If you’re headed to Philadelphia for eyeforpharma, you’re in for a treat. The “City of Brotherly Love” is packed with great restaurants, historical landmarks, and fun things to do. Many of the city’s top attractions are in walking distance of the conference venue, so there should be time to take in at least a little of the local culture before and after sessions.
Here are our suggestions for fun in Philly:
Breakfast. Fuel up for the day at one of the many breakfast spots within 10 minutes of the Pennsylvania Convention Center. Café Lift offers an early bird menu of simple breakfasts with bottomless coffee, plus creative specials throughout the morning.
Lunch. For a quick break between conference sessions, head to Reading Terminal Market for lunch. It’s just across Arch Street from the convention center and has something for everyone. Try a roast pork sandwich at DiNic’s, muffalettas at Beck’s Cajun Cafe, or a curry (including vegan and gluten-free options) at Nanee’s Kitchen.
Dinner. When it’s time to unwind, Philly offers a wide range of dinner options. Previously, we’ve recommended the affordable Zahav for modern Israeli food, Will for French-inspired cuisine, and Vedge for its inventive vegan entrees.
When it’s time to unwind, Philly offers a wide range of dinner options.
For the city’s best sushi and Japanese small plates, try the cozy, downstairs dining room at Double Knot. Other local favorites include the Oyster House for New England-style seafood and Little Nonna’s or Mercato for Italian.
Things to Do. Conference schedules don’t allow much time for sightseeing, but you don’t need long for these attractions:
- Enjoy 360-degree views of Philadelphia—including the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, Broad Street, and the Philadelphia skyline—from the observation deck on the City Hall Tower Tour.
- See the room where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed at Independence Hall. Then cross the street for a quick visit to the Liberty Bell Center.
- Visit Philly’s bustling Chinatown for a meal, or just to see the colorful, 40-foot Friendship Gate at 10th and Arch streets.
- Snap a selfie with the Rocky Statue and run up the “Rocky Steps,” located at the East Entrance to the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
If you’re staying for an extra day or two, there are plenty of other options nearby. Highlights include the Cherry Blossom Festival, the African American Museum of Philadelphia, and the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts.
Of course, there’s also the conference. Later this week, we’ll share our recommendations for the best sessions related to big data, digital marketing, and multichannel integration.