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Liesje’s guidebook

Liesje

Liesje’s guidebook

Fairmount Breakfast/ Brunch:
I have just a couple of suggestions if you're interested: "Fig" is a great breakfast or brunch place that's only a few blocks away on 25th, it's a family owned Moroccan place that's really delicious… And there's also a place called "Sabrina's" that is a little bit further away but is very popular "Sabrinas café" is very close to the Barnes and there's another place right there as well called "Kite and Key" which is nice for burgers and a beer in the afternoon, and it has a good atmosphere
"Figs" is a great breakfast or brunch place that's only a few blocks away on 25th, it's a family owned Moroccan place that's really delicious…
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Figs
2501 Meredith Street
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"Figs" is a great breakfast or brunch place that's only a few blocks away on 25th, it's a family owned Moroccan place that's really delicious…
"Sabrina's" is very popular breakfast/ brunch place with locals and travelers alike. They generally have large portions and delicious options for all tastes... It is a little farther from the property, but very close to the Barnes Foundation.
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Sabrina's Cafe & Spencer's Too
1804 Callowhill Street
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"Sabrina's" is very popular breakfast/ brunch place with locals and travelers alike. They generally have large portions and delicious options for all tastes... It is a little farther from the property, but very close to the Barnes Foundation.
"Kite and Key" is nice for burgers and a beer in the afternoon, and it has a good atmosphere, and is very close to the Barnes and offers outdoor seating on nice days.
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Kite & Key
1836 Callowhill Street
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"Kite and Key" is nice for burgers and a beer in the afternoon, and it has a good atmosphere, and is very close to the Barnes and offers outdoor seating on nice days.
Fairmount Restaurants/Bars:
Black Taxi- nice Irish bar, juke box and Irish bar tender with some tvs Bishops Collar- laid back Irish bar, sports usually on tv Jacks Firehouse- old firehouse, cool spot, bar tenders DJ in evening, No TV's
Black Taxi is a nice Irish bar with outdoor seating along Aspen Street, and it is only 3.5 city blocks from the property. They have have large salads and good sized sandwiches and plenty of TV's to watch your favorite local sports teams. They have a juke box and are usually playing good music, and there is an Irish bar tender who performs on Friday nights.
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The Black Taxi
745-747 N 25th St
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Black Taxi is a nice Irish bar with outdoor seating along Aspen Street, and it is only 3.5 city blocks from the property. They have have large salads and good sized sandwiches and plenty of TV's to watch your favorite local sports teams. They have a juke box and are usually playing good music, and there is an Irish bar tender who performs on Friday nights.
Jack's Firehouse is a true old firehouse, with a crew boat mounted above the bar, and a fireman's pole in the back. Its a cool spot to sit outside next to the Penitentiary where Al Capone was incarcerated. There are really friendly bar tenders who play DJ in evenings to a great mix of music. Entrees and appetizers are good, and there is seating in the back as well. Note: there are no TV's.
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Jack's Firehouse
2130 Fairmount Avenue
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Jack's Firehouse is a true old firehouse, with a crew boat mounted above the bar, and a fireman's pole in the back. Its a cool spot to sit outside next to the Penitentiary where Al Capone was incarcerated. There are really friendly bar tenders who play DJ in evenings to a great mix of music. Entrees and appetizers are good, and there is seating in the back as well. Note: there are no TV's.
Bishops Collar is a laid back local Irish bar, and their kitchen stays open until midnight most nights. They usually have sport on TV and burgers, fries and salads are all good! There is also outdoor seating available on nice days.
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The Bishop's Collar
2349 Fairmount Avenue
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Bishops Collar is a laid back local Irish bar, and their kitchen stays open until midnight most nights. They usually have sport on TV and burgers, fries and salads are all good! There is also outdoor seating available on nice days.
