Philly Field Trip: South Street

It was time to rip off the band aid and do what I came to Philly for: explore and broaden my knowledge with real experiences. I wanted to go beyond the walls and halls of my campus to divulge myself in the culture of Philadelphia.

I gathered my friends, charged my camera, searched for that last SEPTA token in my wallet, and then set off for a day meandering up and down South Street. We were all ecstatic and ready to complete our “must-see” to do list. Our first mission was food, and we soon realized this was going to be an easy find, but a very hard decision.

From pizza to BBQ, they had it all—and we finally decided on Woodrow’s Sandwich Shop for mind-blowing sandwiches and incredible house cut fries and truffle whiz. I am a sucker for meatball subs, and let me tell you, this did NOT disappoint. As I bit into the toasted garlic roll, it all simply melted into my taste buds and left me wanting more. But wait, it gets better, the crispy home cut fries were already perfect, then you dipped in the homemade truffle whiz—yum! I am always hesitant to spend money on food, but in the end, it’s always worth it, especially in Philly. If you ever find yourself wandering up and down South Street, make sure you wander yourself over to Woodrow’s.

After we filled our bellies and washed down the goodness with some chai from the Bean Cafe, we were ready to shop. If you’re a vintage junkie like myself, then South Street is your go to place. As we walked down the street, I would stop all the girls and send them into every vintage shop we saw. The one that stood out the most to me and one I will be visiting often was Retrospect Vintage. Not only did it have an assortment of clothes, but furniture, jewelry, trinkets, and much more. The history and stories collected into this one store was amazing and overwhelming, and I plan to go back soon and seek out every inch!

While making our way back to the South Street SEPTA station, we made one last stop– Big Gay Ice Cream! Why not finish our perfect day with a cherry on top?  The options array to satisfy every craving out there. In addition to the delectable ice cream, the vibe of this place is one-of-a- kind and a must see for yourself place.

As a college student living and going to school in Philadelphia, it is so important that I take advantage of my surroundings and the city that is my extended campus. The opportunities are endless, the memories made are priceless, and the places to take pictures are bottomless!

Gather your friends and get out there, I promise you it is worth it.

Campus Philly interns, Lindsay and Katie pose in front of Philadelphia Magic Gardens on South Street.


Get to Know: Campus Philly’s Spring Interns

As a welcome exercise, I asked my spring interns–Haley, Dan and Lindsay– to share their Philadelphia story– how they found out about Campus Philly internship opportunities, what they hope to learn and what their perfect day in Philadelphia is like. 

Haley Monson, Brynn Monaghan, Dan Jacob and Lindsay Allen

Hi! I’m Haley Monson and I’m the new Multimedia Intern for Campus Philly. I am a senior at University of the Arts but I have been living and exploring Philadelphia for five years. Campus Philly has been a huge part of my college experience as a student and a residential assistant so it felt like a natural step to apply for the internship. I found the position on their Online Job & Internship Fair, which I encourage all of you to explore in March! My goals for this internship are to:

-Narrow my focus on post grad opportunities I want to pursue

-Develop a better understanding of Philadelphia’s animation needs in the workplace

-Find what best reaches audiences and connects the Philadelphia community

-Have fun!

My perfect day in Philadelphia usually starts at Penn’s Landing hanging out by the water and ends with sneaking cheese samples from Di Bruno Bros near Rittenhouse, most likely while catching Pokémon on my phone. I am also partial to sitting by myself in Ritz at the Bourse and watching indie films.

Dan Jacob, Editorial Intern at Campus Philly, here! I am currently a junior at Community College of Philadelphia with a focus in Business Administration. Finding out about this position at Campus Philly took a bit of patience. I probably Googled something like “Philadelphia internships,” which led me to Campus Philly’s website. Ironically, after using Campus Philly to apply to as many internships as I could, I scored a position here.

During my internship at Campus Philly, I want to:

-Listen and collaborate with as many people as possible.

-Develop my skill set alongside my fellow interns is something I strongly look forward to. Upon meeting them I was astounded by their varying backgrounds, interests, and future goals. I hope to gain insight on content creation by collaborating with young talented people, under the guidance of the Campus Philly team.

-Furthermore, I would like to see what it feels like to be a part of a team that enables students to make the best of their opportunities.

Campus Philly aligns seamlessly with my idea of a perfect day in Philly. To me a perfect day in Philly starts by doing inspiring and creative work, grabbing a bite to eat somewhere downtown, followed by taking part in whatever event Philadelphia offers on that given day.  

