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When it comes to historic houses and buildings, there is a lot to see in Philadelphia--history was indeed made here, and Philadelphia's colonial past is on proud display throughout many of its neighborhoods. This list takes a selective historic tour through the city, starting in West Philadelphia, heading east, and taking time out for shopping and coffee!
Nestled in a side street that straddles the campuses of Penn and Drexel, the White Dog is a West Philadelphia institution, renowned for putting on a stellar brunch. The atmosphere is cozy, warm, and intimate, and most importantly, the food is great.
Still in a walking mood? Grab a nearby trolley and head out to Bartram's Garden, located in northwest Philadelphia. Located in an unlikely industrialized neighborhood, this garden is one of the oldest botanic gardens in the country, and includes the oldest building in the city: the home of 18th-century botanist John Bartram. A must see in the spring.
After exploring West Philly, head into the heart of Center City and onto Pine Street. You'll avoid the touristy, mainstream vibe of South Street while getting in some quality shopping and people watching in this quiet, lovely residential part of the city.
If it's time to rest those feet, drag yourself up to Ray's Café in Chinatown, where you can get the best cup of coffee in the city, rivaled only by local favorite La Columbe, which is located near Rittenhouse Square.