Philadelphia gets first-ever Michelin tourism guide

Philly is the 8th U.S. city to be featured by the global publication
A birds eye view of Philadelphia from a hot air balloon above the Philadelphia Zoo.
A birds eye view of Philadelphia from a hot air balloon above the Philadelphia Zoo. Photo credit Getty Images

PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) — Philadelphia now has its own Michelin guide book — the eighth American city to be featured by the global publication.

The Michelin Green Guide uses a three-star ranking system to grade restaurant and hotel accommodations as well as tourism points of interest.

“One star is worth a visit, two stars worth the detour, and three stars worth the travel,” said Robin Bloom, content director for the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau.

She worked with Michelin writers and editors in Philadelphia last September. “They sent us points of interest that they wanted to see and to experience, and then we work together and help to set the itinerary.”

Reviews by Michelin travel journalists expand Philadelphia’s reach, and tourism professionals believe this kind of exposure will help drive more interest to the City of Brotherly Love.


The guide lists some standouts, including the Schuylkill River Trail, the Philadelphia Orchestra and more than 4,000 public murals to explore. Other three-star attractions include Independence National Historical Park, the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Barnes Foundation.

Michelin editors also named Campo’s and Ishkabibble’s as their top cheesesteak spots and highlighted the restaurants South Philly Barbacoa and Her Place.

Bloom brought some smaller destinations to Michelin’s attention.

“Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens. When I took her there, she loved it, but it was something new that hadn’t been on their list because they weren’t aware of it,” she said.

“And one thing that foreign travelers, especially Europeans, love about Philadelphia is our walkability.”

The newly launched English version of the guide — the original was published in French — will be available for purchase this summer. On May 18, Michelin’s editor-in-chief will be in Philadelphia to recognize the city’s three-star attractions.

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