Forget Rocky and cheesesteaks! The city of Philadelphia is a haven for all art, music, food, theater, culture and adventure lovers alike. With summer upon us, it makes a great weekend trip with something amazing to discover down each cobble stone road.
Center City Soft Pretzel Co.
816-18 Washington Ave.
Throw your cautions of carbs to the wayside and sink your teeth into a chewy, hot Philly tradition. The Center City Soft Pretzel Company permeates the Italian Market area of South Philadelphia with an aroma too tantalizing to resist. It’s a great place to take a date after an evening of cocktails or a scenic bike ride along Philly’s water-front. Spend too much cash buying Liberty Bell snow globes? Not to worry, these warm, salty treats will only set you back $1 and all the spicy brown mustard you can handle!
Shofuso Japanese House & Garden
4700 States Dr.
(215) 878-5097, Shofuso.com
For a date that is filled with culture and Zen, you may want to try a class in chanoyu or chado (the art of the Japanese tea ceremony.) Shofuso Japanese House & Garden offers a step by step guide through the history and philosophy behind this time honored tradition. If a class isn’t your thing, tours and tea tastings are available to the general public.
19 South 22nd St.
(215) 563-3737, Collphyphil.org
Got a guy that loves horror flicks and circus freak shows? Take him to see medical marvels a go-go at the Mutter Museum. The 20,000 pieces to behold is guaranteed to keep your jaws dropped for hours. Show him who’s got the coolest girlfriend with this hot stop.
301 South 12th St.
(215) 923-3535, AlexanderInn.com
If quaint and cozy place to rest your head is what you crave, look no further than the Alexander Inn. For you history buffs, sightseeing tours will pick you up right at the front door. This premiere boutique hotel also offers a 24/7 gym, wireless internet, a mouth watering fruit bar and is steps from everything in Center City.
The Latham Hotel
135 South 17th St.
(215) 563-7474, LathamHotel.com
If you and your sweet heart have a palette for the bourgeois scene, enjoy a luxurious weekend at the historical Latham Hotel. This deliciously decadent European styled hotel will make you feel like a spoiled celebutant.
The Penn’s View Hotel
14 N Front St.
(800) 331-7634, PennsViewHotel.com
Intimate and chic barely scratch the surface when describing The Penn’s View. You’ll find yourself up to your elbows in boutique shops, romantic cafes, five star restaurants and some of the most hip clubs Philly has to offer. We don’t even need to mention the fireplaces and hot tubs, the lobby will have you at hello.
224 South 15th St.
(215) 985-9600, GoodDogBar.com
Come, sit, stay. No pretentious crowds here, good dog is one of the best watering holes Philadelphia has to offer. Not only does this place have a fantastic juke box and amazing food (like the grilled triple-decker peanut butter, jelly and banana sandwich) it also has one of the best beer selections in the city. The mixed crowd definitely has something for everyone. Looking for some Philly eye candy? Look no further!
10 South 2nd St.
(215) 627-0666, CubeLibreRestaurant.com
Find yourself transformed into a 1940’s Cuban village with an amazing rum bar, tantalizing entrees and salsa dancing. With all the spice and the unique sensual atmosphere it’s almost impossible to not bag yourself a hottie. If you aren’t sold already, all I have to say is vanilla Cuban bread crème brulee.
222 Market St.
(215) 923-1100, Marmont.net
If sipping champagne on a café patio or tartinis in a plush lounge is your scene, add Marmont to your nightlife top ten. This sultry scene has DJ’s seven nights a week, a décor to die for and out-of-the-box signature entrees like cheese steak spring rolls.
DINNER A DEUX
1030 North Second St.
(215) 923-1313, BarFerdinand.com
No bull, this is it when it comes to date places. The romantic, low-lit atmosphere features a blood rose above every table and a very hip, chill soundtrack. Created by some of the premiere chefs and restaurant designers of Philadelphia, you may have to remember to focus on your date and not the décor. As we all know, spicy food is an aphrodisiac so be sure to try the signature tapas.
Tin Angel at Serrano
20 South Second St.
(215) 928-0978, TinAngel.com
Do you just love rich food as much as he loves live music? The Tin Angel at Serrano will guarantee you the type of evening that you thought only happened in romantic comedy montages. The best part of this stop is you receive free tickets to the show upstairs when you have dinner for two.
147 North 3rd St.
After strolling through the gallery district in the Historic District, you and your sweetie are going to need the best latte in Philly. This cozy café is practically a gallery in of itself. Local artists from the area regularly feature avant-garde pieces and sculptures that will give you and your date lots to chat about. The light Mediterranean fare is perfect for sharing and the intimate seating makes for a great game of footsy.
727 Walnut St.
(215) 925-3959, GrasshopperProject
Find the hottest couture duds while enjoying a cocktail and a live DJ. This hip spot has something for everyone from classic vintage designs to the hottest must-haves! This Diamond District boutique will be sure to make you sparkle.
819 N. 2nd St.
(215) 667-8099, ArcadiaBoutique.com
Green is the new black and Arcadia Boutique in Philadelphia’s Northern Liberties agrees. This haven is home to incredible designer duds and all are eco friendly. Now your designer shoe fetish can help save the planet.
Delicious Boutique & Corseterie
1040 North American St. #901
(215) 413-0375, DeliciousBoutique.com
Feeling a little naughty? Feeling a little delicious? This three year old location features jewelry, accessories, costumes, corsets and even house wares. If you’re a novice with your kinky side, experts are on hand to help you choose the right corset for you.