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Philadelphia Visitors Guide

Steeped in history, this dynamic city seamlessly combines its rich colonial past with a thriving modern culture. From iconic landmarks and renowned museums to delectable cuisine and upscale shopping, Philadelphia has something for everyone. If you’re planning a trip to The City of Brotherly Love, we’ve created a Philadelphia visitors guide packed with plenty of things to do during your stay. 

Where to Stay in Philadelphia 

Whether you’re traveling for business or pleasure, our Rittenhouse Square hotel is the perfect choice. Club Quarters Hotel is situated in the heart of Philadelphia’s vibrant Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. This means you’ll be within walking distance of many high-end shops, area attractions, restaurants, theaters and cultural landmarks. 

Club Quarters exudes style, boasting upscale yet comfortable rooms equipped with modern amenities. This pet-friendly Philadelphia hotel also features an on-site fitness center equipped with treadmills, an elliptical, free weights and two Peloton® bikes.

Corporate travelers will delight in the attention to detail throughout the property. On-site meeting rooms, in-room workspaces, and complimentary Wi-Fi make it easy to work remotely and maintain productivity.  Guests can enjoy access to the Club Living Room with access to collaborative workspaces, complimentary coffee and tea and wireless printing. 

The hotel staff at Club Quarters Rittenhouse Square aims to provide excellent service to ensure guests have a pleasant stay. Whether you need assistance with booking tours, arranging transportation, or any other inquiries, planning your trip to Philadelphia will be a breeze. 

A central location, spacious accommodations, and ample amenities make our Rittenhouse hotel one of the best places to stay in Philadelphia

Plated food and drink at one of the best restaurants in Philadelphia.

Best Restaurants in Philadelphia

Philadelphia’s food scene reflects its diverse cultural heritage, creativity, and commitment to culinary excellence, making it a must-visit destination for food lovers.

Vernick Food & Drink 

2031 Walnut St | 0.3 miles away (about a 6-minute walk) | $$$$

A modern American eatery offering inventive dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, known for its relaxed yet sophisticated atmosphere.

Parc Brasserie 

227 S 18th St | 0.3 miles away (about a 7-minute walk) | $$$

Inspired by French cafes, Parc Brasserie serves classic French fare such as steak frites, escargot, and seafood platters in a bustling and chic setting overlooking Rittenhouse Square.

Estia Restaurant

1405-07 Locust St | 0.6 miles away (about a 13-minute walk or a short drive) | $$$

Specializing in Mediterranean cuisine, Estia Restaurant offers an extensive menu of Greek and seafood dishes, served in an elegant and inviting atmosphere with white marble accents and warm lighting.

Vetri Cucina 

1312 Spruce St | 0.8 miles away (about a 17-minute walk or a short drive) | $$$

A high-end Italian restaurant featuring Chef Marc Vetri’s exquisite handmade pasta dishes and other seasonal specialties in an intimate and upscale setting.

Talula’s Garden

210 W Washington Square | 0.8 miles away (about a 15-minute walk or a short drive) | $$$

A farm-to-table restaurant featuring seasonal American dishes made with locally sourced ingredients, served in a charming garden setting with rustic-chic decor.

Statue of the founder of Philadelphia

Top Things to do in Philadelphia

  1. Visit the Liberty Bell: See this iconic symbol of American independence at the Liberty Bell Center and learn about its history.
  2. Tour Independence Hall: Take a guided tour of the historic building where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were debated and adopted.
  3. Wander through the Philadelphia Museum of Art: Explore one of the largest art museums in the country, home to 200 galleries of world-class art.
  4. Ascend the Rocky Steps: Run up the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, just like Rocky Balboa, and enjoy the panoramic view of the city skyline from the top.
  5. Explore Reading Terminal Market: Experience the sights, sounds, and flavors of this bustling food market offering a variety of cuisines, fresh produce, and artisanal goods. 
  6. Tour Eastern State Penitentiary: Explore the historic former prison, known for its imposing architecture and infamous former inmates, including Al Capone.
  7. Traverse Philadelphia’s Historic District: Stroll through cobblestone streets and visit historic sites, such as the Betsy Ross House, Franklin Court, and Elfreth’s Alley.
  8. Discover Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens: Marvel at the vibrant mosaic art installations created by artist Isaiah Zagar in this unique outdoor museum and gallery space.
  9. Explore the Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts (PAFA): Discover a rich collection of American art at one of the oldest art museums and schools in the United States.
  10. Visit the National Constitution Center: Learn about the U.S. Constitution and its significance through interactive exhibits, artifacts, and multimedia presentations.
  11. Connect with Nature Along the Schuylkill River Trail: Enjoy scenic views of the Schuylkill River and Philadelphia skyline while wandering this popular recreational trail.
  12. Experience the Franklin Institute: Engage in hands-on science exhibits, explore the planetarium, and visit the Giant Heart at this renowned science museum.
  13. Visit Fairmount Park: Escape the urban bustle and explore one of the largest municipal parks in the country, featuring gardens, historic mansions, and recreational facilities.

Philadelphia Shopping

Philadelphia offers several upscale shopping destinations where visitors can find luxury brands, designer boutiques, and high-end retailers. Here are a few of the best shops in Philadelphia:

The Shops at Liberty Place

Located in Center City, this upscale shopping center features a mix of designer stores, including J.Crew, LOFT, and Jos. A. Bank, as well as luxury brands like Swarovski and Michael Kors.

Walnut Street

Known as Philadelphia’s premier shopping destination, Walnut Street in Center City is lined with upscale boutiques, designer stores, and luxury retailers, offering everything from high-end fashion to fine jewelry and accessories. 

Rittenhouse Row

This upscale shopping district in Center City is home to a mix of upscale boutiques, chic shops, and luxury retailers, including Anthropologie, Urban Outfitters, and Lululemon, as well as designer stores like Tory Burch and Vince.

The Bellevue

Situated in the historic Bellevue Hotel on Broad Street, The Bellevue offers a selection of upscale retailers, including Tiffany & Co., Williams-Sonoma, and Nicole Miller, as well as luxury services such as spas and salons.

Highly-Rated Spas & Salons in Philadelphia

Philadelphia has a variety of spas and salons offering a range of services from massages and facials to hair styling and nail care. Here are ten top-rated spas and salons in Philadelphia:

Rescue Spa

1601 Walnut St, 3rd Floor

Known for its luxurious treatments and high-quality skincare products, Rescue Spa offers a comprehensive range of services including facials, massages, body treatments, and more. 

Richel D’Ambra Spa & Salon

10 Ave Of The Arts 3rd floor

A full-service salon and spa offering hair care, skincare, nail services, massages, and body treatments in an elegant and serene setting. 

Adolf Biecker Studio

1605 Sansom St

With multiple locations in Philadelphia, Adolf Biecker Studio provides a wide range of salon and spa services, including haircuts, color, styling, massages, facials, and waxing, all delivered by skilled professionals.

Juju Salon & Organics

713 S 4th St

Known for its eco-friendly approach and organic products, Juju Salon & Organics offers haircuts, coloring, styling, and spa services, including facials and waxing, using natural and sustainable products.

Architeqt Salon & Gallery

265 S 10th St

A contemporary salon offering a range of hair services, including cutting, coloring, and styling, as well as hair extensions, makeup, and bridal services, all in a stylish and artistic environment.

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