Hello there! I’m Lindsay Allen a freshmen at Temple University studying Film and Media Studies and a minor in Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management.  I am not native to the wonderful city of Philadelphia— or even the state of Pennsylvania—but I am far from being a newbie to the city life, and hope one day soon to be considered a savvy, well-informed Philadelphian. When I moved here from Maryland, I was eager to dive into the city and take in everything it had to offer. As I sat alone in my newly decorated box, a.k.a. my dorm room, I noticed a tiny booklet on my desk. To hold my homesick tears back, I began to mindlessly flip through it. I realized this information was useful and would soon be my key to getting around and learning more about this great city.

That booklet was Campus Philly’s Insider Guide to Philadelphia, my first introduction to this great non-profit organization. I quickly followed them on every social media they had to offer and started to scope out the website. I quickly discovered their job and internship portal and started on my journey to fulfill my dream of interning in the city.

As the Editorial Intern, I will be working alongside Brynn Monaghan, the Editorial Director, to create the 2017-2018 Insider Guide and hopefully inspire more students to take a chance and explore this magical city. I have also been given the task to explore the city and write about my adventures, and I am super excited. I hope I can reach the college students of Philadelphia and get them off campus and into the city for the true Philadelphia college experience.

I still have so much to do here, but I think my perfect day in Philly is the day you do not intend on that happen to be the best. I am a runner and I like to capitalize on my surroundings through my runs, which makes it all the better. I can run for miles on end and see anything from the foliage to the skyscrapers and whatever is in between.

Philly To-Do: Restaurant Week

The simple act of  making a dinner reservation can spark a Philadelphia adventure. So far, I’ve made two– Osteria and Sampan– for the end of the month during Restaurant Week!

Want to get in on the Restaurant Week action? From January 22-27 and January 29-February 3, participating restaurants will offer three-course dinners for only $35 per person. In addition, many participating restaurants will also offer a three-course lunch for $20.Use to search participating restaurants, check menus and make reservations on your phone.

And don’t let the fun stop after your feast, make a night of it!

–For dinner and a show, check out our Open Arts calendar for great musical and theatrical deals. P.S. If you aren’t a OA member yet, use this promo code: social1617 to become one.

–Walk that meal off by taking a stroll around a Square– Rittenhouse, Logan or Washington!

–Get dessert! My go-to sweet is ice cream so you can find me at The Franklin Fountain or Sweet Charlie’s.

–Go ice skating at Rothman Rink! City Hall acts as a fantastic backdrop for a memorable skate session. If you happen to be going on a Tuesday, you’re in luck! Tuesday = College Skate Night at the Rink.

It’s no surprise that Restaurant Week is such popular affair. We don’t want you to be a sad, tableless person, so make your reservations today! And of course, bon appétit!


Pop! Goes the Bubble: Discover International Flavors Locally

This is our favorite kind of post because we think food is the best and most delicious excuse to get off campus and explore!

During my first semester, I remember being homesick for my favorite Northeastern PA foods, especially Polish cuisine. If I only had a food spirit guide to tell me to head to Port Richmond– Syrenka Luncheonette and Krakus Market, I’m looking at you– for all my haluski, kielbasa and pierogi needs! If you’re feeling like homesick me, we’ll be the guide I wish I had. Below are our restaurant recommendations to make you feel less homesick and more at home in Philadelphia!

Indian: EKTA Indian Cuisine located in Fishtown, Bryn Mawr and University City.

Pho: Pho 75, Le Viet, Nam Phuong  all on or near Washington Ave.

Meatballs & Cannolis: Villa di Roma in the Italian Market, 936 S. 9th Street.

Traditional Mexican:  South Philly Barbacoa, 1703 S. 11th Street.

Traditional Venezuelan: Sazon, 941 Spring Garden St.

If you’re eating on a budget and want some quality food, head down to Chinatown. After you take your picture in front of the China Gate on 10th and Arch, head to some of our favorites.

Vietnam Restaurant | 221 N 11th Street
Staff Notes: A crowd pleaser! A go-to to take visiting family and friends. We ordered a flaming punch bowl. If you’re 21+, you should treat yourself with this novelty drink.

Dim Sum Garden
1020 Race Street
Staff Notes: Great food, fast service and cheap bill!

Nan Zhou Hand Drawn Noodle House | 1022 Race Street
Staff Notes: If you get stuck in the weekend wait, wait. It’s totally worth it. Scallion pancakes and their signature hand drawn noodles are our favorite.

Sang Kee Peking Duck House | 238 N 9th Street
Staff Notes: Great for big groups and nice on your wallet. After dinner, my fortune cookie revealed that, “A nice cake is waiting for you.” I am still waiting for that cake.

