Start your day with coffee and some dessert-like breakfast from Green Eggs Cafe at 1301 Locust St. Here you can indulge not only your need to take a few dozen photos of your food but also treat your sweet tooth to a very unique breakfast. The food not only looks insta-worthy but it tastes even better. I recommend you try the Creme Brulee French Toast for the perfect Instagram photo and the perfect way to start your day.
Once you are all stuffed on your stuffed-french toast, make your way towards Old City and Independence Hall. You can’t spend your time in Philly without visiting the sites where America first got her start. Even if you aren’t the world’s biggest history buff, this area offers some key Instagram pictures that will definitely make the trip well worth it. Spend some time posing with the Liberty Bell or George Washington and take a tour of Independence Hall to see where not only the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution were created, but also where the United Nations got its start. You can check off visiting a World Heritage Site and a historically awesome Instagram photo all in one trip!
Continue on your walk into Old City and take a left turn down 2nd Street to stumble upon a small but beautiful Philadelphia gem. Elfreth’s Alley is located in between Arch and Race Street and is the perfect stop for a little pre-lunch Instagram post. Elfreth’s Alley is referred to as the”nation’s oldest residential street.” The street dates back to 1702 and currently, there are 32 colonial brick houses that frame the tiny street, all built between 1728 and 1836. Try posing against one of the large red doors or underneath the Union Jack. Or if you get there and there aren’t many people try to get the ultimate photo of you standing in the middle of the perfectly picturesque street.
After exploring and filling your camera roll with plenty of history-packed potential Instagram photos, it’s definitely time for some lunch. So make your way into the heart of Old City and grab a table (preferably by the floor-to-ceiling windows) at FARMiCiA. This place has rustic yet simple decorations and great lighting thanks to those big open windows in the front. And it helps that the food is farm-to-table perfection so your Instagram photo will not only look great but taste even better. They offer dishes varying from Fajitas, to Shrimp Po Boys to burgers and various sandwiches. My personal favorite is the good ole’ fashion BLT – you can’t go wrong with a classic.
Now you’re full on lunch and happen to be perfectly located on the best shopping street in Old City – how convenient! 3rd Street has dozens of stores that not only have products that help you look great in pictures, but the stores themselves also look great. Philadelphia Independents has the cutest Philly themed knick-knacks to decorate your dorm or apartment with and right next door is home to Vagabond – your simplistic, boho, ‘anthropologie-esque’ dream store. Keep walking and you’ll find Lost + Found which has everything from LOVE themed necklaces to the coziest sweaters imaginable. Cross the street and you’ll find the piece de resistance of the 3rd Street shopping experience – Petit Jardin en Ville. This French themed flower store has everything you need to make your photo insta-worthy. White window-filled walls framed by flowers and string lights make this flower shop one of the most insta-worthy spot in all of Philly.
By this point, you’re probably a little thirsty and could use a pick me up after you working your way down Walnut Street going in and out of all the name brand stores. So make your way over onto Locust and stop into P.S. & Co. for a cold press juice, some avocado toast or a smoothie bowl if you’re feeling like it! And while you’re there, take as many pictures as possible of the rustic yet industrious wood interior.
Hop in an uber and take the quick drive up to the Barnes Foundation museum for some edgy and modern posts. Enjoy the art and finish up with a quick photoshoot outside!
By this point, the heat of the day is starting to die down and you are definitely ready for dinner. So hop back into an uber and make your way to Little Nonna’s on 13th and Locust. Grab a seat in their backyard inspired room that is complete with a clear ceiling, tables, and benches, clothes hanging on the clothesline and beautiful wood walls. Delicious food? Sí. Great atmosphere? Sí. A picture worthy of your Instagram? Sí.
As your day in Philly is coming to end, there is time for one more stop and one more pic. So open your dessert stomach and make your way to Sweet Charlie’s Rolled Ice cream at 7th and Walnut right across from Washington Square Park. While the line may be a bit long, the original location is too cute to pass up and the quality of ice cream makes it the perfect treat for a summer night. Bonus: take a video of them actually rolling your ice cream and you’ll have a sweet Snapchat story.