Welcome back for the Philadelphia Series!
One of the first stops in my Philadelphia itinerary is Rittenhouse Square because, to me, there’s no better way to start exploring a city after a day of travel than a little walk. And if that walk ends in one of America’s most beautiful public parks, then the trip is off to a good start.
Luckily, Rittenhouse Square does not demand a full day on your itinerary. Many might bypass it altogether. But I think it is a beautiful spot, and so do many of the locals who might dream of owning a home along these historic streets.
Stroll through the green space, or snag a people-watching sidewalk table at a restaurant around the perimeter. I, of course, favor the French-inspired Stephen Starr restaurant Parc Brasserie, where they get the mix of casual corner bistro and upscale french dining just right. An aperitif and an hors d’oeuvres to share, mademoiselle? Oui!
Don’t limit yourself just to the green park, though. After your fill of people watching, wander through the surrounding streets for some architectural treats and hidden gems.
For example, on a recent trip, I stumbled into the nearby Joseph Fox independent bookshop. It was one of those places I could get lost in, despite that this tiny shop is tucked into a little rowhouse. It felt like a real bookstore, a la The Shop Around the Corner, where the shopkeepers actually read the books.
Artfully arranged, using every square inch, yet somehow is not chaotic. The Fox bookshop was a welcome oasis of quiet, and I recommend stopping in for some unique finds.
Let me know what other hidden gems you find, mes amies – or other must-see sights in Philadelphia! Bon Voyage!