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5 Top New Restaurants Near the Pennsylvania Convention Center

February 10, 2020

Check out the 5 newest top restaurants all within walking distance of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is the perfect spot for meetings and conventions with its central location and many surrounding hotels. There are already so many great food options in nearby Chinatown and the Reading Terminal Market, just steps away. If you walk a few more blocks, you can experience Philadelphia’s thriving food scene and see why WalletHub ranked the City of Brotherly Love one of the Top 2019 Best Foodie Cities in America.

You’ll find these spots perfect for a post-conference or post-shopping break. Most importantly, all of these places are perfect whether you are dining alone or with a large group.


Photo courtesy of Alice Pizza.

Much better than your average slice spot, this counter-serve Roman-import features pizza al taglio with a variety of toppings that you can mix-and-match. Don’t skip the gelato for dessert! 1234 Market Street, Convention Center District.

4 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center


Merkaz photo by M. Persico.

Pita sandwiches and chef Michael Solomonov’s legendary hummus are the stars at this Israeli-style shop named for the Hebrew word for center. The Washington Square West cafe also offers prepared family dinners to go, 1218 Sansom Street, Convention Center District.

8 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center

Bodega Bar & Kitchen

Bodega Bar Kitchen photo courtesy of Society Hill Films.

With a Latin, Middle Eastern and Asian-influenced menu and design, this restaurant, bar and live entertainment venue is in Midtown Village. In the spring, a garden and patio will debut behind the restaurant, 1223 Walnut Street, Convention Center District.

8 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center


Gabi photo by Peggy Baud Woolsey.

This all-day French cafe from chef-owner Peter Woolsey of Bistro La Minette brings Art Deco design and bistro classics to North Broad. The menu features classics like onion soup and beef tartare, salads and sandwiches, and steak frites, 339 N. Broad Street, Convention Center District.

9 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center

Via Locusta

Via Locusta courtesy of Schulson Collective.

The latest from Michael Schulson, Nina Tinari and Jeff Michaud, this Italian spot is just off Rittenhouse Square. The pasta-focused menu also features small plates like snapper crudo and larger dishes to share, 1723 Locust Street.

19 minute walk from Pennsylvania Convention Center


To learn about additional venues and for more information and assistance in planning a special event in Philadelphia, contact the PHLCVB Convention Services team.

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