Philly Love Notes Gift Guide

Hello friends and Philly-lovers, Time for the first Philly Love Letters Gift Guide! With some help from you, I put together a completely non-comprehensive list of amazing things being done right here in the city (or right outside). This only scratches the surface of the cool stuff being made here. There are always tons of great markets and small businesses to support (like Amalgam Comics, Philadelphia Independents, Yowie, and Omoi Zakka). And of course, one of the best gifts of all -- donating money, time, Read more

Giving Back 2017

Oh this year. Time to buckle down and do what I can to give back. Like last year, I'll be donating all of the profits from the map sales to local nonprofits from Thanksgiving through Giving Tuesday. That means that your purchase of a map will help to support all of the following organizations: Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory, Marian Anderson Historical Society, SEAMAAC, Red Paw Relief and Students Run Philly Style (more about the nonprofits below). Last year we raised Read more

#whyilovephillyarts Launches

It's official, the first #whyilovephillyarts, featuring Sean Martorana, is now live! Check out the prints below and purchase one of the 30 limited edition prints online. This is the first collaboration that aims to build a body of Philly-specific art across a variety of mediums for people to purchase with 100% of the profits going to the artist (along with a full commissions and licensing Read more

Cafe Lutecia

Love Note #115: Lansie Sylvia and Andrew Panebianco on their unrequited love for Cafe Lutecia

Lansie Sylvia and Andrew Panebianco
Favorite Spot: Cafe Lutecia
Neighborhood: Rittenhouse/Fitler Square
Address: 2301 Lombard Street, Philadelphia PA, 19146

I am: Lansie – A nonprofit fundraiser from Vermont who loves making cocktails and occasionally hangs jellyfish from trees. Andrew – A writer, teacher, storyteller, and maker of fine salads.
Years in Philly: Lansie – 4. Andrew – 13
Current home: Lansie – Rittenhouse Square. Andrew – Collingswood, NJ

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Love Note #80: JoAnn Greco suggests spending your Saturday morning eating a petite dejuner at Cafe Lutecia in Fitler Square

JoAnn Greco
Favorite Spot: Cafe Lutecia
Neighborhood: Fitler Square
Address: 2301 Lombard St


I am: New York-born freelance journalist specializing in urban planning, architecture, design, and travel topics; regular contributor to Plan Philly
Years in Philly: 21
Current Home: Bella Vista


My love note: Sitting outside in the Saturday morning sunlight, enjoying the “petite dejuner” special here — a (top-notch) croissant, baguette with jam and beurre, orange juice and, for a $1 more, a cup of espresso — doesn’t make me feel like I’m in Paris, it makes me feel like I’m in a lively and congenial part of Philadelphia. I love the stately rowhome, painted in black, that perches catty-corner from the cafe. And I’m enticed by the glimpse of trees over Fitler Square down the block, where the umbrellas of its farmer’s market beckons. Eventually, lazily, I will myself to get up to explore the park’s offerings, and then, to wind my way back east.

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