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5 Best Themed Restaurants To Visit in Philadelphia for a Unique Dining Experience

Sulabh Gupta

With vaccinations rolling out at a very promising pace, it is just a matter of time before people will be able to dine in the restaurant without the fear of contracting the virus. What better way to reward yourself for the year-long hiatus when you didn't dine outside than to indulge yourself in a unique atmosphere enjoying delicious food with your loved ones.

Here is a list of some of the most unique restaurants you can find in the city of Philadelphia.

1) Juno (1033 Spring Garden Philadelphia)

Established in 2020, Juno is a bright and colorful dining destination between two flowering twin full-building size murals by artist Frito Bastien. The restaurant is fenced in, with trees in the dining area, and chef Miguel Angel Hernandez Mota serves his special Mexican-American fare made with local ingredients. The scratch cocktail program utilizes house-made syrups and infusions. With a fully outdoor dining area, Juno is probably the safest restaurant on this list to eat out at this time due to the ease of maintaining social distancing. The restaurant boasts of some of the best tacos in town.

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2) White Dog Cafe (3420 Sansom St, Philadelphia)

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White Dog Cafe is one of the most popular names among the locals of Philadelphia. As the name suggests, this unique restaurant is dog-themed. White Dog Cafe has three locations around the Philadelphia area and each restaurant's walls are covered with welcoming decor portraying the love of dogs that is both artistic and playful. The White Dog Cafe was opened in January of 1983 and quickly became a local favorite due to its environmental sustainability and community engagement efforts. The restaurant boasts of sourcing the majority of its ingredients from local farms, located not more than 50 miles from the restaurant.

3) Hop Sing Laundromat (1029 Race St, Philadelphia)

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Hop Sing Laundromat is a speakeasy-type restaurant in Chinatown. This unique bar was named as one of the 30 greatest bars in the world by Conde Nast Traveler in 2015. The entrance to the restaurant is a metal door and is unmarked. In order to enter, you must buzz and wait till a doorman shows up. The restaurant follows strict rules - if you are wearing shorts, sneakers, or a hat, or if someone uses their phone to take a call or take pictures, you will be asked to leave. Over 1700 people have been banned from the bar so far. Its swanky 1920’s style speakeasy decor perfectly adds to the experience. Hop Sing Laundromat offers some of the most wonderfully crafted cocktails and the cheap price makes the cocktails a steal.

4) Moshulu (401 S Columbus Blvd, Philadelphia)

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Moshulu is a restaurant on the world's oldest and largest square-rigged sailing vessel still afloat. Dining at Moshulu makes you part of a rich history of the ship and the restaurant. Moshulu boasts of being the only restaurant venue on a Tall Ship today in the World. The ship was built by William Hamilton & Co., Port of Glasgow, Scotland in 1904 for the G.J.H Siemers Co. of Hamburg, Germany as the four-masted barque Kurt. The restaurant has top-notch service along with great mouth-watering food options and provides you with spectacular views of the river both during the day and night. Moshulu is a perfect spot for a romantic date.

5) Rec and Royal (111 S 17th St, Philadelphia)

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Founded by Home Hospitality Group (HHG) in 2019, Rec and Royal is one of the best entertainment venues in Philadelphia. Rec Room is an innovative arcade bar and a karaoke lounge whereas Royal is a boutique nightclub to party and dance. There is something for everyone at Rec and Royal. The place offers a party brunch with a buffet and mimosas. The comprehensive cocktail program features craft cocktails non-alcoholic options that infuse fresh ingredients with premium spirits. Next time you are celebrating an occasion in a group, Rec and Royal is a great option.

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