Philly Gets Baked: A Look Inside Philly’s Booming Bakery Scene

Breads, cakes and cookies from Essen in East Passyunk | Photograph by Neal Santos

We’ve never wanted for baked goods around here, or for great bread, for that matter — family bakeries that make old country recipes are an important part of Philly’s food story. But there’s a new chapter being written: Young talents who are obsessed with technique and ingredients (and having fun) are breaking rules and making babka and focaccia worth talking about (and eating) again. Here, the people, flavors and trends redefining our bakery roots, plus the 25 best bakeries that started it.  Read more »

Escape to Canada: 5 Great Getaways

Nova Scotia | Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia

But seriously: All politics aside, you have to admit that Canada is looking mighty good these days. Not only is our northern neighbor the current darling of countless must-visit lists; the country is celebrating its 150th birthday this year, with free admission to many of its national parks and historic sites. The exchange rate favors the U.S. dollar, and — maybe most compellingly — there’s tremendous natural beauty sitting cheek to jowl with increasingly vibrant, worldly cities, all just a few hours away from here. In short: If you haven’t been, now’s the time to plan a trip. And the five itineraries on the following pages — packed with culture, nature, fun, poutine — are a really good place to start. — Edited by Emily Goulet and Christine Speer Lejeune


Toronto: An Urbanist’s Paradise

Art Gallery of Ontario | iStockphoto

Shopping, street art and celeb-spotting in Toronto. Read more »


Quebec City: European Romance in North America

A view of Chateau Frontenac | iStockphoto

The continental allure of Quebec City. Read more »


Montreal: Old World Meets New World … Plus Bagels

Bar George at Le Mount Stephen | Photo: Cindy La/Le Mount Stephen

Biking, biodomes, big tops and foie gras (bien sûr!) in Montreal. Read more »


Niagara Falls: Awe and Adventure

Zip-lining at Niagara Falls | Photo: iStockphoto

There’s more than you think to Niagara Falls. Read more »


Nova Scotia: The East Coast Like You’ve Never Seen It 

Nova Scotia | Photo: Tourism Nova Scotia

The unceasing beauty of Nova Scotia. Read more »

First published as “Escape to Canada” in Philadelphia magazine’s September 2017 issue.

Best of Philly 2017: Music, Comedy, Theater and More

The War on Drugs plays the new-look Dell Music Center on Sept. 21. (Shawn Brackbill)

Best of Philly 2017 is now online as well as at newsstands, celebrating outstanding food, people, shops and more from across the region. Here are some highlights from the Fun & Games section:

BEST REASON TO GO TO THE LIBRARY
Musical Instrument Collection at the Free Library
Thanks to an innovative new program at the Central branch, you can check out all sorts of musical instruments for three weeks, for free. One of our editors borrowed a ukulele, a bass guitar, and a Fender Stratocaster with a surprisingly loud amp. Our apologies to the neighbors.
1901 Vine Street, Philadelphia, PA | 215-686-5322 | Website

BEST BRO-FREE KARAOKE
Sing Your Life Karaoke at W/N W/N Coffee Bar
Sara Sherr has been ruling the local karaoke scene for a while now, but her newest series—in this unexpected coffee shop/bar/co-working space mashup—is the freshest one yet. The themed Thursday nights include Queer, Feminist, Big Gay Country and, our personal favorite, Protest.
931 Spring Garden Street, Philadelphia, PA | Website Read more »

Best of Philly: The 5 Best Friends Your Home Ever Had

Pipes never spring leaks on a plumber’s schedule. One of our Best of Philly picks this year will fix them when they happen. | Photo: Firmafotografen via iStock

Need a plumber stat (that’s doc-speak for “right now”)? Want your friends and neighbors to gush over the way your home looks from the street — or sparkles on the inside? Want to replace those builder-grade kitchen cabinets with something truly original? Don’t want to toss that coffeemaker or toaster? These service providers and craftspeople will help keep your home looking great and working right.

CURB-APPEAL UPGRADE
DIY workshops at Karen Singer Tileworks. At this master tile artist’s workshops at her Germantown studio, you can craft your own address plate, in your choice of styles and colors, so you get exactly what your house longs for. 90 East Church Lane, Philadelphia | 215-849-7010 | Website

CUSTOM CABINETS
Kole Made. The stunning cabinetry, built-ins and shelving coming out of this design-build firm in Brewerytown aren’t just about good looks: Kole Made’s sleek, creative work milks every square inch of potential storage space for all its worth. 3060 West Jefferson Street, Philadelphia | 215-740-7182 | Website

EMERGENCY PLUMBERS
Goodman Plumbing.
 Leaking toilets, flooded basements and clogged disposals always (always!) happen on Sundays. Thank God Goodman is a 24/7 shop, and a great one at that, with experienced pros who are quick to respond and don’t leave until the problem is solved, even if that means installing a new toilet the same day. Service in Philadelphia, Bucks and Montgomery counties. Multiple locations | 215-364-7775 | Website

HOUSECLEANERS FOR A DEEP CLEAN
EverGreen Maids.
The moment you realize these city-focused cleaners haven’t just de-grimed your baseboards and shined the floors, but also scraped off crust inside your microwave, sucked up dust bunnies from under the radiator, even somehow de-stained the bathroom grout: joy! 1700 Sansom Street, Philadelphia | 215-618-2217 | Website

PLACE TO GET STUFF FIXED
ACS Repair Center. Coffeemaker lost its perk? Vacuum refusing to suck? Your toaster, er, toast? These good people get almost anything working again. Your wallet—and the landfill—will thank you. 6407 Rising Sun Avenue, Philadelphia | 215-725-3112 | Website

Best of Philly 2017: 38 Philadelphians We Love

Instagrammer Albert Lee, left, and Fox 29’s Mike Jerrick. Photography by Adam Jones

Edited by Brian Howard. Reported by Fabiola Cineas, Victor Fiorillo, Brian Howard, Holly Otterbein, Claire Sasko and Sandy Smith. 

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Mike Jerrick, host, Good Day Philadelphia
The big-yuks Fox 29 host displayed surprising depth and honesty when he disclosed that he was taking some time off to deal with depression. The city’s warm welcome upon his return made it clear that — the occasional on-air gaffe be damned — Philly’s got his back.

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Albert Lee, @urphillypal
Philly is filthy with Instagram influencers, but none is so singularly devoted to showcasing the city from all its best angles as this La Salle alum. The result? Thousands of highly heart-able snaps that accentuate the positive. Thanks for making our feeds so pretty. Read more »

Last Chance to Vote for Philly Mag’s Best Teacher Award

Back in April, Philly Mag asked for nominations in our first-ever Best Teacher Award, dedicated to recognizing the most outstanding K-8 educators in the Philadelphia region. After being inundated with nominations, we narrowed down the field to five finalists.

And now it’s your last chance to help us choose the winner — voting ends on Tuesday night at 11:59 p.m. Read about each finalist, then vote now for the teacher you think is most deserving. The winner will receive a $5,000 gift for their school, along with a book donation, both courtesy of Subaru.

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