On business in Philadelphia

By: Marla Cimini

June 23, 2015

In the town that’s home to the famed Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, visitors to Philadelphia can enjoy many local charms, even while on a brief business trip. More than just juicy cheesesteaks, soft pretzels and “Rocky” film references, Philadelphia is packed full of of historical sites, outstanding cultural activities and a world-class dining scene. Make sure you get the best out of this vibrant city next time you’re on business in Philadelphia.

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The City of Brotherly Love’s skyline at sunset © Visit Philadelphia

Where to stay: For a chic urban experience, the Hotel Monaco is a boutique property with a decidedly stylish flair. With free Wifi and morning coffee, an on-site business centre and a yoga mat in every room, this hotel is a favourite among business travellers. Their spacious rooftop Stratus lounge and complimentary wine “happy hour” in the lobby offers guests the chance to mingle with hotel staff – and each other.

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Philly’s famed “Love Park” is a great place for a stroll © Visit Philadelphia

Alternatively, business travellers who need to stay a little closer to the convention centre should opt for the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. The iconic Reading Terminal is just across the street and the trendy Bank and Bourbon restaurant is located on the Loews’ first floor. Across town, the luxurious Rittenhouse Hotel is situated in one of the city’s most exclusive neighbourhoods. The property features a newly renovated spa and salon along with their cosy Library Bar with comfortable couches and craft cocktails. For a memorable meal, the hotel’s gourmet Lacroix Restaurant offers spectacular views of the city’s most picturesque park.

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The Rittenhouse hotel: A favourite for business and leisure travellers alike © Visit Philadelphia

Where to eat: Known for its dynamic dining scene, Philadelphia has a wide range of options for breakfast, lunch and dinner. A mod restaurant at the base of the AKA Rittenhouse, serves the morning workforce toasted bagels with smoked salmon, thick cut onion and tomato; homemade English muffins with country sausage and fried egg; and pastries from local artisanal bake shops.

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Philadelphia’s sleek is a cosy oasis for craft cocktails, also featuring an oyster bar and light snacks © Visit Philadelphia

For a lively lunch between meetings, those on business in Philadelphia can find a conversational corner at Parc, which offers authentic brasserie fare such as onion soup, croque madame, salads, and moules frites.

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Parc restaurant’s lovely location on Rittenhouse Square brings the feel of a Parisian bistro to Philadelphia © Visit Philadelphia

Dinner in Philly offers a wide array of tasty options – the most challenging part is choosing from so many stellar restaurants. Famed chef Jose Garces has several eateries in town, and one of his most popular outposts is Amada, located in Old City. Serving up authentic Spanish tapas, the Lobster Paella, Lamb chops, and Berenjena con Queso (roasted aubergine with cheese) are always popular choices.


Where to go for evening cocktails: Philadelphia has plenty of swanky spots to sip some craft cocktails after the working day is done. The Franklin Mortgage and Investment Company features an unmarked entrance, professional mixologists and a dimly-lit atmosphere – the perfect place to enjoy a few post-work libations.

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The Franklin Mortgage speakeasy is an under-the-radar destination for cocktails © Visit Philadelphia

Meanwhile, Charlie Was a Sinner is another trendy bar in the Midtown Village part of town that features a selection of classic and signature vegan cocktails. Or, stop in at Ashton Cigar Bar, a sleek lounge with plenty of comfortable seating, featuring an impressive collection of over 250 whiskies, more than 100 bourbons and ryes, nearly 100 varieties of single-malt scotch.

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“Charlie Was a Sinner” is a trendy hangout with a fun, eclectic menu and fresh libations © Visit Philadelphia

Going local: Business travellers who are in town on a Wednesday may notice that some of the restaurant bars are particularly crowded. That’s due to Center City Sips – a fun, citywide happy hour with amazing deals throughout Philly. If the weather is pleasant, head to Spruce Street Harbor Park and savour a beer by the river while soaking up the scenery.

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Spruce Street Harbor Park provides a fun summertime escape for residents and visitors © Visit Philadelphia

Great gifts and shopping: Visitors can find some of the city’s best gifts in Philadelphia’s museum gift shops, such as the acclaimed Barnes Foundation. Nearby, on 13th Street, several cute boutiques showcase jewellery, household goods, chocolates, clothes, Philly memorabilia and more. Two favourites include: Verde and OpenHouse.

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The Barnes Foundation Museum Shop offers an array of distinctive gifts © Visit Philadelphia

Where to break curfew: Philly is well known for its many nighttime hotspots, and most bars are open until 2 a.m. A few watering holes that are always hopping after midnight include Brü Craft & Wurst, an indoor raucous beer hall with a fresh selection of local brews on tap and German-inspired snacks, and Johnny Brenda’s, serving up drinks and live music in the city’s Fishtown neighbourhood.

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You can’t leave Philadelphia without tasting a famous cheesesteak from Geno’s Steaks © Visit Philadelphia

And what about that after-hours cheesesteak? Good news! It’s never too late, as two of the city’s most iconic (and competitive) cheesesteak and hoagie haunts are open 24 hours a day! Conveniently located across the street from each other in South Philadelphia, Geno’s and Pat’s King of Steaks are always buzzing. In fact, there is usually a line of eager (and hungry) customers from around the city – and the world. But please be forewarned”¦.it’s a local tradition to have your order ready when you step up to the window – and be prepared to devour your steak standing up, outside on the sidewalk with the other customers. Although rivals for years, many of Pat’s and Geno’s customers enjoy tasting cheesesteaks from both locations”¦and choosing their own favourite.

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Another cheesesteak hotspot, Pat’s King of Steaks is located conveniently across the street from their biggest rival, Geno’s © Visit Philadelphia

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Written by Marla Cimini


Marla Cimini

Marla is a journalist with a passion for travel, music, luxury and culinary adventures (combining all whenever possible)! An avid globetrotter, she has covered topics ranging from exotic Tahitian getaways; to Japanese cuisine; to Italian wine trails and festive garden cocktails. Marla is co-author of the book, A Century of Hospitality, a historical exploration of US hotels. She contributes to USA Today and a multitude of other national and international publications. Based in Philadelphia, Marla enjoys the city's vibrant cultural and dining scenes...and especially loves taking visiting friends to taste their first cheesesteak! Find her at or follow her on Twitter at @MarlaCimini.

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