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Things to do in Center City East, Philadelphia

Top recommendations from locals

From sightseeing to hidden gems, find out what makes the city unique with the help of the locals who know it best.
Historic Site
“This is one of the most iconic symbols of Philadelphia. Any trip to the historical sites would be incomplete without stopping to see the bell and hear a bit about its history.”
  • 191 locals recommend
Market
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“Amazing location with options for days. Endless cuisine options, handmade goods, cheese shops, local spirit tasting. and sweets. ”
  • 315 locals recommend
Historic Site
“Independence Hall is the building where both the United States Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were debated and adopted. It first opened in 1753. It is now the centerpiece of the Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.”
  • 196 locals recommend
City Hall
“I always pass through here on the way to visit my parents or just getting to the other side of town. It's a great building, full of architectural details. Dilworth Park, on the west side, has an ice skating rink in the winter and a run through water fountain in the summer. Love Park, across the street at the end of Ben Franklin Parkway, has the LOVE sculpture and a great view up the parkway to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (with the Rocky steps). A great place to hang out and take a break. During December they have pop-up shops (Christmas Village in Love Park and Made in Philadelphia in Dilworth Park), with food and a bar, light show, ferris wheel, and a little train ride. Carousel in the center of City Hall, and musicians and performers. Go across the street on the east side to Macys and catch the light show and Dicken's Village of A Christmas Carol there.”
  • 131 locals recommend
Sculpture Garden
“The Magic Gardens spans three city lots, and includes indoor galleries and a large outdoor labyrinth. It is a giant piece of art you can walk through and explore nooks & crannies. It is whimsical & facinating. To date, it is the largest work created by mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar. They host fun events, DIY art nights, live music & BYOB. Check the website calender for more information. ”
  • 143 locals recommend
Park
“Grab a beer and a sandwich and swing on a hammock along the Delaware River! Awesome views of the Ben Franklin Bridge!”
  • 154 locals recommend
Sandwich Place
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“Not in the neighborhood but this is our top recommendation for cheese steaks. Cash only. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Neighbourhood
“Check out one of the oldest sections of Philadelphia. Enjoy historical tours on foot or take a city bus tour that will highlight a lot of the historical markers.”
  • 78 locals recommend
Shopping Plaza
“One of the oldest Chinatowns in the U.S., Philly's has a variety of Asian restaurants and the famous Welcome Arch.”
  • 51 locals recommend
History Museum
“The National Constitution Center serves as America's leading platform for constitutional education and debate, fulfilling our congressional charter “to disseminate information about the United States Constitution on a nonpartisan basis in order to increase awareness and understanding of the Constitution.”
  • 55 locals recommend
Park
“For a nice walk, see the river front. Ice skating in the winter. Spruce street harbor park in the summer which has food and drinks, hammocks and lights!”
  • 68 locals recommend
Israeli Restaurant
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“How could I not recommend our very own Zahav! BEST RESTAURANT IN THE COUNTRY!!! Now...that being said. Typically they are booked out months in advance. But...have no fear!!! I will give you a most valuable secret to ensure you an experience to dine there. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Park
“One of five public squares laid out by William Penn in his original plan for Philadelphia. There is something for everyone within its eight-acre grounds such as mini-golf and a carousel for the kids! There are often special exhibits during the spring and summer like the Chinese Latern Festival!”
  • 40 locals recommend
National Park
“This landmark-filled park covers 20 city blocks with museums, Independence Hall & the Liberty Bell.”
  • 43 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
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“El Vez is a Mexican restaurant with some truly over-the-top, tacky decor. The food is excellent, but getting a table is difficult without a reservation. Getting a spot at the bar may be your best bet. The margarita options are all wonderful, but the frozen blood orange margaritas are worth the wait. El Vez is about a 10-minute cab ride away.”
  • 63 locals recommend
History Museum
“Elfreth's Alley is a National Historic Landmark with homes dating back to as early as 1702. It's history is interesting, the homes are beautiful and people actually still live there. Situated in Old City Philadelphia, it is comprised of about 35 homes and will leave you plenty of time to see the other colonial-era sites such as The Liberty Bell, The Betsy Ross House, and Independence Hall. There are also plenty of trendy restaurants and shops and in the summer time a Farmers Market on Thursday evenings on 2nd St just south of Market.”
  • 67 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Sandwich Place
“Not in the neighborhood but this is our top recommendation for cheese steaks. Cash only. ”
  • 104 locals recommend
Israeli Restaurant
“How could I not recommend our very own Zahav! BEST RESTAURANT IN THE COUNTRY!!! Now...that being said. Typically they are booked out months in advance. But...have no fear!!! I will give you a most valuable secret to ensure you an experience to dine there. ”
  • 84 locals recommend
Mexican Restaurant
“El Vez is a Mexican restaurant with some truly over-the-top, tacky decor. The food is excellent, but getting a table is difficult without a reservation. Getting a spot at the bar may be your best bet. The margarita options are all wonderful, but the frozen blood orange margaritas are worth the wait. El Vez is about a 10-minute cab ride away.”
  • 63 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“My favorite Brunch/ Breakfast place! Yum Yum the food is out of this world. Special note it’s a cash only establishment. It’s so worth it.. The creme brûlée French toast is my favorite ”
  • 44 locals recommend
Tapas Restaurant
“Iron Chef Jose Garces puts a modern spin on tapas at this contemporary Spanish spot with warm decor.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Mediterranean Restaurant
“Farm-fresh ingredients star at this Mediterranean joint set in a chic, compact space.”
  • 47 locals recommend
New American Restaurant
“Fabulous for brunch, outside cocktails or dinner. Dinner requires reservations!”
  • 41 locals recommend
Vegetarian / Vegan Restaurant
“The science and art of plant-based food- super upscale vegan restaurant with rotating menu and world class chefs. (Call for reservations!)”
  • 51 locals recommend

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