Johnny Was Blog
If you’ve never been to the "City of Brotherly Love," trust us, there’s a lot to love. Not only is it home to some of our nation’s most historic locales like the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, this city on the Delaware River is totally charming. To give us an excuse to visit, we just opened a Johnny Was boutique in the King of Prussia mall, a jaw-dropping shopping experience that’s not far from the Philly center. Here’s how we spent our weekend in this pretty corner of the Keystone State.
Where to stay
Centrally located at Rittenhouse Square, in a gorgeous Art Deco building, is the Kimpton Hotel Palomar, a boutique hotel with an eco edge that has stunning views, yoga mats in every room and free bicycle rentals. For a more intimate experience, book at the Lokal Hotel, which boasts a tiny six rooms, modern-meets-industrial decor, and “invisible service” where check-in is done via an app (don’t panic, there’s people if you need).
Where to eat
A trip to this city wouldn’t be complete without an eponymous Philly cheesesteak (it may be the only meal you eat all day but worth it). Head on over to Reading Terminal Market, one of America’s largest and oldest indoor farmers market, but if cheesesteaks aren’t your thing, this place offers diverse fare for every palette. For a twist on a classic, book dinner at Osteria. While this gourmet pizza joint has been around for a while, it was recently taken over by James Beard Award-winning chef Jeff Michaud. You can’t go wrong with a classic margherita pizza and a glass of prosecco.
Where to go
Once you’ve hit up all the historic hot-spots head on over to Benjamin Franklin Parkway, modeled after the Champs Élysées in Paris and called Philadelphia’s most artistic mile. One of our favorites is the Rodin Museum, because we love the work of this master French sculptor, as well as the gardens of this place. Also, you can’t miss the Philadelphia Museum of Art, which is not only is it one of the largest art museums in the country, it’s the home of the infamous steps that Sylvester Stallone jogged up in Rocky. Finally, don’t forget to stroll through Old City—where Benjamin Franklin lived—to soak up the classic architecture of pretty tree-lined streets with shops and cafes.
Since this is a city for walking, keep it casual and easy in a few pieces from our Spring Collection, especially the Keya Shine Sneaker. Have fun!