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Philadelphia, [US] United States

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Philadelphia is the largest city in Pennsylvania, a part of the US states. Philadelphia, also known as Philly, was founded by William Penn in 1682. This old city is famous as mural city and the historical center of the United States. Philadelphia used to be the nation's largest city before taken over by New York City.



Liberty Bell Pavilion is a symbol of freedom in the United States. The bell was even used as inspiration for some countries in the 19th century. Independence Hall is the place where the Declaration of Independence was held. This place is listed as a World Heritage Site for its important documents that build American history.


City Hall is the biggest building in this city with 15 hectares surface area. This building includes William Penn statue that weighs 27 tons. City Hall is built in the middle of the city from 1871 to 1901.

Places City Hall

Reading Terminal Market has been operating since 1893. This market has 80 sellers and 75 of them are local sellers. In this shopping center, tourists can find many items such as groceries, handicrafts, clothing and jewelry.

Food & Drink

Pretzels in Philadelphia is really different from other pretzels in the United States. It has a unique shape resembles number eight. In Philadelphia, people usually love to drink alcoholic drinks such as cocktail and whisky.


In Philadelphia, tourists can find a variety of cultures. It's because this city is populated by immigrants. Also, Philadelphia is used to be the main political and economic center of the United States.

Best Time To Visit

March to May is the best time to visit Philadelphia. Winter season has highest price compared to spring season. During spring season, tourists can see many blooming flowers.



The Study at University City is one of the most recommended hotels in Philadelphia. This hotel is located in the middle of the city so you will get a better access to other places. You can also book a room at Penn’s View Hotel. The hotel has an old school concept with affordable price. The staffs offer good facilities and service for their guests.


Parc is the best restaurant in Philadelphia. Tourists will see pedestrians passing by since this restaurant is located in the downtown area. The restaurant has cozy atmosphere and serves good food such as crusty fresh breads, onion soup and mussels simmered in white wine, shallots and garlic. Vedge is another cool restaurant loved by tourists. This restaurant serves vegetable cooking as their main menu.

Places Parc Vedge

Flow State CoffeeBar is the best answer for tourists who fancy coffee. Not only coffee, you can also find out some snack such as chocolate chia pudding, pastries, and gelato. Black N Brew is the best local authentic cafe in this city. In this cafe, tourists will be spoiled by their homemade cake and vegetarian food.

Bar and Nightlife

Tavern On Camac is a bar that has good facilities. This place provides a piano for the visitors to play. Enjoy the classic cocktail that will complete your adventure. Graffiti Bar with its modern concept will make you in awe. The bar serves beer and delicious food for your tiring day.

Interesting Places

Tourists who love art works must visit Philadelphia Museum of Art. This museum is one of the biggest art museums in the United States. Come to Philadelphia Zoo if you are a wildlife lover. You will find out cute animals such as giraffes, hippos and white rhinos.

Instagramable Spots

Benjamin Franklin Bridge is a connecting bridge that connects Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Camden, and New Jersey. This place has a good view for your Instagram photo collection. There is also this cool spot named Philadelphia's Magic Gardens. It is a gallery space that displays mosaicked visionary art environment created by a mosaic artist, Isaiah Zagar.