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Things to do in University City, 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.
Park
“ The new trails and walkways are friendly for bikes and pedestrians and take you right along the river ”
  • 128 locals recommend
Brewery
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“Dock Street Brewery is Philadelphia's First microbrewery, Est. 1985. We are known for their award-winning beers like our Man Full of Trouble Porter. They add a couple of new beers a week to the tap and can lineup each week, so there's always something new, delicious, and timely - cue some solid, award-winning dark beers for winter, refreshing weisse beers for summer, and everything in between.”
  • 93 locals recommend
University
“The University of Pennsylvania is a private Ivy League research university in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. It is one of the nine colonial colleges founded prior to the Declaration of Independence and the first institution of higher learning in the United States to refer to itself as a university.”
  • 67 locals recommend
Farmers Market
“Cute park with kid's playground. Tight-knit community feels. Saturdays there is a farmer's market with food brought in from local farmer's (including some Amish vendors)”
  • 84 locals recommend
Bar
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“** One of my favorite local spots. It serves a great variety of local and national beers and serves great cocktails. Also serves *amazing brussel sprouts.* They hold Quizzo on Sunday nights. Attached to a cute & bougie bottle shop. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“This is one of my favorite local breakfast and lunch spots offering something for everyone in your group.”
  • 47 locals recommend
University
“2 minute walk to campus. One of Philadelphia's biggest and lucrative Universities. ”
  • 27 locals recommend
Taco Place
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“Good traditional Mexican food that went vegetarian a few months back without loosing the good flavors and quality food.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
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“Absolutely delicious Thai & Laotian food. It's like comfort food. BYO. Cash only.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Ethiopian Restaurant
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“The best tiny bar and outdoor spot to grab a casual beer and hang with friends (it’s a lovely Ethiopian restaurant too). Definitely a local favorite. If you’re interested in karaoke on Tuesdays, ask me!”
  • 43 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
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“Are you yearning for some of the best Vietnamese food you've ever had? This is the place for you! The atmosphere is lively, the space is lovely, and there is a full bar.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Coffee Shop
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“The neighborhood coffee shop! This is the spot to see all of the locals on a Saturday morning trip to the park’s amazing farmers market across the street.”
  • 39 locals recommend
Gourmet Shop
“This is an easy spot to grab a coffee, breakfast sandwich, or smoothie. Close by on Baltimore Ave.”
  • 41 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
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“Doesn't only have unique grocery options, but also has the *best* Banh Mi sandwiches in Philly, bar none. If you eat meat, the chargrilled pork banh mi is… divine. The tofu banh mi is also spectacular. ”
  • 37 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
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“This cafe / restaurant has three branches in Philadelphia. I have heard rumors that their French toast is as big as a human head. One serving would have fed a family of four. When you see the Sabrina’s menu, you won't be able to decide what to have. In this restaurant, you don't step beside whatever you order. Thumbs up also deserves coffee specialties and homemade lemonade (I recommend lemonade with lavender)”
  • 32 locals recommend
Café
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“Local hipster/punk vibe, outdoor seating, strong wifi, lite fare. Good veggie & vegan options. Underneath Firehouse Bicycles and next to Dock Street Brewing Co. ”
  • 36 locals recommend

Top restaurants

Brewery
“Dock Street Brewery is Philadelphia's First microbrewery, Est. 1985. We are known for their award-winning beers like our Man Full of Trouble Porter. They add a couple of new beers a week to the tap and can lineup each week, so there's always something new, delicious, and timely - cue some solid, award-winning dark beers for winter, refreshing weisse beers for summer, and everything in between.”
  • 93 locals recommend
Bar
“** One of my favorite local spots. It serves a great variety of local and national beers and serves great cocktails. Also serves *amazing brussel sprouts.* They hold Quizzo on Sunday nights. Attached to a cute & bougie bottle shop. ”
  • 65 locals recommend
Breakfast Spot
“This is one of my favorite local breakfast and lunch spots offering something for everyone in your group.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Taco Place
“Good traditional Mexican food that went vegetarian a few months back without loosing the good flavors and quality food.”
  • 47 locals recommend
Asian Restaurant
“Absolutely delicious Thai & Laotian food. It's like comfort food. BYO. Cash only.”
  • 38 locals recommend
Ethiopian Restaurant
“The best tiny bar and outdoor spot to grab a casual beer and hang with friends (it’s a lovely Ethiopian restaurant too). Definitely a local favorite. If you’re interested in karaoke on Tuesdays, ask me!”
  • 43 locals recommend
Vietnamese Restaurant
“Are you yearning for some of the best Vietnamese food you've ever had? This is the place for you! The atmosphere is lively, the space is lovely, and there is a full bar.”
  • 36 locals recommend
Deli / Bodega
“Doesn't only have unique grocery options, but also has the *best* Banh Mi sandwiches in Philly, bar none. If you eat meat, the chargrilled pork banh mi is… divine. The tofu banh mi is also spectacular. ”
  • 37 locals recommend

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