3 Days in Philadelphia

 

Last week, I flew up to Philadelphia to visit my older sister for a long weekend and was blown away by how much I fell in LOVE with that city! It may have been because it was 70 degrees and sunny the entire time (no snow, whoop whoop!). Or because we filled our weekend with long city walks, decadent food, perfect cappuccinos, and a baseball game. OR because my younger sister drove in spontaneously for a sister reunion (surprise!).

All those things combined, we had the most perfect weekend and I already can’t wait to go back!

 

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

The first night I flew in, my sister, Laura, gave me a quick tour of her neighborhood and we had an amazing dinner at an entirely vegan restaurant, Charlie was a sinner, in the Center City area. The restaurant has a cool “speakeasy” vibe, great hand-crafted cocktails, and lots of interesting veggie-loaded small plates. Some of our favorite dishes were their Artichoke Frites, Potato Croquettes, and Slow Roasted Parsnip— but everything we tried was super flavorful and delicious! Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures (I took a night off of photography), but I totally recommend giving this place a try if you’re in the area (but definitely make reservations in advance).

The next morning, we started our day at Rival Bros Coffee Roasters with some perfect cappuccinos and a morning walk along the river. BEST way to begin the day!

 

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

After our morning walk, my younger sister arrived and we headed straight to Reading Terminal Market for lunch and treats. YOU GUYS, this place is pretty much a foodie heaven. They have any kind of food you could ever imagine, as well as some of the best donuts I’ve ever had in my life (from Beiler’s Bakery). We noshed on some falafel platters before indulging in some decadent donuts. The frosted coconut (pictured below) and the apple fritters were definitely our favorites!

 

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

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We ended our day of exploring at one of the BEST vegan restaurants I’ve ever been to: VEDGE! Vedge is one of the top rated plant-based restaurants in the country and has been on my list for ages. As soon as I booked my trip to Philly, Vedge was the first thing we planned and I was beyond excited for this meal!

I’ve decided I’m going to write an entire post dedicated to our Vedge meal because it was THAT good, so check back next week for the full run-down. I promise it’s worth having it’s own post!

 

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

The next day, I met up with one of my college friends for brunch at Bluestone Lane (SO delish) and it was so fun catching up on life! This friend just so happened to be my freshman year roommate at Pitt and it made me smile thinking of all that’s happened since we met 9 years ago (what!?!)— while also making me feel a little old too haha!

After brunch, we headed to the Phillies Nationals game at Citizens Bank Park. All my sisters and I used to live in Washington DC and go to Nationals games all the time, so of course it was SO fun seeing them play again this weekend!

Just check out this view!

 

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

 

On our last morning, we finished out our visit with a beautiful river walk to the Philadelphia Museum of Art (aka where the Rocky steps are 😉 ). I totally recommend walking the path by the river near the museum. You get some fabulous views of the city, lots of great people watching, and, of course, a little exercise in your day.

It was so hard saying goodbye to my two favorite people, but we’re already planning our next trip together this summer and I’m counting down the days! Hope you enjoyed this sneak peak into my weekend getaway!

 

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

Vegetarian Travel: Philadelphia // pumpkinandpeanutbutter.com

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Hi, I’m Liz and this is my food blog where I share my love of healthy foods and whole ingredients. You will find mostly vegetarian dishes, plenty of sweets, and lots of love from this little kitchen in Durham, North Carolina!

14 Comments

  1. Loved this, Liz! I have some family in Philly that I may need to visit so I can cross some of these places off my list! Can’t wait for the Vedge post 🙂

    • Do it!! I had no idea how amazing the food scene was here until I was literally drooling over everything I ate. And there’s already more places that I can’t wait to try next time I visit!

  2. Liz, this looks like such a fun trip!!! I’m jotting down the names of these food places because we *might* be ending up in Philly for dental school….and I’ll definitely need to know which restaurants and bakeries to try;)

    • Omg Lucia that’s amazing! You guys would LOVE it there! AND you’d be super close to me since Nate’s job is moving us to DC full time next summer 🙂

  3. Looks so fun!! My bff from home is in Philly for pharmacy residency and I’ve been meaning to get over there at some point, I’m totally looking forward to your post on The Vedge!!!

  4. So glad you enjoyed Philly, that’s my city! But I have never been to any of those places and I have been wanting to go to vedge for a while now, can’t wait to read that post on it 🙂

    • No way!! DEFINITELY go to Vedge! It was beyond incredible!!

  5. Looks like an amazing trip!!! Our city is seriously lacking in the good restaurant department so I’m a bit jealous of Philly!! 🙂 Beautiful pictures too! <3

    • It was pretty incredible! Definitely do a weekend trip there if you ever get the chance! Thanks so much Laura 🙂

  6. I lived in Philadelphia for 3 years before moving to DC a year and a half ago. I love it and miss it so much. I am glad you had an awesome weekend exploring!

    • Thanks Jeff! It really is such a beautiful city… and so much character!

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