A Valentine’s Day Guide to Philadelphia

So the other day I posted a Valentine’s day dates guide that was pretty general but since I am based out of Philadelphia, I wanted to focus on places around Philadelphia that I would recommend for any Valentine’s Day occasion. Philadelphia is a special city for me cause it’s where I spent my childhood eating in Chinatown for family meals, where Andy and I met, where I work, and where I do most of my photoshoots so I’m basically here all the time. My opinions are 100% honest and this is not sponsored by any way. I been to majority of these places and if I didn’t, I will say it. Of course, there are other things to do in Philly but I just want to share some of me and Andy’s favorite date spots 🙂

Happy Hour/Lounges:
Attico: I never been here but I am adding it to the list because it is a rooftop bar but also has an indoor area just because it is so cold in Feb 🙁 Happy hour is from 5-7pm and it includes discounts on beer, wine, and small plates. Definitely going to check this place out next.
Assembly: Nice rooftop here with an older crowd. The drinks are a little more expensive than any regular bar but I think the views are worth it.
Stratus: The vibe here is really chill and the crowd is much older and not college like (going off from the last time I went there). I know it’s cold but it is a rooftop bar so you still can get nice views and then go inside again. Happy hour is from 5-7pm with $5 wine & domestic beers and $10 cocktails.
Tria: Love this place for wine, cheese, and charcuterie which is basically the best combo ever! Happy hour is usually 5-7pm

Restaurants:
Del Frisco’s Steakhouse: by far my favorite steakhouse in Philly. The service and food are equally amazing! If you’re a steak lover, definitely try the wagyu or the bone-in rib-eye. I also recommend the creamed spinach. I don’t eat seafood but my boyfriend recommends the lobster mac & cheese.
Fogo de Chao: Brazilian Steakhouse that offers a complementary dinner card for next visit when dining Feb 14-17. Don’t quote me on this but it is normally about $60 per person which is worth it because it’s all you can eat steak.
The Palm Restaurant: Recently went here for restaurant week and I love the ambiance, service, drinks, and food. I recommend the filet mignon and brussel sprouts.
Barbuzzo: 4 course special tasting menu for $75. This place has very yummy mediterranean food and pizzas. Definitely CARBS HEAVEN!
Moshulu: 4 course dinner for $125. I ate here for NYE and it was amazing! Right on the water with AMAZING views! Of course, I got the steak since it’s my favorite thing to eat but they have a pretty wide selection.
Chima: $90 for Rodizio (all you can eat Brazilian steakhouse style), champagne, coffee/tea, dessert & complimentary dinner card for next visit.
Louie Louie: a very new and cute American-French bistro! Never been here but it looks very pretty inside and I heard good things about it!
Buddakan: My favorite Asian fusion restaurant by far. I love the romantic ambiance inside and the service is amazing! My favorite on the menu includes the Kobe beef satay and sweet & crispy shrimp.
Pod: Another good Asian fusion restaurant that I love. It also has revolving sushi there too which is a cool element. I loved the table side wagyu beef that literally melted in my mouth and the tofu bibimbap.

Desserts:
Max Brenner: They serve food here but not a big fan of their food.. just their dessert. They have crepes, chocolate pizza, ice cream sundaes, and my favorite which is chocolate fondue!
A La Mousse: This is basically a dessert lover’s heaven because it has lots to offer, especially if you’re a matcha lover like me. There is a matcha sizzling brownie, matcha cheesecake, matcha crepe cake (20 layers), and matcha tiramisu. There are other seasonal desserts there as well so you will definitely find something perfect for your sweet tooth.
Teassert Bar: Very famous for their rolled ice cream and also ice cream sundaes with the Hong Kong style egg waffles.
Franklin Fountain: a very cute old-fashioned theme ice cream and fountain shop with lots of ice cream flavors. I always get the green tea here and the ice cream is just so yummy and creamy! They also have homemade waffle cones and ice cream floats. FYI: Cash only

Activities:
Love Park: Very iconic photo op in Center City located on Arch Street
Ice Skating: Dilworth Park & Riverrink on Penn’s Landing both have ice skating rinks. Dilworth Park has cute little cabins you can rent out too so it can be more romantic and a way for you guys to stay warm!
Longwood Gardens: A little further outside Philadelphia but this place is very romantic with the wide display of seasonal flowers and a light show at night.
Karaoke: Sing your hearts out at Tango or Yakitori. Both places usually have happy hour/bar deals too.

Thank you all for taking the time to read my guide. If you are doing anything fun in Philly, please share the date idea with me. I’m always looking for more things to do 🙂 Enjoy your Valentine’s Day everyone!

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