The past year's retail development along the main drag of Germantown Avenue has transformed it from "Oh, that's a cute place to shop" to Serious Destination. So, go. And buy us something nice. 00000, chestnuthillpa.com/shopping.
When you’re there in the teeny- tiny dining room, knocking back your special-occasion bubbly, popping pudgy little raw scallops dressed in pineapple and hot peppers, dragging the tines of your fork across the back of your black cod just to hear how crispy it is, you’ll understand how a small, nearly 25-year-old seafood BYOB was able to capture our hearts – and how Alex Yoon (its new chef and owner) was able to keep a good thing going. 746 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, littlefishbyob.com.
Draw to Action features original drawings from 30 Philly-based artists, with 100 percent of sales donated to local charities. So when you decide to avoid some grown-up responsibilities to go grab your box of Crayolas, you’re practically a philanthropist. instagram.com/drawtoaction.
Because grocery shopping can be a total drag (where did they move the chia seeds to, anyway?), the Whole Foods gods gave us this: bike delivery from the chain's South Street location. If you live in Center City, you can call or email the store, and a personal shopper will fill your bags. A few hours later—boom. You've got your favorite WFM eats on your doorstep. 929 South Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, wholefoodsmarket.com/service/south-street-bike-delivery.
We're suckers for this gala procession of "art and human-powered transit," a two-mile-long obstacle course full of drag queens, sofa kings, oversized skulls, beer tanks, balloons, sharks and superheroes, all battling to make it to-what else?-a mud pit. And how can you not love a fest that invites notorious two-wheeler-hater Stu Bykofsky to judge what is, underneath all the papier-mach and twisted metal, a bike parade? 00000, kinetickensington.org.
This monthly group battle at Mifflin Tavern, hosted by a beloved drag queen, is never boring. And the fact that it takes place in deep South Philly at what used to be Johnny Doc’s bar makes it even more delicious. 1843 South 2nd Street, Philadelphia, PA 19148, phillydragmafia.com.
On Media's inviting main drag, you'll find eyeglasses and sunglasses, all with top-of-the-line lenses; designer brands and artsy brands; and super-helpful Christian Haiges and Amy Bullock, who'll guide you toward the perfect pair just destined to frame your peepers. 5 East State Street, Media, PA 19063, starryeyedoptical.com.
Scooters are huge, figuratively, in Philly right now, drawing all types of enthusiasts who swear by this venerable Passyunk Avenue shop, citing friendly, affordable service and a staff of "scooter nerds" who greet their clients' rides like old friends. 1733 East Passyunk Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19148, philadelphiascooters.com.
Many Philly fitness classes pivoted during the pandemic; Come Alive 215 thrived. Complete with shadow-boxing and full-body training, this livestream workout series from Rumble trainers Kim Harari and Shannon Brennan is high-impact and fun as hell. They’ve partnered with the likes of Michael Solomonov for a boot-camp-and-brunch Saturday and drag performer VinChelle for rainbow-filled performances to accompany your reps. comealive215.com.
There isn't a dance floor in the whole place, and drag-queen sightings are rare. But that's exactly what's so great about the bar formerly known as Uncles. (Well, that and the studly bartenders.) U Bar stands apart from other Gayborhood watering holes as a no-fuss, no-'tude, unpretentious spot to grab a strong drink or two and gab with friends. 1220 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107, ubarphilly.com.
In the wake of the debut of the Halston miniseries on Netflix, Katy Kane — the shop’s owner and an Antiques Roadshow appraiser — sold out of the ’70s designer’s looks in 24 hours, drawing interest from here to Hong Kong. She finds her pieces through private house calls; browse her proverbial closet online, then visit her appointment-only studio in New Hope. Recently acquired: designs from Jackie Kennedy favorite Sybil Connolly. 1stdibs.com/dealers/katy-kane.
We’ve all pulled up to Target, resigned ourselves to spending too much money, and then wandered around the drab, cookie-cutter party decorations aisle. (Florals …. for spring …. groundbreaking.) One spin around Wallflower’s Kodachrome shop, though, will restore whatever will to decorate you’ve lost. Sift through the gift wraps, napkins and cards — and be reminded that parties are supposed to be fun. 723 South 4th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, instagram.com/wallflower.paperparty.
It's a dance party and a story time hosted by a drag queen named Miss Maria TopCatt. If that all sounds like a lot to take in, look at it from a toddler’s perspective: All they see is that it's okay to look different and be different and be friends with people who look different. And actually, that’s pretty awesome. Keep reading here. 904 South 9th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147, misterjohnsmusic.com.
One part ladylike sophistication (tailored silk jackets), two parts dreamy romanticism (ruffled frocks galore) and a dash of boho-cool (fringed shawls from the ’30s) make up this tidy vintage boutique on Manayunk’s main drag. Don’t miss the home selection, either; it’s brimming with Persian rugs, paper goods and darling jar candles. 4390 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127, millayshop.com.
For $125, two adults and all the kids in your life (seriously!) get a year's worth of admission; free tickets to special exhibits; and discounts on parking, shopping, food, events and the amazing art classes. But the really irresistible part of the deal is that you get access to all the rad and free family activities the PMA hosts -- play dates, drawing classes, art projects, stroller tours, themed story times and more. Hear that? That's free climate-controlled, culture-focused year-round activities, people. 2600 Ben Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19103, philamuseum.org/_.