West Philly
Our Program Manager, Debora “Dee” Charmelus is our West Philly food guru, so we asked for her favorites. Her picks range from Ethiopian to Lebanese cuisine.

4708 Baltimore Ave.
Dee’s says: Ethiopian, live music, open mics, DJs, bar in the back.

Abyssinian  |  229 S. 45th St.
Dee says: Ethiopian. They have a bar upstairs, Fiume, which has Bluegrass Thursdays!

Aksum | 4630 Baltimore Ave.
Dee says: Mediterranean/ Egyptian. So good for brunch!
Manakeesh | 4420 Walnut St.
Dee says: Lebanese Restaurant known for their sweets/crepes/baklava. Great for big groups.

Philadelphia Koreatown
I was in ride share and the people sitting in the back were visiting from Miami and headed to Koreatown for dinner. A friend told them they had to try Jon Ka Jib. I’m passing on this advice– go, people, go!

Jong Ka Jib Soft Tofu Restaurant | Olney | 6600 North 5th Street
Staff Notes: Best for soft-tofu!

Kim’s BBQ | Olney | 5955 North 5th Street

Staff Notes: A friend had her birthday dinner there. You know it’s good when it’s your birthday spot.

If you want make us very hungry (and happy) share your food adventures, tag @CampusPhilly on Twitter or Instagram. Have a food recommendation for us? Share away!

Pop! Goes the Bubble: Find A New Hangout Spot

Gaining a fresh perspective can work wonders. Find a new study spot and explore new places on the way.

Switch up which library you go to. The Free Library of Philadelphia’s Parkway Central Library, 1901 Vine St, is a great place to study, do research and catch a free author lecture.

Grab a coffee and have a group meeting at Elixr. There very cool layout offers seating arrangements that can accommodate small to large coffee talks.

Need a big table to spread out your papers? I love to do work at the Starbucks located in The Phoenix, 1600 Arch St.

Build a study nest in the upstairs of One Shot Coffee, 217 W. George St. Check out their very creative coffee special illustrations, order some of their delicious food and/or tasty drinks, then head upstairs to sit at a table or on one of their cool couches. You’ll definitely be able to get calm, cozy and collected here.

(We’re daydreaming about warmer weather, so save this recommendation.) Pack a picnic and head to Rittenhouse Square for an al fresco study session. Find your local park here.

Unwind and get your work done at Good Karma Cafe928 Pine St. It’s one of my favorite places to have meetings. 

Make your way down a cobblestone street that leads to Old City Coffee at 221 Church St. Get a coffee “for here” and enjoy their quaint seating area. While you’re there, take time to stroll around Old City District. You’ll find lots of park benches by historic buildings and parks. It’s pretty cool to chill next to national treasures.

Relive my college experience. When I went to Temple, I lived in the Fairmount area. My go-to study spots were Mugshots Coffeehouse, 1925 Fairmount Ave, and a postage stamp sized park, Bulldog Park, at 25th and Fairmount.

Hang out late night at W/N W/N (Win Win) Coffeebar, 931 Spring Garden St. It’s a cool place to grab a coffee, food or for 21+, a drink.

So the next time you’re feeling blah about starting a project or studying, pack your bag and head out. You’re always one step away from a Philadelphia adventure! Oh, and we love to hear your study spot suggestions. Share  your academic getaways here.



Pop! Goes the Bubble: Expand Your Experience

We have a challenge for you that shouldn’t be challenging at all! Are you up for it? You’ve been assigned the semester-long task of trying new things and planning off-campus adventures. It’s easy to stay on campus and hang out at your regular spots, but we want you to know that there’s so much more to experience! Below you’ll find motivation to roll up your sleeves, lace up your shoes and hit the Philly pavement. You have to admit that’s the best homework assignment you’ve ever received.

Sign up to become an Open Arts member  by using the promo code: social1617. Once you’re a member, you can take advantage of the free or discounted tickets to fantastic arts and culture events happening all over Philadelphia.

Speaking of Open Arts, we’re partnering with some of Philly’s best venues for THREE cool, creative and exclusive Open Arts College Night Series this spring!  You should check out one (or all!) of these upcoming events:

  • Opening Night at the Opera on Friday, February 10
  • Sittin’ In at the Kimmel Center on Wednesday, February 15
  • Pennsylvania Ballet’s Romance on Friday, April 7

Are you attending the very popular Inclusive Leadership Conference on February 11? If so, here’s what to expect at ILC and what to do before and after

Commit to get fit! Philly has so many great (and FREE) fitness meetups and groups.

