Philadelphia is a city that blends old with new — celebrating its history while embracing the reinvention of everything from its architecture and design to its diverse food offerings. Walkable and easy to navigate, Center City Philadelphia is abundant with hip cafes, award-winning restaurants, stylish boutiques and world-class museums.
For travelers who appreciate the multitude of historical elements of the country’s first capital, yet remain enthusiastic about the city’s modern experiences, there are plenty of unique opportunities to eat, sleep and play in reinvented hotels, restaurants and museums.
Chef and restaurateur Michael Schulson is hitting his culinary stride with several successful restaurants that have enhanced Philadelphia’s dynamic dining scene. His eateries are known for their exceptional quality and feature inventive menus that blend elements of traditional and modern cuisine.
Sampan, for example, is a chic neighborhood mainstay that showcases a menu of Asian-fusion items such as Korean barbecue beef and a crab wonton taco with avocado, pickled shallot and cilantro. Schulson’s latest concept, Double Knot, situated adjacent to Sampan, has earned accolades for its design in addition to its innovative culinary offerings.
To enhance its ambiance, Schulson says he personally curated the restaurant’s authentic vintage antiques from estate sales around the East Coast. The dining destination is several eateries rolled into one: It functions as a coffee shop in the morning, a casual lunchtime spot in the afternoon and a bustling bar with craft cocktails during happy hour. Considered one of city’s top restaurants, Double Knot features Japanese-inspired bites served artfully in a downstairs dining room with an open kitchen.