What'll it take to knock Marc Vetri's flagship out of this top spot? We don't know maybe some sort of apocalyptic continental drift that rams Italy's boot halfway up the Schuylkill? His new second-floor dining space only makes an experience here that much more personal. 1312 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, vetriristorante.com/.
Dinner and a movie is so 2019. Instead, drop $65 to rent out this independent bookstore in Kensington for 90 minutes. They provide a playlist curated to your tastes, loads of books to browse through, a candlelit table, and even some beer or wine. You bring a picnic basket and the old amore. 2644 Coral Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125, theheadandthehand.com.
You probably never realized it until right now, but you need more goats in your life. Fortunately for you, this local nonprofit leads walks with goats in communities all over the city. Or you can see the goats whenever you want at their home in North Philly’s Awbury Arboretum. 6336 Ardleigh Street, Philadelphia, PA 19138, phillygoatproject.org/.
It’s not your typical college food hall. Instead of an omelet station and cereal dispensers, it’s a fast-casualized highlight reel of some of the best restaurant fare in Philly, from Double Knot sushi to Kensington Quarters burgers. 3401 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, shopsatpenn.com/franklins-table.
Piano-bar sing-along (main floor) plus ass-shimmying dance club (upstairs) plus solid restaurant (basement; grab a burger before Ubering home) adds up to a night that’s totally worth the next-morning hangover. 243 South Camac Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, tavernoncamac.com/.
Jamaican food and Korean food, two cuisines that have no business getting in bed together, somehow made it happen in Manayunk, where Korean-style double-fried wings look right at home next to a basket of smoky, spicy jerk chicken. 3847 Terrace Street, Philadelphia, PA 19128, thespicybelly.com/.
Local TDR reps Lauren Ladd and Michal Naisteter (who, not for nothing, holds a master’s in human sexuality) will comb Instagram, LinkedIn, and even cute guys at the grocery store to find you a match. For premium members, they’ll also check in post-date to help you secure a second. Threedayrule.com/philly.
Lines out the door, graffiti on the walls, hip-hop on the playlist, and some of the most inspired ramen and gyoza you’ll find anywhere. Rumor is they don’t let you take leftovers. Who knows if it’s true? We’ve never had to ask. 617 South 3rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, neighborhoodramen.com/.
Every year, this event — dreamed up and organized by Michael Traud of Drexel’s Center for Food & Hospitality Management — pulls in some of the biggest names in food and food media in the world. And that only means good things for Philly’s food scene. 101 North 33rd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, phillychefconference.com.
Sure, Hill wowed Karlie Kloss and Christian Siriano on this past season of Project Runway, but we’re happy the Moore College of Art and Design alum is back home, because her fierce-but-feminine designs (that genius five-way VersaCoat!) could only be dreamed up by a Philadelphian. harx4.com.
If you can't make it to this NoLibs Pilates-and-barre studio, its arsenal of at-home mat workouts, accessed via a virtual membership or by joining Ploome's virtual fitness challenge, will kick your butt from wherever you set your laptop down. ploomephilly.com.
The Neapolitan pies at Suburban Square's family-friendly pizzeria are legit -- even the nontraditional Buffy, with its shrimp and Fresno chilies -- and the pastas offer serious bang for your buck. At $9 for a hearty half portion of spaghetti with crab and baby tomatoes, this place makes it hard to justify cooking at home. Suburban Square, Ardmore, PA 19003, parlorardmore.com/.
Your friends will think you spend your weekends scouring flea markets for all the design-blog-worthy baubles displayed in your home, when really you just went here, where treasures like Victorian church kneelers and antique tabletop cigar lighters find new life but remain affordable. 611 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, .
The kind of bar where when you put down five bucks and say, "Lager, please," you won't have some squirrelly hipster asking, "The Sly Fox, the Sixpoint, or the new one made with goat sweat and sriracha?" Plus: You'll get $2 in change when your Yuengling is delivered. 1503 South 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, .
Yeah, we know what you're thinking: Philly Mag's endorsing shuffleboard?! But hey, it's harder than it looks. And you meet some of the nicest neighborhood people playing it. Get in a game at Ivy Inn, where the best players including the state champ hang out. 37 Brookline Boulevard, Havertown, PA 19083, ivyinn.org/.