We would have not known so much about this city if it had not been for a layover here a year ago, and we have now come to love it. So it’s time for us to provide you with some tips for a great view of this historical city.
Philadelphia has some of the coolest streets, covered in fantastic mural paintings as well as signposts informing you of the historical happenings that took place on the day. Talking of history, the city has the oldest continually inhabited streets in the USA, in Elfreth’s Alley, which is located in Old City.
Old City is one of the coolest neighbourhoods around, in our opinion. It has some fantastic places to dine and drink at, in addition to being ideally located near the Magic Museum and Spruce Street Harbour Park.
Despite lacking a grand skyline, Philadelphia still boasts many rooftop bars and restaurants. However, most of these are unfortunately closed on Sunday and Monday, or aren’t open during the winter, so we have focused on a few that are open all year round.
Revolution House, located in Old City
Revolution House – is situated in Old City and has a top-deck outdoor dining area. The food is great value for money and like most food in America, it is generous in size. The food we ordered was rather salty, but if you like to wash it down with a drink, you have a great selection of wines and ales. The outdoor terrace doesn’t have such a pretty view, but it does have great character and awesome staff, which is what makes the experience. We were there on a Monday so there was not a huge rush of people, but would still recommend booking ahead. This also gives you a chance to look at the menu in advance.
If you want a great view then you can opt for Assembly Rooftop, located at the Logan Philadelphia Hotel, near the heart of the museums and galleries within the city. It overlooks the Philadelphia Museum of Art (aka the Rocky Steps) and the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Peter & Paul. There is an ample seating area for large groups, and a great ambience. Frozen alcoholic smoothies can’t be missed from behind the bar, which gives it its own cool summer style. I guess the best thing about the bar is its location, so after visiting the museums, you can find yourself perched up on the terrace overlooking the streets of Philly and enjoying the sunset.
Assembly Rooftop Lounge
Beautiful views from Assembly, overlooking the Philadelphia art & museum district
Stratus Bar – located at Hotel Monaco besides the Liberty Bell, is what we at Views From Altitude would call the place to be. Open all year round and found on the 11th floor of this stylish hotel, the bar has everything from a great bar, two small rooms available to hire for private parties and an outdoor space that looks inviting with its warm fires or simply its great look.
The bar menu is slightly pricey, but it can be somewhat overlooked, especially as the bar does look the part with its friendly staff and great music. We look forward to coming back here in the spring and summer to enjoy sundowners.
Talula’s Garden – might not really be a rooftop restaurant, but being slightly elevated, does it constitute as a outdoor terrace? We will leave you to be the judge of that when you visit! You have to make this a place to eat or drink in the evening, or for Sunday brunch. The restaurant has based its concept around fresh daily produce and meat (like a farmer’s table), and with that they provide a vast menu with great choices of fresh cheese, seasonal vegetables, seafood, poultry and meat.
The cheeseboard is great for individuals or a group, all DIY choices have the option to come with salami and various condiments. We would have loved to eat everything on the menu but there just wasn’t enough of us or the space to consume this great food! However, what we did have, which was the salmon on a bed of lentils and aromatic vegetables, was just sensational. It had all the flavour in the world on on plate and it was just hearty, fresh and mouthwatering. It cannot be stressed enough that this has to be on your top restaurant choices to go to in Philadelphia (even if it’s not an actual rooftop restaurant!).
D.I.Y Cheese board
• Download the app Stubhub or visit the site – to check out dates of sports and music events in the city.
• www.visitphilly.com (link)- is a great way to see what’s going on around the city in terms of events at the local museums and parks.
• Make sure you book your restaurants and spaces at rooftops in advance. Open Table is great to use in and around the Philadelphia area.
WHERE TO STAY –
• Loews Philadelphia Hotel – www.loewshotels.com
• The Ritz Carlton, Philadelphia – www.ritzcarlton.com/en/hotels/philadelphia
• Hyatt at the Bellevue – www.philadelphiabellevue.hyatt.com
• Logan Philadelphia, Curio Collection by Hilton – curiocollection3.hilton.com
WHERE TO EAT –
• Zahav – highly recommended Modern Israeli & Middle Eastern Cuisine.
• Amada – highly recommended Spanish tapas restaurant.
• The Franklin Fountain – in Old City, best ice cream in town and worth the wait in line
• Bing Bing Dim Sum – great Asian fusion
• Green Eggs Cafe – best breakfast and brunch in town! Various locations – but be prepared to wait.
WHAT TO SEE –
• Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – www.phillymagicgardens.org for more information
• Philadelphia Museum of Art
• Old City – take in the sites and feel the history, and visit Elfreth’s Alley