I don’t write about my travel adventures or city explorations much anymore, but I did in an earlier iteration of Cats & Coffee and I think I’m going to bring it back.
Do you ever feel stuck? Like, you feel like you’re running in circles in your head and your life, and you wish you could get away from the simultaneous monotony and chaos of it all?
That’s how I’ve been feeling lately. Unfortunately, I don’t have the time (or the budget, let’s be real!) to run off to Europe for a few weeks.
However, two of my three best friends and I (we missed you, Becca!) were able to take a four-day mini vacation to Philadelphia over the July 4th holiday! It was hot, but a ton of fun and a great way to recharge.
Spruce Street Harbor Park
One of our Uber drivers told us about Spruce Street Harbor Park. The pop-up park, located on the Delaware River near Penn’s Landing, is a summer attraction in Philly. If you’re interested in food trucks housed in old shipping containers, dozens of hammocks, lighted tents, and LED lights hanging from the trees, you should check out this free park.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art
The Philly Museum of Art was on my vacation to do list, and it had a”pay what you want” day on our third day in the city.
Not only is it home to the infamous Rocky steps, but it’s a great place to see the Philadelphia skyline, cool off, and take in some incredible art. My favorite part was the medieval armor exhibit.
Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and Elfreth’s Alley
Of course, you don’t go to Philly without visiting Independence Hall, the Liberty Bell, or tiny Elfreth’s Alley.
We didn’t get to tour Independence Hall (we didn’t get tickets far enough in advance), but we did get to walk around outside and see where the Declaration of Independence was signed. And yes, there were plenty of National Treasure jokes made between the three of us.
Chestnut Street Philly Bagels and Little Spoon Cafe
While we didn’t take any pictures of it, but Chestnut Street Philly Bagels on–you guessed it–Chestnut Street has the BEST bagels. We ate there for two of our three breakfasts in Philly and were not disappointed. Their bagels, cream cheese, bagel sandwiches, and coffee were all really good. It was an easy, convenient breakfast to grab on our way to explore the city each morning.
For our third breakfast, we ventured to Little Spoon Cafe in Philly’s South Street West neighborhood.
Let me put it this way: we’re still not over this breakfast.
I had buttermilk pancakes, bacon, and apple juice, and all were incredible. My friends ordered lemon ricotta pancakes, cheddar chive pancakes, sausage, breakfast potatoes, and Vietnamese iced coffee, and all were incredible.
If you go to Philly, you need to visit Little Spoon Cafe.
We weren’t sure how much we would check off of our “Philly Bucketlist” while we had our long weekend together, but we got even more done than what I highlighted in this post. These were just my favorite things! We also visited the Franklin Institute of Science, the Italian Market, ate at a ton of other good restaurants, went to Dave & Buster’s (a nod to It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia), and found authentic cheese steak sandwiches.
Where are your favorite places to visit for a weekend? Do you take weekend trips?
Let me know below!