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It’s no secret that Bitches love to brunch, and brunch around the world. We’ve long covered travel—with brunch reviews from distant locales and international city guides to help you make the right calls for brunch and shopping while abroad.

This June is our month of travel—you can read all our travel content at Bitches Who Brunch dot com back slash travel or follow along on our social channels with #BitchesonVacay and #Wanderlux. Where are you traveling to this summer? Tweet us your pictures.

Last week, we highlighted New Orleans, with brunch reviews at Brennan’s and Surrey’s and a city guide to make you swoon. The week before, we were in Las Vegas, with brunch reviews, interviews of famous chefs, and a city guide of the best and brightest of Sin City. Next week, we’ll feature Charleston.

Today, we bring you the Bitches Guide to Philadelphia. We were hosted, appropriately, by the folks behind Visit Philadelphia. We found the city to be filled with great food and American history—and worth a weekend visit.

Without further adieu, here are our Philly picks.

Fairmount Park’s Lemon Hill, which is an actual hill, features fantastic views of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Those in the know head here for lovely picnics overlooking the Schuylkill River and to watch the annual Fourth of July fireworks. The City of Philadelphia purchased Lemon Hill—both the mansion and the tract of land surrounding it—in 1855 to create Fairmount Park, now the largest municipal park in the country.
Fairmount Park’s Lemon Hill, which is an actual hill, features fantastic views of the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Those in the know head here for lovely picnics overlooking the Schuylkill River and to watch the annual Fourth of July fireworks. The City of Philadelphia purchased Lemon Hill—both the mansion and the tract of land surrounding it—in 1855 to create Fairmount Park, now the largest municipal park in the country.

Dine

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High Street on Market. We loved this charming, rustic, and cozy restaurant, with perfect lighting for date night. During day the restaurant, which is owned by the folks behind Fork, serves sandwiches for breakfast and lunch. We went with the tasting menu, a sampling of eight different seasonal, artisanal plates for $50. Each dish was delightful and unique. 308 Market St, Philadelphia, Pa.(215) 625-0988.

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La Farmacia. This unpretentious, neighborhood restaurant is focused on local, seasonal ingredients and great cocktails. It’s a great spot for a date or drinks with the girls. We loved the seasonal soups and salads, the fresh entrees, and the delicious cocktails. Have a Bourbon and Bubbly for us, will you? 15 S 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pa. (215) 627-6274.

Chapter House Café and Gallery. Need a place to work, relax or take a breather? Head to Chapter House, a charming coffeeshop with a hippie vibe. We would spend hours on our macbooks sitting on the stools in the window, which is adorned with strings of lights and potted plants, while the café plays funky, relaxed music and the uber hip baristas call out orders. It’s an awesome neighborhood spot. 620 S 9th St, Philadelphia, Pa. (215) 238-2626.

Sip-n-Glo Juicery

I was absolutely charmed by this juice joint, with a bright atmosphere, utterly delicious juices, and a friendly staff. The guys behind the bar offered me shots—of juice—which we cheered on my way out the door. I’ll definitely return. 932 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Shop

Third Street Habit (Old City) Acclaimed by Lucky Magazine, Travel + Leisure, CNN, People Magazine and The New York Times, This long-enduring women’s clothing and accessory boutique has all of the designer cred you can find in Old City, with brands like AG Jeans, Current/Elliot, Isabel Marant, J Brand, James Perse, MOTHER, Splendid, and others. 153 N. 3rd Street, Philadelphia, Pa.  (215) 925-5455.

Kimberly Boutique. (Rittenhouse Square) The small, bright boutique carries a great selection of printed tops, denim, and fun going out dresses. It was feminine, fashionable and well-appointed. 123 S 16th Street #1, Philadelphia, Pa.

Charlie’s Jeans (Rittenhouse Square). An award-winning favorite for men and women, Charlie’s is quite large with a huge selection but still has that charming boutique-feel. The shop carries Bailey44, Citizens of Humanity, J Brand, Joe’s Jeans, Michael Stars, Sebastian McCall, Splendid. 1735 Chestnut Street, (215) 564-2495

Stay

We absolutely loved the Hotel Monaco in the Old City. You can’t beat the location, as the hotel is right alongside the Historic District, which houses Independence Hall, the  Liberty Bell, and pretty much every other important building in American Revolutionary history.  433 Chestnut St, Philadelphia, Pa. (215) 925-211.

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See

Liberty BellIndependence Hall, the Liberty Bell, and the Historic District. Simply take a stroll through history—no need to hire a guide—in the Old City. We loved the old, cobblestone parks filled with history, statues and signage to tell the story of the American Revolution. It made us feel pretty patriotic.

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The Philadelphia Museum of Art. This stunning building is worth a visit in itself—or a run up the steps from the movie Rocky. There’s an impressive collection of artwork for the aficinado in all of us. 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, Pa. (215) 763-8100.

The National Museum of American Jewish History.
You can see all sorts of cool American historical pieces—like Einstein’s pipe and Spielberg’s first camera, at this museum. We were personally really excited about the exhibit featuring renowned photographer Richard Avedon. 1001 South Independence Mall East, Philadelphia, Pa.

Bitch Biz: Bitches Who Brunch were invited by Visit Philly to check out Philadelphia. This visit was on them.

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