When travelers visit Philadelphia, their itinerary always includes the big stops like Independence Mall, The National Constitution Center, The Betsy Ross House, The Liberty Bell, and Philadelphia Museum of Art. Yes, these are the show stoppers and places to see.
But, Philadelphia has many tourists' gems that sometimes are not (and should be) on a sightseer's schedule. I thought I would use this week and next week's blog post to give these awesome sites a "shout-out!"
Reading Terminal Market
East Passyunk Avenue
One of the longest standing business routes in the city, East Passyunk Avenue is affectionately referred to as Philly's new "restaurant row" thanks to the slew of new dining spots that have opened in recent years. An oldie -- and goodie -- is Marra's Italian Restaurant. The business, operated for eighty years, is now owned and managed by the founders' grandchildren. Marra's makes a great pizza and a delicious Mediterranean Salad. Also on East Passyunk Avenue is FUEL who serves the best pumpkin cheesecake ever!
Gee, I didn't intend to give food recommendations, but I just couldn't help myself. Along with the restaurants, there are lots of shops along "the Avenue" from clothing to jewelry to gift boutiques. Check out East Passyunk Avenue's website, http://www.visiteastpassyunk.com/
Head House Square
Located on the 400 block of South Second Street in the city's Historic District. A college professor once told me that the dwelling was originally a fire house back in our founding fathers' time. The houses surrounding the square are from the 18th and 19th century and are a mixture of commercial businesses and private residences. Head House Square is popular during the Spring and Summer for holding a variety of Flea and Farmers Markets. FMI, http://www.visitphilly.com/find-a/tag/headhouse+square/
Next week, I'll give you the lowdown on museums. But, in the meantime, if I were to visit your city, is there a gem tourist attraction hidden away that you would recommend? Please share.
Have a good week, Everyone!
(xoxo photo c/o facebook.com/visitphilly; Reading Terminal photo c/o facebook.com/reading terminal; East Passyunk Avenue photo c/o facebook.com/EPassyunkAve; Head House Square photo c/o southstreet.com/about)