As I told you all last week, I spent most of my recent spring break in Philadelphia visiting my sisters and we had the BEST time! Well, with these two, I always have the best time, so this was definitely not out of the norm.
We lucked out with the most beautiful weather (AGAIN! this happens every spring when I visit), so we took advantage of the sunshine and spent most of our time outdoors. This means lots of city walks, coffee shop chats, and outdoor eats! <— aka all of my favorite things
As soon as I arrived, we started with some lunch at Dizengoff, this delicious Israeli hummus shop with some of the creamiest hummus I’ve ever tasted. Man, do my sisters know me well!
We split two bowls of hummus, a roasted beet and spring pea with dill and a toasted almond, asparagus, and green bean version. Both were absolutely DELICIOUS and came with the puffiest, fresh-from-the-oven pita bread to dip till our hearts’ content. Gahhh I could eat this stuff all day!
The next morning, we started the morning with everything bagels with hummus and sipped iced teas from Good Karma Cafe, this adorable coffee shop right near my sister’s house. Their iced tea was some of the best I’ve ever had and they had so many vegan options, which is great since my sister is dairy-free! They also have an awesome back patio if you’re looking for an outdoor coffee shop to do work or just hang out.
After breakfast, we literally walked ALL day— I’m talking like 30,000 steps— adventuring to different neighborhoods around Philly and trying lots of food along the way.
For lunch, we stumbled upon Sabrina’s Cafe near the Italian Market, which turned out to be one of the most popular brunch spots in Philly! They have an amazing menu, full of options for all kinds of eaters and diets.
I ordered a salad and sandwich combo with a Roasted Vegetable Caesar Salad and a Roasted Vegetable Pesto Sandwich (can you tell I was craving veggies?!?) that was absolutely mouth-watering. My sister ordered their brunch special, featuring a quinoa vegetable black bean hash, fried eggs, and avocado, which was just as delicious. Not to mention how cute their space is! We wanted to just sit there eating and drinking all day long!
Of course, it’s not a trip to Philly without a stop at Reading Terminal Market. And I definitely can’t pass up a Beiler’s Apple Fritter, so that just had to happen.
If you guys haven’t heard of Beiler’s Doughnuts before, they’re an Amish bakery that serves hand-rolled donuts, which you can watch them make and dip right in front of you! It’s super popular in Reading Terminal, so expect to stand in a line, but it’s definitely worth the wait. Unfortunately, these are not vegan or gluten free, but are SO addicting and worth it if you’re able to eat both.
The last stop on our food tour was Bar Bombon in Center City. This little gem is a plant-based Latin restaurant that has both amazing cocktails and an eclectic menu— all surrounded by the cutest decor! We started with these refreshing cucumber, lavender, thyme, and gin cocktails that were absolutely fantastic and a big ol’ plate of vegan nachos. I definitely recommend both.
Then, we ordered a few small plates to share: the buffalo cauliflower tacos, crispy potatoes in this delicious, zesty sauce, and of course, their crispy brussels sprouts. All of these dishes were so flavorful and satisfying, but I must say the cauliflower tacos were our favorites. Lightly fried, tossed in this spicy buffalo sauce, and wrapped in a taco with avocado and black bean puree—- YES!
Again, I absolutely recommend trying Bar Bombon if you’re vegan, or if you’re not— it’s just so cute and unique!
If you’re headed to the Philly area and are looking for more restaurant options or ideas of things to do, I posted a similar travel post last year featuring all our eats and activities. I also wrote a separate post documenting our experience at the famous Vedge Restaurant, which is still my favorite place in Philly by far, and you MUST go there! Vegetarian or not!
Have you ever been to Philadelphia before? What are your favorite eats and things to do?