Anthony Bourdain’s “Layover” in Philadelphia: Where Would You Send Him?

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We heard Anthony Bourdain is in Philadelphia to shoot scenes for his new show The Layover, and being fans of his, we were so excited by the news! I love his show No Reservations and its off-the-beaten-path approach to food and visiting places that most people would never discover while traveling. The concept behind The Layover is showing viewers what to do in a city during only a brief period of time. I’m so curious as to where he’s going in Philly! For those of you who are in or familiar with the area, where do you think he should go?

These would be my recommendations…

reading terminal market

Reading Terminal Market is a must! This former train depot is a Philly treasure and is known for its amazing selection of meats, cheese, fruits and vegetables, and some legendary sandwiches. It’s also just a really cool space!

philadelphia magic garden

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Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens – one of my favorite places in the city! It truly is magical, featuring the work of Isaiah Zagar, a mosaic mural artist whose work can be found on over 100 public walls throughout the city of Philadelphia and around the world. Plus it’s not far from South Street, which has lots of restaurants that are right up Bourdain’s alley.

franklin fountain

For dessert, there’s no better place to go than Franklin Fountain, an old-fashioned ice cream shop located in Old City! Their handmade ice cream is out of this world, and the ambiance of the shop makes it worth the wait :)

Where would you go during a layover in Philly?


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I would definitely go to Gino’s for a great cheese steak!!

Tony, I’ve watched your every show for over 2-1/2 years. During that time, due to throat cancer, I was unable to eat or drink anything because my throat restricted. I watched you and salavated over your incredible love of food. You kept my interest in food alive. Finally I learned of an operation that would allow me to eat and drink again. Although it was difficult and painful, I did it. Now, when I watch you, I make notes and hope to replicate some of the food you so thourghly are wild about. Food is back in my life, and… Read more »