Philadelphia Journals

Philadelphia - city of culture, Part II

A travel journal to Philadelphia by roza4

Rodin Museum Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania More Photos
Quote: This is a continuation of the first journal about Philadelphia. There are always things to do and places to see. I find new places to go all the time, and I've lived here for awhile. So here are some tips for those who come to Philly as a tourist.

Philadelphia - city of culture, Part II

Overview

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First of all, go to the visitor's center located at the corner of 16th St and JFK. There you can find lots of information on siteseeing. Also there are schedules of city buses. In addition, if you walk to the AAA office on 20th St. and Market St., you can get even more information on where to go. They have a magazine called "Philadelphia" published quarterly that has a large list of entertainment and dining places, it also has some coupons.Quick Tips: If this is your first visit to Philly, the places to see are all located along Benjamin Franklin Parkway, and they are the Art Museum, Rodin Museum, Franklin Institute. Then you can also go to see the City Hall, and stroll along Market St. ...Read More

De Ja Vu Restaurant

Restaurant | "De Ja Vu"

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This is yet another Russian restaurant in Northeast Philly. It is located on a shopping plaza called Leo Mall next to K-mart right on Bustleton Ave. The restaurant is open in the evenings and Saturday is their busiest day. If you want to celebrate your birthday with your friends, make reservations in advance. This is also a nice place for smaller weddings, it can accomodate 150-200 people. The flower arrangements are very nice and the band is just great. Sometimes if your birthday is on a Sunday, you can have the whole restaurant just to yourself and the band will be playing and singing for your party. It is really a great experience. The food is very good: lots of fish dishes, caviar, herring...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 17, 2002

De Ja Vu Restaurant
811 Hendrix St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19116
215-673-2545

Golden Gate

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Restaurant

Golden Gate Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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Philadelphia has several Russian restaurants that are all located in Northeast Philly. Golden Gate is by far the best and the largest. Northeast Philly has a large community of Russian expatriots and you can hear Russian being spoken everywhere. This particular restaurant is very much like restaurants on Brighton Beach in NYC, it has food and entertainment. Golden Gate is a great place for weddings and birthdays. For Saturday evening a reservation is a must. The food is delicious and the entertainment is the best in the Northeast Philly. At around 10 pm the musicians start to sing, there is large space in front of them to dance and people really enjoy themselves. The restaurant doesn't cl...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 27, 2002

Golden Gate
11058 Rennard St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19116
(215) 677-9337

Rococo Restaurant

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Restaurant | "Rococo"

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Located at the corner of 2nd and Chestnut Streets, this building used to be a bank at one time. Now it is one of the prettier restaurants in the Center City. It takes up two stories, but most of the sitting space is on the first floor with the bar and kitchen located there. Up the stairs a small part of the second floor, almost like a balcony has some more sitting space. The balcony is a great place for a birthday party, since you can easily sit 30-40 people and be slightly isolated. It is also the best place to sit if you want to enjoy the architecture and décor of the restaurant. From here you can see all the paintings on the walls, the S-shaped line the splits the first floor into two areas, ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 19, 2001

Rococo Restaurant
123 Chestnut St
Philadelphia 19106
(215) 629-1100

Devon Seafood Grill

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Located right in the Rittenhouse Square (the very center of the city), this is one of the 3 restaurants located in the Rittenhouse Regency building. This area is really gorgeous in spring. The Rittenhouse square is full of flowers and blooming trees, and you can enjoy dining outside. The Rittenhouse square also has a flower show every May. Devon specializes in seafood. So this is a place for everybody – both vegetarians and non-vegetarians. The food is pretty good. The waiters on the other hand are different. Some are nice, some not. This is a great place for people to hang out. You can see a lot of people here in the evening, sipping beer, talking. Grab a window seat and you will ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 25, 2001

Devon Seafood Grill
225 S. 18th St.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19102
215/546-5940

Rodin Museum

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Attraction | "The Rodin Museum"

