Layover in Philadelphia

What can you do on a layover in Philadelphia? With more than 700 flights each day, many of them international departures with long layovers, there’s a good chance you’ll have extra time to explore the city. Here’s how I recently spent 10 hours, eating, drinking and strolling the streets in the City of Brotherly Love.

First the snacks. There’s no shortage of food in Philly, including street snacks, decadent desserts and fine dining.

I grew up helping my grandparents make the family cannoli recipe, and therefore feel as though I’ve earned the title of cannoli connoisseur. Having tasted many a Sicilian pastry in my day, the cannoli at Termini Bros in Philadelphia come closest to homemade. When I’m in town I eat many. You should, too.

Cannoli Filling Station
Termini Bros Cannoli
Small Plates at Zahav

Philadelphia Distilling recently opened a bar at their Fishtown distillery, and serve up handcrafted gin cocktails with their signature spirits. It’s a must stop for gin lovers. However, they don’t currently serve food, but often have food trucks outside during busy hours.

Sparks Shot Tower Cocktail

If you’ve got about 2 hours, check out the the Eastern State Penitentiary. History, architecutre and photo buffs will have plenty to explore.

Cell Block Corridor at Eastern State Penitentiary
The Eastern State Penitentiary Infirmary

On a sunny day, take a stroll across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge that leads to Camden.

Benjamin Franklin Bridge

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