Ed Rendell’s Inside Guide to Philadelphia

Philadelphia is one of America’s great cities — rich in history, art, food and culture. No matter what you’re passionate about, you’re sure to find it here, whether you’re seeing a show on the Avenue of the Arts, taking a selfie in front of the Liberty Bell or sampling a Philly cheesesteak. While you’re here for the 2016 DNC, put the diet on hold and set aside some time in your schedule to really explore Philadelphia. To help you navigate the ins and outs like a local, I’ve put together a list of things to do, see and eat during your trip.

Things to see:

The Philadelphia Museum of Art
2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

At the end of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway sits the Philadelphia Museum of Art, open in 1876 during the first centennial. It holds impressive collections from artists like Thomas Eakins, Cezanne and Degas.


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Serving up ice cream the old-fashioned way at The Franklin Fountain.

The Barnes Foundation
2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy
Philadelphia, PA 19130

A trip to Philadelphia would not be complete without a visit to the Barnes Foundation. Founded in 1922 by Albert C. Barnes, it is one of the largest private collections of post­impressionist and early modern works, featuring artists like Renoir, Picasso, Matisse and Soutine.

Things to do:
Travel back in time

Philly is the birthplace of America and there’s so much to see from a historical perspective. Independence National Historic Park is home to the Liberty Bell, which has become an iconic
symbol of the United States with its infamous crack, as well as Independence Hall, where both the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constitution were signed.

Independence National Park
143 S. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106


Go to a show

Fan of the opera? How about the orchestra or the theater? Philadelphia’s Avenue of the Arts has something for every art aficionado. From the long­established Academy of Music, built in 1857, to the modern and sleek Kimmel Center, opened in 2001, you have ample opportunity to take in a show before you go.

Avenue of the Arts
South Broad Street
Philadelphia, PA 19102

Things to eat:


237 S. 18th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

My favorite kind of restaurant serves steak and my favorite steakhouse in the city is Barclay Prime. Try the 50 oz baer country farm, pa tomahawk ribeye.


Ice Cream

Franklin Fountain
116 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106

This old­fashioned soda parlour makes out of this world ice cream. My personal favorite is the Peach but the Hydrox Cookie and Franklin Mint Chip are great as well.


Federal Donuts
1632 Sansom St
Philadelphia, PA 19103

This Philly­staple has gained national attention for their delicious, homemade donuts. Everything on the menu is good but if you’re a chocolate fan, try the Chocolate Eclair.

Italian Food

Giorgio’s on Pine
1328 Pine St
Philadelphia, PA 19107

My favorite Italian place is called Giorgio’s. You can say that you can’t go wrong with any Italian restaurant in Philadelphia but Giorgio’s is an undiscovered gem.

A photo posted by @giorgiopizzaonpine on