College Freshmen Must Experience These Sights, Sounds — And South Philly Cheesesteaks!

south philly cheesesteakThe first year of college is a time of great opportunity. Freshman have a world at their fingertips and those who are beginning their path of higher education here in Philly are going to have plenty to do outside of class. Whether you are up north at Temple University, out west at the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University or in Center City at the University of the Arts, there’s something nearby that could become your new favorite haunt. Best of all, Philadelphia’s considerably compact footprint plus a plethora of public transportation options means that it’s easy to travel from Temple U. for a South Philly cheesesteak. If you’re a college freshman looking for a guide to your new city, you’ve found it!

Broad Street-Bound: From North Philadelphia, it’s easy to travel to Center City then explore areas like Chinatown, Old City and the Delaware Waterfront on foot. The underground Broad Street Line runs the entire length of its namesake road, which also cuts the city into two manageable sections for exploration’s sake. Temple students can hope on at the Cecil B. Moore stop, head south and get off at City Hall. From there, the curbside markets of Chinatown, Revolutionary War-era homes of Old City and picturesque views of the Delaware River are yours to take in!

Authentic Experience: No trip south is complete without picking up a South Philly cheesesteak. No matter where you are from, there’s little doubt that you’ve heard about authentic South Philly cheesesteaks. At Geno’s, located at 9th Street and Passyunk Avenue, you can get that cheesesteak with or without “wiz” and onions at any time of the day. Once you’re fed, take the short walk down 9th Street into the heart of the Italian Market. As the oldest of its kind in America, the shops and tables on the sidewalk have been offering long-time residents and newcomer college students alike a way to have a memorable afternoon.

Showtime: Philly is home to plenty of impressive music venues and national tours will make stops here as frequently as local shows are held at smaller spots. Notable spots known to leave a lasting impression include The Mann Center in Fairmount Park, which is an outdoor amphitheater with both covered and lawn seating that offers an impressive view of the Center City skyline. Closer to Center City, Union Transfer now inhabits the former Spaghetti Warehouse along Spring Garden Street. If you want to fill up before the show, grab a South Philly cheesesteak and appreciate the flavors that have helped to define this city’s menu.