Making History in Philadelphia: A Girls' Guide to the City

What do enchanting historic neighborhoods, vibrant shopping markets, flavorful European cuisines, and boozy Prohibition-era lounges have in common?

Feeling stumped? We’re talking about one of America’s oldest and liveliest cities, Philadelphia!

While Philly may be known as the “City of Brotherly Love,” it’s actually a superb location for a girls’ getaway. Here at Hammock Pack, we’re thrilled to introduce you to the culture, style, and charm of Philadelphia.

Our top picks for the city include a mix of classic historical sights and trendy urban hotspots. The best part? All of the locations below are positioned within just a few blocks of each other!

Uncover Philly’s Rich History in Old City

Known as America’s “most historic square mile,” this charming old neighborhood is home to some of Philadelphia’s most iconic landmarks and sights.

Nestled between the brick row houses, colorful alleyways and outdoor cafes, you’ll find attractions such as the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence was drafted. Be sure to check out Christ Church Burial Ground too, where tossing a penny onto Benjamin Franklin’s grave is said to ensure good fortune.

Soak in the Scenery on the Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Trolley

Give your feet a rest from those cobblestone streets and catch a ride on one of the city’s Victorian-style open-air trolleys. Snag a day pass and take advantage of the “hop-on, hop-off” benefits.

The trolley makes stops at nearly 30 of Philadelphia’s most happening spots. The knowledgeable onboard guides will weave a fun and fascinating narrative of Philly’s history as you zoom along the scenic city streets.

Shop Till You Drop in Midtown Village

This colorful little shopping district is on the rise in popularity and it’s not hard to see why. Midtown Village is home to everything – from chic boutiques to edgy designer shops. You can scope out the trendiest clothes, accessories and shoes, as well as candles, soaps, home goods, and other gifts.

Not to mention, there’s a statewide law that makes clothing purchases tax free. So, go on and shop to your heart’s content!

For more shopping inspiration, check out this guide from Visit Philadelphia.

Dine at Tinto, Philly’s Hottest Tapas Bar

Treat yourself to French- and Spanish-inspired tapas at one of Philly’s hippest eateries. The atmosphere here is rustic and warm, and the menu is overflowing with rich and imaginative culinary creations.

While the flavors are big, the plates are small; so the more the merrier! Grab your closest girlfriends and take turns ordering multiple dishes so everyone can sample a bit of everything. Don’t forget to check out the impressive wine list, too, complete with ciders and sangria.

Dance the Night Away at Vesper Lounge

If you’re ready to kick the party level up a notch, head to Vesper, a speakeasy-themed bar and lounge that’s delightfully old-school. Their focus is on classic cocktails and feel-good tunes, and dancing is always encouraged.

Whether you head there for the strong drinks or the sultry jazz melodies, you’ll be sure to end your girls-night-out on a high note.


We don’t know about you, but this list has us itching to book a ticket for a ladies-only trip to Philadelphia as soon as possible!

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