Look no further than Philadelphia for a romantic experience of strolls and selfies in iconic LOVE Park and a love-themed excursion to see dreamy murals. Enjoy cocktails at the Four Seasons Philadelphia JG SkyHigh bar or an intimate dining experience at the aptly named The Love, a cozy bar and restaurant situated just steps from Rittenhouse Square.
No visit to Philadelphia is complete without a stop at the famous LOVE Park, located in the heart of the city and just steps away from City Hall. Although officially known as John F. Kennedy Park, the plaza is affectionately known as LOVE Park thanks to Robert Indiana’s quintessential LOVE statue, which was placed in the park in 1976 as part of the United States’ Bicentennial celebration of independence, and is one of the most photographed spots in the city. You can even get married in front of the LOVE statue as part of Wedding Wednesday ceremonies that take place twice a month. After snapping a photo at the LOVE statue, take a romantic stroll along the scenic Benjamin Franklin Parkway to the green spaces of Fairmount Park.
Originally launched as an anti-graffiti program in 1984, Mural Arts Philadelphia has transformed some of Philadelphia’s most unassuming locations and now boasts over 4,000 works of community-based public art. The nation’s largest public art program, Mural Arts Philadelphia offers the opportunity to see some of these murals on guided and self-guided tours, including the two-hour Love Letter Train Tour, which takes visitors through A Love Letter for You by noted street artist Steve Powers. In 2010, Powers collaborated with the West Philadelphia community to create a series of 50 murals that collectively form an open-ended love letter.
Located on the 60th floor of the recently opened Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, JG SkyHigh specializes in cocktail-hour experiences with unmatchable city views. Created by French-American chef Jean-Georges, the premier cocktail bar offers a range of wines, beers and cocktails by the glass, including Rittenhouse Rye Manhattans, Ginger Margaritas and Spiced Pear Daiquiris. The sleek and minimalist-designed hotel occupies the top floors of the impressive new 60-story Comcast Technology Center, which is Philadelphia’s tallest tower and offers visitors unobstructed 360° views of the city. Read more: Philadelphia’s Signature Hotel Bars
Just steps away from Rittenhouse Square, The Love is an intimate restaurant that serves enticing cuisine across a main dining and bar area, plus outdoor seating along 18th Street and a cozy upper-level loft. Created by Aimee Olexy and Stephen Starr, the restaurant offers modern American cuisine with indulgent meals including the “Lovebird” seasonal buttermilk fried chicken, a “Labor of Love” American artisan cheese board and a “Rapture Blondie Sundae.” For couples looking to rekindle their romance over a drink, The Love’s one-of-a-kind beverage program is inspired by personal travels to vineyards and breweries in the region.
The Love was recently named one of the most romantic restaurants in America for 2020, along with several other Stephen Starr restaurants – Barclay Prime, Butcher & Singer, Parc, and Talula’s Garden. Other Philadelphia restaurants cited include Double Knot and Victor Cafe.