Frommerís guide on 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

2000 New Century Travel††




Amtrak (tel. 800/USA-RAIL; 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!




Independence National Historical Park, with liberty bell.


Pennís Landing Waterfront, with shops and restaurants.


Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Rocky climbed up its stairs!


University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Mutter Museum, for the biologically inclined with some fascinating specimens.



Night Entertainment:


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


The Bridge: Cinema De Lux, a convenient, nice place to catch a movie right off Pennís campus




Franklin Mills, my favorite outlet mall close to Philadelphia


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




See Daily Pennsylvanianís Dining Guide (Pennís student newspaper):


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



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.



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