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Live Like A Local
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Our staff knows just where to go!

Getting off the beaten path and discovering hidden gems is one of the wonders of travel. But how do you find those special places? Ask a local. Hotel Palomar Philadelphia helps you make the most of your Philadelphia stay by sharing our staff's favorite picks and insider tips.

We asked our intrepid staff: If you had only two days in Philadelphia, what would you do? Take a peek, have some fun and Live Like a Local.

Eat
Caitlin Mateo

Caitlin Mateo

Chef de Cuisine

  • For some of the best food in Philly, check out Vernick. This intimate two story restaurant has a beautiful dining area and some of the best service in the city!

  • I've been going to Nam Phuong for years. Their summer rolls, pho, and salad are all reasons to return to this family friendly spot.

Drink
Denethia Durgin

Denethia Durgin

Mixologist

  • The mixologists at the Ranstead Room are impressive. If you think you've lost your way and are wandering down a dark Philadelphia alley, you're right on track to find this Speakeasy.

  • Rouge is the place to drink if you're feeling fancy. The view of Rittenhouse Park can't be beat.

Play
Kevin Dugan

Kevin Dugan

Sales Coordinator

  • Need a good laugh? Look no further than Helium Comedy Club where you will find local and nationally known stand up acts dishing all the one liners and jokes you can take!

  • Every First Friday of the month in  Old City, the art galleries stay open late for free exhibits, wine tastings and more!

Retail therapy
Jessica Freedman

Jessica Freedman

Catering Sales Manager

  • Arcadia Boutique in Rittenhouse is also a great spot for clothing, accessories & home décor.  They focus on carrying eco friendly pieces.

  • Third Street Habit is a funky boutique in Old City.  They have a great selection of clothing, shoes & jewelry for fashion forward females of this city.

One of a kind
Abby Raymond

Abby Raymond

Area Group Rooms Coordinator

  • Philadelphia’s Mural Arts Program is by far the largest public art program in the US. Try one of several specialized trolley tours for a colorful & moving snapshot of our citizenship.

  • The Italian Market neighborhood a wonderful & unexpected melting pot of cheap eats. Viet Huong, Taco Loco & Paesano’s are my personal favorites!

Wellness
Rachel McGown

Rachel McGown

Director of Finance

  • Checkout Hip City Veg at 18th and Sansom! This take-out restaurant offers delicious sandwiches & salads where the focus is on fresh local foods & flavor.

  • Kelly Drive is a great 8.4 loop around the Schuylkill River.  It provides a great running and/or biking path for those looking to escape from the city!

For more information about any of these suggestions and additional favorites, contact Hotel Palomar Philadelphia's Guest Service team at (215) 563-5006

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