Fairmount Restaurants:
Amano- nicest place in Fairmount, DELICIOUS!!! Italian, BYOB and cash only La Callaca- Mexican, great margaritas, guacamole and chips London Grille- good warm indoor seating in back or bar area out- front, might be good soup place Hickory Lane- very good food, a little eclectic and more expensive Fare- interior bar has a chic NYC feel, martini glasses, food in dining area is very good, moderately priced
Amano is most certainly the nicest restaurant in Fairmount, They have DELICIOUS Italian house made pastas, entrees and appetizers. It is BYOB and cash only, but definitely worth it!
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A Mano
2244 Fairmount Ave
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Amano is most certainly the nicest restaurant in Fairmount, They have DELICIOUS Italian house made pastas, entrees and appetizers. It is BYOB and cash only, but definitely worth it!
La Callaca Feliz is a Mexican restaurant with great margaritas, including a house specialty and various options. They also have great house made guacamole and chips and fish tacos and other food is all great! There are a few outdoor seats on Fairmount and seating at the bar or in the back or a indoor/ outdoor courtyard as well.
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La Calaca Feliz
2321 Fairmount Avenue
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La Callaca Feliz is a Mexican restaurant with great margaritas, including a house specialty and various options. They also have great house made guacamole and chips and fish tacos and other food is all great! There are a few outdoor seats on Fairmount and seating at the bar or in the back or a indoor/ outdoor courtyard as well.
London Grille has a good warm indoor seating in back or high top tables in the bar area out front, as well as outdoor seating on Fairmount Avenue and the side street.
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London Grill
2301 Fairmount Avenue
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London Grille has a good warm indoor seating in back or high top tables in the bar area out front, as well as outdoor seating on Fairmount Avenue and the side street.
Hickory Lane has very good food and is located on the far side of the Penitentiary on Fairmount Ave, its a little eclectic and a little more expensive
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Hickory Lane American Bistro
2025 Fairmount Avenue
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Hickory Lane has very good food and is located on the far side of the Penitentiary on Fairmount Ave, its a little eclectic and a little more expensive
Fare has great food and indoor/ outdoor seating options with a very nice atmosphere. The interior bar has a chic NYC feel, martini glasses, food in dining area is very good, moderately priced. The outdoor seating has booths along Fairmount Ave, and a courtyard with tables and sofas in a comfortable lounge area with plants growing along the building walls.
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Fare
2028 Fairmount Avenue
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Fare has great food and indoor/ outdoor seating options with a very nice atmosphere. The interior bar has a chic NYC feel, martini glasses, food in dining area is very good, moderately priced. The outdoor seating has booths along Fairmount Ave, and a courtyard with tables and sofas in a comfortable lounge area with plants growing along the building walls.
Fairmount local attractions:
Fairmount local attractions: Philadelphia Art Museum- Awesome! Barnes Museum- AMAZING! Dr Barnes private collection of paintings that is one of the largest private collections Rodin Museum- indoor/ outdoor sculpture museum New Whole Foods- huge with lots of little cafes and places to eat in side
Philadelphia Art Museum is Awesome!!! and only 3-4 blocks from our front steps! The Rocky Steps are the entrance to the great museum and the Rocky statue is at the base of the steps at the edge of Kelly Drive and Ben Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval. Eakins Oval often has events and activities, and there are statues there as well. Wednesdays and Friday nights you can often find after hours events in the main hall, but you may not get to see all of the exhibits available during the day. I believe one Sunday each month (possibly the 1st or last) you can have admission as pay what you like.
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
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Philadelphia Art Museum is Awesome!!! and only 3-4 blocks from our front steps! The Rocky Steps are the entrance to the great museum and the Rocky statue is at the base of the steps at the edge of Kelly Drive and Ben Franklin Parkway at Eakins Oval. Eakins Oval often has events and activities, and there are statues there as well. Wednesdays and Friday nights you can often find after hours events in the main hall, but you may not get to see all of the exhibits available during the day. I believe one Sunday each month (possibly the 1st or last) you can have admission as pay what you like.
