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Philly's Best Spots to Impress Visitors

Give your out-of-town guests a taste of all the city has to offer at these exciting Philly restaurants, bars, and shops.

  • Federal Donuts
    • American
    Food
    25
    Decor
    14
    Service
    21
    Cost
    $11

    Wake up early and brave the lines to grab coffee and artisan donuts at chef Michael Solomonov's popular South Philly spot (which also serves Korean fried chicken once afternoon hits).

  • Honey's Sit 'n Eat
    • Southern American
    Food
    24
    Decor
    19
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $21

    If your friends are still hungry for brunch after hitting up Federal Donuts, head to this buzzing NoLibs "hipster diner" for Southern-meets-Jewish cooking that'll stick to your ribs.

  • Vagabond
    • Boutique
    Quality
    19
    Appeal
    20
    Service
    16
    Cost
    E

    This cool boutique is one of Philly's hippest stores, selling a mix of vintage pieces and artful designs from indie labels, plus jewelry, accessories, and beauty products.

    • Clothing Store
    Quality
    -
    Appeal
    -
    Service
    -
    Cost
     

    Stop into this cool Old City shop to sample one of their small-batch herbal liquors inspired by traditional recipes, which come in flavors like rhubarb and sage. While there, you can check out other goods like handmade jeans, Warby Parker glasses, mason jar candles, and home accessories.

  • The Franklin Fountain
    • Ice Cream Shop
    Food
    25
    Decor
    23
    Service
    22
    Cost
    $11

    Take a break from shopping and stop into this old-timey ice cream parlor for a big scoop of rich, homemade ice cream (or if you're feeling indulgent, a full hot fudge sundae).

  • The Gaslight
    Food
    20
    Decor
    23
    Service
    20
    Cost
    $39

    Grab a pre-dinner drink and snack at this cool new bar from chef Jason Cichonski, where you'll find a laid-back vibe and an eclectic menu of quirkily-named cocktails (the Bootsy Collins, the Jawn) and upgraded pub grub.

  • Amada
    • Spanish
    Food
    27
    Decor
    24
    Service
    25
    Cost
    $57

    This swanky Spanish tapas restaurant from Iron Chef Jose Garces is always great for impressing visitors, thanks to its excellent tapas, sangria, and service. Just make sure to make your reservation a few weeks in advance!

  • Hop Sing Laundromat
    • Bar
    Atmo.
    22
    Decor
    21
    Service
    21
    Cost
    M

    This hidden Chinatown speakeasy has an exclusive vibe and a menu of inventive twists on classic cocktails, making it perfect for a post-dinner tipple with out-of-town guests (provided you dress to the nines: there's a strict dress code).

    • Bar
    Atmo.
    26
    Decor
    25
    Service
    25
    Cost
    M

    Continue your speakeasy tour of Philadelphia at this hot spot in Rittenhouse, where an unmarked, subterranean entrance leads to a dark, sexy space full of burgundy leather and chandeliers (not to mention expert bartenders mixing high-quality craft cocktails).

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