Philadelphia Road Trip
Living in New York, you start getting really insular. Because there’s just so much stimulation and so many different parts of New York, with different vibes and a different soul, it can be easy to just settle. Add in the fact that most NY’ers don’t have cars and have to rely on public transportation, it can be ages before anyone does any actual road trips.
Thankfully, one of my friends has a car and is always down for mini road trips, so we decided to do a Philadelphia road trip. It’s a fast drive, about an hour and a half, and there’s enough to see that we stayed pretty busy.
After a quick pit stop at Starbucks, we finally got to our destination, Reading Terminal Market. Before setting off to explore (and there’s a lot to explore), we got breakfast at Down Home Diner.
Down Home Diner gave me massive New Jersey feels. It’s the kind of food you’d find at any NJ diner and with decent prices. We were starving so we definitely gobbled this all up.
Gotta have that Tapatio on hand!
After we ate, we explored the market. . .which is so freaking big! It was so crowded and since it was a Saturday, the foot traffic was insane. I had to hold Ayme’s hand the whole time since I basically got sensory overload. Any food you could imagine was in that market, along with actual mini restaurants and people eating.
I didn’t get these giant jawbreakers but I did pick up some chocolate covered Oreo’s which I thought would last at least a week but ended up disappearing within 2 days…how did that happen?!
I also picked up a few different types of bacon, at a half pound each. I bought the pepper bacon and the black forest garlic bacon, which were both delicious in two very different ways. The black forest garlic bacon was super thick and soooo flavourful while the pepper bacon was thinner and more like your typical diner bacon. I also picked up a half a pound of bacon ends and pieces and sidenote, funny story about that one. . .I didn’t realize that bacon end and pieces were typically meant for flavoring (googling showed me that it can be used with beans or chili to create that smokey taste) and the first time I tried it, I fried it. When I put it in my mouth, it was the weirdest taste. It tasted very smokey, not salty at all and was really tough. Basically. . .not good.
Our last stop, after wandering around for almost two hours, was at the famous donut stand Beiler’s. This place had a line that wrapped around two other stores. The wait was about 15-20 minutes before you could order. The donuts are about $1 each and almost everyone got a dozen. The donuts were pretty good but I am super biased and I think NYC definitely does it better.
We finished wandering around Reading Terminal at around 2pm and since we still had time to kill on our Philadelphia road trip, our next destination was Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, which Ayme had been to earlier this year with one of her friends. She promised me that it would be a fun location to take photos in and she was right. The Magic Garden is basically a place for artists in the community to get together and showcase their work. It’s extremely creative and not like a museum at all. The art is basically everywhere you look, and even anywhere you step.
a reminder to stay in the present
the walls and floors are all murals made up by different artists. it’s really so amazing to look at
The Magic Gardens has installments both inside and outside. The above two photos are some of the inside art while the one below is from outside.
We had such a great day on our Philadelphia road trip. We had no real plans, just a car and a Yelp app. Philadelphia is such a short drive from NYC that it’s definitely somewhere I would go more often (if I had a car!).
What about you guys? Are there any cities near you that you like to take mini road trips to?