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Old City

The streets once walked by the Founders are full of history

Stroll along scenic streets and explore trendy boutiques and art galleries as you discover America’s spirit in Old City Philadelphia.

What to Do

Step into the past as you stroll along the Revolutionary cobblestone streets of historic Old City. This area encompasses America’s renowned “most historic square mile” and hosts Independence National Historical Park. Here, discover the iconic Liberty Bell and Independence Hall—a UNESCO World Heritage Site where the Declaration of Independence and U.S. Constitution took historic form. Beyond delving into the nation’s history, Old City is home to immersive cultural institutions like the African American Museum in Philadelphia and the Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History.

As you traverse through time, don’t just explore the past—celebrate the present with the vibrant local community. Every First Friday of the month, Old City bursts into life with art galleries and businesses extending their hours, offering special events, and presenting free programming.

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History in Old City Philadelphia

Weitzman National Museum of American Jewish History

Where to Dine

Old City is where several Philadelphia James Beard award winners call home. Chef Michael Solomonov’s Zahav is a critically acclaimed modern Israeli restaurant serving authentic fare family-style. Fork — the flagship restaurant from Chef Ellen Yin — has an everchanging menu of hyper-seasonal, ingredient-driven American cuisine. Amada is Chef Garces’ iconic first restaurant, which made a name for itself with its delectable Spanish tapas.

James Beard Award winner Ellen Yin's restaurant Fork in Old City Philadelphia

James Beard Award winner Ellen Yin’s restaurant Fork

Where to Stay

In Old City, you’ll find diverse lodging options, ranging from charming boutiques to well-known hotel brands. The Hilton Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing provides guests with sweeping waterfront views and convenient access to pop-up parks, restaurants, and boat rides along the Delaware River. If you’re seeking an immersive experience in Revolutionary history, The Thomas Bond House beckons. This bed and breakfast, housed in a 1769 guesthouse, offers twelve period-furnished rooms for a truly historical stay. The Marriott Old City, Renaissance Philadelphia Downtown, and Lokal Old City provide additional choices, each offering unique charm and amenities for a memorable visit.