AFTER A WHIRLWIND FEW years of hosting Pope Francis in 2015, the Democratic National Convention in 2016, the NFL Draft in 2017 and even the city’s first-ever Super Bowl win followed by an epic parade in 2018, it’s no wonder Philadelphia earned GQ’s City of the Year, 2018 title. With such an exciting ascension, it seems “trust the process” isn’t just for the 76ers basketball team — it’s for the whole city.
Between Philadelphia’s rich American history, inspiring present and skyis- the-limit future, this city is having a moment, and nowhere more so than in South Philadelphia. Possibly the largest neighborhood in the city, South Philadelphia boasts culture, international flair and authentic neighborhood personality.
A bit of advice to travelers: Come hungry and keep heading south.
Start at the Italian Market, then head to the Latin section, boasting the now-famous Mexican restaurant South Philly Barbacoa, located just around the corner from Pat’s King of Steaks and Geno’s Steaks — the famous cheesesteak rivalry-turned-obligatory tourist visit.
The established but somehow still-growing foodie scene along Passyunk Avenue represents the neighborhood well, as it cuts through the city’s gridorganized streets in a diagonal line, commanding your attention. Walk south along East Passyunk Avenue, exploring the upwards of 20 restaurants consistently making Philadelphia Magazine’s Best Restaurants list; unique stores; and rotating, year-round outdoor festivals and events.
Dozens of local boutiques and quirky shops line the avenue, including The Singing Fountain, surrounded by fresh produce during farmers markets in the summer and Christmas carolers in the winter.
The farther south you go, the more mom-and-pop eateries, dress shops, men’s tailors, vintage shops and dive bars you’ll find, but for something uniquely South Philadelphia yet modern and swanky, the famous Bok Building offers a bit of everything.
Built in 1936, Edward W. Bok Technical High School — or Bok Vocational High School — welcomed students across a plethora of studies, from welding and auto mechanics to culinary arts. In 2013 the historic building went up for public auction and now boasts some of the most exciting restaurants, event spaces, homemade boutiques and rooftop bars in the area.
A local favorite gaining city-wide popularity, Bok Bar’s seasonal rooftop bar boasts one of the best views in the city. The former high school, now community space, is located in a residential area, offering an unobstructed city view and far less street noise than Center City’s rooftop locales. A newer resident in the building, Irwin’s was affectionately named for the building’s architect and boasts Mediterranean-inspired small plates with a twist, cocktails and sweeping views from the terrace.
Attend seasonal fitness classes on the rooftop or in the high school gym and tenant studios. Keep an eye out for local events like movie nights and tours through the local businesses housed in the building.
The South Philadelphia streets are lined with homes where residents sit outside chatting and people-watching. The region’s strong Italian heritage is palpable, but the neighborhood is definitely diverse. With so many old, new and up-and-coming local businesses and community events, South Philadelphia offers a blend of thriving cultures.
From the moment you step onboard Air Tahiti Nui’s Tahitian Dreamliner, you will be transported to The Islands of Tahiti. The French Polynesian carrier considered every detail to awaken its passengers’ senses, creating the feeling you are already on the Islands while 30,000 feet in the air.
Everyone loves a good Christmas tree, but these iconic hotels around the world take it one step further with designer-styled trees illuminating lobbies and public spaces, wowing all who enter. From Lela Rose to Louis Vuitton, don’t miss these ultra-luxury trees redefining tree decorating as we know it.
As another phenomenal year of travel comes to an end, it’s time, as always, for Global Traveler to celebrate and award those who do it best as we announce the 2023 winners of the GT Tested Reader Survey awards. But that's not the only cause for celebration here: We've hit another major milestone, as this marks our 20th year honoring the best of the best inn world of travel!
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The highly anticipated GT Tested Reader Survey has more reason to celebrate in 2024 than ever before. This year marks the 20th anniversary of our GT Tested Reader Survey awards, with many of the winning brands earning milestone accolades for years of dedicated and consistent service.
Reconnecting the World: GBTA Convention 2023 Spotlights the Vital Role of Business Travel and In-Person Connection
In an increasingly digital and interconnected world, the Global Business Travel Association (GBTA) Convention remains an indispensable platform for business travel industry professionals seeking to make the most of the power of face-to-face connections. Taking place August 13–15 in Dallas, the 2023 GBTA Convention provides the unique opportunity for professionals and companies to join visionaries, thought leaders and industry experts for meaningful networking, cutting-edge insights and inspiring innovation.
One thing surprising about the Prince Edward Island capital is its abundance of shops specializing in affordable, fashion-forward jewelry rendered in sterling silver, vermeil, 14K gold and semi-precious stones. Whether you prefer delicate pieces or bold wearable art, you can be assured the pieces for sale are inspired by the maritime island setting and, therefore, specific to the place where they are created. Here are a few shining, woman-owned examples: