Explore World-Class Dining and International Flavors

Find yourself at the center of everything you’re craving. Center City’s world-class culinary scene is the finest in the region, including James Beard Award winners, Michelin Star restaurants and Iron Chefs. Cuisines from across the globe can be found at every turn, from Italian and Japanese to Middle-Eastern and Mexican. Center City’s diverse array of eateries include more than just fine-dining. Family-owned BYOBS, casual coffee shops, cocktail bars and more help to satisfy every taste. And no visit to Center City would be complete without a stop at the legendary Reading Terminal Market!

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New Retailers and Restaurants Now Open in Center City

As fall weather settles in across Center City and you plan to upgrade your wardrobe and home décor, there’s a lot of new restaurants and shops to explore! Check out 28 new locations to visit this season.

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Restaurant Happenings & Events

Aqimero: Endless Bubbles & Brunch
Saturdays & Sundays | 12 p.m.-3 p.m.| For just $70 per person, enjoy 4 delicious courses and an endless assortment of bubbly cocktails. Menu highlights include assorted pastries, carb & avocado toast, Mexican chocolate french toast, huevos rancheros, churros and more. Brunch is also available a la carte. Reservations are encouraged.
10 Avenue of the Arts, 215.523.8200

City Winery: Harvest Harmony Wine Pairing Dinner
November 27 | 7 p.m. | Experience a five course harvest themed wine pairing dinner with education and pairing from City Winery's sommelier and menu crafted by their executive chef. 
990 Filbert Street, 267.479.7373

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Estia: $40 Theater Menu
Nightly | Going to a show on the Avenue of the Arts? Stop into Estia ahead of time to enjoy a three-course, prix-fixe theater menu for only $40. For more details, download the menu.
1405 Locust Street, 215.735.7700

High Street 

  • Second Sunday Baking Classes | Second Sunday of each month | Join High Street's head baker for a two-hour deep dive into a specific recipe. Classes are intimate and hands-on with up to six participants who will learn expert techniques, enjoy the finished product during the class, and come away with their finished items and the ability to recreate the recipe at home.
  • Monday Evening Pizza Class | Every Monday | Join High Street for a pizza class. Guests will learn expert dough-making and cooking techniques. Pizza will be served and each guest will take home their unique seasonal pie. 

101 S. 9th Street, 215.625.0988

High Street Hospitality Group: Raise a Glass to Our Community For Giving Tuesday
November 28–December 5 | Donate $25 or more to a good cause and receive a complimentary glass of bubbles. To participate, make a donation directly to one of the following organizations: Sisterly Love Collective, Center City District Foundation, SEAMAAC, Jefferson Moss-Magee Rehabilitation Center or C-CAP. Then, email a screenshot of your donation to kate.morrison@forkrestaurant.com and they will send you a digital gift card for a complimentary glass of bubbles to use at High Street, a.kitchen, a.bar or Fork.

La Cucina at the Market: Cooking Class
Bring your friends and family for an interactive cooking class! Create memorable experiences while enjoing delicious food. Check La Cucina’s website for their full schedule of classes.
1206 Arch Street, 215.922.1170

McGillin's Olde Ale House

  • Christmas Bar | Now through January 6 | McGillin's turns into a winter wonderland for the holidays with over-the-top decor, seasonal cocktails and Christmas beers.
  • McGillin's Annual Toy Drive with Ronald McDonald House November 29 | 6 p.m. | McGillin's is hosting their annual holiday party benefiting the Ronald McDonald House Charities of the Philadelphia Region. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to be entered to win swag. Enjoy karoke, giveaways, photos with Santa, and more. 

1310 Drury Street, 215.735.5562

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Oyster House: Shucking Classes
Tuesdays | 2:30p.m.-3p.m. | Get step-by-step guidance on the art of oyster shucking for $126 per couple. After a few practice oysters, the class includes 1 dozen to shuck and eat, plus 2 glasses of champagne. Classes are 30 minutes and reservations are required.
1516 Sansom Street, 215.567.7683

Philadelphia Orchestra Performs at Jean-Georges Philadelphia
December 13 | Jean-Georges Philadelphia invites guests to a world of unparalleled artistry to experience a one-night-only musical performance. Guests can expect a musically inspired four-course tasting menu and wine pairing. Three captivating performances by Quartet Iris of The Philadelphia Orchestra will be set against the backdrop of an iconic skyline, setting the scene for an unforgettable evening. 
Four Seasons Hotel at Comcast Center, 1 N 19th Street, 215.419.5057

The Rittenhouse: Teddy Bear Tea
Thursdays-Sundays | 12 p.m.-3 p.m. | Join the Rittenhouse for their annual Teddy Bear Tea in the Mary Cassatt Tea Room, a special tea service for families exclusively offered during the holidays! A dedicated kids menu includes hot chocolate, classic sandwiches, and mini cupcakes, while parents can enjoy the usual selections of tea, scones, savory sandwiches and petit desserts, and complimentary sparkling wine. 
210 W Rittenhouse Square, 215.546.9000

Sparrow's: 1 Year Anniversary Ribbon Cutting
December 9 | 12 p.m. | To celebrate being in Reading Terminal Market for 1 year, Sparrow's is having a ribbon cutting ceremony. Santa will be there along with the Reading Terminal Train above the store and discounted snacks!
Reading Terminal, 1136 Arch Street, 856.209.2955


Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse SquareAfternoon Tea “Le Goûter”  
Fridays & Saturdays | 1 p.m.-3 p.m.| Enjoy a variety of scones, tea sandwiches, pastries and a selection of nine different teas during this French-inspired Afternoon Tea. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by calling 215.569.8300. 
120 South 17th Street, 215.569.8300

Spirits Tastings at Christmas Village
Every Thursday through December | Indulge in a delightful evening of delicious drinks, mouth-watering food, and the unique charm of an authentic German Christmas market. 
1400 John F Kennedy Bouldevard 

Time & Peace Cafe and Gallery: Live Musical Performances

  • 1-year anniversary party with live jazz piano | December 12 | 11:30 a.m.  
  • Live indie folk duo, The Morning Doves, featuring Time & Peace barista, Anna | December 22 |11:30 a.m.

36 South 7th Street, 732.413.5823

Village Whiskey: Game Day Specials
On game day | It's football season! Cheer on your favorite team while enjoying game day drink and beverage specials! Highlights include $5 for an assortment of sliders and $5 pints.
18 S 20th Street, 215.665.1088