Rittenhouse Square Park
A green space in Center City, home to restaurants, hotels and shopping.
Stroll or catch a bus or cab west to the Rittenhouse Square area, the most upscale part of the city, boasting shops, restaurants and a beautiful park. If it's a nice day, start it with fresh baked goods from the acclaimed Metropolitan Bakery on 19th Street just south of Rittenhouse Square; but if you want to get a real taste of the Philly diet, try a soft pretzel from a nearby street cart. La Colombe Torrefaction, an Italian style coffeehouse, serves one of the better cups in the city, though great coffee abounds these days.
Eat your breakfast on a bench or in the grass at Rittenhouse Square Park, a one-block expanse of walkways, fountains and greenery. This park serves as a meeting ground, study spot or lazy weekend hangout for people of all ages and backgrounds. It may be located in the most expensive and elegant section of the city, but Rittenhouse brings people from all neighborhoods together. After strolling through the park, walk south or west through the surrounding residential area. Spend the morning exploring this section, which is rich in architecture and has a pleasant sense of community. You may be reminded of a New York City neighborhood with the row homes and brick sidewalks.