Philadelphia is one of the best family-friendly vacation destinations in the country. Since Philadelphia is the birthplace of America, your family trip will be educational as well as fun! Philadelphia offers a variety of different things to do, check out this article featuring the best family-friendly attractions. If your family loves the outdoors, this list of the best outdoor spaces in Philly is helpful. Below we have a list of the best family-friendly restaurants so you can refuel between parks and museums.

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Here’s our list featuring some of the top family-friendly eateries in Philadelphia:

1. Capofitto

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Capofitto serves up artisan pizza and award-winning gelato in Old City. From the owners of Capogiro, winner of the world’s best gelato by National Geographic Magazine, Capofitto serves authentic Neopolitan pizza made in their hand-built wood-burning oven. Soup, salad, charcuterie, panini and pasta fill out the food menu while wine, beer and cocktails are available for adults as well. This is a great option for a tasty, moderately-priced dinner after visiting the historic area.


2. Franklin Fountain

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Conveniently located in Old City, a short walk to both Penn’s Landing and the most historic neighborhood in the country, the Berley Brothers have created a taste of nostalgia. The lines are often long in the warmer months for this blast from the past soda fountain, but most agree that it’s worth the wait! In addition to ice cream, floats and shakes, check out the candy bars from the 50’s and 60’s. FYI: in true vintage theme this establishment is cash only.


3. Jim’s Steaks

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No visit to Philadelphia is complete without sampling our city’s most famous culinary export. In business for over 75 years, Zagat-rated and a five-time winner of Philadelphia Magazine’s “Best of Philly”, Jim’s Steaks has proven to be one of the best in town. Don’t forget to ask a local for the proper lingo to order your sandwich!


4. Jones

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Enjoy “home-style” comfort food in a contemporary setting. Jones is owned by Stephen Starr, 2017 James Beard winner as the country’s top independent restaurateur, and is conveniently located a short walk from Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell. Try the classic Thanksgiving turkey dinner, a menu regular.


5. Reading Terminal Market

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One of the top tourist destinations in the city (close to seven million people visited the market in 2016!), Reading Terminal Market opened in 1892 and offers a diverse selection of food, housewares, crafts and local specialties. Tourists locals alike stop at the market for locally grown produce, Amish specialties, meats, poultry, seafood, baked goods, cookbooks and flowers. Bassets Ice Cream, founded in 1861, has been located in the market since it’s opening in 1892. Di Nic’s Roast Pork, another market favorite, was the winner of the Travel Channel’s best sandwich in America. And don’t forget to try the donuts at Beiler’s Bakery. Every visit to Philadelphia should include a stop at Reading Terminal Market!


If you are planning a visit to Philadelphia and would like additional information, let us plan your trip for you! Our local experts will create a fully customized travel itinerary based on your family’s unique interests. Visit for more information!


This article was written by Fran Nachman, a Philadelphia ROAM concierge and hotel concierge. She has served on the Board of Directors of the Philadelphia Area Concierge Association as President, Treasurer and Philanthropic Director, and is currently the Director of Business & Social Events. In 2012 Fran was awarded Where Magazine’s Key to the City. Having traveled the world, she loves coming back to her hometown where there are always new restaurants, bars and venues to discover and share with visitors.

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