Become an active participant in your community. How? Get to know organizations who need your great mind and helping hands. There are a lot of resources on how to take action and make an impact.

Go beyond the dining hall and explore the flavors of Philadelphia! From grabbing a coffee to ending your night with a sweet treat, we hope our suggestions will get your stomach gears turning. Looking to treat yourself? Make reservations during Center City District’s Restaurant Week!

Lace up your ice skates at Blue Cross RiverRink or Rothman Rink! Not into skating? No worries. While you’re friends are doing laps around the rink, you can be lapping up some hot chocolate in their cozy lodge areas.

Explore local museums for FREE. Did you know that The Barnes Foundation offers students free weekday admission? They do! Here are the details on planning your visit. Have you heard about Pay-What-You-Wish Wednesday at the Philadelphia Museum of Art? After 5 p.m., you can pay what you wish to tour the entire museum and participate in museum activities like Dhyana Yoga and more! P.S. Always check our Open Arts calendar for other museum deals.

Always check our events calendar. We hand pick events just for you!

Philly To-Do: Inclusive Leadership Conference Weekend

This year’s Inclusive Leadership Conference’s theme is Finding Your Voice: Advocating for Inclusion & Respect. We all come from different experiences, backgrounds, and are born with different skills and passions. No voice should be the same. Maybe you know your voice or maybe you want to discover it. In either case, we want you to leave the conference with the motivation to (re)disover your voice, the knowledge on how you should use your voice, and ways in which to flex your voice!

Just like no voice is the same, no city is the same. Welcome to Philadelphia the City of Brotherly Love and Sisterly Affection! We’re home to passionate sports fans, the Rocky steps, cheesesteaks, world-class museums, the Liberty Bell and so much more.

Below you’ll find what’s on our radar for the weekend of  #ILCPhilly:

1. Open Arts College Night: Opening Night at the Opera 
Address: Academy of Music 240 S Broad St, Philadelphia, PA 19102
When: Friday, February 10 at 8 p.m.

Opera Philadelphia will be providing $10 Advanced Rush tickets to students for opening night of Tancredi, a medieval story of chivalry and tragic love in post-World War I Europe. Grab your friends and dress-up for a night out with the Opera at the Academy of Music!

Register here for $10 Advanced Rush tickets.  Make sure to select the February 10th, 2017 date.

2. Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest
Address: 101 S Christopher Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19147
Hours of Operation: Friday: 1pm – 12:30pm / Saturday: 11am - 12:30pm / Sunday: 11am - 10:30pm.

Blue Cross RiverRink is now in its 23rd year as an outdoor ice skating rink and fourth season as Winterfest. The regulation-sized rink offers daily public skating sessions, skate rentals, sharpening, and free season-long events and entertainment.

Surrounding the rink you’ll find a beautifully lit landscape featuring a majestic holiday tree, outdoor seating area with fire pits, cozy warming cabins, the Franklin Fountain Confectionary Cabin, the Kids Lodge with arcade games, and a chalet-inspired Lodge with food and beverages from Garces and Chickie’s and Pete’s. With the Delaware River to the east and the Ben Franklin Bridge to the north, it makes for a spectacular winter scene!

3. The Barnes Foundation / Museum
Address: 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Hours of Operation:
Open Wed–Mon: 10 am–5 pm. Also open 6–9 pm every First Friday and select Friday evenings.

Immerse yourself in the greatest private collection of impressionist, post-impressionist and early-modern paintings. Explore more than 3,000 masterpieces, including 181 Renoirs, 69 Cézannes, 59 Matisses, 46 Picassos, 16 Modiglianis, and 7 Van Goghs, plus textiles, metalwork, decorative objects, African sculpture, Native American ceramics and jewelry, and Pennsylvania German furniture.

4. Run the Rocky Steps!
Address: Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Price: Totally free

If you visit the Barnes or take a walk down Benjamin Franklin Parkway, you’ll be close to the steps that Rocky Balboa famously conquered. Running up the steps and pumping your fist is a Philly-must. We’ve all done it! At the top, you’ll find a beautiful view of the city—perfect photo opportunity.

5. Jurassic World: The Exhibition at the Franklin Institute
Address: 222 N 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
Hours of Operation: Daytime (9:30am – 5:00pm) / Evening (5:00pm – 8:00pm)*

As the whole, the Institute is awesome. Their current exhibit, which runs until April, is all about the Jurassic World dinosaurs. We know someone who recently went and it’s the real deal, even with props from the movies! Get closer to dinosaurs than ever before in Jurassic World: The Exhibition! Based on one of the biggest blockbusters in cinema history, the Exhibition immerses audiences of all ages in scenes inspired by the beloved film.  Now, the park that was only a promise comes to life…right before your eyes.

