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Jewelry Designer Steven Lagos Plans His Perfect Day in Philadelphia

Take a tour of Philadelphia with Steven Lagos, as he shares his favorite spots around the city

The jewelry designer and owner of LAGOS, Steven Lagos has lived in Philadelphia for over 35 years. Here, he shares from of his favorite places around town, from hidden gems to must-visit restaurants.

7 am: Early Bird

My day begins with a workout and then an early breakfast at Café La Maude (816 N. Fourth St., Phila., 267.318.7869). It’s a hidden gem in Northern Liberties with really good food and a European vibe. I love the oatmeal. They make great coffee, too.

Northern Liberties
Take a stroll in Northern Liberties. (©J. Fusco/Visit Philadelphia)

9 am: Art Vibes

Head to The Philadelphia Sketch Club (235 S. Camac St., Phila., 215.545.9298). It’s an artist club that was started in 1860. On Saturday mornings, they have workshops with models you can go to for $5 or $6. Just bring your sketchpad and charcoals. I like to put my headphones on, turn the music up and just draw. It’s almost meditative.

Noon: To Market

Next, I’d pick up my daughter Kate and head to the Reading Terminal Market (12th and Arch streets, Phila., 215.922.2317) for lunch. We’ve been doing this since she was two years old. We shop the stands, eat Dienner’s Bar-B-Q Chicken or eat at the counter of the Dutch Eating Place. They have the best apple pie a la mode.

2 pm: Tooling Around

In the afternoon, I like to pick a neighborhood, get on my bike and see what is going on there. I might take the Schuylkill River Trail and see Boathouse Row, or go to the other river and go to Penn’s Landing and Northern Liberties. I also like to walk Walnut Street and check out the shopping scene.

7 pm: Swanky Steak House

I’d have dinner at Barclay Prime (237 S. 18th St., Phila., 215.735.7560). It’s such a special place. I like a good steak and I honestly don’t think there’s a better place in the country to have one.  

Barclay Prime
Barclay Prime's retro-chic dining room. (Courtesy STARR Restaurants)

10 pm: Sophisticated Sips

After that, a nightcap at a.bar (18th and Walnut streets, Phila., 215.825.7035) right by Rittenhouse Square Park. My go-to drink is Grey Goose on the rocks.