insider Tip: Make sure you also stop by their Beauty Bar (1001 N. 2nd Street at the Piazza).
The Electric Factory
421 N. 7th Street
7152 Ogontz Avenue
If there’s anything that I like, it’s getting to sleep in on the weekend, and then going to one of my favorite brunch spots in Philly. There’s nothing like starting your day with a plate full of Southern goodness from Relish or having a tropical Mimosa at Cuba Libre for brunch.
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, it’s the perfect time to surprise your mom to a delish brunch with the family. Or, toss on some Jackie O’s, grab some girlfriends, and get some quality girl time in over slammin’ food and drinks.
There are a lot of brunch spots in the city. Here are some of my top picks.
Insider tip/disclaimer: Bring your appetite.
10 S. 2nd Street
Get ready to go tropical for brunch at this Philly hot spot for its Weekend Tropical Brunch. Everything on the menu has Cuban flare, including the Torta de Cangrejo Benedict and their Mimosa Rojo.
Insider tip: Treat your Madre to a tropical brunch for Mother’s Day. Brunch begins at 10:30 a.m.
121 S. 13th Street
When I’m looking to spice things up, El Vez is one of my first choices. Located on 13th Street, El Vez offers a totally different type of brunch experience by providing guests with an authentic Mexican cuisine in a fun, lively environment. If you want to abandon the traditional Eggs Benedict and surrender to dishes with Latin flare, El Vez is the ideal brunch location for you.
15 S. 3rd Street
FARMiCiA is the ultimate brunch destination with its simple décor and cheerful staff. It is definitely not a struggle to enjoy yourself on any given Saturday or Sunday as you select from their vast menu of brunch offerings.
Insider tip: My favorite item is their Brioche French Toast—simply amazing. Also, try their Barn Burner Bloody Mary.
800 N. 4th Street
Honey’s always offers great menu items fusing Southern and Jewish food. Honey’s is Philadelphia’s answer to the ultimate question: Where should we go for breakfast? At Honey’s you can get a little bit of everything.
Insider tip: Honey’s is a popular breakfast/brunch spot and fills up quickly, so you might want to start your brunch a bit earlier.
4120 Main Street
Manayunk is a dining mecca and located in the heart of this trendy neighborhood is the Manayunk Brewery and Restaurant. The Brew Pub (as many people call it) offers a great brunch in a relaxing riverside setting, and its fixed menu offers brunch specific options and budget-friendly morning cocktails. Who doesn’t love a chilled Mimosa during a relaxing Sunday brunch--especially if it is only $3.50! And, make sure you stop by the omelet station. Trust me on this.
401 S. Columbus Boulevard
The Moshulu is the must stop brunch spot for the champagne lover. They have unlimited champagne over their three-course Sunday brunch. Who’s ready for some bubbly over eggs?
200 S. Broad Street
If you’re looking to step it up with an upscale brunch experience, try Nineteen (XIX). Sitting on the 19th floor of the Bellevue, you’ll be dining with some of the best views of the city. My favorite XIX brunch feature is its “café table” menu options. They offer a café table full of tasty selections, which can be paired with items from their brunch menu.
Insider tip: XIX will be offering a special $65 buffet style brunch menu from 11am-4pm on Mother’s Day.
50 S. 16th Street
Be one of the first folks to stop by and enjoy their new brunch menu, as well as one of their spicy Bloody Mary’s. The R2L brunch runs from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. every Sunday. Stop by and feel free to settle in for awhile, as they will be leaving their bar open all day to service guests between brunch and dinner (which starts at 4 p.m.).
Insider tip: Chef Daniel Stern will have a three course, prix fixe brunch menu for Mother’s Day.
7152 Ogontz Avenue
If modern Southern cookin’ is more of your style, Relish Restaurant is the brunch spot for you. Located in Northern Philadelphia, Relish offers the ideal Sunday morning retreat. Their doors open at 11 a.m. so make a trip up North to get your Southern grub on.
910 Christian Street
1804 Callowhill Street
Creativity is the name of the game at Sabrina’s Café when it comes to their menu items. So creative in fact that reading the menu could be considered one of your Sunday Funday activities. The menu includes brunch specials such as the “DJ and Steve Spanish Study Session Special,” as well as the “Joey’s Cut-It-Out Omelet.” It is never a dull moment at Sabrina’s Café.
Insider tip: If you’re looking for a drink to go with your brunch, Sabrina’s is a B.Y.O.B. (Bring Your Own Bottle).
1400 S. Columbus Boulevard
From Chicken and Waffles to Mango-Glazed Salmon, Warmdaddy’s will definitely hit the spot. I warned you in the disclaimer, but you better bring your appetite to this place. Once you try the food, you will go up for seconds, thirds and fourths.
4266 Main Street
Another Manayunk neighborhood brunch staple is Winnie’s LeBus. Visit LeBus for 6-grain pancakes and their Thai turkey salad or a classic Eggs Benedict. LeBus also offers sidewalk seating so guests can enjoy scenic Main Street and people-watch the day away.
Insider tip: Brunch is really their thing, so they keep it going longer than most places. Brunch happens on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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