The Barnes Foundation hosts Dr Barnes private collection of paintings that is one of the largest private collections. This is not to be missed! The collection of art is amazing!!! They also have events in the evenings including first Friday with musician performances, wine, beer and appetizers during the entertainment. There's also a great documentary about the history of The Barnes, called the "Art of the Steal", which is very interesting!
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Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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The Barnes Foundation hosts Dr Barnes private collection of paintings that is one of the largest private collections. This is not to be missed! The collection of art is amazing!!! They also have events in the evenings including first Friday with musician performances, wine, beer and appetizers during the entertainment. There's also a great documentary about the history of The Barnes, called the "Art of the Steal", which is very interesting!
Rodin Museum has indoor/ outdoor original sculptures and the outdoor garden is free. Indoor sculptures and access are pay as you wish with a suggested fee and the Rodin history is extremely interesting!
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Rodin Museum
2151 Benjamin Franklin Parkway
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Rodin Museum has indoor/ outdoor original sculptures and the outdoor garden is free. Indoor sculptures and access are pay as you wish with a suggested fee and the Rodin history is extremely interesting!
The New Whole Foods is the largest in Philadelphia and it is really huge with lots of little cafes and places to eat in side, as well as a wine area for tasting and purchase, in addition to the a la carte salad and entree bar area where you can select your own choices for lunch or dinner. Everyone seems to really love the new Whole Foods!
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Whole Foods Market
2101 Pennsylvania Avenue
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The New Whole Foods is the largest in Philadelphia and it is really huge with lots of little cafes and places to eat in side, as well as a wine area for tasting and purchase, in addition to the a la carte salad and entree bar area where you can select your own choices for lunch or dinner. Everyone seems to really love the new Whole Foods!
The famous Rocky Statue and Rocky Steps at the foot of the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
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Rocky Steps
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
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The famous Rocky Statue and Rocky Steps at the foot of the entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Awesome Philly Places
There's about a million places in Center City that could suit any fancy you have - let me know if it's sushi or maybe you would consider a walk in Rittenhouse Square- beautiful park with awesome restaurants around the square, including Parc- French cafe, very popular, and then a walk down shopping district on Walnut street around the corner On Washington Square, there’s another awesome place called Tululahs Garden, which is an outdoor courtyard restaurant with awesome ambiance, and great food and drinks.... it’s one of my favorite spots. There’s also a very cool restaurant for dinner or drinks in Center City called Harp and Crown, high ceilings throw back speakeasy decor with eclectic food and bourbon scotch specialty drinks and they have a basement bowling alley Another few places that I love include Time restaurant and live jazz bar with musicians most evenings, located on Samson St near 13th Street, El Vez-popular Mexican, South restaurant- and jazz bar also with live musicians located on Broad near Fairmount
Great outdoor seating on Rittenhouse Square, food is wonderful, atmosphere and ambiance is awesome! This is probably the quintessential place to be, eat and be seen in Philly!
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Parc
227 South 18th Street
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Great outdoor seating on Rittenhouse Square, food is wonderful, atmosphere and ambiance is awesome! This is probably the quintessential place to be, eat and be seen in Philly!
Probably my favorite seafood spot in Philly! They have great seating on Rittenhouse Square, 1/2 priced bottles of wine on Sunday and a delicious selection of oysters and seafood any time!
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Devon Seafood Grill
225 South 18th Street
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Probably my favorite seafood spot in Philly! They have great seating on Rittenhouse Square, 1/2 priced bottles of wine on Sunday and a delicious selection of oysters and seafood any time!
Talula's Garden is located on Washington Square with gorgeous outdoor courtyard seating among flowers and plants with equally excellent indoor seating inside the restaurant with awesome ambiance, and great food and drinks.... it’s one of my favorite spots!
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Talula's Garden
210 West Washington Square
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Talula's Garden is located on Washington Square with gorgeous outdoor courtyard seating among flowers and plants with equally excellent indoor seating inside the restaurant with awesome ambiance, and great food and drinks.... it’s one of my favorite spots!
