Love is in the air, which means it’s time to make plans for Valentine's Day in Philadelphia

Posted by Copper Hill on Sun, Jan 21, '24


As we stand at the threshold of 2024, it’s hard to believe that another holiday season has already come and gone. Now, our beloved city is gearing up for that special day when love is celebrated in all its splendid forms – Valentine's Day. While Cupid sharpens his arrows, our goal is to take you on a delectable journey through the history of Valentine's Day in Philadelphia as well as some recommendations for dinner!

The City of Brotherly Love & Sisterly Affection has always been a melting pot of traditions and cultures, and Valentine's Day is no exception. Back in the day, our colonial roots influenced the way Philadelphians expressed their affections. Love letters and handmade tokens of admiration were exchanged, creating a tradition that still lives on today.

Fast forward to 2024, and you'll find the streets of Philadelphia adorned with festive row homes, red hearts, and an undeniable aura of romance. I recommend walking the streets of South Philadelphia for a real Philly VDAY vibe. The city's history, intertwined with the spirit of love, gives Valentine's Day a unique charm here; as it does with most other holidays. From the charming cobblestone streets of Old City to a picturesque stroll through Rittenhouse Square, love is palpable in every corner of our fair city. Whether you’re city or suburban-based, VDAY presents an opportunity for you and your +1 to walk-it, train-it, or Uber-it to one of Philadelphia’s amazing neighborhoods and either try a new spot or resurrect your favorite place!

Now, let's get down to the serious business of celebrating love – through food, of course! Many agents on the Copper Hill team are self-proclaimed foodies, so naturally, we've got our own opinions on the best spots for a romantic Valentine's Day dinner. But before we delve into the culinary delights awaiting you during this holiday, let's take a moment to appreciate the diversity of our local dining scene. Known for its gastronomic prowess, Philly offers a plethora of options for every taste bud. Whether you're into innovative fusion cuisine, classic American fare, or international flavors, our city has it all.

So, what's the plan for the most romantic night of the year? Fear not, lovebirds! Check out this list of top-notch restaurants that will set the perfect mood for your VDAY soirée. Not enough? Here are 3 favorites of our own:

  • Zahav: If you and your significant other are fans of Middle Eastern cuisine, Zahav is the place to be. Located in Society Hill, this renowned restaurant offers a cozy setting and an array of flavorful dishes that will transport you to another world.
  • Mia Ragazza: If you dig Italian, check out this new spot! Located in lively and trendy, Mia Ragazza puts a Philly spin on Central Italian cuisine. Housemade pastas and Roman style pizzas are the specialty, but don't forget about the Italian wines and spectacular cocktails for you and your +1.
  • Parc: Noted as top-notch in most locals’ minds, Parc transports you to the streets of Paris without having to leave Philadelphia. Situated along historic Rittenhouse Square, this French bistro offers a romantic “City of Love” ambiance, complete with brasserie-style dishes that will tantalize your taste buds.

As we gear up for another Valentine's Day in the city, remember that love is not just confined to a single day; it's a celebration that lasts throughout the year. Whether you choose to explore the historical landmarks hand-in-hand, or indulge in a culinary journey at one of these fantastic restaurants, make 2024’s VDAY a memorable one in Philly.

Happy Valentine's Day, and may your day be filled with love, laughter, and, of course, delicious food! ❤️

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