Frommerís guide on Philadelphia

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/philadelphia/

 

The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, 16th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard, Philadelphia, PA 19102 (tel. 800/537-7676 or 215/636-1666)

 

How to get here:

Chinatown buses: around $20 dollar round-trip from NYC to Philly. Some routes are available to other cities as well (i.e. Boston, D.C., etc.). please check their websites and call them.

Dragon Coach http://www.ivymedia.com/dragoncoach/

2000 New Century Travel†† http://www.2000coach.com

 

 

Trains:

Amtrak (tel. 800/USA-RAIL; www.amtrak.com). The Amtrak terminal is Penn Station (30th St.).

New Jersey Transit (tel. 800/582-5946, 215/569-3752, or 973/762-5100) commuter trains out of Penn Station in New York City or Newark to Trenton. It is much cheaper by Amtrack!

 

Sight-seeing:

 

Independence National Historical Park, with liberty bell. http://www.frommers.com/destinations/philadelphia/0023021253.html

 

Pennís Landing Waterfront, with shops and restaurants. http://www.frommers.com/destinations/philadelphia/0023031908.html

 

Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky climbed up its stairs! http://www.philamuseum.org/

 

University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology http://www.museum.upenn.edu/

 

Mutter Museum, for the biologically inclined with some fascinating specimens. http://www.collphyphil.org/muttpg1.shtml

 

 

Night Entertainment:

 

Dave and Busterís, with its HUGE arcade + dining complex!

http://www.daveandbusters.com/

 

The Bridge: Cinema De Lux, a convenient, nice place to catch a movie right off Pennís campus http://www.moviefone.com/showtimes/theater.adp?theaterid=3525&date=20030305

 

Shopping:

 

Franklin Mills, my favorite outlet mall close to Philadelphia http://www.franklinmills.com/index2.html

 

A number of shops exist in the center city area, around Philadelphia Convention Center

 

Dining:

 

See Daily Pennsylvanianís Dining Guide (Pennís student newspaper):

http://www.dailypennsylvanian.com/vnews/display.v/SEC/Dining+Guide

 

Center City:

Morimoto, Iron Chefís restaurant! Expensive

723 Chestnut St.; 215-413-9070

 

Capital Grille, steakhouse, around $30 for steak

1338 Chestnut Street, (215) 545-9588

 

Oasis Restaurant, all-you-can-eat buffet for Japanese/Chinese/Korean food with sushi and sashimi (around $24.50 for dinner and $13 for lunch)

1709 Walnut St (and 17th st.), 215-751-0888

 

Hard Rock Cafť

1113-31 Market St, 215-238-1000

 

T.G.I. Fridayís

1766 Ben Franklin Parkway (18th and Parkway), 215-665-8443

 

The Stadium Restaurant (since many of you might stay around there)

215-271-2300, ext. 238

 

Around the campus:

 

New Deck Travern, Authenic Irish Travern serving lunch, dinner and late-night snacks.Opens until 2 a.m..I love their pirzza.

3408 Sansom St., 215-386-4600

 

Beijing, a favorite Chinese eat-in/take-out/delivery place near campus

3714 Spruce St, 215-222-5242

 

Hong Kong Cafť, another Chinese take-out/delivery place near campus

3900 Chestnut St, 215-386-1802

 

Billybobís, Irish pub and restaurant, phone-in take out food.Cheeseteaks and hoagies only.

4000 Spruce St; 215-382-1330

 

KFC, you probably want to drive b/c it is slightly off campus

4322 Market St, 215-662-5020

 

McDonaldís

3935 Walnut St, 215-222-6266

 

Boston Market

3901 Chstnut St; 215-222-6900

 

Dominoís Pizza

401 N. 21sst St, 215-557-0940

 

Fresh Grocer, for grocery and take-out eatery. Convenient parking

4001 Walnut St, 215-222-9200

 

Chinatown, roughly, between 7th and 11th St, and between Arch and Race St.

Visit www.phillychinatown.com

 

H.K. Golden Phoenix, very good dim sum

911-13 Race St., 215-629-4988

 

Jade Harbor, reasonably priced Chinese restaurant with excellent food

942 Race St., 215-928-0451

 

Veit Thai Restaurant, inexpensive Vietnamese food with emphasis on noodle soup

907 Race St., 215-627-8883

 

K.C.ís Patries, Chinese bakery at affordable price

145 N. 11th St (around Race St.), 215-351-1177