The Fab Five is back. Netflix just dropped the latest season of Queer Eye, starring Jonathan Van Ness, Karamo Brown, Bobby Berk, Tan France, and Antoni Porowski, and this time the team is transforming looks and lives in the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection. The show’s intro features the stars swanning around in Colonial-era costumes—a nod to Philadelphia’s rich American history. But over the course of Queer Eye’s ten transformative episodes, a decidedly more contemporary city—with culinarily diverse markets, indie cafes and boutiques, and inspiring public art—is on display.

Check out the new season to take a tour of Philly, and bookmark each spot for your next visit. 

 Jonathan, Karamo, Tan, Bobby and Antoni  are back with a fifth series.  © 2020 Ryan Collerd/Netflix

City Hall

Exterior of Philadelphia's City Hall. ©Direct Line Development/Shutterstock

The start of each episode pans over Center City, with William Penn perched proudly atop City Hall. The 37-foot statue, created by sculptor Alexander Milne Calder (fun fact: he’s also the grandfather of sculptor and mobile artist Alexander Calder), is in the center of the grid Penn envisioned in 1682, when he helped to design the city. Visitors can take a guided tour of City Hall—the largest municipal building in the US—to learn about its history and check out the observation deck with an unobstructed view of Philadelphia. 

Reading Terminal Market

Reading Terminal Market. ©Sean Pavone/Shutterstock

Food and wine expert Antoni shops for produce at Iovine Brothers, a family-run produce stand in the historic Reading Terminal Market. The shop specializes in fresh fruits and veggies from regional farmers, but the 127-year-old market is also home to stand-out global cuisines, small batch distillers, Pennsylvania Dutch delicacies, and one of the oldest ice cream companies in the country. 

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The Free Library

Interior of the Philadelphia Free Public Library (Parkway Central) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Interior of the Philadelphia Free Public Library (Parkway Central) on Vine Street in Philadelphia. © Getty Images

Designed by African-American architect Julian Abele (who also helped design the Philadelphia Museum of Art), the Parkway Central Library is housed in a stately Beaux Arts building that first opened its doors in 1927. Today, the library hosts events like talks and readings, author books signings, and cooking demos—including one the Fab Five gave to a group in episode one. 


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A mural to civil rights activist Octavius Catto in Philadelphia.  ©Steve Weinik/Mural Arts

With over 4000 artworks, Philadelphia is known as the unofficial mural capital of the US. The show shines a light on several, especially in West Philly. See some of the larger-than-life pieces with a Mural Arts tour. The org is the country’s largest public art program, responsible for adding up to 100 new murals in the city each year. Buy a ticket for one of the expert-guided tours via train or trolley, or just stroll around and pull up their mobile site to learn about the artist and enormous artwork. 

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Fiore Fine Foods

In episode three, Antoni demonstrates how to make beef short ribs at Fiore in Queen Village. The Italian all day cafe, owned by husband-and-wife team Ed Crochet and Justine MacNeil, is known for handmade pasta dishes, made-from-scratch pastries and gelato, and a legendary collection of amaro. 

Dilworth Park

Situated on the western side of City Hall, the half-acre Dilworth Park is home to an ice skating rink and holiday market in the winter, and when the weather heats up, find a patch of green lawn, umbrella-shaded tables, and a wide swath of water fountains. The 185 by 60 foot installation runs right on the ground, with dozens of three-foot spouts that spray intermittently for kids (or kids at heart) to run through on hot summer days. 


In business since 2004, Jinxed is a local collection of vintage shops with outposts in West Philly, Fishtown, Port Richmond, and South Philly. The selection is clearly curated by experts with an eye for timeless treasures. Showrooms are styled with panache, and stocked with goods ranging from Art Deco barware and Tiffany-style lamps to framed artwork and mid-century modern furniture. 

Greensgrow Farm

The lush urban farm and garden center in Philly’s Olde Richmond neighborhood was the backdrop for a cooking session in episode five, in which Antoni demonstrated how to cook Philadelphia-based chef Michael Solomonov’s twice-cooked eggplant. The James Beard Award-winning chef is the co-founder of CookNSolo restaurant group, which includes modern Israeli Zahav restaurant—the Beard Foundation’s most outstanding restaurant in America in 2019.

La Colombe

The lofty Fishtown flagship of La Colombe is the setting for a coffee date in episode two. The Philadelphia-founded chain has cafes around the city, plus in New York, Boston, Chicago, and L.A. Pull up a chair at one of the communal tables and grab a mug of hot coffee, brewed with fresh-roasted, single origin beans, or a smooth and satisfying draft latte, invented by the brand.

The Italian Market

Episode eight focuses on the fishmonger and owner of Marco’s Fish & Crab House, located in the Italian Market on ninth Street in South Philly. One of the oldest outdoor markets in the country, it’s now home to meat, fish, and produce shops, plus some of the city’s best Mexican fare. 

Baltimore Avenue

The bustling main drag running through West Philly all the way to the suburbs is home to independent boutiques and a host of vibrant, eclectic restaurants. Among them is Booker’s, a neighborhood staple serving Southern-inspired fare, including country fried chicken and, for breakfast, cheesecake french toast with lemon whipped cream. 

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