Philadelphia Journals

"Philadelphia Freedom I love love love"

A travel journal to Philadelphia by Lulu Byrd

Quote: Living in nearby Baltimore for the past 2 years I discovered I love to go to Center City Philadelphia often. Philly is very diverse (ethnically, religiously, sexualorientational-ly), open-minded, has a vibrant walkable downtown core, with good public transit, great people-watching, superb restaurants, many cultural opportunities, funky and sophisticated fashions.

"Philadelphia Freedom I love love love"

Overview

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OLD CITY--American history buff heaven: Independence Hall, Liberty Bell, Carpenters Hall, Betsy Ross House. READING TERMINAL MARKET--uniquely Philadelphia, cuisine from around the world, soft pretzels with mustard in Amish/Mennonite section! SOUTH ST.--funky/alternative fashions, good restaurants, shopping, more late teens/early 20s but fun for all ages, fab people-watching. RITTENHOUSE SQUARE (Walnut St.)--upscale shopping, people-watching. Chi-chi fun. CHINATOWN--Vibrant! first sizeable one going north up the East Coast. PHILADELPHIA ART MUSEUM--steps from Rocky. Top-notch museum. Rotating exhibits and period rooms. 12th AND 13th ST. (btwn. Market and South)--café life, vibrant Gay communit...Read More

Dmitri's

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Restaurant

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I tremendously enjoyed this Washington Square West area restaurant. The decor was very 90s urban chic as were the waiters, waitresses and bartender. We soon learned that to get a seat outside the bar area, you need to make reservations. The service was exceptional, enough so that my friend and I decided to leave over a 20% tip to our knowledgable, eloquent waitress. The food was incredible; my pan-fried flounder was cooked to perfection; the seasonings made it the singular best flounder I've ever had. The accompanying rice and salad were equally tasty. My friend also enjoyed her seafood fettucine. As a complimentary appetizer, there were baguette pieces and pita bread with an ol...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2000

Dmitri's
795 South 3rd St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19106
+1 215 625 0556

H.K. Phoenix

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Restaurant | "H.K. Golden Phoenix"

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As soon as we walked in the door of this dim sum establishment, the maitre d' seated us immediately. Within 30 seconds of sitting down, trays were whirling by our table, tempting us with anything from dumplings to spring rolls to jellyfish to a Hong Kong spinach crepe specialty. Since I can't get dim sum in Baltimore, I was pleased to find it at this establishment in Chinatown. For those who have never had dim sum before (such as my friend), the experience can seem intimidating, with trays always bombarding with a bazillion choices. It certainly will seem a change for those used to your standard American-style Chinese restaurant. This restaurant is instead predominantly patroniz...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 12, 2000

H.K. Phoenix
911 Race St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
+1 215 629 4988

Woody's Bar & Restaurant

Attraction | "Woody's"

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One of Philly's oldest Gay bars/dance clubs. Downstairs is a restaurant--standard American fare. My Chicken Caesar was delicious as was my friend's chef salad. On afternoons/early evenings, the clientele is mostly older (30s-60s). There are 3 bars; two downstairs, one upstairs. The crowd is more conservatively dressed at the bars. Saturday night is apparently THE night to go. While quiet until 11:30pm, things really picked up and the place was packed at Midnight. The music was some really kick-a** house/techno music (with some NYC influence), some with more Latin beats. The music and ambience could be described as electric at times; I found my feet and body just moved to the rhythms naturally....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on November 5, 2000

Woody's Bar & Restaurant
202 South 13th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
(215) 545-1893

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This past trip I went with my friend Michael; he'd only driven through Philly before, so he had the impression that the city was really ugly. Arriving into the city on Amtrak, he kept signing to me (he's Deaf) 'very ugly', 'DC's waaaay better'. I admitted the view of the city coming in by train is not the best. I remembered that I too before this past year had dismissed Philly similarly as urban blight. Many people on other travel forums see the bad neighborhoods and come to the same conclusion. That's a shame but maybe it's not the end of the world because it keeps the rental prices down (I want to move here now). Anyhow, we arrived in the gorgeous 30th St. Station and took a SEPTA commut...Read More

South St. to Rittenhouse Square

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Story/Tip

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continued from 'Arriving/....'. I really wanted to convince my friend that Philadelphia was a fab place, so I thought South St. would do the trick. I love the funky vibe of this street, with rave kids, alternative crowd (lots of unnatural hair colors) mixed in with a few mainstream folk. The people-watching is not the only draw here. There are also many great restaurants and clothing, record and knick-knack stores. While there definitely is a preponderance in late teens/early 20s crowd, I do believe this street is fun for all ages. Jim's Cheesesteaks is on this street, which my coworker says is THE place to get cheesesteaks... unfortunately every time I go, there's always a long line. I assume...Read More

Italian Market

Story/Tip

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Located just a few blocks south of the hustle-and-bustle of South St., the South Philly Italian Market is an outdoor market that has an earthy, more working-class charm that draws people from all over the city for the often high quality produce. Certainly, the more yuppie Center City indoor Reading Terminal Market is quite popular, incredibly charming and definitely worth a visit as well, with equally high quality produce. Nevertheless, in order to truly get a feel for what life in Philadelphia has to offer, I think checking out the outdoor Italian market is a must. I suspect some of you who appreciate a deal will respect the very reasonable prices. I went on a relatively cold winter's Sat...Read More