6. Get historic in Old City!
Looking to turn back time and stroll the streets our Founding Fathers walked down? Grab hot drinks from one of the many coffee shops in the area and be charmed by the oldest buildings in our city. Speaking of old, you can head down to Elfreth’s Alley, our nation’s oldest residential street. Of course, you can rip a page out of Philadelphia’s history textbook and check out the National Constitution Center, Independence Mall and the Liberty Bell!

Philly To-Do: Tuesday’s College Night Skate at Rothman Rink

Tuesday nights this winterCollege Night at Rothman Rink! What does that mean for you? College students pay $2 for admission (skate rental not included) for an evening of fun with friends! This cool event will be happening every Tuesday until February 21st.

Between doing a gazillion laps around the rink and stopping by the Center City hot spots listed below, you’ll definitely be nice and toasty! Enjoy food and drink from the Rothman Rink cabin or warm your bones with a frothy cappuccino from the neighboring La Colombe. For of age skaters, check out cozy classics, Oscar’s and Good Dog.

Rothman Rink Cabin
Just steps from the north side of the Rothman Ice Rink, the new Rothman Cabin features Cuban burgers, French fries, hot chocolate, coffee, and much more! Skaters will be able to leave the ice without removing their skates to warm up and get food and drink.

La Colombe | 1414 S Penn Square
Get a coffee “for here” and take a seat in their cafe. If you’re into people watching, put this place on your list.

Max Brenner | 1500 Walnut St. 
If you’re all about chocolate, go here.

Good Dog Bar | 224 S. 15th St.| 21+
Sometimes after a long day, you need to sit yourself down in a cozy booth and eat a good burger. Dog lovers, you’ll get your fill of dog decor at this place!

Oscar’s Tavern | 1524 Sansom St. | 21+
Two things: Bar food & Bill Murray. The retro paper placemats, the jukebox and the dimly lit atmosphere will place you in the best time warp ever.

Philly To-Do: Have a Weekend Adventure

With the first week of classes under your belt, you deserve a great weekend. We hope our event picks inspire you to try new things and explore your extended campus, Philadelphia!

— See a classic at a classic! Check out a midnight viewing of The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Ritz at the Bourse.

— Dance, jam or rock out with your friends at one of these music events happening in the city.

— Celebrate the Chinese New Year at the Penn Museum, Reading Terminal Market, Bing Bing Dim Sum and more!

— For 21+’ers — Lace up your ice skates and grab a pint at Blue Cross RiverRink’s Third Annual Winterfest Brewfest.

— FYI! Thousands are expected to attend Saturday’s Women’s March on Philadelphia on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Find out more here.

— Get out and dine in! Sunday marks the beginning of Center City District’s Restaurant WeekIt’s the most delicious way to get out and explore. Closer to Ambler? Check out the Ambler Restaurant Week, happening until Monday, January 23.

Whatever you do this weekend, remember that there’s no right or wrong way to create memories in this great city! If you want to share your adventures, tag @CampusPhilly on Twitter or Instagram.

Solutions to Resolutions: Explore the Philadelphia Food Scene

Go beyond the dining hall and explore the flavors of Philadelphia! From grabbing a coffee to ending your night with a sweet treat, we hope our suggestions will get your stomach gears turning. Happy exploring and eating!

Grab a coffee!
There’s always time to get a hot (or cold) cup of joe from one of these java joints. You must check out La Colombe’s flagship cafe in Fishtown. While we were waiting in line, we overheard someone say, “This place is totally insta-worthy.” Go see for yourself!

Start a brunch club! This is a great way to try new food and explore neighbohoods.  Brunch club is like a book club but you know, with food. Similar to a bibliophile’s meetup, you pick a book restaurant and have a monthly discussion feast. For our wallet’s sake, monthly is best.  Looking for brunch-spiration? Start with uwishunu’s list, The Best Places for Brunch in Philadelphia. We recently tried Hungry Pigeon on Fabric Row and it was A+.

(If brunch isn’t your thing) Start a dinner club! Start by making reservations during Restaurant Week, January 22-27 and January 29-February 3. Participating restaurants will offer three-course dinners for only $35 per person. In addition, many participating restaurants will also offer a three-course lunch for $20. Check out Campus Philly’s Restaurant Week Itinerary here

(If you’re 21+) Cash in on a pre-dinner club happy hour! You’ll find HH deals for any day of the week here.

Sink your teeth into an ice cream sandwich! Head to Weckerly’s in Fishtown for the most delicious ice cream sammy ever.