This year's eyeforpharma Philadelphia promises to be an information-packed two days, when hundreds of pharma folks will descend on the city. We encourage you to budget a little extra time and see some of what "The City of Brotherly Love" has to offers its visitors – no matter what your interests.
For History Buffs
Here’s where you can take a break from pharma conversations to learn more about the start of our nation.
- The Museum of the American Revolution will open its doors on April 19 in Philadelphia's Historic District, near Independence Hall in the heart of the city that served as the headquarters for the Revolution, according to VisitPhilly.com. They promise "immersive exhibitions and priceless artifacts" that will trace "the evolution of the colonies from the earliest days of unrest through a legendary war and the improbable victory that led to a new nation." Highlights are set to include General Washington’s original headquarters tent and hundreds of other authentic objects.
- The Liberty Bell Center gives visitors an opportunity to see the iconic bell and learn about how it fits into history and the story of freedom. "The exhibit illuminates the Bell’s storied past, focusing on both liberty attained and on liberty not yet realized," says Philadelphia’s Convention & Visitors Bureau.
- Independence Hall is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with plenty to explore, according to VisitPhilly.com. After the Revolutionary War, our new nation was ready to collapse. Each state had its own laws, money and defense, but many were wary of a strong central government. The checks and balances we’re familiar with today, provided by our three branches of government, were first housed in Independence Hall - and it’s also where the Constitution was signed in 1787.
Skip the hotel bar or room service and venture out for a meal in this city full of ?
- Zahav – Considered by many to be Philly's best (and named by Eater critic Bill Addison as one of the 38 essentials nationwide), Zahav is surprisingly inexpensive. "Chef Mike Solomonov's modern Israeli menu is creative, affordable, and easy to explore and fall in love with. The real showstopper is the pomegranate lamb shoulder, but even something as simple (and now ubiquitous) as hummus is genuinely eye-opening here," notes Addison.
- Townsend – Eater Philadelphia has also included Chef Wentz’s restaurant on its "essential restaurant list" for some time, saying, "The French cooking here is top-flight, and the atmosphere allows both for seriously romantic meals and late-night drinks (the bar is plenty dignified, but never stuffy). The wine selections and cocktails at Townsend are some of Philly's best.” And the best got better, with sommelier Gordana Kostovski joining the restaurant earlier this year. She’s won two Wine Spectator Awards of Excellence and is expected to enhance the already-impressive Townsend."
- Will – Another favorite with Eater Philadelphia, Will is a modern, French-inspired BYOB, located in the heart of South Philadelphia. In adding Will to the "essential restaurant list," Eater raves, "Christopher Kearse opened Will to tremendous praise from both critics and East Passyunk neighbors alike. The menu is stacked with creative takes on classic dishes and some of the most beautiful plates in the city. Keep an eye out for special tasting dinners and collaborations, which are always innovative and fresh."
- Elfreth’s Alley is a quaint cobblestoned piece of history - the oldest continuously occupied residential street in the U.S. - tucked into Historic Philadelphia. Explains VisitPhilly.com: “While a modern city has sprung up around it, the Alley preserves three centuries of evolution through its old-fashioned flower boxes, shutters, Flemish bond brickwork and other architectural details.”
- You can find a cheesesteak nationwide, but a Philly cheesesteak, in Philadelphia, is a special moment. The battle for best is endless, so rather than tell you where to go, we thought we’d help you order – just like a local – thanks to SeriousEats.com.
- Order like a pro: To order a cheesesteak with provolone, merely say, "One provolone." No need to say any more —if you give the name of your preferred cheese, a cheesesteak is assumed.
- Throw on some extras: Same thing goes for your toppings. Onions are such a crucial part of the experience that locals just say "wit'." So "Whiz wit’" means "I’d like to order one cheesesteak with Cheez Whiz and onions, please." Don't want onions? Best specify "wit-out."
- The Rocky Statue and the “Rocky Steps” are two of the most popular attractions in Philadelphia. Visiting the statue, running up the steps of the Art Museum and taking a picture at the top is a must on your first visit to Philadelphia. It’s a rite of passage, according to VisitPhilly.com.
These are a few of our favorite places to find fun in Philly, but leave us a comment and let us know if you have any favorite “must sees” you’re looking forward to during your visit for eyeforpharma Philadelphia 2017.