Establishment neighborhood
Rooster Soup Co.
1526 Sansom St., Rittenhouse
From the same people behind Zahav and Federal Donuts, Rooster is an amazing diner that uses the leftover chicken bones from Federal to create the broth base for their soups. With a menu that's both Southern- and Jewish-bent, you'll find everything from grits to biscuits and sausage gravy to matzo ball soup. The best part? 100 percent of the proceeds go to support the Broad Street Ministry’s Hospitality Collaborative, which serves meals to Philadelphians in need.
Federal Donuts
1632 Sansom St., Rittenhouse
Yes, the donuts at this teeny spot are exceptional (flavors rotate and the cinnamon brown sugar is a good introduction to what they do here), but many would argue that the main draw is the fried chicken. Instead of a biscuit, chicken platters—customize yours with a choice of seasonings and glazes—come with a honey donut on the side. Get here on the early side, the fresh-baked stuff tends to go crazy-fast and plan on eating yours on-the-go as seating as limited.
Art in the Age
116 N. 3rd St., Old City
You don’t have to be a mixology enthusiast to appreciate the beauty of this cocktail-and-bar-centric shop, but if you are, welcome to mecca. The shelves are beautifully merchandised with bottles of booze (both classic and indie), every alcohol-related book imaginable, obscure mixers, garnishes, and a dizzying selection of bar tools—plus, you’ll find incredibly knowledgeable staff to show you how to put it all to good use. Not a DIY-er? The space plays host to lots of tastings and booze-related events, so make sure to inquire about the social calendar.
Shop Sixty Five
128 S. 17th St., Rittenhouse
It’s really no surprise that this relatively new Rittenhouse boutique (undeniably one of the best places to shop in the city) is helmed by former fashion editor. There's Current/Elliott denim, Helmut Lang knits, Dannijo jewelry, and so much more are as wearable as they are on-trend, meaning, you can see exactly where your loot will fit within an existing wardrobe before you bring it home. With its elaborate fireplace, antique furnishings, and gleaming hardwood floors, the layout is more akin to a cool friend’s apartment than a retail space.
Philly Style Bagels
1451 E. Columbia Ave., Fishtown
What’s a Philly-style bagel? According to bakers Collin Shapiro and Jonathon Zilber, it’s boiling the dough in beer-spiked water. The resulting bagel is crispy on the outside and pillow-y on the inside with a delicate malty flavor. For purists, have your sesame, poppy, garlic, onion, salt, everything, or plain bagel simply toasted with spread (smoked salmon is a favorite). For the adventurous, there are bagel sandwiches—from hummus and veggie to BLT.
Talula’s Garden
210 W. Washington Sq., Society Hill
While there’s plenty of indoor seating, as its name suggests, the place to be is in the garden—twinkling lights and pockets of lush greenery throughout. The only thing more whimsical than the setting is the farm-to-table menu, from deviled eggs three ways for brunch (topped with pickled beets, fresh crab, and bacon) to sustainably sourced salmon tabbouleh for dinner. Also important: the wine and cheese selection is arguably the best in the city.