The architecture is striking in Philly. The city has done a great job maintaining its history. The town homes are our favourites. Especially our friend's 18th century home. She and her husband managed to keep its authenticity while renovating to make it their own.
Philly is the perfect size to walk, and this is the best way to enjoy the architecture. We spend a lot of time South Philly, where my brother lives and we love the area.
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Here are some of our South Philly faves:
- The Good King Tavern , a French tavern serving awesome brunch. Great food, great staff and a dog-friendly terrace!
- The Italian Market, mind blowing for food, whether you grab a world famous sandwich at Paesano's (Gluten Free options) or run into one of the speciality shops for Italian classics.
- Monsu (also in the Italian Market) is one of our favourite restaurants. It's also where we celebrated our engagement! A true hidden gem. But it's small, so you need a reservation. They take cash only, offer a four course meal for $40, and it's bring your own wine. They serve authentic Sicilian cuisine and have plenty of gluten free choices. Literally, heaven on earth.
- Another must is the Reading Terminal Market. Tons of food choices. Make sure you're hungry.
- We saved our last meal for Kanella, everyone had recommended it. It's a Cypriot restaurant and was one of the best meals of our lives. Sit at the back, in front of the wood stove. The chef, Konstantinos Pitsillides who's behind the counter is incredibly welcoming and definitely part of the experience.
- When I'm in Philly I have to check out Moon + Arrow, a beautifully curated shop. You'll want to spend hours there. Everything is environmentally conscious, handmade, local or vintage. You can find clothing, jewelry, accessories, home furnishings and more.
- Moon + Arrow is located on 4th street, a great street to stroll. They have pop up shops by local artisans. A fine shoe boutique called Bus Stop that carries some of the most unique shoes I've ever seen. And a few other vintage home decor shops such as Jinxed, which is well priced.
- We also always go to Wooden Shoe, a volunteer collectively run anarchist book and record store on South Street. It considers itself a info sharing, educational space so it's a great place to find out what's going on in the community and to buy non-traditional books.
- South Street is another must for strolling. Check out Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, a community public art project.
- Since our Philly engagement was completely spontaneous, I got to choose my engagement ring. The owner at Moon + Arrow recommended Bario Neal and it was perfect for us. Their jewelry is handcrafted in Philly with reclaimed metals, Fairmined gold, ethically-sourced stones and environmentally conscious practices. Everything they design is custom made or limited edition. I was so thrilled to fall in love with a ring that is for me only. It's recycled rose gold, they explained where my gems come from and even showed me how they make it! A made in Philly ring, for a Philly proposal.
If you go up to Northeast Philly. Check out The Collective where I participated in women only skateboard classes. Very cool to see a big city have so many community events and projects. That's one of the reasons why we love Philly so much!