Grab a blanket and head to Metropolitan Bakery and buy any of their breads, pastries, delicious salads and sandwiches. The sour cherry chocolate cookie is a must. Or hit up Spread Bagelry and get the best bagels in Philly with some smoked salmon. Bar Bombon has really inventive vegan Mexican food in a relaxed environment—a tiny tiled jewel box with a fantastic vegan kale caesar and margaritas. Monk’s right on the corner has good bar food, mussels and a literal bible of beers. For your morning coffee or a daily dose of pastries just go next door to Rival Brothers.
The Philadelphia Art Museum is famous for more than Rocky ascending it’s impressive staircase. Come for the view and stay for the world renowned collections. Best visited after a long walk up the Parkway. While you’re walking the Parkway be sure to peruse the world famous Barnes Foundation. You may see more Matisses and Renoirs in one day than anywhere else in the world. For some local art, hit up Paradigm Gallery, which represents emerging Philly artists and is the place to see some of the best work coming out of the city. From there you can make your way to Snyderman Works Gallery, which features photography, ceramics, and painting.
If you love long walks, walk down Spruce Street to the river where you can pick up the Schuylkill River path great for biking or walking. Bring a blanket and chill on the grass by the water, or follow the footpath all the way to the Art Museum and boat house row. Don’t miss the Reading Terminal Market. It’s a magical world full of every food possible—Amish hot pretzel makers, fresh produce, Indian food, grilled cheeses from local dairies…the list goes on and on and on. Seger Playground has brand new equipment and something for every age. There are also tennis courts and basketball courts.