Day One

  • Old City & Society Hill

Start your visit to Philly by exploring Independence National Historical Park. If you haven't booked online, go early to the Independence Visitor Center to secure a timed ticket to visit Independence Hall. Before or after, also drop into the Liberty Bell Center and learn about the important principals behind the founding of the US at the National Constitution Center.

Get some more historical background at the excellent Museum of the American Revolution or learn all about Philly's favorite founding father Benjamin Franklin at Franklin Court. Clop down the cobbles of Elfreth's Alley and explore the boutiques and art galleries of the Old Town, dropping into Shane Confectionary for some sweet treats.

  • Dinner Enjoy modern Israeli food at Zahav.
  • South Philadelphia

Do a little late afternoon, early evening browsing in the shops along and near South St. Drop into Tattooed Mom for a cocktail. Got the late night munchies? Go check out the 24-hour cheesesteak rivalry between Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks.

Day Two

  • Chinatown & Center City East

Breakfast amid the cornucopia of local eats and treats at Reading Terminal Market. View the latest exhibition at the Fabric Workshop & Museum before joining a tour around the eye-popping interiors of the Masonic Temple or the impressive Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.

  • Lunch Dine for a good cause at Rooster Soup Co.
  • Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

Take the 12:30pm tour of City Hall which includes some of its ornate interior rooms as well the tower where you can stand directly beneath the giant statue of William Penn. There are also splendid views of the city from the One Liberty Observation Deck. Snap a selfie in front of the LOVE sculpture in JFK Plaza and check out the beguiling video wall in the Comcast Center.

  • Dinner Sup on vegan street food at V Street.
  • Rittenhouse Square & Center City West

Watch the world go by from Rittenhouse Sq with a coffee from La Colombe. Enjoy a craft beer at Monk's Cafe or glass of wine at Tria Cafe. Catch a free performance by the supremely talented students at the Curtis Institute of Music.

Day Three

  • Logan Square & Fairmount

Go for an early morning stroll through Fairmount Park before dipping into the amazing collection at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. There's more than enough here to keep you busy until lunch but if you're fast you may also be able to squeeze in the separate Rodin Museum at the other end of Ben Franklin Pkwy.

Stick with the creative-arts theme of the day by spending the afternoon browsing Cezannes, Renoirs and Picassos at the Barnes Foundation. Those after alternative cultural, historical and scientific stimulation could opt for either a tour around the fascinating Eastern State Penitentiary or the kid-friendly Franklin Institute.

  • Dinner Slurp superb noodles at Stock.
  • Fishtown & Northern Liberties

Stretch your legs or dangle them from one of the giant swings at the Rail Park. Taste some craft beer at Yards Brewing Company or artisan spirits at Philadelphia Distilling. Enjoy live music at Johnny Brenda's or Union Transfer, and boogie under the disco ball with go-go dancers at the Trestle Inn.

Day Four

  • South Philadelphia

Down an espresso at Anthony's before browsing the fresh produce stalls and gourmet food shops of South 9th Street Italian Market. Give yourself over to the wild imagination and creativity of Isaiah Zagar at his mosaic art masterpiece Philadelphia's Magic Gardens.

  • Lunch Enjoy classics eats at White Dog Cafe.
  • University City & West Philadelphia

Stroll around the U Penn campus, dropping into Penn Museum and the beautiful Anne & Jerome Fisher Fine Arts Building designed by Frank Furness. Architecture fans should not miss monumental 30th St Station. While on this side of town, check out what's showing at the Institute of Contemporary Art or return to the east side of the Schuylkill for a look around the extraordinary Mütter Museum.

  • Dinner BYOB to enjoy at rustic Italian Mercato.
  • Chinatown & Center City East

A show or concert performance at the Kimmel Center or Academy of Music, just across the road in Rittenhouse Square & Center City West, will be memorable. If there's nothing scheduled that you fancy, hit Midtown Village, aka the Gayborhood, for fun times at bars such as Woody's and Dirty Franks or vegan cocktails and late-night bites at Charlie Was a Sinner.