Restaurants in University City, University City Dining - AKA

When it is convenient, AKA University City recommends that residents let us plan for their arrival as early as possible. The best Center City Philadelphia restaurant reservations, hottest tickets and services are assured when we can arrange them in advance of your stay.


1   The Porch at 30TH Street Station   The Porch at 30th Street Station is a transformative new urban open space that has quickly become one of the most animated public places in Philadelphia. Amenities include abundant seating, vibrant seasonal plantings, fitness classes, food trucks specializing in local fare, and a variety of special events such as theater and dance performances and mini-golf in the summer.

2   World Café Live!   Previously a 40,000 square-foot Art Deco factory building, the World Cafe consists of a three-tiered music hall that houses a variety of performers every day of the week. Guests are welcome to enjoy fine dining while enjoying shows from interesting and exciting local musicians, in a space consistently ranked as one of the best live music venues in Philadelphia.

3   Institute of Contemporary Art   Never to shy away from displaying controversial art, the ICA constantly strives to break stereotypes and evoke emotions by displaying thought-provoking and interesting multimedia art installations. Recent shows have included exhibits from fashion icon Rudi Gernreich, painter Lisa Yuskavage, and the young collaborative group Space 1026.

4   Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts  Located on UPenn’s campus, the Annenberg Center is one of the nation’s foremost urban performing arts centers of any university. Dedicated to the advancement of a diverse and thriving cultural community through the pursuit of excellence, innovation and intellectual engagement in the performing arts, its core belief is in the power of the arts to transform lives.

5   Slought  Since its’ founding in 2000, Slought has worked with artists, communities, and institutions worldwide to develop projects that encourage inclusiveness, advocacy, and the sharing of knowledge. It is a non-profit organization that engages the public in dialogue about cultural and socio-political change in Philadelphia, the world, and the cloud.

6   International House Philadelphia  IHP offers its residents, audiences, and partners the unique opportunity to become engaged in a variety of new experiences, collaborate with some of the brightest people in the world, and truly be a global citizen. Particularly known for their world-class international, avant-garde, and repertory cinema, International House Philadelphia offers a wide variety of distinctive arts programming to the Philadelphia community. As an integral part of IHP's history, their programs are offered year-round, and include artistically significant and socially relevant film screenings, exhibits, lectures, and live performances.

7   Penn Museum  Founded in 1887, the Penn Museum has always been one of the world’s great archaeology and anthropology research museums, and the largest university museum in the United States. With roughly one million objects in their care, the Penn Museum encapsulates and illustrates the human story: who we are and where we came from.

8   The Architectural Archives & Kroiz Gallery  In the bowels of architect Frank Furness’s most outrageous work-a structure that looks more like a steamboat than a library-resides an archive celebrating the dynamism of architecture. University of Pennsylvania’s Architectural Archives preserves drawings, sketchbooks, models and manuscripts of more than 400 designers who worked over three centuries.

9   Mandell Theater  Mandell is Drexel University’s primary space for student theater, music and dance productions.

10   The Walter & Leonore Annenberg Rare Book and Manuscript Library  Roots of the Ivy League go deep at the Van Pelt Library at the University of Pennsylvania. On the sixth floor is an inner sanctum with a stunning array of book and manuscript collections mostly assembled in the 19th century and acquired by the university in the 20th century. They document nothing less than the history of intellect.

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