Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia

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This Sunday, in need of a little adventure and feeling a little New York City-touristed out, I decided to swap one urban jungle for another and went to Philadelphia for the day. This was by no means my first time to the City of Brotherly Love, but it was my first time there alone… my first time truly traveling alone for the day anywhere!
Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia
I’ll be honest, this was not a spontaneous trip, but of course planned days in advance. I asked a bunch of friends their recommendations and took some notes from Tony Bourdain on where to go, what to see and what to eat. In the end, spending about eight hours there, I, by no means, did everything on my list… but this just means I’ll have to go back!

I woke up at the crack of dawn and got my butt to Penn Station to catch an early train. The trip from New York to Philly is relatively short — about a hour and a half to Trenton and then 45 minutes into Philly from there. Plus, each way was only about $25 which isn’t too bad (especially on NJ Transit).

I arrived in Philadelphia by 10am and was off to the Philadelphia Art Museum, walking along the beautiful Schuykill River Trail. Below are some of my favorite paintings I discovered. There were some great Monet’s and Cezanne’s as well that I got to see!

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia
Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia
Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia
Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia
Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia

After my fill of art, I walked toward Logan Square, stopping at the Rodin Museum, who is my favorite sculptor (free with admission to the Philadelphia Museum of Art). It features the largest collection of Rodin outside Paris.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia

By now I’d worked up an appetite so this brings us to the food porn section of my trip… I found a Rita’s Water Ice stand (which I love) and got mango ice and continued walking down toward Logan Sq. and JFK Plaza, where the famous LOVE statue is.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia

I got lunch at Reading Terminal Market which is full of any dining option you’d ever want! I went with the Roast Pork Sandwich with provolone and broccoli rabe from DiNic’s, which came highly recommended.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia

With more walking under my belt, I got donuts from Federal Donuts (which happens to sell both donuts AND chicken). They were warm and delicious — I tried the strawberry lavender and the cinnamon.

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia

I also happened up Di Brunos Brothers, a famous cheese place that serves sandwiches and fine foods. I have their cheese cook book and didn’t even realize I’d been here before on past trips to Philly. I love this place! Seriously, there’s so many restaurants in Philadelphia I want to try and I’ll definitely be coming back!

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia
And finally, I hung out at Rittenhouse Square for a while reading and people watching. And that was my day!

Breakfast in Bed(stuy) / Cultural & Foodie Day Trip to Philadelphia

I didn’t stray too, too far from the train station and if I was feeling a bit more adventurous (baby steps) I would have ventured into other neighborhoods of Philly… You’ll notice I didn’t partake in any cheese steak shenanigans… If I had, I would have gone to one of the classics (Pat’s or Gino’s) or even Carmine’s or Spataro’s in Reading Terminal.

I thought it would be scary or uncomfortable traveling alone, but I actually loved it!

I felt like I was more comfortable asking for directions or talking to strangers whilst on my own than out with friends or even at home in NYC. I think it was a good exercise… explore a new city, see some art, and have some quality “me” time! If you have any doubt, check out this article I happened to find on my way home from my excursion all about traveling alone!

All in all, I spent about 15 hours out (from door to door), walked 5.4 miles, explored a lovely city and ate some delicious food! 

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