Monica - Lifestyle Blogger


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Philly Phavorites

Philly Phavorites

As many of you know, I have recently moved to Charlotte, NC for work.  I will be here for the next 6 months, which is pretty amazing because I'll get to experience all that this city has to offer... and then I'll be on to my next adventure.  Over the course of my time living in the Manayunk section of Philly, I have developed a love for 3 main food groups: bagels, icecream and pizza.  Haha! But seriously, I do have some favorite spots... so continue reading to find out! 


Coffee, Bagels & Pastries

Spread Bagelry
With two locations, one just outside Rittenhouse Square and the other in University City, this little bagel shop features delicious montreal-style, wood oven bagels and La Colombe coffee.  If you’re going on a Sunday morning, be sure to head over early… the line is oftentimes out the door!

Fill A Bagel & Breads
Located about a half hour outside of Philadelphia in Jenkintown, PA, Fill A Bagel is a hotspot for traditional New York style bagels.   Come here at the right time and you might spot Jenkintown native, Bradley Cooper, grabbing a bite.


Green Line Cafe
Named after the “Green Line,” a trolley line that runs through West Philadelphia, this coffee and tea joint located at 43rd and Baltimore, is the perfect little nook for meeting a friend over coffee or studying for an upcoming exam (psst: it's about a 15 minute walk from Drexel and Penn’s campus).


Custard & Cakes Creamery
After living in Manayunk for a year, I have come to know and love this old-school ice cream place.  Its exterior has nearly the same look to when it was first opened in the 1950s, not to mention the family has maintained that same great taste of their homemade ice cream.

Sweet Charlie’s
I must admit, I didn’t jump onboard right away to the new “rolled ice cream” fad, but after dinner one night in the city – my boyfriend and I decided to give it a try.  Yes, we waited in line for 30 minutes, but I’d say it is well worth the wait.  The flavors are unique and it is unlike any ice cream I’ve had before.  If you have some time to kill and have craving for some icecream, this is your spot.

Hope’s Cookies
Known predominately for their cookies, this little shop on the Main Line, is the perfect spot for a sweet treat.  I had a white chocolate macadamia nut cookie paired with vanilla ice cream – rich, creamy and hits the spot.


Aside from indulging in bagels, coffee, and icecream - Napoletana style pizza is my absolute favorite meal to splurge my calories on.  I have tried several pizza places throughout the Philadelphia area and have narrowed down my list to these 3 favorites:

I’ve been here more times than I can count on one hand, but it’s just so good, I can’t help but keep going back!  Their pizza is phenomenal – my go-to is the margherita pizza – and they are BYOB which makes for the ideal date night spot or gathering with a group of friends.  Made with fresh ingredients, and cooked to perfection in their wood-fired oven, you won’t be disappointed.

Nomad Pizza Co.
Nomad Pizza Co, located specifically at 7th Street, just off South Street, uses fresh, local ingredients to create Napoletana pizza that tastes straight off the boat from Italy.   Fun fact: their owners and chefs recently took a trip to Naples to work with their suppliers and refine their pizza making craft.  Check out #nomadgoestoitaly on Instagram to see photos from their trip!

Located on E. Passayunk Ave in South Philly, this Italian restaurant offers several wood-fired Napoletana pizzas – in particular, their “stella” pizza is absolutely delicious.  The pizza is served in the shape of a star and at each corner of the star, the dough is stuffed with ricotta cheese for a delicious bite!

I'll admit that I’m sad to say goodbye to the “City of Brotherly Love” but I have no doubt I’ll be back.  Comment below to let me know if you decide to give any of the above places a try!!  I will live vicariously through you!

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