Living it Up in Center City

Philly is teeming with things to do. When you’re checking out properties in Philly, it’s a good idea to also check out what Center City has to offer in terms of entertainment, lifestyle and nightlife. Remember, Philadelphia real estate is about more than just a place to call home. It’s also about finding a place that lets you live your life to the fullest.

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When you’re checking out Philly real estate, you might hear the  phrase “BYOB” tossed around a lot. BYOB means bring your own  bottle and it’s one of the defining characteristics of the city’s  restaurant scene, thanks to complicated liquor licensing laws.  BYOB isn’t limited to wine, most places let you bring your own beer  or liquor, if you prefer. You might have to pay a small corkage fee,  but plenty of restaurants waive the fee.

My favorite BYOB is Melograno, sitting just blocks from Rittenhouse Square.  Melograno is a lively trattoria and BYOB where guests can enjoy authentic Italian fare, prepared by Roman-born Chef Gianluca Demontis. I always feel at home when I walk into this lovely restaurant from the “hostess with the mostest”, Ann, and the incredible staff. It is one place not to be missed!

Another favorite BYOB is Audrey Claire, a tiny gem of a place near Rittenhouse Square. It has an ever changing, seasonal menu. Tremendous people watching can be had from one of their many outdoor tables that line the 20th Street side of this neighborhood staple. If you plan on checking out Audrey Claire, I highly recommend making a reservation, as the small space fills up quickly.

Getting Brunch

Brunch is a big deal in Philly and plenty of condos in Philly are located just steps from the hottest brunch places. Some of my favorites are Kanella and Russet as they have amazing food and atmosphere. In case you were wondering, both places are also BYOB, meaning you can bring your own champagne and enjoy a few mimosas with your weekend brunch.

A Dose of Culture

The Avenue of the Arts, also known as Broad Street, is the cultural heartbeat of the city. It’s home to a number of theaters and concert venues. Whether you want to catch a fresh-from-Broadway musical or enjoy an evening listening to the Philadelphia Orchestra, you’ll find it in one of the theaters on the Avenue of the Arts.

Enjoying the Daytime

Living In Center City is about more than nightlife. Daytime in the city offers plenty to do, such as visiting the farmers’ market at Rittenhouse Square on Tuesday and Saturday, spending an afternoon shopping along Walnut Street, or taking in a movie at the newly reopened Roxy Theater.

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