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Mar 19, 2008 10:47 AM

Visiting next week - suggestions for kid-welcome spots center city/old city

We'll be in Philly next weekend Fri-Sunday. Staying at Broad and Locust. We have a 4.5 yr old daughter who is also an adventurous eater.

Already have reservations at Susannah Foo for Friday night (I grew up in Philly and this was my fave when it first opened!) Is it still a great place?

We need:

Saturday and Sunday breakfast (any good bagel shops/cafes near Broad and Locust)?
Saturday lunch in Old City/Rittenhouse Sq (we're doing the Liberty Bell and Const. Hall)
Saturday dinner (maybe a great Italian place)
Sunday lunch (near Franklin Institute/Please Touch)

We'd like to keep it casual - we will be doing the tourist thing the entire weekend.


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  1. I've been to Jones with friends with kids and they were great. Kinda newer comfort food in a Brady Bunch decor. Sounds odd but fun.

    1. Do consider the Reading Terminal Market http://www.readingterminalmarket.org for breakfast on Saturday. Great pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place...think the Eastern Market in D.C. mutiplied by ten. Lots of dining options for kids and adults there.

      Also you may want to visit the Naked Chocolate Cafe a block East of Broad on Walnut (two blocks from your hotel) for great hot and cold chocolate drinks and chocolate in many varieties. Don;t get freaked out by the name...everyone's dressed and great cupcakes for kids...

      Jones would be a great lunch option on Saturday (they technically do a brunch that day) and is very kid friendly (albeit usually pretty crowded). It's a block from the Liberty Bell and they have great monkey bread. The food is above average for the most part these but the kids will like the atmosphere.

      Unfortunately, there's not much to eat that's very close to the Franklin Institute for lunch but there are a number of options between there and your hotel in the Rittenhouse area such as Pietro's Pizza.