Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania and is home to a vibrant art scene, an abundance of historical significance, and palatable bites. It wasn’t on my bucket list but it was time for a new adventure and I was more than excited to explore Philly.
The “City of Brotherly Love”
Philly was founded by English Quaker, William Penn. Philadelphia is the Greek translation for brotherly love – “philos” meaning “love” and “adelphos” meaning “brother”.
2 hours’ commute from NYC
Book a direct 2 hours’ FlixBus ride from 34th Street, NYC to Philadelphia Center City for less than $15 roundtrip.
What to do in Philly
I’ve mentioned this in the past but I always find value in having a tentative itinerary. I’m able to source great restaurants that cater to my vegetarian diet in advance. I also believe that researching a city beforehand not only saves me time but allows me to experience the best it has to offer.
View my tentative Philly trip itinerary.
We anticipated an 11 a.m. arrival on Saturday morning. FlixBus pulled up to the curb 30 minutes earlier than anticipated. I swung my backpack over my shoulders, grabbed my camera, a quick caffeine fix then off we were to the nearest site.
We were conveniently dropped off near Liberty Bell and Independence Hall and hours away from check-in at Philadelphia 201 Hotel, ample time to brunch and explore.
A carb heavy diet
Charlie was a sinner. – For vegan bites and a lovely ambience, this partially-lit restaurant and bar knows how to draw a crowd. You can expect a small delectable and all vegan menu offering sliders, shishito peppers, and gnocchi.
Pizzeria Vetri – Serves light and flavorful brick oven pizza that will have you coming back for more. We sure did. Try the shroom pizza and if you’ve got room for more, order the truffle cauliflower pizza with an egg thrown on top.
Federal Donuts – For your sweet tooth visit Federal Donuts. Their donuts are small, decadent, and worth the carbs.
Love Park love
The Mural Mile
This guide maps out stunning street art throughout the Center City.
Philadelphia played a pivotal role in American self-governance from Britain. The pamphlet Common Sense written by Philadelphia resident Thomas Paine paved the way for America’s Declaration of Independence in 1776.
Inscription on the Liberty Bell states:
“Proclaim liberty throughout all the Land unto all the inhabitants thereof.”
– Liberty Bell, Philadelphia, PA
Philly Improv Theater – If you’ve ever been curious about improv, this is a good place to check out.
Time – Offers live music and dancing in a dynamic restaurant and bar.