There is more to Philadelphia than just cheesesteaks and soft pretzels. It is America’s first capital and the birthplace of American freedom. Although sometimes hidden in the shadows of New York and Washington D.C., Philadelphia is one of the greatest cities in the United States and should never be overlooked.
Filled with art, culture, and history, the City of Brotherly Love is broken down into several different neighborhoods. One of the most vibrant parts of the city would have to be Old City. It houses the historical monuments and buildings, including: Independence Hall, Christ Church, and the Liberty Bell. All of these are free to the public, and shed light on over 200 years of American history.
Old City is found between Center City and Penn’s Landing. The area is easily accessible by using the Market Street Subway Line, or it is a nice ten-block walk from City Hall. After standing in the same room where the Declaration of Independence was signed and walking the pews of the same church America’s Founding Fathers attended, you will probably be hungry and in need for a meal. If this is the case and you are interested in some true local flavor, then head on over to Campo’s on 2nd and Market Street. They have some of the best cheesesteaks in the city, and definitely the best ones in Old City.
Like mentioned, Philadelphia is very big on its art scene. If you are lucky to be in Philadelphia on the first Friday of the month, you will be able to experience ‘First Friday’ in Old City. It is the one night of the month where the local art galleries show their special exhibits and stay open later for your viewing pleasure. The small festival caters to the young and old throughout the evening, and there is usually free food and drinks to go along with the event.
When the galleries have all closed up for the night and you are still looking for some fun, rest assured that there is a very good bar scene in Old City. Having a drink or two can be your perfect ending to an eventful day in Old City, Philadelphia.