Published On: Mon, Sep 8th, 2014

5 Reasons Why NYC Art Lovers Need To Visit Philadelphia.

If you follow me, you know that lately I have been feeling the effects a “travel bug” bite and have spent quite some time in Amtrak train stations, Airports and Uber cars.

When I got the invite to go to Philadelphia from my friends from Visit Philly / Philly Te Ama, I was genuinely excited. The conversation I had with “Paposwiggity” Santiago about the Latino community and specifically the arts thriving in “El Barrio” piqued my curiosity. I would later learn very strong link between NYC and Philly as far as the Boricua community is involved. I will tell that story at a later time…

If you are an art lover, you are really going to love Philadelphia… because it seems like everything in Philly with done with an artisan flair!

I wanted to recap a few things I truly loved about Philly


 1 – Museums? Philly has that covered 

Philadelphia has an incredible collection of museums, artistic venues and historical attractions. While you are in Philly you can visit the Liberty Bell, the National Constitution Center of course — plus amazing art installations, jazz venues, architectural landmarks and much more. Philly is a mecca to anyone that loves art  and movie lovers can never forget the iconic scene in Rocky where he runs up the stairs of the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s steps in what ranked #13 as E! Entertainment’s 101 Most Awesome Moments in Entertainment. In case you forgot that scene… I have recreated it to “jog” your memory (pun intended)

2- Reading Terminal Market – If you are a foodie (like me) you may find yourself gravitating to the Reading Terminal Market daily for breakfast, lunch and just snack shopping. This market is really unlike anything I have ever experienced… busy from the time it open’s until it closes. Reading Terminal Market is an enclosed public market found at 12th and Arch Streets in downtown Philadelphia Over one hundred merchants offer fresh produce, meats, fish, groceries, ice cream, flowers, baked goods, crafts, books, clothing, and specialty and ethnic foods. Every space in the market is rented out; three of the vendors are descendants of original market merchants.  The once open air market adapted to a closed space to protect the vendor’s business profitability by shielding them from inclement weather.

IMG_2921This market is an artisan foodie’s dream… nothing like it from fresh organic produce to some of the finest baked goods and confections all under one roof.

Speaking of food… places you must visit include the Dock Street Brewery (nobody does pizza & craft beer like they do) and they just launched a brand of Artisan Mezcal called VICIO… if you like Tequila, you will love VICIO.


3- If You Want the Ultimate Dining Experience. Volver is the place to go!

Created by Iron Chef Jorge Garces, and located inside the Kimmel Center, home of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Volver features a performance kitchen—meaning diners play the part of the audience. What was especially special about this exclusive ticketed experience is how artistically Jorge Garces tells the story of his life thru each of the 14 courses.

I promise you, you have never experienced anything like this.

4- Want to Party? Philly Nightlife – Bars, Nightclubs and Beer Gardens thrive in Philly, each with their own personality and very strong branding that really fits around the city’s theme of “Brotherly Love”. After most of the group I was with retired to their rooms at the Loews… I summoned an Uber and went to party at Cuba Libre and boy was it a party!


5- THERE IS SO MUCH MORE! I am not even done telling you about what I did, where I visited and where I ate… there is a part two to this but in the meantime check out and tell them that your friend Urban Jibaro sent you… with love!

Thank you VISIT PHILLY for the tour of your great city… I already booked plans for a return visit!

Stay tuned for PART 2!!!

George Torres

The Urban Jibaro



Disclaimer: This is not a paid placement, I received an invitation to be hosted by the folks of Visit Philly. All opinions and reviews are my own.




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