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Escape the Cold at These 5 Hidden Gems in Philly

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Philly is home to the some of the most iconic restaurants and attractions of all time. But today, we’re here to put these hidden gems in Philly on the map! Grab a date, some family, or some friends to escape the cold with you at these low-key amazing hidden spots around the city. You might turn into a regular!

Hidden Gems In Philly
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Arch Enemy Arts

Everyone needs a little dose of art in their lives. Arch Enemy Arts is a groovy and notable art gallery that exhibits local and international artists all year round. Engulf yourself in this creative environment in Philly and check out the ongoing and upcoming exhibitions at Arch Enemy Arts through the link below!

Monday – Friday | 10:00am–4:00pm
Saturday | 11:00am–5:00pm
Sunday | Closed

📍109 Arch St. Philadelphia, PA 19106

Hidden Gems In Philly
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Condesa & El Techo

Tacos and rooftop margaritas anyone!? Condesa is a restaurant located within the alley-streets of Philadelphia that serves yummy cocktails and awesome bites. But this hidden gem in Philly actually has hidden gems within itself! As you enter Condesa and walk straight back to the elevators you’ll be taken up to Philly’s undercover rooftop bar called El Techo! El Techo is open all year round and is walk-in only. 

Tuesday – Thursday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Friday | 5:00pm–11:00pm
Saturday | 5:00pm–12:00am
Sunday & Monday | Closed

📍 1830 Ludlow St. Philadelphia, PA 19103

Hidden Gems In Philly
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Royal Izakaya

Tucked away and only recognizable by the red lantern that burns outside the front door, Royal Izakaya is a very special sushi restaurant. With only about 20 first-come-first-serve seats in the restaurant, 8 lucky diners can secure a spot at the sushi bar (the only reservation-needed seats in the house). At the bar, you’ll receive single pieces at a time of sushi hand crafted for you right in front of your eyes. This is one of the bougiest hidden gems in Philly like no other!

Tuesday – Thursday | 5:00pm–10:00pm
Friday & Saturday | 5:00pm–10:30pm
Sunday & Monday | Closed

📍 780 S. 2nd St. Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hidden Gems In Philly
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Pizza Brain

Pizza Brain isn’t your average pizza joint. Not only can you grab an award-winning slice with friends, you can even visit the first ever Pizza Museum! This hidden gem in Philly is a two-for-one special and trust us, the pizza is beyond delish. Enjoy a slice, look around, and learn more about our favorite food in the world in our favorite city in the world!     

Monday – Thursday| 11:00am–9:00pm
Friday & Saturday | 11:00pm–10:00pm
Sunday | 12:00pm–9:00pm

📍 2313 Frankford Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19125

Hidden Gems In Philly
📷 Lindsay Nathanson

Kung Fu Necktie

Unbeknown to most, Kung Fu Necktie is the coolest music venue in Fishtown. This bar hosts plenty of local bands that perform every weekend. We’ve witnessed some of most talented people right here at Kung Fu Necktie! There’s more than what meets the eye at Kung Fu Necktie because when you step inside the small-looking bar, it opens up into a totally, perfectly overly decorated bar and stage area. With killer vibes on the inside, this place will be your new favorite spot for live music and a drink!

Everyday | 5:00pm–2:00am

📍 1250 N. Front St. Philadelphia, PA 19122

We’re always looking for new places to go out and hang with friends, family, or that special someone. It’s almost even more special to find out that there are so many of these hidden gems in Philly to do so!

Have you been to any of these spots before? Have any undercover spots to recommend? Let us know on Instagram, Facebook, and TikTok @stufftodoinphilly!

Lindsay Nathanson

Lindsay Nathanson

Lindsay Nathanson is a Philadelphian inspired by research, storytelling, and the people around her. Subsequent to graduating from the University of Tampa in 2019 with a B.A. History, she achieved her M.A. in Museum Studies from Johns Hopkins University in 2021. She spends her time collecting newspapers and vinyl, eating any meal in a bowl, and begging Ben Simmons to shoot the ball. In the future, Lindsay will work in collections and/or curation at a women's history museum. Today, she enjoys writing about Philadelphia.

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