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Librarians' Travel Guide to Philadelphia
General sites, Maps, Public Transportation
Getting Around Conference Sites
Public transportation to/from the airport
Septa - Airport line
$6 each way. The train stops directly at the airport. Use the machine to buy your ticket before you board!! There's a surcharge if you pay on the train.
Restaurants and other food options
Gianna's will excite the vegetarian, vegan, and carnivore alike. Famous for their Philly cheesesteaks. Also excellent sides and desserts. Not to be missed.
This little grocery store has excellent samosas. A worthwhile trip to University City.
This is a totally vegan restaurant and satisfies all your cravings for food you probably never thought you could again. From Shark Fin Soup to Won Ton to Sweet and Sour Chicken, KOV is phenomenal. I highly recommend the dim sum.
An excellent place just across the street from the conference center. You can buy groceries or a meal. It has Amish foods and various other kinds of food. Some of my favorite vendors are: Famous 4th Street Cookie Company, Nanee's Kitchen (Indian), Iovine's produce.
It has free wireless, but it is ALWAYS crowded!
Middle Eastern and American food (meaning, you can get both falafel and fries). Seriously the best falafel and baba ganoush this user has ever experienced.
Vietnam Restaurant 221 N. 11th St (near the convention center)
Kinda fancy, but not too expensive. Has several tofu options.
910 Christian Street (9th and Christian) Sabrina's is really crowded if you go for brunch, but not so bad for dinner. It's near the Italian Market, which is also worth checking out. For vegetarians, who might otherwise miss out on Philly cheesesteaks, Sabrina's has a great seitan version! The menu is kind of like classic American food with a twist. BYOB
Farmacia 15 S. 3rd St (3rd and Market) - about 7 blocks from the Convention Center
A little expensive, entrees cost $13-25. Several vegetarian options. It's the kind of place where even if you order something ordinary, the food is extra good.
3420 Sansom Street (34th and Sansom, near UPenn)
A little expensive, $16-25 entrees. There are usually only a few vegetarian options. Ingredients are mostly local, organic and seasonal. The owner is committed to social justice, and they host many community events. Very good!
221 Church Street (2nd and Church, a small street just north of Market)
In addition to being a terrific Ethiopian restaurant, Dahlak is a great bar. When I lived in Philly (2001), they also had a dynamite jukebox. In west Philly.
Libraries and Local bookstores
Giovanni's Room (GLBT)
345 South 12th Street (12th and Pine)
108 S. 13th Street (13th and Sansom)
508 South 5th Street
Liberty Bell (map)