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


Nissa Gowat Neighborhood Guide Old City

Nissa Gowat
I am: An interior designer, artist, lover of Philadelphia, and ever in the pursuit of happiness.
Years in Philly: 6
Current Home: Old City

Nissa's Old City Tour

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A Gastronomic Love Notes Tour of the Riverwards and the Great Northeast

The Great Northeast and the Riverwards are a huge section of the city full of distinct neighborhoods, great food, and expanses of parks.

1. Pre-breakfast in the Port Richmond Polish District (submitted by Jonathan Levin)

Start your day off right with donuts, specifically, plum jelly-filled Paczki from Krakus Market, a Polish market in Port Richmond which also contains within its walls the delicious Staropolska restaurant.


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Love Notes Tour

First Date Tour
A couple months ago I fell hard for an amazing guy. I wanted to try and impress him with my Philly knowledge, so I took him on a “Philly Love Notes” date. Yes. I know. Super cheesy. But it was worth a try.

Here was my attempt to appear much cooler than I actually am…

1. Pickle Backs at Bar (submitted by Isabelle)

You can start a date off with a beer anywhere, but that’s kind of boring. At Bar (yes, it’s a bar called Bar), you can show off your Philly-savvy by ordering up pickle backs — shots of pickle juice followed by shots of whiskey. For those of you who like a little extra, ask for the homemade spicy pickle juice. Benefits of stopping here first: 1. Relax (especially if you are as nervous as I was) 2. weed out those who are not adventurous. Caution though: They are strong, and you will need to be prepared with gum.

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