A-list celebrities, political candidates and tens of thousands of Americans will descend on Philly in just three short weeks for the Democratic National Convention (DNC). With all eyes on the city, many “hot spots” are being promoted, but for the true, authentic Philly experience- take it from us locals- these are the city’s gems:
Where to stay
AKA Rittenhouse Square: When you’re looking for the best of the best, this is the hotel for you. AKA brings luxury to a whole new level with its own highly acclaimed brand featuring a.kitchen+bar, a.lounge, a.matress, a.vodka, and more. Guests feel as if they in a home away from home with the spacious suites and imported, hand-selected European finishing. AKA Rittenhouse Square is the go-to place for Richard Gere, Jennifer Lawrence and Miley Cyrus, situated in Philly’s most coveted neighborhood – need we say more?
Where to eat
Pioneer of the vegan movement, Philadelphia born & bread Hispanic female entrepreneur, Nicole Marquis is the visionary behind the lively Rittenhouse Square corner spot, Bar Bombon; the rapidly-growing vegan concept, HipCity Veg and sexy cocktail lounge Charlie was a sinner. She’s considered the newest sweetheart in Philly’s vibrant dining scene and is taking the city by storm.
What to do:
Imbibe: Whether you’re looking for a sky-high view, to toast the founding fathers of our county, or simply enjoy a local favorite– Philly has a beer garden for you! Home to some of the best in the region, be sure to grab a local brew from Victory, Troegs or Yards to get the full Philly experience.
Splurge: The hip and trendy city is home to some of the most talented up-and-coming designers and eclectic fashion boutiques. Walk along the urban mecca of Walnut Street in Philadelphia and be sure to stop in to visit Joan Shepp, a clothing store that is sure to satisfy your craving for exquisite style or peruse fabric row for a vintage-inspired looks.
Maralyn D. Hill, M.Ed., The Epicurean Explorer
Executive Editor, LuxeBeatMag.com
Editor-in-Chief, Where and What in the World
Freelance Lifestyle Journalist
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Member: Society of American Travel Writers (SATW)
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