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Four Things Philly Locals Say You Should Do When You Visit Philadelphia

Philly insiders share where to really get the best sandwiches, get the best view of the city, and more.

Forget about Geno's. One Philly resident knows a better place to get the best cheesesteaks in town. Photograph by Flickr user Adam Kuban.

“Forget Pat’s and Geno’s. For actually excellent sandwiches, head to one of the five city locations of Di Bruno Bros. and take home some of their phenomenal meats and cheeses.”

Jonathan Tamari, DC correspondent, Philadelphia Inquirer


“A trip to Philly needs to include a run or walk along the Schuylkill River Trail, especially the new Schuylkill Banks Boardwalk, which juts out over the river and gives you views of the city from a whole new angle.”

Suzanne Allaire, November Project


“See Isaiah Zagar’s Magic Gardens, an indoor/outdoor mosaic art gallery integrated into the interior and exterior of a building on South Street.”

Julie Hancher, Green Philly blog


“Old City—particularly North Second and Third streets—is a shopping mecca packed with independent boutiques.”

Emily Goulet, Philadelphia magazine


A Philly-area native and former DC resident, Emily Leaman ( is a deputy editor at Philadelphia magazine.

This article appears in our January 2016 issue of Washingtonian.