We asked the Concierges at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia to gather the savviest sight-seeing suggestions they could find—not just their own, but also those of the other local connoisseurs, including some they work with every day at the Hotel. An important city in American history, Philadelphia has a host of historical sites and world-class museums, as well as fine dining, performing arts, sports, shopping and nightlife.
For some of Philadelphia’s most innovative cuisine, try Amada, featuring chef Jose Garces. The chef’s offerings range from lobster paella to seasonal sangrias. Vegans must book a table at the relatively new Vedge, opened by the former owners of the much-loved Horizons. Italian food authority Mario Batali has called Vetri “possibly the best Italian restaurant on the East Coast.” The tiny restaurant’s signature dishes include spinach gnocchi with brown butter and baby goat with freshly stone-milled polenta.
A Night on the Town
Zama, half a block from Rittenhouse Square, boasts sushi from one of Philadelphia’s most venerated chefs, Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka. Try their à la carte sashimi, or choose from Zama’s extensive Japanese beer and sake menu. To see Philadelphia’s waterfront at night, try the Bongo Bar, located on the deck of a historic four-masted sailing ship, the Moshulu.
The Rittenhouse Square neighbourhood is home to some of Philadelphia’s premier retailers. Boyds has been a fixture for more than 70 years, serving both men and women with custom tailoring and designer clothing. Joan Shepp offers women designers from Ann Demeulemeester to Yves Saint Laurent, as well as handbags and shoes from names such as Chloe and Phillip Lim.
The best spectator sport in Philadelphia over the summer is baseball. Head to Citizens Bank Park in South Philly to catch the 2008 World Champion Phillies. In the fall, nothing beats a Philadelphia Eagles football game. Tailgating at Lincoln Financial Field is almost as much fun as the game itself! And if you didn’t arrive in your own vehicle, please note: Several Philadelphia caterers can arrange tailgate parties for you.