Guide to Philadelphia


After an amazing freshman year and great start to sophomore year at Drexel, I can really say that Philly feels like home. I have come to love this city so much more than I ever thought I would. I have always been a New York girl, and don’t get me wrong I still love it dearly, but Philly is a truly wonderful city. In my opinion, it’s the perfect place for college because being situated right in University City is a great balance of city and campus. We’re a quick walk away from Rittenhouse Square, Center City and South Street, and a quick subway/ Uber ride from Old City, Fishtown, and so many other wonderful Philadelphia neighborhoods.


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Coffee at One Shot in Northern Liberties
Brunch at Luna Cafe in Old City

There are so many coffee shops in this city that I love. Two of my best friends have a coffee instagram, so every Friday we go out and try a new coffee shop! A few of my favorites are Rival Brothers Coffee, One Shot, Konditori, Bluestone Lane and of course, Saxby’s.



There are so many restaurants I truly love in Philly, I don’t even know where to begin. I’m going to break it down by meal, because I have to share all of my favorites… I just can’t narrow it down. Please comment with any questions about the restaurants— happy to share!


Avocado Toast at Little Spoon Cafe on South Street
Chocolate Chip Pancakes at Sabrina’s Cafe in University City
Vegan Waffle w/ berries & cream and an almond milk latte at The Tasty in South Philly
Breakfast Sandwich on a Croissant w/ fries at Ants Pants Cafe on South Street.
  • White Dog Cafe (University City)
  • Parc (Rittenhouse Square)
  • Little Spoon Cafe (South Street)
  • Sabrina’s Cafe (University City & other locations)
  • Ants Pants Cafe (South Street)
  • Green Eggs (Center City/ Gayborhood)
  • Luna Cafe (Old City)
  • The Tasty (South Philly)


Rigatoni Bolognese and Pizza at Capofito


  • Buddakan (Old City)
  • Pietro’s (Center City)
  • Capofitto (Old City)
  • The Dandelion (Center City)
  • Distrito (University City)
  • Pod (University City)
  • Nomad Pizza (Center City & Old City)
  • Gran Cafe L’Aquila (Center city)
  • Giorgio on Pine (Center City)


Waffles & Wedges at a Food Truck Festival.
Birthday Cake Pop at Lil Pop Shop in Center City
  • Lil Pop Shop (Center City & University City)
  • Capogiro (Old City, Center City, University City)
  • Franklin Fountain (Old City)
  • Waffles & Wedges (Center City)
  • Beiler’s Donuts (University City & Reading Terminal Market)
  • Federal Donuts (University City)


Walking around Rittenhouse Square


  • Magic Gardens
  • Reading Terminal Market
  • Old city/ Historic District
  • Spruce Street Harbor Park
  • LOVE Park
  • Rittenhouse Square Park
  • The Fabric Workshop & Museum
  • Barns Foundation
  • Philadelphia Art Museum (and Rocky steps)
  • Elfreth’s Alley
  • Schuylkill River Walk
  • Shopping in Center City

I didn’t want to make this post too long, but please feel free to comment with any questions or shoot me an email! Always happy to share more about the city I love.

Have you ever been to Philly and/ or tried anything on my list? Let me know in the comments! 


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