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Antiques | Antiquarian’s Delight

Unearth vintage gems in this large, old antique market located in the basement of a former synagogue. Pray that you'll find something unique. Bartender Al Sotack finds vintage cocktail glasses here.

615 South 6th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | T: 215.592.0256

Chocolates from Shane Confectionery

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Candy | Shane Confectionery

Established in 1863, this Philadelphia candy treasure has bragging rights to being the oldest continuously-run confectionery in the United States. Everything from their taffy to bars to bon bons are all hand-crafted. In 2011, the operation was purchased by the Berley brothers, who also own the Franklin Fountain Ice Cream Parlor. Bartender Al Sotack told us about this retro-sweet shop, “they have this huge library of turn of the century molds for hard candy and make everything from scratch.”

110 Market Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

T: 215.922.1048 |

French | Bibou

This BYOB delivers classic, rustic French food. They have a small menu (meaning 5 appetizers and 5 entrees) and chef Lee Styer of Fond restaurant loves the Pied de Porc, a braised pig’s foot stuffed with foie gras and the Terrine du Jour pâté.

1009 South 8th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

T: 215.965.8290 |

Vietnamese | Pho 75

Nothing special about the decor, but the low-key restaurant located on the corner of a Vietnamese shopping mall serves up pho that local chefs love...

“It’s super consistent and cheap and delicious and you sit at cafeteria tables. I get the number 14, (Tai, Sach) it’s made with steak and beef tripe.”

- Chef Michael Solomonov of Zahav in Philadelphia

“They do pho with beef tripe, the tendon and other stuff, but what I like about it is that they slice the beef rare and just let it sit on top of the soup, so it kind of slowly cooks.”

- Chef Joe Cicala of Le Virtu in Philadelphia

1122 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147 | T: 215.271.5866

Cocktails at Emmanuelle

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Cocktails | Emmanuelle

Newly opened by Philadelphia bartenders Phoebe Esmon & Christian Gaal. They focus on creative interpretations of the classics, as well as their own concoctions. Bartender Al Sotack of local cocktail den called The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co digs the “cool aesthetic.”

1052 N. Hancock Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

T: 267.639.2470 |

Morning Coffee at Bodhi Coffee

Photograph courtesy of Bodhi Coffee | Emilie K

Coffee | Bodhi Coffee

Chef Michael Solomonov gets his caffeine fix at this small and comfy coffee spot in Society Hill. They have single-origin Stumptown coffee as well as coffee from a few small roasters like PT’s Coffee Roasting Co. from Topeka, KA. The knowledgeable staff can pull a perfect espresso or a well-executed pour-over coffee.

1122 Washington Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19147

T: 215.271.5866 |

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