Pennsylvania, United States
James- Staying somewhere in Center City allows you the capability of walking to other neighborhoods and locations (or cabbing it if you prefer). There's a new boutique hotel called the Independent, there's the Alexander Inn, there are hotels like the Warwick, Double Tree, Sofitel, etc., B&Bs like La Reserve. Check out Rittenhouse Square. Restaurants are the square are high-end, be seen-type of places. BYOBs are fairly unique to Philly, and depending on what type of food you like, I can make a number of suggestions: Lolita (upscale Mexican), Pumpkin, Matyson, Mercato. If you want to go to a place with fun drinks, Zahav, El Vez or any of Stephen Starr's restaurants. My favorite restaurant: Tinto (tapas) Enjoy gelato at Capogiro. If you are into clubs and bars, go down to Old City at night -- 2nd and Market. Walk around there and on Chestnut Street. Cuba Libre, Continental are always packed. Go watch the video wall at the Comcast Center, take a boat tour on the Schuykill, go the Art Museum, Italian Market (in Rocky), do the more touristy things like go see the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, Betsy Ross House, Constitution Center. Happy to keep making suggestions if you have any other specifics you want to know about. over 11 years ago
Are there any good restaurants (Stephen Starr / Jose Garces quality) that will allow a well behaved 3 year old?
As long as you go at an hour that your child will cooperate, there are plenty of restaurants that won't fault you for bringing along your children. Especially in the summer when more people are down the shore and you can eat outside, so it's easier to get up and walk away from the table with the kid if he or she is misbehaving. We still attempt to go to the occasional BYOB (at 6ish). And loud places too are great -- so the El Vez, Dsitrito-type place. Matyson, Mercato, Disitro, Amada, Tinto, Pub & Kitchen, Lolita, Los Caballitos, Paradiso, I could go on, but would be happy to make a list of all the places I've taken my 10-month-old since she was born! over 11 years ago
La Colombe is one of the premier coffee roasters in Philadelphia, just off Rittenhouse Square. It is especially popular with Europeans. about 10 years ago