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!

Shop & Dine

New Restaurants and Retailers Now Open in Center City

Restaurant Happenings & Events

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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

Center City District SIPS
Wednesdays, June 7-August 30 | 5-7 p.m. | Mix, mingle and make it a night; Philadelphia’s favorite happy hour tradition is back this summer to offer the ultimate after-work experience. This year more than 60 participating bars and restaurants will serve $7 cocktails, including drinks made with Hornitos® Tequila, $6 wine, $5 beer and half-priced appetizers, plus select locations will provide 15% off of dinner.
Various locations throughout Center City

Chris' Jazz Café: Live Music and Dinner
Every Tuesday through Saturday, enjoy dinner and a show at Chris’ Jazz Café. General Admission is available with a la carte dinner options, as well as an $80 Dinner & Show ticket that includes a 3-course tasting menu. Below are some upcoming performances. For more show details, visit their website.

1421 Sansom Street, 215.568.3131

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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

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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

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Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square 

  • Afternoon 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. 

  • Afternoon Drag Tea | Saturdays, June 3-June 24 | 2 p.m.-4 p.m.| In celebration of Pride in Philadelphia, Brittany Lynn and her Philly Drag Mafia will host an unforgettable Afternoon Tea. Options include a $75 inclusive package with tea, scones, sandwiches and pastries, and for $85, bottomless champagne. Mimosas or Bloody Marys will be added. Tickets are on sale now. 

120 South 17th Street, 215.569.8300

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Volver: Chefs in Residency
Through June 4 | Iron Chef Jose Garces’ popular Chefs In Residency program returns to VOLVER to spotlight emerging chefs from around the Philadelphia region for six weeks at a time. 
Kimmel Center for Performing Arts, 300 South Broad Street, 215.670.2302

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Walnut Garden: Now Open
This new urban cocktail garden, located in the heart of Rittenhouse, is a must-visit destination. Whether you are looking to relax after a long day of work, savor a delightful brunch or create unforgettable family memories, Walnut Garden will undoubtedly become your new go-to spot. So visit and sip a signature cocktail in this cozy and trendy outdoor oasis.
1700 block of Walnut Street

The Wayward: Drag Brunch Featuring Drag Mafia
July 11 | 10:30 a.m.-The girls are back and ready to serve, kick, and twirl! Join your hostess Miss Brittany Lynn (Of the Mummer’s Miss Fancy Brigade, Drag Queen Story Time, and the tri-state area’s most award winning drag queen) and her girls of the Philly Drag Mafia (Phillydragmafia.com) for a FABULOUS brunch!
1170 Ludlow Street