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5 Great Philly Treats to Eat During the DNC

Destination & Tourism | Janeen Christoff | July 27, 2016

5 Great Philly Treats to Eat During the DNC

PHOTO: Don't miss out on a Philly cheesesteak. (photo courtesy of Thinkstock)

Getting a taste of historic Philadelphia is on many delegate’s lists of must-dos while attending the Democratic National Convention. The convention takes place at the Wells Fargo Center – and while there are bound to be many options for grabbing a bite during sessions, authentic Philadelphia is going to be found beyond the convention walls. Get out there and explore with these fine traditional Philly foods. 

Philly Cheesesteaks

This is obvious. You can’t leave without having a Philly cheesesteak. It’s definitely one of the city’s most famous foods, made of thinly sliced steak, cheese and fried onions on a hoagie roll. Locals order this iconic sandwich by just naming the cheese and with or without onions. The verdict is out on where to get the best one, but eating one is a Philly tradition. 

Soft Pretzels 

The soft pretzel has seeped into the traditional Philly diet – but with a twist. The Philly version is in the shape of a figure eight and enjoyed with mustard for breakfast, lunch and dinner. To sample this tasty wonder, hit up any number of street vendors offering them up around the clock.


Bringing your own bottle (BYOB) is a Philly tradition. Due to the exorbitant prices for procuring a liquor license, the residents of Philly have settled for bringing their own alcohol to restaurants. The tradition extends throughout all dining establishments – from the high end restaurant to the neighborhood eatery. 

Reading Terminal Market 

The Reading Terminal Market is not just a one-stop shop for all your foodie needs, it’s a historic landmark. Visitors can find everything here, from local produce to artisanal cheese. There are fine meats and delicious desserts and the best part is that you don’t have to take your purchases home to enjoy them. Sample the wares in the public dining space with open seating or dine in one of the more than 30 restaurants on site. 

READ MORE: Take a Bite Out of Philly: Where to Dine During the DNC  

The market is open seven days per week, but the Amish vendors sell their goods on Tuesdays through Saturdays. 

South 9th Street Italian Market 

The Reading Terminal Market is not the only game in town. The South 9th Street Italian Market dates back to the 1880s and is the nation’s oldest, continuously-operating outdoor market. The market is made up of stalls that line South 9th Street, with fresh fruits and vegetables from merchants that have been operating for four or five generations. Originally, Italian immigrants dominated but today, vendors come from around the world, offering a multicultural experience for visitors that showcases the country’s melting pot status.

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