Respage LOVE PHILLY Picks

Here’s a collection of our favorite places, hidden gems, and Philly experiences you won’t find in a travel guide. Plus, we finally settle the debate: Which Philly Cheesesteak is best (at least according to Respage). Visit us at Booth #1001 at NAA for more local favorites and learn how you can elevate your marketing & leasing with the Respage all-in-one platform. 

A GIF image of traffic moving through Center City Philadelphia, not far from where NAA Apartmentalize 2024 will be held.

“An amazing mix of food, fun, and culture”

Check out this interactive map of all of our Respage Philly Picks!

Philly Bucket List Experiences

If this is your first time in Philly, here are our ‘Bucket List Experiences’ you simply must check out: 

  1. Explore Old City: Philadelphia’s historic district is full of history, culture, and a few horse-drawn carriages.
  2. Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Rocky Steps: How could you pass up a chance to mix Picasso and Rocky Balboa? 
  3. Reading Terminal Market: An amazing mix of food, fun, and culture.
  4. Rittenhouse Square: An oasis of calm in the middle of the city.


Honorable Mention: Museum of the American Revolution, Magic Gardens, BoatHouse Row, Fairmount Park, Penns Landing, Belmont Plateau, Schuylkill Walk, Logan Square, Washington Square

The Best of Philly Flavor

Looking for great food, lively atmosphere, and Philly culture rolled into one? That’s Reading Terminal Market, located just across the street from the Pennsylvania Convention Center. 

If you’re looking to venture outside Center City, here are Respage’s picks for the best Food & Drink spots in Philly.

  1. Mac’s Tavern: Located in Old City and owned by Rob McElhenney from Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
  2. Yards Brewery: A Philly favorite, and a great place to watch the Phillies. Be sure to try the Philly Standard, a beer brewed in partnership with Phillies left fielder, Kyle Schwarber.
  3. Franklin Fountain Ice Cream: Another gem of Old City, Franklin Fountain Ice Cream sends you back in time with delicious treats in an old-timey space.
  4. Parc: A popular French bistro across from scenic Rittenhouse Square.


Honorable mention: John’s Water Ice, Green Eggs, Sabrina’s Cafe, Rogue, El Vez, Misconduct Tavern, Fadó Irish Pub, Continental, Dandelion, The Capital Grill

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Respage Philly Cheesesteak Rankings

We polled our Philly-based team on the best Cheesesteak in Philly, and the answers were—well, not surprising. One thing was clear: Anywhere but Pat’s or Geno’s

  1. Dalessandro’s Steaks: Voted Best Cheesesteak by not just Respage, Dalessandros is a fan favorite in Philly.
  2. Tony Luke’s: It’s further, but worth the trek! Best cheesesteaks in the city with sharp provolone and fresh rolls!
  3. John’s Roast Pork:John’s has been serving the same iconic roast pork sandwiches since 1930. 
  4. Steve’s Prince of Steaks: Cheesesteaks worthy of a crown.


Honorable mention: Jim’s South Street, Ishkabibble’s

Philly Historical Picks

Walk in the footsteps of our founding fathers and visit the birthplace of independence and democracy. Here are our favorite Historical experiences in the city: 

  1. Independence National Historical Park: Start at the beginning and immerse yourself in some of our Nation’s greatest historical landmarks, including the Liberty Bell and Independence Hall.
  2. Philly Phables Walking Tour: The storytelling guides walk you through history you won’t find in a textbook.
  3. Elfreth Alley: Step back in time and visit the charming Elfreth Alley, the oldest continuously inhabited residential street in America.
  4. Powel House: The former home of Samuel Powel is another 18th century home beautifully preserved.


Honorable mention: Franklin Court, Betsy Ross House, Eastern State Penitentiary, Ghost Tours in Old City, Edgar Allan Poe Historic Site, Philadelphia City Hall

Locals Picks

You have to check out these hidden gems and hole-in-the wall local places you won’t find in a travel brochure. Our local picks: 

  1. South Philly Taproom: Cozy neighborhood taproom with a great beer selection.
  2. Grace’s Tavern: Restored 1930s taproom with delicious cocktails.
  3. MilkBoy: A restaurant, bar, cafe, and live music venue all in one. 
  4. Locust Rendezvous: For a quieter neighborhood bar experience.


Honorable mention: Monk’s Cafe, Baby Blues BBQ, Barstool Sansom St, Four Seasons SkyHigh Lounge, Bok Bar

We can’t wait to see you at NAA! Stop by booth #1001

As your local multifamily supplier in Philly, we are so excited to welcome you to the City of Brotherly Love for this year’s NAA Apartmentalize! Let us show you the sights, sounds, and flavors of our beloved hometown while connecting you with industry thought leaders, and showcasing our innovative AI leasing & marketing solutions.

Stop by Booth #1001 to learn how you can Streamline 95% of daily workflows, and 100% of prospect inquiries with the Respage platform. Are you ready to Reinvent the Renting Experience with Respage? Set up a demo or schedule chat at NAA!