After my $15 (1 hour delayed) Megabus ride to Philly, my cousin and her boyfriend picked me up and immediately took me on an adventure! First, they took me to Le Bok Fin.
We parked on the street and entered an abandoned old school building. Makeshift desks and a lone receptionist sign us in and point us down our single pathway to the elevator. Once we arrived on the 8th floor, the doors opened up to this:
Le Bok Fin is one of many AMAZING pop-up beer gardens scattered around Philly. The city knows how to capitalize on their summer season. I feel like California forgets how great we have it in terms of weather and we don't do things like this to celebrate.
The views were absolutely breathtaking and the weather was calm and beautiful. I never wanted to leave! They have a great beer and wine selection with a fancy, yet accessible French-inspired menu!
Le Bok Fin is open from Thursday to Sunday and closes on September 13.
After our beers, a steak sandwich at Pat's was required. We weren't too hungry, so one sandwich split 3-ways was the perfect snack.
The next morning, my cousin took me to Eastern State Penitentiary, which was once the home of Al Capone. Built before the commercialization of electricity, the architecture incorporated sky lights to illuminate the building. Definitely worth a visit! They do haunted Halloween walk-throughs and they also host weddings here!
My cousin had to do some work, so she dropped me off and I did some more walking on my own. I wandered down the oldest residential street in the country (I want to live here), and visited the basics: Liberty Hall, City Hall, etc. At this point my knees were KILLING me, so I spent some time at another beer garden :)
For my last meal, my cousin and her boyfriend took me to Fette Sau Philly for some bbq! I wasn't even hungry due to the heat but oh my goodness this place was perfection! They also have a Happy Hour with $5 Old Fashioneds and Manhattans which cannot be missed! (I missed it, so I ponied up $12)
I had a wonderful time in Philly. It's an inspiring city with so much culture, history, art, and community involvement. It helps that my cousin is so heavily involved with the community, but one can only dream about something like this existing in the Bay Area!