Philly's Best Eats & Drinks: Old City Philadelphia

Old City (Center City between Front & 6th Streets, Walnut & Vine Streets)

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Old City (Center City between Front & 6th Streets, Walnut & Vine Streets)Old City (Center City between Front & 6th Streets, Walnut & Vine Streets)



  • High Street on Market – Some of the country’s most inventive breads and pastries at stylish morning-night bistro, superb egg sandwiches and coffee. No Wi-Fi. 308 Market Street, (215) 625-0988,
  • Café Ole –Basic, fantastic, all-day, order-at-the-counter neighborhood coffee shop, with friendly service, traditional pastry, mint iced tea and stupendous Israeli shakshuka. Yes Wi-Fi. 147 N. 3rd Street, (215) 627-2140


  • Amada – Iron Chef Jose Garces’ first restaurant, busy at night, calm during day, for tapas and sandwiches. Good for groups. No Wi-Fi. 217-219 Chestnut Street, (215) 625-2450,
  • The Continental Restaurant and Martini Bar –Alsocrowded at night, Old City’s original martini bar feels like a retro diner at lunch. Cheeseteak spring rolls (former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell’s favorite), calamari salad, shoestring fries. Good for groups. No Wi-Fi. 138 Market Street, (215) 923-6069,

Late-Night Eats:

  • Khyber Pass Pub – Even older than McGillin’s, low-lit tavern serves muffalettas, barbecue, nachos, fried green tomato BLTs, po’boys and burgers. No Wi-Fi. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily (menu until 1 a.m.). 56 N. 2nd Street, (215) 238-5888,

Late-Night Drinks:

  • Independence Beer Garden  –Seasonal 22,000-square-foot indoor-outdoor pub across from Liberty Bell with 50 taps, seven cans and menu of comfort-food bites (spicy shrimp rolls, beer-battered fish and chips and mac and cheese). Yes Wi-Fi. 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday-Tuesday; 11:30 a.m.-11 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday; 11:30 a.m.-midnight Friday and Saturday. 100 S. Independence Mall West (6th & Chestnut Streets), (215) 922-7100,
  • Mac’s Tavern – From the actors and producers of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, straightforward restau-bar with large selection of draft and bottled beers. Yes Wi-Fi. 4 p.m.2 a.m. Monday; 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Tuesday-Sunday (menu until 11 p.m. nightly). 226 Market Street, (267) 324-5507,
  • National Mechanics – Old bank building, now a big, hip bar for craft beer in pint glasses etched with Philly luminaries. Yes Wi-Fi. 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily (menu until 11 p.m.; might change for DNC). 22 S. 3rd Street, (215) 701-4883,

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