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City Guide: What to Do in Philadelphia

It's called the City of Brotherly Love for a reason.

by Matt Scottoline | September 02, 2021

For ReAnimator, community is the foundation of everything we accomplish. When our company first started, we were roasting in the basement of a row home and selling the beans on Saturdays at an urban farm in our neighborhood.

Our first café location was in that same neighborhood and it’s really the community that propped us up and helped us grow to where we are today. The support we get from Philadelphia remains vital to our company and we never take it for granted. So, without further ado, here are some of our favorite spots to spend time at in Philly.

Eeva

310 Master Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

Open Wednesday to Saturday 5:00 pm; Bakery open Saturday to Sunday 8:00 am

Next door to our Kensington Roastery is a little slice of freshly baked heaven. Eeva specializes in naturally leavened breads like country loaves and bagels, wood-fired pizzas, and an impressive selection of unique, natural wines.

Everything Chef Greg puts together is so, so good. Plus, if you find a wine you love, you can bring the good times back home thanks to their bottle shop.

@eevaphilly

Penn Treaty Park

1301 North Beach Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125

Open daily 8:00 am

This is a personal favorite of mine. Right on the beautiful riverfront in Fishtown with a fantastic view of the Ben Franklin Bridge, Penn Treaty Park is a great spot to hang out with friends or enjoy a little solitude and a good book. Thanks to the river, the park even has it’s own micro-climate, making it a bit cooler and breezier on hot days.

@dayannahs.perspective

Hello Donuts

2557 Amber Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125

Open Tuesday to Sunday 8:00 am

What is the perfect companion to a freshly brewed, steaming cup of coffee if not a donut? Several donuts, maybe? I recommend testing this theory for yourself at Hello Donuts, the best in Philly. With a weekly rotating menu of cake, yeasted, and vegan options, there’s something for everyone.

@hellodonutsphl

Stock

Rittenhouse

1935 Chestnut Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103

Open Monday to Sunday 11:30 am

Fishtown

308 East Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125

Open Thursday to Sunday 5:00 pm

Stock is collectively one of ReAnimator’s favorite restaurants in the city. It’s all Vietnamese- and Thai-style soups, salads, and noodle dishes (with some banh mi too). The soups are just so incredible. I have actually described them as “life changing” in the past.

@stockphilly

Weckerly's

Fishtown

9 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

Open Tuesday to Friday 2:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 1:00 pm

West Philly

265 South 44th Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104

Open Tuesday to Friday 1:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday 12:00 pm

A wonderful ice cream shop run by wonderful people. Weckerly's is just… wonderful. The quality is amazing, the staff is super-friendly, and the ice cream is incredible.

It’s the perfect dessert spot if you’re bumming around Fishtown, which I often am. Although, if you find yourself bumming around West Philly, they have a scoop shop there, too.

@weckerlys

Martha

2113 East York Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125

Bar: Open Wednesday and Thursday 5:00 pm; Friday to Sunday 12:00 pm

Patio: Open Wednesday and Thursday 5:00 pm; Friday to Suunday 12:00 pm

Martha is a neighborhood bar in Fishtown. They have an excellent patio with a bocce court that is a summer staple for all of us.

It has a great menu of sandwiches and small veggie plates and lots of local wines and brews to try — always an excellent vibe all around.

@marthakensington

Union Transfer

1026 Spring Garden Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19123

Box office is open Friday and Saturday 12:00 pm

I kind of think Union Transfer might be the best music venue in the country. Maybe? Yes. If you’re in town, it’s worth seeing a show here.

@uniontransfer

Al-Amana Grocery Store

1501 Germantown Avenue

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19122

Open Monday to Sunday 10:30 am

Around the corner from our Kensington Roastery, Al-Amana is a little grocery and to-go food spot built into the local mosque.

I think it’s safe to say that from approximately 2014 to 2018 I subsisted on their falafel sandwiches and hummus. We still eat there for lunch multiple days per week.

@prehinsileeye

Shissler Recreation Center

1800 Blair Street

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19125

Open Monday to Friday 1:30 pm; Saturday 9:00 am

I play basketball here at Shissler every week and I love it. Just wanted to shout it out!

@shisslerrec