Occupying the blocks between Front and Sixth Streets, and bound by Vine Street to the North, and Walnut to the South is Philadelphia’s most historic square mile. Old City Philadelphia is the area near the Delaware River where William Penn and his Quaker followers originally settled. Present day Old City is the hub of Philadelphia’s best shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, and nightlife.
The Sights to See in Old City
Famed Philadelphia restaurateur Stephen Starr’s Buddakan, is one of the toughest reservations to get throughout the city. Known as one of the most popular restaurants in Philadelphia, Buddakan features exotic flavors of Asian cuisine combined with creativity and excitement. Even the inside of the restaurant is exotic as it is decorated with a magnificent 10 foot Buddha statue along with a shimmering waterfall filled with Japanese river stones.
After a great dinner in Old City, the spot to go for desert is the Franklin Fountain. An early 1900’s style ice cream saloon that is completely outfitted with antique soda dispensers, belt driven ceiling fans, and even the servers dress in period attire. This soda jerk has been featured on television multiple times over the years and is hailed as one of the treasures of Philadelphia
One of the most famous symbols in America is the Liberty Bell and it lives right downtown in Old City Philadelphia. A symbol of freedom across the United States the Liberty Bell is housed in the Liberty Bell Center where tourists can get a close look at the bell with its famous crack.
What could be argued as the most important building in the United States is located right in Old City Philadelphia. Independence Hall, which was once known as the Pennsylvania State House is where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were drafted.
For a truly educational experience the National Constitution Center is the place to go. Built in 2003 this state of the art museum claims to be the most interactive museum in the United States. The National Constitution Center is a great place to learn about our nation’s history and the men who made it possible.
An old diner that has been converted in a martini bar, the Continental is one of the hottest spots in Old City Philadelphia. With an extensive martini list filled with interesting named drinks and an elusive atmosphere the Continental is the perfect place to start your evening in Old City.