Best Spots to Unwind After the Holidays in Philadelphia

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The holiday season, while incredibly special, can also be incredibly stressful. After all the celebrating and family gatherings, you might want to decompress and practice some self-care. We’re compiling a list of some of the best spots to relax, unwind, and re-center after the holiday season, all here in Philadelphia!

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1. Spiral Bookcase

This witchy bookshop is the perfect place to stroll unbothered amongst the books, crystals, and other occult items in the peace and quiet so unique to bookstores. In addition to books of all genres, there’s a wide selection of incense, crystals, soaps, candles, and other interesting mystical items that invoke the relaxation we all crave after a busy few months. There’s also a sweet kitty cat named Calliope who occasionally visits the shop, making a stop at Spiral an even sweeter experience.  

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 12:00pm–6:00pm
Thursday | 12:00pm–6:00pm
Friday | 12:00pm–6:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–6:00pm
Sunday |11:00am–5:00pm

📍 Location

4257 Main St, Philadelphia, PA 19127

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📷 The Basement Board Game Café

2. The Basement Board Game Café

What better way to unwind than to have some old-fashioned fun and play board games with friends? The Basement Board Game Café has it all, from classics like Jenga and Monopoly to new hits like Codenames and Gloomhaven! You can reserve four to five hour time slots for you and your group at only $10 a person. The Basement, while serving food and drink, is also BYOB, so you can personalize your experience with your favorite brew and truly relax the way we all did as kids: by playing games. 

Monday | Closed
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | 6:00pm–10:00pm
Thursday | 6:00pm–10:00pm
Friday |  6:00pm–11:00pm
Saturday | 1:00pm–11:00pm
Sunday | 4:00pm–9:00pm

📍 Location

6109 Ridge Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19128

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📷 Fabriq Spa

3. Fabriq Spa

When you think of relaxation, we’re sure “spa” is one of the first words to come to mind, so of course we are including one of our favorites: Fabriq! Fabriq specializes in Chinese massage therapy, but there’s plenty on the rest and relaxation menu at this diverse South Philly gem. They offer organic therapy methods, along with acupuncture, massage, facials, and more. After the hectic fray of the holidays, Fabriq can help you feel rejuvenated and refreshed for the new year. 

Monday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Wednesday | 2:00pm–5:00pm
Thursday |  11:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–3:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–5:00pm

📍 Location

728 S 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

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📷 City Planter

4. City Planter

Plants- and plant shopping – can be one of the most relaxing things to do to clear your mind and refocus on the present. Something about the earthy feel of City Planter makes even the urban bustle of Center City feel soothing and calm. Treat yourself to a new green friend and ring in the new year with a plant refresh for your home – your inner peace will thank you for it!

Monday | 11:00am–6:00pm
Tuesday | 11:00am–6:00pm
Wednesday | 11:00am–6:00pm
Thursday | 11:00am–6:00pm
Friday | 11:00am–6:00pm
Saturday | 10:00am–6:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–6:00pm

📍 Location

814 N 4th St, Philadelphia, PA 19123

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📷 Philadelphia Museum of Art

5. Philadelphia Museum of Art

Take yourself on a date to the beautiful premiere hub of culture in Philly, the Philadelphia Museum of Art. This iconic museum has an automatic relaxing effect on all who enter – the scene is quiet, peaceful, and there’s no shortage of stunning artwork to soak in. If you need a moment of hushed, go-at-your-own-pace fun, the Philly Museum of Art is your spot!

Monday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Tuesday | Closed
Wednesday | Closed
Thursday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Friday | 10:00am–8:45pm
Saturday | 10:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | 10:00am–5:00pm

📍 Location

2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

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Meg Croley

Meg Croley

Meg is a City Manager for UNATION and author of the Stuff to Do in Philadelphia City Guide. For more insight on the best events and things to do in the Philadelphia area, download the UNATION app and follow @StufftoDoinPhilly on Instagram and Facebook.