Harp and Crown is a very chic and cool restaurant in Center City for dinner or drinks with high ceilings and throw back speakeasy decor with eclectic food and bourbon scotch specialty drinks, and they have a basement with a bowling alley and a smoking room feel with old leather chairs or sofas and a dimly lit ambiance.
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Harp & Crown
1525 Sansom St
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Harp and Crown is a very chic and cool restaurant in Center City for dinner or drinks with high ceilings and throw back speakeasy decor with eclectic food and bourbon scotch specialty drinks, and they have a basement with a bowling alley and a smoking room feel with old leather chairs or sofas and a dimly lit ambiance.
I love Time restaurant and live jazz bar with musicians most evenings, located on Samson St near 13th Street. The quality of the entertainment is awesome, the food and drinks are great and ambiance is a great feel. They have live music most nights of the week.
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Time
1315 Sansom Street
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I love Time restaurant and live jazz bar with musicians most evenings, located on Samson St near 13th Street. The quality of the entertainment is awesome, the food and drinks are great and ambiance is a great feel. They have live music most nights of the week.
El Vez is a very popular Mexican restaurant on 13th Street, which is also a very popular place to hang out with shops for gifts and Philly themed stores, and many other cool spots.
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El Vez
121 South 13th Street
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El Vez is a very popular Mexican restaurant on 13th Street, which is also a very popular place to hang out with shops for gifts and Philly themed stores, and many other cool spots.
Extremely popular cookies served hot with ice cream in the middle... Amazing!
Insomnia Cookies
135 South 13th Street
Extremely popular cookies served hot with ice cream in the middle... Amazing!
South restaurant and jazz bar has live musicians and great food located on Broad Street near Fairmount Avenue
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SOUTH
600 N Broad St
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South restaurant and jazz bar has live musicians and great food located on Broad Street near Fairmount Avenue
Outdoor Activities
Boathouse Row, Kelly Drive, Fairmount Park and the Japanese Gardens are a few great outdoor things to see in Philly.
I row out of Fairmount Rowing Club on Boathouse Row. Great to walk run or bike along Kelly Drive and Boathouse Row.
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Boathouse Row
1 Boathouse Row
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I row out of Fairmount Rowing Club on Boathouse Row. Great to walk run or bike along Kelly Drive and Boathouse Row.
Neat spot to check out with an old Japanese House relocated to this spot with a koi pond outside.
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Japanese House and Garden
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Neat spot to check out with an old Japanese House relocated to this spot with a koi pond outside.
Great outdoor spot surrounding Philadelphia City Hall.
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Dilworth Park
1 South 15th Street
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Great outdoor spot surrounding Philadelphia City Hall.
Great spot with restaurants and interesting outdoor places to sit, relax, play and eat.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park
301 South Christopher Columbus Boulevard
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Great spot with restaurants and interesting outdoor places to sit, relax, play and eat.
Sightseeing
Philadelphia's tourist attractions
The historic Liberty Bell is a must see, but if you don't want to wait in line, you can walk by it and see it from Liberty Park through the glass from the outside.
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Liberty Bell
North 6th Street
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The historic Liberty Bell is a must see, but if you don't want to wait in line, you can walk by it and see it from Liberty Park through the glass from the outside.
The true center of the city, City Hall is beautiful building with Dilworth Park surrounding the building on the block.
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Philadelphia City Hall
1400 John F Kennedy Boulevard
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The true center of the city, City Hall is beautiful building with Dilworth Park surrounding the building on the block.
Favorite tourist site
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National Constitution Center
525 Arch Street
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Favorite tourist site
History of Besty Ross's life and exposure to what it was like to live in the times when our nation was forming.
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Betsy Ross House
239 Arch Street
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History of Besty Ross's life and exposure to what it was like to live in the times when our nation was forming.
History of Ben Franklin's first Post Office and Printing Press in its original location.
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Benjamin Franklin Museum
317 Chestnut Street
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History of Ben Franklin's first Post Office and Printing Press in its original location.
First Congress and signing of the Declaration of Independence
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Independence Hall
520 Chestnut Street
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First Congress and signing of the Declaration of Independence