A truly impressive display of the city’s food culture, Reading Terminal Market — America’s original farmers’ market — includes 80-plus diverse food vendors, from Pennsylvania Dutch baked goods to Middle Eastern specialties to local classics. For a taste of multiple vendors, embark on an expert-led tour of the venerated market with Taste of Philly Food Tour.
For elevated American dining (think dry-aged cowboy steak and potatoes), Bank & Bourbon at the base of the Loews Philadelphia Hotel is unmatched. The restaurant also serves its own house barrel-aged spirits. Iron Hill Brewery & Restaurant along Market Street serves fresh tank-to-pint beers alongside a menu of classic American pub fare. Federal Donuts serves up fried chicken, donuts, and coffee out of the bottom floor of the Canopy by Hilton hotel, also home to The Wayward – an American brasserie with a French-inspired menu filled with fresh seafood and cocktails.
A short, seven-minute walk from the Pennsylvania Convention Center will bring you to Chestnut Street, where you’ll find Bru Craft & Wurst – serving German fare alongside a robust draft list – and neighboring Tradesman’s – specializing in BBQ dishes served in a sports bar setting. Behind each, on tiny Drury Street, you’ll find McGillin’s – the city’s oldest continuously operating tavern – which has been pouring drinks and serving classic pub fare since 1860. Back at the Fashion District, sip on wine while enjoying live music at City Winery’s 40,000+ square foot, multi-venue Philadelphia location. Other nearby dining options include the Hard Rock Café, Maggiano’s Little Italy, and the dozens of restaurants in Chinatown.
Cover photo: The Wayward. Photo by J. Soefer, courtesy of Canopy by Hilton Philadelphia Center City.