Looking for something a bit different to do in Philadelphia? This city is home to some of America’s most iconic attractions (hello, Liberty Bell), and while we highly recommend visiting those spots, there really is nothing like exploring some uncommon places in a new area.
Philadelphia is made up of neighborhoods with distinct personalities. Rittenhouse Square offers high-end shopping and a very Philly brunch at Parc or Rouge (at the latter, order the burger). Old City is a playground for history buffs, while Fishtown is the city's unofficial artistic and cultural hub. No matter what vibe you’re looking for, each neighborhood holds something special. You just have to know where to look.
So to help you find these distinctive gems, we’ve rounded up some top spots—many of which locals will admit they have yet to discover. From Prohibition-era bars hidden in alleyways to historic buildings with a twist, the following recommendations are great ways to explore Philly like a local.