Philadelphia blew my mind, it completely exceeded my expectations in so many ways. As happy as I am that this trip happened, I’m also simultaneously upset with myself for neglecting this city for so many years. It’s such a short (2 hr) drive from New York City, so I have no one to blame but myself. Anyway, enough with the self loathing, let’s get to it.
Allie & I stayed at the Ritz Carlton, and it did more than live up to it’s name. The hotel was once a bank that was erected to resemble the Pantheon in 1908. It’s steps away from City Hall, which you’ll see in the photos below.
Photography by Allison Provost.
We also took full advantage of room service, because what’s better than breakfast in bed?
Or possibly some late night snacks…
Had a huge crush on these elevators that took you up to the Club Level.
Views from the Club Room…
We did leave the hotel… below you’ll find some of the places we went & loved.
However, the place that really took my breath away was Irwin’s, so let’s start there. This speakeasy style restaurant just opened this Summer and is located on the 8th floor of a former technical school. The space was designed by Rohe Creative, who did a spectacular job of keeping the charm of the building and the city. You can see from the photo’s that the walls of the dining space are still covered in graffiti. Across from the restaurant is Bok Bar, it’s only open during the Summer months, but boasts amazing views of the city where you’re served beer & wine through counters where students used to get their lunch.
After we were done dining at Irwin’s we popped over to Bok Bar, this view is wild…
We loved the decor at Irwin’s so much that we researched what other spaces Rohe Creative designed and found Louie Louie. Not only was the place STUNNING but the food was to die for. Take a look…
Another place we dined was Talula’s Garden, this cute little spot was actually recommended by one of my amazing followers via Instagram!
Working day at the dreamy Menagerie Coffee…
We did more than eat our way through Philadelphia, but that was definitely the majority of our trip… priorities ok!?
We spent one afternoon at the Magic Gardens, which is a nonprofit art museum spanning almost an entire block. This indoor/outdoor space is largely devoted to the work of Isaiah Zagar, who moved to South Street in the early 1960’s and created these beautiful mosaics made from recycled glass, mirrors, and bicycle parts just to name a few. Read more about it here.
I hope you all enjoyed that as much as I enjoyed putting it together for you! It was really an amazing trip.
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