On a recent trip to Philadelphia, I explored the best places to eat, sleep and shop, so read on for quirky boutiques, hotels and eateries…
One sunny morning, we took a trip to the old town part of Philadelphia and ventured to a cute lil’ place for brunch – Fork.
This is the ideal place to eat everything from breakfast to an early dinner, and as it was brunch I tried delicious French toast for the very first time. It came with a sweet pot of syrup and fruit – and was the perfect way to start the day! You can find Fork Etc on 306 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106.
Beds made of clouds, beautiful views and a seamless service, The Sofitel in Philadelphia was a lovely place to spend the weekend. I spent early mornings relaxing in my too soft bed, playing on the Internet with the free wifi and watching television on the windscreen TV with the sunlight streaming in. Around 8am each morning, I would slouch down for complimentry tea and croissants, which are offered to guests and pass a few hours in this relaxing way.
The restaurant and lobby are beautifully decorated and the food is also rather yummy. We even ordered at 1am and were happily served by the attentive staff – it’s not often you can be served food at that time of the morning! If you come to Philadelphia, you really need to stay here – it’s right in the centre of things and perfect for relaxing in after a day of shopping and exploring. Find out more for yourself here.
We visited the gorgeous Joan Shepp boutique whilst in Philly, and I can honestly say you could spend hours in here. There’s a huge mix of designers here, Yohji Yamamotos, Marnis, Dries Van Notens, and Junya Watanabes and of course Mulberry! It’s a two storey floor and we were welcomed with Champagne and by Joan herself! Joan explained the boutique had first opened in 1971, but in the suburbs of Philly, and then moved to two other different places before opening on Walnut Street.
It was lovely looking through the creatively curated fashion and I especially love how much emphasis Joan put on fashion talent in the area, by helping to organise Philadelphia’s Fashion’s Night Out. To celebrate this, on the floor “With Love, Philadelphia XOXO” campaign a generous 10 by 7 foot shout out, in the form of a custom floor graphic. I left feeling lots of love for Philadelphia too! You can also visit Joan Shepp online too, but I really recommend going to the boutique itself on 1616 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19103.
This is but a sample of what I explored, so check back this week for a gorgeous vintage shop, a huge pirate ship you can eat on and more!
Sarah Betty xx