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Global City Guidebook: Philadelphia

Jul 10, 2024

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Global City Guidebook 2024

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, is one of the United States’ key historical cities, home to Independence Hall, where the Declaration of
Independence and Constitution were signed. In addition to its historical contributions, Philly is known for its booming culinary scene and die-hard sports fans. Explore all the City of Brotherly Love has to offer beyond cheesesteaks.

GETTING THERE & AROUND
Philadelphia International Airport is the city’s main gateway. Rental car, taxi, ride share and public transportation services are easily accessible from the airport to downtown Philadelphia. For those traveling by train, 30th Street Station serves many destinations. Many parts of the city are walkable, or opt to request a ride share or utilize the bus or subway system.

LODGING
Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia

Occupying the top 12 floors of the 60-story Comcast Center, the luxury property boasts stunning views of the Philadelphia skyline. Don’t leave without a visit to the hotel’s spa and infinity pool on the 57th floor.
1 N. 19th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
tel 215 419 5000

The Rittenhouse
Overlooking Rittenhouse Square, the hotel has welcomed guests since 1989. Enjoy a meal at the hotel’s main restaurant, Lacroix at The Rittenhouse. Book a treatment at the Rittenhouse Spa & Club.
210 W. Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, tel 215 546 9000

W Philadelphia
The 295-room hotel near City Hall features a heated outdoor pool and bar, WET Deck, open year-round. Book a stay in one of the hotel’s luxury suites, many of which offer private balconies.
1439 Chestnut St., Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, tel 215 709 8000

DINING
Forsythia

Located in the city’s historic Old City neighborhood, Forsythia presents a contemporary take on classic French food. The menu changes often to reflect the best seasonal ingredients. Forsythia also serves brunch on Saturdays and Sundays.
233 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
tel 215 644 9395

Friday Saturday Sunday
The New American restaurant brought home the 2023 James Beard Award for Outstanding Restaurant. The nightly eight-course tasting menu highlights local and seasonal fare.
261 S. 21st St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
tel 215 546 4232

Kalaya
Another 2023 James Beard Award winner (for Chef Nok Suntaranon, Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic), the restaurant serves authentic southern Thai cuisine, including shareable plates and refreshing cocktails. Kalaya recently debuted weekend lunch service.
4 W. Palmer St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
tel 215 545 2535

ATTRACTIONS
Barnes Foundation
Originally housed in a space in Merion, Pennsylvania, the art collection moved to Philadelphia in 2012. The museum features an extensive collection of works from American and European artists, arranged in thoughtful displays alongside wrought iron works, furniture, jewelry and sculptures.
2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia,
Pennsylvania, tel 215 278 7000

Old City
Explore the historic heart of Philadelphia in one of its oldest neighborhoods. Old City is home to numerous historic sites and museums including Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, Betsy Ross House, Museum of the American Revolution and National Constitution Center. Spend time browsing the charming shops and art galleries. Grab a bite at popular eateries such as Fork, The Olde Bar and The Franklin Fountain.

University City
The neighborhood is home to Drexel University and University of Pennsylvania. Beyond the diverse student population, University City features excellent dining, shopping and outdoor spaces. Stroll through exhibits at Penn Museum, watch a sporting event at The Palestra, and check out a show at World Café Live.

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