By Jessica Russo
You’ve visited the Liberty Bell, you’ve eaten a cheesesteak, and you’ve climbed the Rocky Steps--now what? In a city Philled with historic sites, museums, and cool bars, there is always something fun to do. Check out these best-kept secrets and discover the hidden gems of this treasure-chest city.
Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens
Located on hip and happenin’ South Street, this unique art museum showcases the stunning mosaic art of Isaiah Zagar. Feel your eyes widen as you step into this whimsical kaleidoscope of colorful tilework, and make sure you explore the sculpture gardens!
America’s oldest candy store!
Head to Old City and visit this historic candy shop! Established in 1863, Shane Confectionery looks like it’s straight out of a movie set. Admire the old-fashioned Victorian decor and pick up some sweets. Buttercream eggs, almond toffee crunch, handmade chocolates -- the perfect midday pick-me-ups!
Shofuso Japanese House and Garden
Looking for a break from the buzz of the city? Find peace and tranquility at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden, nestled in Fairmount Park. Fun fact: this traditional-style Japanese house was actually built in Japan and then shipped to New York for an exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art! It arrived at its permanent home, Philadelphia, in 1958.
Philadelphia takes the cake for having several of the “oldest” things in America! Elfreth’s Alley just so happens to be the oldest residential street in the USA. In 1702, two blacksmiths surrendered part of their land to create an alleyway for river access. In the mid-1700s, houses were built in said alley, and today, it’s one of the most charming streets in all of America! We guarantee you one thing: you’ll be posting Elfreth’s Alley on Instagram (it’s that cute).
S. 9th Street Italian Market
Reading Terminal Market isn’t the only market in Philadelphia. Head south to Philadelphia’s outdoor Italian market, where vendors line the streets daily. Find perfect produce, fresh pasta, and a whole lot of personality. Ten blocks of Italian meats, pastries, and cheeses? Yes, per favore.