Published on August 23 2023
By Jarreau Freeman
Ideas for great places to eat and drink along Philly’s Delaware River Waterfront for foodies near and far. 
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No adventure is complete without an itinerary to guide you to the best places to eat and drink. Places where you can discover carnival eats, signature Philly favorites, and amazing Mexican cuisine from a James Beard-nominated chef. Ideal for now, or a few weeks from now when it officially becomes sweater weather.

So, here is an itinerary to inspire your next foodie adventure on the Delaware River Waterfront.

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1:00 pm
A late lunch at Spruce Street Harbor Park is the perfect way to start your food adventure. Pull up a picnic table on the barge and enjoy handcrafted dumplings from Humpty’s Dumplings - bite-size, crispy pockets of perfection - which come 3 for $7 or 6 for $12 in flavors like cheesy potato; buffalo chicken, and apple pie. Pair that with one of their lemonades with popping boba and you have yourself a perfect afternoon.

Once you’re done dining, don’t dash. Continue soaking in the views by lounging in the floating hammocks while sipping a Yard’s Lazy Hammock IPA or a frozen Strawberry Margarita from the barge bar (must be 21+). 

4:00 pm
Next, head to the largest outdoor rink in Philly -  Independence Blue Cross RiverrInk Summerfest. After working up an appetite roller skating with picture-perfect views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, satisfy your hunger with an order of nachos and tacos from Cantina La Martina, from James Beard-nominated Chef Dionicio Jiménez. Cool down with a classic icy from Skelly’s Amusements, the perfect end to a savory meal.

7:00 pm
Then stroll the Delaware River Trail to Cherry Street Pier to visit the artist studios to purchase custom art pieces or visit the Gallery to explore the latest exhibition. Then go to the Garden Restaurant and enjoy panoramic views of the Delaware River while sipping a hibiscus lemonade and snacking on roasted pepper hummus or a refreshing watermelon salad. 

9:00 pm
Next, to satisfy that late-night snack, attack circle back to Spruce Street Harbor Park to end your day the way it began. This time stop by Frozen Delights for an epic s’mores milkshake. If a salty snack is calling your name, head to Chickie’s & Pete’s for an order of their signature Crabfries with cheese sauce. Maybe it's breakfast you crave? Head to French Toast Bites for an order of their famous French Toast Bites that come with amazing topping options like fresh blueberries and cream. Don’t forget to add the bacon on a stick. 

To continue your food adventure on the Delaware River Waterfront be sure to stop by these locations: The Waterfront Gourmet, Keating’s Rope and Anchor, Liberty Point, Morgan’s Pier, the Moshulu, Chart House, and Dave & Buster’s.

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This is the third post in our “Waterfront Adventure” series that highlights activities for travelers and locals who visit the Delaware River Waterfront in Philadelphia.