The beautiful Lebanese chai latte and the pink, spongy cruller, flavored with rose and pistachio, are a perfect (and perfectly Instagrammable) breakfast treat.
Near the city's center, find the coffee shop-slash-subterranean izakaya and sushi spot Double Knot, part of chef Michael Schulson's restaurant group.
Go for the excellent and expertly prepared sushi, or choose from a long list of options on the robatayaki menu, including king oyster mushroom, Kobe beef and lobster tail.
Beyond the city center
Due south, you'll find East Passyunk Avenue, home to a swath of Philly's thriving culinary scene.
There's Saté Kampar, Ange Branca's homage to her home country, Malaysia. Don't miss the Beef Rendang, achat — bright pickled vegetables with a little kick, made using an old family recipe -- and of course, myriad different options of hot and flavorful saté.
A few blocks away is Laurel, helmed by Nicholas Elmi, and featuring modern French cuisine that's as beautifully plated as it is divine. Go early and stop into tiny sister bar, ITV (In the Valley), next door for a pre-dinner cocktail.
Also in the neighborhood is Noord, highlighting Dutch cuisine in a simple, intimate space. The salmon "Lohikeitto," in an herby chowder broth with leeks and potatoes, is a standout.
Located right across the street is Fond, one of the early pioneers of the East Passyunk renaissance. Run by a husband-and-wife team, chefs Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki, Fond specializes in contemporary American dishes with a stellar selection of desserts crafted by pastry chef Prawlucki.
Friday Saturday Sunday has been a neighborhood standby in Rittenhouse Square for years. It recently got a sleek revamp from new owners Chad and Hanna Williams. Despite the name, it is open every day of the week but Monday.
The former was just named the city's best chef by Philadelphia magazine, and every plate — from seafood plateaus to rich pastas and creative vegetable dishes — confirms the nod. If you only have time for a drink, take a seat at the swank, white marble bar and let bartender Paul MacDonald mix you one of the city's best cocktails.