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!
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!
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!
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!
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!
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!