When looking at tickets for the Taylor Swift Reputation Tour, we knew we wanted to travel a little further than DC or NC and make a girls weekend out of it. Philadelphia fit the bill perfectly (and happened to be her hometown show), so we bought our tickets and booked our hotel. Seeing as we’re busy working women with real lives, we worked all day Friday and left after work to road trip our way to Philly. We’re not good at everything, but let me tell you, we do road trips right.
Side Note: Our new favorite road trip game is playing the Taylor Swift karaoke tracks and seeing how well we actually know the lyrics.
We arrived late at night to our hotel in downtown Philly, navigated a scary parking garage, and checked into our hotel. We stayed at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Philadelphia Center City and quickly fell in love. The staff was great, our room was great, and the view was even greater.
Saturday was our only full day in the city, so we made the most of it. We started the morning with some blog/admin at the Starbucks right down the street from our hotel – God bless Starbucks.
Next, we attempted to go to Green Eggs Cafe, but the wait was more than an hour so we kept on walking. We headed to the Reading Terminal Market, which is a very large, indoor market that is honestly a bit overwhelming. However, Beiler’s Bakery doughnuts made up for some of the overwhelming-ness. These lovely, homemade doughnuts are wonderful and we would highly recommend. Also, word to the wise, the line moves really fast (don’t let the length scare you) and don’t let the crowds deter you from looking at all your options and taking your time to choose which one you’d like.
After consuming those heavenly pastries, we headed towards the Philadelphia Magic Gardens. We decided to walk since the weather was beautiful and the Magic Gardens weren’t far away. Along the way we found some hidden treasures. First we stopped on Clinton Street – we’re suckers for a tree-lined avenue dotted with apartments with colored doors and all the charm…
Our second stop was this bright yellow wall because – hello, bright yellow wall. Cue classic Ashley pose.
When we finally found our way to the Magic Gardens, we quickly realized you need tickets to enter and no, we had not bought tickets, so instead, we took some photos at the mural next to the Magic Gardens. So if you’re like us and forget to check into ticketing processes, know that the mural beside the Magic Gardens is really great too.
After that fail, we called the Green Egg Cafe to see about their wait for lunch and it was still unbearably long (no one likes a hangry Chelsea). So instead we went a block over and tried a cute little place called Bud and Marilyn’s. What a wonderful surprise Bud and Marilyn’s turned out to be! The food was so good (you HAVE to try the Nashville Hot Chicken Biscuit Sandwich) and the atmosphere was lively. It perfectly encapsulated a Saturday afternoon in Philly. After Bud & Marilyn’s we headed back to the hotel to succumb to our food comas and take a quick nap before getting ready to dance the night away with Taylor Swift.
After the most wonderful evening of our lives, we got back to the hotel room, ordered Dominos and Insomnia Cookies and lived our best lives.
Philly is a great city, and if we could do it again we would buy tickets for the Magic Gardens, have our Rocky moment and see the Liberty Bell (and maybe try a cheesesteak). We would definitely recommend the Reading Terminal Market and walking around the city. We made the most of our day and can’t wait to explore more next time!
What are you favorite things to do or places to eat in Philly? We want to know!