Wednesday, September 27, 2017

48 Hours in Philadelphia

Last weekend, my husband and I flew to Philadelphia for a friend's wedding. I had never been to the city before, so I decided to make the most of my down time and explore as much of it as possible. I definitely didn't get to see as much of it as I would have liked, but I was able to cram in several things in a short amount of time. It helped that the wedding was in the evening and that we got in on Friday afternoon. Also, we stayed at an AirBnB in Chinatown, which was a great way to experience a part of the city that we normally wouldn't have been able to, like the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival (pictured above) which was happening next door to the apartment we stayed in. It was really cool to check out something that I never would have stumbled across if we had been in a hotel.

As soon as we got settled in, we headed off in search of lunch. We found this little spot called Yamitsuki that served ramen and other delicious dishes. We started with pork buns before moving on to our huge bowls of ramen. It was hands down some of the best ramen I've ever had and the pork buns were divine! Highly recommend this place if you're in the area. To end the evening, we met up with friends at a place called the Independence Beer Garden. It was an awesome outdoor bar with tons of games, like shuffle board and ping pong, and great bites, beers and cocktails. 

From there we ran across the street to check out the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.

On our walk back we also checked out a few more sites, like Benjamin Franklin's house and City Hall. 

The next morning, we met up with friends for brunch at Green Eggs Cafe. The food was amazing and so were the drinks! I got the breakfast burrito, which was ginormous, and my husband got the Buffalo Chicken Bahn Mi. I don't think you could go wrong, no matter what you order off the menu. I was also eyeing a plate of stuffed french toast that looked heavenly. 

St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church

City Hall in the daylight

The boys all decided they wanted to start watching college football right after brunch, so I went off exploring on my own. Right down the road from our place was the Reading Terminal Market, so I set off to see what the fuss was about! I was a little sad that I had just eaten a huge brunch because I definitely could have eaten my way through the market! There so many delicious looking places to eat and foods to try that I wasn't sure where to start. I ended up waiting in line and buying donuts from Beiler's. The wait was definitely worth it! They were some of the best donuts I have ever had in my life. 

After the market, I grabbed a cup of frozen rolled ice cream and walked around the Chinatown Mid-Autumn Festival for a bit. There were a ton of different musical and dance performances happening on the stage and lots of things to see and do. 

To end the day, I changed and headed off to meet up with my husband for the wedding festivities in the beautiful Union Trust Ballroom. This venue was absolutely gorgeous and the wedding was oh so much fun! We were so glad we got to be a part of the couple's big day. 

We ended the evening with a walk back to the AirBnB and flew out early the next morning. All in all, I would say it was a successful and fun trip, even though it was quick! I will definitely be back to explore more in the future. Until next time Philly! 


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