Yes, I wrote “Phaves” instead of “Faves.” It’s what we do in Philly, and I’m about to share my Top 5 things I adore about my hometown of Philadelphia.
1. Wawa. If you’re from the area, you’re immediately nodding along. Wawa is technically a convenience store, but in reality, it’s so much more than that. When I lived in DC and NYC, I yearned for Wawa and when we’d visit family in Philly, Wawa was our first stop. Sorry, Mom. Fortunately, I’m back in the Philly ‘burbs and I have two Wawa’s within arm’s reach.
2. Manayunk. I’m no longer a 20-something. But once upon a time I was in my 20s and when you are in your 20s, you live in the neighborhood of Manayunk. The town is built along a canal, with a main street aptly named Main Street. It’s a mile-long stretch of road with boutique shops, restaurants, bars, and more bars. Then, there’s the steepest incline you’ve ever seen. Upon that hill there’s a slew of houses, all touching, and the narrowest streets known to man. The walk home at the end of the night always felt twice as long as the walk down. This is where I spent my glory days, folks.
3. The Shambles at Headhouse Square in the Society Hill neighborhood. Built in the 1800’s, this structure served as a marketplace. On my wedding day, it’s where I said “I do.”
4. Kelly Drive. This is probably one of my favorite spots in the city. Kelly Drive is a running/bike trail that winds 8+ miles in a hugeeee circle around the Schuylkill River. At one end of the loop there’s the Philadelphia art museum (wave hello to Rocky), then it winds along the Fairmount Water Works…
And Boathouse Row…
And various statues and fountains and it’s just plain pretty.
I used to live about a half mile from Kelly Drive and I’d start my day with a bike ride or run on a daily basis.
5. Bradley Cooper. Born in Philadelphia. Stud.
So there you have it, my top 5. You were probably expecting me to have cheesesteaks on this list, right? But I’ve actually only gotten a cheesesteak in Philly a handful of times. Tourists typically go to Pat’s or Geno’s, which are on opposing sides of the street…
But I know this Mom and Pop shop that tops ’em both. If you’re ever in Philly, I can give you the inside scoop.
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