Rodin Museum Photo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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215-684-7500, 215-783-8100 Open: 10 am – 5 pm Tuesday-Sunday Closed major holidays Entrance fee: $3.00 suggested contribution (but you can come in free as well) This museum has the largest collection of Auguste Rodin’s sculptures outside of Paris. The works were collected by Jules E. Mastbaum, a movie theater magnate and one of Philadelphia’s most well-known philantropists. The museum building and garden were created by Paul Cret and Jacques Greber, 2 great French neoclassical architects. This collection has 127 sculptures, most famous of which are "The Thinker" which greets everybody at the entrance, "The Burghers of Calais", several sculptures of Balzac...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 4, 2001

Rodin Museum
2201 Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 22nd Street
Philadelphia

Mann Center for the Performing Arts

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Attraction | "Mann Music Center"

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215-893-1999 www.philaorch.org It is located in the Fairmount Park which in itself is a very nice place to visit. Mann is a summer theater and it hosts a variety of musical events spring through fall. It is most famous for its summer PNC Concert Series with the Philadelphia Orchestra that take place every summer from the end of June to the end of July. For four weeks every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday you can come here to listen to the music by Prokofiev, Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Rossini, Gershwin, Rachmaninoff, Beethoven, Brahms, Mahler, Sibelius, Dvorak, Liszt, Strauss, and so on. Every summer one of the concerts is entirely devoted to Tchaikovsky and always end with "1812 Overture" a...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 24, 2001

Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Fairmount Park 52nd Street And Parkside Avenue
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19131
+1 215 893 1999

Longwood Gardens

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Attraction

Longwood Gardens Photo, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania
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This huge horticultural center spreads on the 1050 outdoor acres and has 20 indoor gardens. The estate dates back to 1700 and has a long history, but the creation of the gardens the way they are nowadays is the vision of Pierre du Pont who bought this estate in 1906. After his death the gardens were left for the public to enjoy. There is certainly the influence of Versailles gardens in the way that trees and bushes are shaped, in the arches made of roses, in the cascading fountains. You can come here any month of the year and see the beauty of the seasonal plants and flowers. But the best things in the garden are the cascading fountains. You can see the new fountains joining the others with ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 12, 2001

Longwood Gardens
1001 Longwood Rd
Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348-0501
(610) 388-1000

Penn's Landing

Attraction | "Penn’s Landing"

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This is the place where every summer and fall you can come and listen to jazz, or participate in various competitions or watch navy ships. Along the peers of the Delaware river there are lots of night clubs and dance clubs. One of them, Rocklobster has free ramba lessons every Thursday. There is also “Dave and Busters”, where you can eat and shoot pool or play slots. This is also the place where you can see the fireworks during the New Year and Independence day. There is also an Independence Seaport Museum which doesn’t have much but shows some of the sea artifacts. The area right across Penn’s Landing, that is if you cross I-95 by the bridge on Chestnut St. is called Society Hill and is the mos...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on February 16, 2002

Penn's Landing
100 South Columbus Blvd
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103
+1 215 922 2FUN

Forrest Theatre

Attraction | "Forrest Theater"

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phone: 215-923-1515 Tickets for a Saturday performance are usually difficult to get; I had to buy mine half a year in advance. For the performances during working days you might be able to get tickets two to three weeks in advance. The cheapest seats in the theater are the last three rows starting with N, and I found that they are the best seats in the house, since you can see and hear everything on the stage no matter where you are. The theater is not very large. The building looks rather ordinary from the outside, but inside it is really interesting. The decorations are a mixture of Baroque and Art Deco. The ceiling has a large beautiful chandelier in the middle and a circular...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on June 25, 2002

Forrest Theatre
1114 Walnut St
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107
+1 215 923 1515

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1) If you need to get somewhere by public transportation call SEPTA at 215-580-7800 and they will get you the fastest route. 2) You can ride all day for $4.00 all over Center City on Phlash. It has its own website www.phillyphlash.com and you can check the bus stops. It is cheaper than public transportation and will bring you all the sightseeing places. Family Phlash Pass might be even cheaper: $10 all day (2 adults, 3 children under 18). 3) If you come to Philly by plane, SEPTA R-1 train will get you to Center City for $5.00 in 20 minutes. Much better deal than a taxi if you don't have much luggage. 4) Get Center City map in the visit...Read More