Philly's not short on historical significance, but you're bound to get hungry sticking to museums and monuments. Drop by these spots to drink in some local history, from Colonial times to more recent developments.
The most obvious choice for historical eats, though the actual building is a replica dating back to the 1970s. Still, Washington ate at this address, and chef Staib is a scholar of Colonial cuisine.
Philly's oldest continually-operational bar is also one of the nation's oldest: it's been right there on Drury St. since 1860. Daily specials are where it's at.
The simple, gravy-soaked math of meat + roll hasn't changed since 1938, and neither has the space. Fries provide another amiable vehicle for gravy delivery.
No better place to take in the history of South Philly than 9th St., where classic Italian salumi and pastries rub elbows with Poblano and Vietnamese cuisine.
The first confectioner at this site began operations during the Civil War. In recent years, it's been sold and refurbished to beautiful effect. Buttercreams and clear toy candy are signatures.
If you've got a pal in the press to take you, the nation's oldest press club will surely provide a memorable experience (and you can smoke & drink after-hours).
The best farmers’ market in the city is here every Sunday (roughly May to December), on 2nd St. between Pine & Lombard, in the historic Headhouse Shambles.
The brewery was only founded in 1985, but that’s enough to make it one of the first microbreweries—and its firehouse home was built in 1903.
The shop is new, but it's a loving recreation of a classic—in the very city that invented the ice cream soda. Ice cream & syrups are made in-house from local ingredients.
If anyone asks, you're not just here for great burgers and beer—you're here to take in the classic Greek Revival architecture of Strickland's circa-1836 Mechanics’ National Bank building.