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Dec 5, 2008 05:52 AM

Saturday Breakfast in Philly?

My girlfriend and I will be in staying the Hilton City Avenue and am looking for a great breakfast option on Saturday AM. We are going to try and do some shopping. Any ideas? Something near the shopping?

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  1. Where exactly are you planning to shop?

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    1. re: jl0328

      Rittenhouse Square perhaps, or Main Street Manayunk...Open to ideas too.

      1. re: captpablo01

        Do you have a car? City Line is no where near Rittenhouse.

    2. If you want a quick meal, grab a yummy pastry and coffee at dibruno's just off the square. If you want sit down I'd try Parc...

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      1. re: jl0328

        I can vouch for the pancakes at the Dutch Eating Place (weekly at that) at Reading Terminal Market (about 5-6 blocks from Rittenhouse).

        Sam's Morning Glory Cafe in Bella Vista and Honey's Sit and Eat in Northern Liberties are good bets also. The problem is that if you're staying on City Line Avenue, you are not in Center City and don't have many options there.

        1. re: bluehensfan

          No car...The plan is to cab into city center. We are mobile via cab.

          1. re: captpablo01

            Consider Honey's Sit and Eat (4th and Brown) or Cafe Estelle (4th between Callowhill and Spring Garden) and shop in Old City.

            1. re: Bigley9

              Cafe Estelle is a CLOSER walk to Old City, which would be a fun place to shop.

            2. re: captpablo01

              That's going to be a pricey cab ride, you may want to take the train instead. The R6 Regional Rail line has a stop about half a mile from your hotel, southwest on City Ave.

              1. re: Buckethead

                Define "pricey."

                Sounds like if we can get to Cafe Estelle will be close enough to walk to shopping.

                1. re: captpablo01

                  $30 each way? City Line is as far on the edge of the city as you can get .
                  Manayunk would be more like $10 but it's not as exciting.

                  1. re: captpablo01

                    I can't say exactly, but the longest cab ride I take is from my house in South Philly to the airport, that's usually around $22 one way (before tip). And the distance from your hotel to center city is a little more than that. The hotel may be able to tell you for sure.

                    It looks like I may have spoken too soon about the train, there is a stop there for the R6 Cynwyd line but I'm looking at Septa's site and it looks like that train doesn't run on the weekends! Yes, our mass transit system sucks.

                    1. re: Buckethead

                      There is also a SEPTA bus (Route 44) that runs on City Avenue that will take you right to Center City. Either way, you will be taking the Schuylkill Expy and if there is traffic, you'll be paying wait time in a cab.


                      1. re: Philly Ray

                        I don't think I've ever done City Line to Center City, but I've done City Line to West Philly ($20) and City Line to Fishtown ($40). I'd say $30 is a good estimate to Center City, depending on traffic.

                        However, I recommend Septa, at least to get into the city (if you want to splurge on the cab, do it on the way back with all your purchases). It'll pick up right in front of your hotel, and I'm sure the hotel can help direct you to the stop. It's easy.

                        1. re: PhillyA

                          I'd even see if your hotel has a free airport shuttle and then you can take the R-1 regional rail line (from the airport) on SEPTA to Suburban or Market East Stations downtown (they run every 30 minutes). I second the light show at Macy's (it runs about 10 minutes and is shown at the top of the hour) and the Dicken's walk through display on the 3rd floor. Also the Comcast Center has a quasi-hokey christmas program they run on their 85 foot by 25 foot LED TV screen in their lobby at the top of every hour.

                          Finally, make sure to take a break from shopping at Capogiro or at the Naked Chocolate Cafe for super-rich hot chocolate

                        2. re: Philly Ray

                          the 44 is a good rec. i used to take it from 7th and market to high school. lawgirl made good recs.

            3. Wow you're pretty much isolated without a car on City Ave. Maybe the hotel offers a shuttle to Center City?

              What type of shopping? Clothes? Antiques? For clothes, Old City has lots of funky boutiques. Honey's and Cafe Estelle aren't too far from that area.

              Rittenhouse also has clothing boutiques, plus some of the chains (H & M, Banana Republic, Bebe, Coach, Kenneth Cole, etc.). Parc would be a great place for breakfast. DiBruno's would work for a quick bite.

              If you've never been to Philly before, I recommend going to Macy's near City Hall to see the Xmas Light Show. It's only 15 mins or so, but it's a cool experience and a Philly tradition. From there, Reading Terminal is only 2 blocks away with anything you could possibly want.


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              1. re: lawgirl3278

                Thanks Lawgirl....I am certain my girlfriend is looking for clothes. So perhaps Rittenhouse is the best option.

                1. re: captpablo01

                  Rittenhouse is haute, Old city is hip

                2. re: lawgirl3278

                  If you are going to Macy's, you should check out 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton for brunch. Stuffed French Toast is fantastic, poached eggs with roasted tomato are excellent and the sliders are very good. "Eric Ripert in jeans." mmm

                3. The 44 bus on City Line Ave. is the way to go. It only costs about $2.50 one way, and you can get off at 18th and Market, and walk a couple of blocks south to Rittenhouse Square; or you can take it to 5th and Market, and walk two blocks east to the Old City shops on N. 3rd and/or Market Sts.

                  As good as it is, Honey's is a VERY long walk from Old City (I've done it, would not do it again), and inconvenient to get a cab around there. Cafe Estelle would be a pretty long walk, too. If you really want to go, I suggest you take a cab from 5th and Market. It could be tricky getting a cab from Cafe Estelle back to Old City, though, especially on a Saturday morning; but you may not mind walking your breakfast off.

                  If you want to eat in Old City, Fork Etc. on Market St., between 3rd and 4th, has very good breakfast. Farmicia/Metropolitain Bakery on 3rd, south of Market, has a nice one too. National Mechanics, across the street from Farmicia, has a good Saturday brunch.

                  1. Jones at 7th and Chestnut ( has breakfast/brunch on both Sat and Sun from 10 AM onwards. I met my aunt and cousin there a few weeks ago; it was so good that I took my husband there the following weekend. I highly recommend the pancakes (trip #1) and sausage/tomato omelet with tater tots (trip #2) as well as the monkey bread (#2).