Are you looking for something a bit different to do during your visit? Philadelphia is home to some of America’s most iconic attractions (hello, Liberty Bell) and though we fully recommend visiting those spots, there really is nothing like exploring some uncommon places in a new area.
The city is made up of neighborhoods—each having its own personality. Head to Rittenhouse Square for high-end shopping and a very Philadelphia-esque brunch at Parc or Rouge (if you go here, order the burger). Old City is for the history buffs and if you're looking for a truly diverse experience, hop in a taxi and head to Fishtown, Philly’s unofficial artistic and cultural hub. No matter what vibe you’re looking for, each neighborhood holds something special inside of it. You just have to know where to look.
So to help you find these distinctive gems, I’ve rounded up some of the best—many of which locals will admit they have yet to discover. From prohibition-era bars that are hidden in alleyways to historic buildings with a twist, the following are great ways to spice up your vacation. You’ll feel like a local in no time.