Author avatar

Jodie Jones .

STYLE EDITOR

October

06/2016

SHARE ARTICLE

Primark

Philadelphia Love Letter

We think it’s safe to say, Philadephia has a place in all our hearts. If not for it’s place in popular culture (Fresh Prince theme tune, anyone?) then surely for the epic invention that is the Philly cheesesteak (wait, what do you mean you HAVEN’T had one?!). And, if you needed more reasons to visit, it’s worth noting Primark set down its flag in 2015, signalling the opening of its second stateside store, in the King of Prussia mall. Hello dream vacay...  


Okay, so although it may kind of be be our ideal combo, TV shows, sandwiches, and shopping don't do the city complete justice, so we caught up with fashion blogger Ian Michael Crumm, to give us the official low-down.

Primark

Dear Philadelphia,


You are the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection. 


Since coming to this history-rich metropolis, to attend Drexel University, I’ve fallen in love with your deep artistic and culinary roots. Some of my favorite activities include exploring the new restaurants that seem to appear every week. From the charming Bar Hygge in Fairmount, to Rittenhouse’s newest dining star, Scarpetta, in The Rittenhouse Hotel, there’s never a shortage of tasty bites. Your food selections range far and wide from quick and VERY tasty cheesesteaks (you knew that was coming…) to 5-star meals at renowned establishments, hosted by celebrity restaurateurs like Jose Garces and Michael Schulson. It’s clear, I’m deeply in love with your gastronomic offering.  


And, Philadelphia, when I’m not devouring dishes, I’m immersing myself in the rich art scene. The Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation are two of my favourite places to visit, relax, and get inspired. When time is tight and I’m rushing around town, the immense display of public art always keeps me inspired, too. Murals, sculptures, and pop-up street installations fill the streets, alleys and hearts of Philadelphia. 


Let’s not forget your shopping. Oh, yes, the shopping! Your Center City residents live conveniently steps away from Chestnut and Walnut shopping hubs with international retailers anchoring the busiest area of the city. Then there is the King of Prussia Mall, where the beloved Primark is located! There is so much to love about you, Philadelphia; it’s hard to put it all into one article! Here are some of the places I love most…

Primark
Primark

Reading Terminal Market 

The famous farmer’s market is a favorite spot to grab a tasty and affordable lunch. With a diverse fare selection, houseware, speciality shops, and a convenient location near City Hall, there’s no wonder that the Reading Terminal Market has been around since 1892! 


Hotel Monaco 

Step into Hotel Monaco’s living room and catch a glimpse of the world. The eclectic interior mimics a house owned by a seasoned world traveler who has a keen eye for design and an appreciation for pops of color. It’s one of my favorite spots to stay when I need a little staycation from my apartment. The hotel is also just steps away from the Liberty Bell in Old City, Philadelphia.

Philadelphia Museum of Art

With its Greek revival architecture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is visual candy for the world traveler. Home to the infamous “Rocky Steps” and “Rocky Statue” city visitors make the walk, hop, or sprint up the stairs towards the PMA every day. Inside find an array of assortment of some of the museum’s 240,000 pieces in archive.


Ice Max 

The Thai ice cream parlour serves rolls of ice cream that have gone viral on social media. Liquid cream is poured onto a freezing slate, where toppings are added, chopped, scraped, and squished into the mix. The ice cream is flattened on the frozen slate and then rolled into mini burrito-like forms. It’s a trendy way to eat ice cream and also great for capturing a foodstagram!

Primark

Pizza Brain

The world’s first pizza museum! Located in Fishtown, this place is one of my favourite places to grab a bite. There are gourmet pizza flavors and you sit amongst a bunch of pizza posters and memorabilia. In the back there is a cool painted art wall, which you can see in the photo where I’m stuffing my face with a gigantic slice! Love that pizza!!  


Sampan

With neon tree walls, mini ice cream cones, and the BEST shisito peppers in town, Sampan reigns supreme in Philadelphia’s Asian-fusion culinary scene. Must-try dishes include the pork bao buns, the shisito peppers, the crispy brussel sprouts, the edamame dumplings, and the xo scallops. Don’t forget to order the mini ice cream cones after dinner as well!

Philadelphia Museum of Art

With its Greek revival architecture, the Philadelphia Museum of Art is visual candy for the world traveler. Home to the infamous “Rocky Steps” and “Rocky Statue” city visitors make the walk, hop, or sprint up the stairs towards the PMA every day. Inside find an array of assortment of some of the museum’s 240,000 pieces in archive.


Ice Max 

The Thai ice cream parlour serves rolls of ice cream that have gone viral on social media. Liquid cream is poured onto a freezing slate, where toppings are added, chopped, scraped, and squished into the mix. The ice cream is flattened on the frozen slate and then rolled into mini burrito-like forms. It’s a trendy way to eat ice cream and also great for capturing a foodstagram!

Finally, how could I profess my undying love for you, Philadelphia, without mentioning the coffee haven that is La Colombe - inventors of the draft latte. Think smooth, frothy, and with a tiny bit of sweetness, the draft latte is to the barista as the beer draft is to the bartender. Aside from coffee’s greatest invention, La Colombe’s various locations offer fresh-baked pastries and other local treats that seem far superior to other coffee chains. Swing into the Fishtown location and you’ll have a full breakfast and lunch menu to order from. Yum! Just don’t forget my draft latte...


Lots of love,

Ian

Primark
26.09.16

Women

Milan Q&A

Blogger Clara introduces the home of our FIRST Italian store.

Paris Megan VLT AW16 Primark My City My Story
19.09.16

Women

Paris Q&A

Exploring the City of Love with Megan VLT!

Author avatar

Jodie Jones .

STYLE EDITOR

October

06/2016

SHARE ARTICLE

Primark

Woohoo!

You've added your first item to your favourites.
You can access them anytime by clicking here.

Time for an update?

Primark.com supports the most recent internet browsers including Chrome, Firefox and Safari. Please ensure you have downloaded the latest version to get the best out of Primark.com