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My Perfect Day in Philadelphia: Ashlea’s Guide

Ashlea Flowers, Blog Contributor:

I was raised in Bucks County, PA. In a small town that is far different than Philadelphia. When graduating high school in 2015, I was more than excited to experience city life. Currently, I’m a junior at Temple University studying public relations and African-American studies. After interning at Philly PR Girl this summer as the Marketing Coordinator, there is no denying that my obsession with this city has grown.

A Girl’s Gotta Eat

Without a doubt, one of the city’s most memorable highlights is the food! With so much to choose from I’m constantly trying new spots. However, there is one sweet treat that has stuck with me all summer long! Kick off any perfect day in the city with a banana whip from Hip City Veg! If you’re looking for a frozen treat that won’t use up all your daily calories then you have to try it. I recommend personalizing your snack by adding chocolate chips, brownie bites, cookie pieces, peanuts or granola. I always do.

But, I understand bananas aren’t for everyone. If you want to avoid them, try the tasty creations at Federal Donuts, the strawberry lavender donuts are my favorite. When in Philly eat like a native so pair any of their delicious donuts with their crispy fried chicken… strange combo, I know.


Travel like a Local

Being the adventurous college student that I am, I take public transportation everywhere. From University City to Old City. A great thing about Philadelphia is that the city is big enough to explore, but small enough to get around. My girl friends and I love taking spontaneous bike rides on the city’s bike share. Indego bikes allow riders to check out bikes at any Indego location then return them to any available bike rack around the city. It’s the perfect way to explore the city’s unique and vibrant neighborhoods. Don’t be surprised when you turn onto an old cobble stone street. Philly has history woven in and out of every turn.

“If you didn’t take a picture, did it really happen?”

Come on now, I work at Philly PR Girl so that means I’m social media #obsessed! Philly is the perfect location for unforgettable photo ops. My friends and I spend entire afternoons walking around Midtown Village and Rittenhouse searching for the perfect back drops. Believe it or not, Philadelphia has over 4,000 public street murals to choose from! Feel free to photobomb the artwork or let the murals speak for themselves.

Interactive mural across from Marathon Grill on 18th Street.

Public art piece in Midtown Village.

Treat Yourself

No perfect day in the city is over without a little shopping spree at Lush Cosmetics! Lush takes an home spa day to entirely different level. All the products are fresh, homemade, and 100% vegetarian. Next time you stop in try a few of my favorite face masks: Catastrophe Cosmetic, Brazened Honey, or Rosy Cheeks. I can’t forget to mention the colorful selection of scented bath bombs!


I hope that my perfect day in Philadelphia has inspired you to try something new. Whether you’re planning a fancy night out with the girls or treating yourself to a personal health day, this city has something for everyone. You can follow me on Instagram for more of my Philly favorites!


Stay tuned to see how our other team members would spend their perfect day in Philadelphia!