Establishment neighborhood
The Renfrew Center for Eating Disorders
475 Spring Ln., Chestnut Hill
The Renfrew Center treats women and adolescent girls in a residential setting. Integrating traditional psychotherapies with experiential art, movement, drama, mindfulness, and spiritual modalities, the program helps clients move from body hatred and weight consciousness to self-acceptance and mindful eating. Renfrew has one other residential facility in Coconut Creek, Florida, and nearly twenty outpatient facilities scattered around the US. There are also specialized programs based on age and religion and programs tailored for patients with diabetes.
Franklin Fountain
116 Market St., Old City
The goal of this Old Town gem is to introduce a whole new generation of sweet-teeth to the traditional ice cream soda fountain experience. As with their candy-focused venture, Shane, the Berley brothers looked to the past for inspiration for both the décor (Art Deco-ish, with an antique bar and tin walls) and the menu (milkshakes, sundaes, house-made waffle cones). Try a phosphate soda or one of the classic banana splits (there are currently three on the menu).
La Colombe
1335 Frankford Ave., Fishtown
Todd Carmichael has coffee in his roots. Well before founding La Colombe in Philly, a boutique coffee company and café that has sparked a sort of coffee revolution, with its canned draft lattes and pure black varieties, he lived in Seattle where he worked at a café that later became Starbucks. The businessman and traveler partnered with JP Iberti to start La Colombe with the goal of bringing sustainable, good coffee to the masses. In Philly, you can sip their brews at their locations in Fishtown, Rittenhouse Square (their first brick-and-mortar shop), Dilworth Plaza, and Independence Mall. Not in the city? They’re also in Boston, NYC, Chicago, DC, and LA, as well as on the shelves at various health food stores.
The Study
​20 S. 33rd St., University City
This streamlined boutique hotel is a recent addition to University City, offering parents of Drexel and Penn students, as well as city visitors, a modern chic place to stay (a much needed amenity in the area). The interiors are minimal, architectural, and comfortable and the customer service is top notch–something its parent company, Hospitality 3, is lauded for. A functional, good option for travelers on a budget or those scoping out the university.
110 S. 13th St., Washington Square West
This tiny Mediterranean spot is lively and typically packed, thanks to its incredible pizzas (think: red grapes, secret sauce, gorgonzola, arugula, prosciutto, toasted walnuts, and vincotto) and salads, like their watermelon and buffalo mozzarella offering. Dessert here is also a draw—they're known for their budoino (and once even offered their take on a Choco Tac, which was stuffed with frozen salted caramel budino). If you want a table for dinner, definitely make a reservation—seats at the bar are sometimes available if you just walk in.