Spring Weekend in Philly

I spent last weekend in Philadelphia visiting friends.We lucked out and had awesome weather. We all got in on Friday evening and we started off the night with dinner at Square 1682. Afterward, me and Alison went to an awesome speakeasy,Franklin Mortgage, for a drink. It was the perfect way to end the night.

OnSaturday we started the day with a delicious brunch at Jones, then we explored Magic Gardens.
The Magic Gardens–created by artist Isaiah Zagar–includes a fully tiled indoor space and a massive outdoor mosaic sculpture garden that spans half a block on Philadelphias famous South Street. Inside, visitors can view folk art statues, bicycle wheels, colorful glass bottles, Zagars hand-made tiles, and thousands of glittering mirrors. The installation pays tribute to Zagars artistic influences, along with community and personal experiences Philly Magic Gardens
I built this sanctuary to be inhabited by my ideas & my fantasies. Philly Magic Gardens

The Magic Gardens are unlike anything I’ve ever seen before. I think it’s unique because one man decided to break outside the norm and build a creative space out of what most people would call junk. Below are a few pictures I took in the Gardens, but you really have to go and check it out yourself. There’s something special about walking around in person and discovering so many little messages throughout. There is so much to look at, that one couldn’t possibly see everything in one visit, which is why I like it even more.

After checking out the Magic Gardens we headed to an outdoor festival on South Street. It was fun because it finally felt like Spring and everyone was out having a good time. On one end of the South Street Festival by Brauhaus Schmitz it was like Oktoberfest and on the other side it was like frat city which was cool because there was something for everyone. After walking around for a while, we got a table at Fat Tuesday’s and had some drinks, and then a few of us went to dinner at Cuba Libre where I had amazing vegetable paella and ate every last bite. We finished the night with a night-cap at another speakeasy, Emmanuelle.

On Sunday morning we had a causal brunch at Cafe Lift where I had delicious lemon ricotta pancakes before catching my train back to NYC. We were all exhausted after a jam-packed, fun-filled weekend, but it was so much fun catching up and being able to enjoy a taste of Philly. I can’t wait to go back to visit again!

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