This V-Day, IBR is excited to explore some of Philly’s best hidden gems for a low-key, stress-free Valentine’s.
Don’t just celebrate love this Valentine’s Day - celebrate the love of food! Whether or not you’re a fanatic for the romance and general hullabaloo of Valentine’s Day, In Between Rivers has got you covered.
Whether you’re looking to go out with the gang, celebrate with your best girl squad, or need somewhere casual to take your latest Tinder date, these spots can be the new key to your heart (or at least your stomach)!
W/N W/N Coffee Bar
931 Spring Garden St
It’s Valentine’s Day, and you’re stuck. Should you take that new OKCupid match out for coffee, or should you get drinks instead? Trick question! It’s both. W/N W/N (pronounced “win win”) is just that - a win win! This snug, unassuming worker-cooperative cafe and bar offers both coffee grounds and pints to pound, making it the perfect low-key locale for any outing.
Alma de Cuba
1623 Walnut St, Philadelphia
Starr Restaurant’s Alma de Cuba is in the heart of Center City, and just like a heart it pulses with great cuisine, cocktails, and energetic Cuban music. Alma de Cuba seamlessly fits into any Valentine’s-related plans you may have. The cozy red and white decor is perfect for a romantic Latin dinner, while the larger-than-life tobacco field pictures on the walls are already great conversation fodder for a group of any size.
Bistro la Minette
623 S 6th St, Philadelphia
Spoil your taste buds at Bistro La Minette, an authentic French bistro tucked away between Bella Vista and Queen Village. While romantic and intimate enough to take your sweetheart, it doesn’t matter who or how many people you dine with - the food is so savory and delightful at the end of the night the only person you’ll want to kiss is the chef!
Note - if you actually plan on kissing the chef, IBR does not recommend bringing your sweetheart. Or at least be nice and distract them with dessert first!
10 Ave Of The Arts, Philadelphia
Aqimero’s new Happy Hour and bar menu is incredibly affordable, while the prime Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia location is well-suited for romantic or casual food and drink. Try the new “La Lujuria” cocktail - Spanish for “lust,’ this full-bodied concoction mixes strawberries, basil leaves, Sauza blue tequila, agave syrup, ginger, lime juice, and prosecco.
BingBing Dim Sum
1648 E Passyunk Avenue
Here’s a tip from us to you - take the money you would have spent on flowers or chocolates and invest in true happiness. Give the gift of mind-blowingly delicious Asian-Jewish fusion cuisine at BingBing Dim Sum. Owned by the geniuses behind Cheu Noodle Bar, Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh, Bing Bing’s non-traditional take on dumplings can be your new non-traditional Valentine’s Day tradition! Now say that five times fast!