Philadelphia provides a vibrant backdrop for the symposium, with many cultural and culinary opportunities to explore. It is home to several major art institutions, including the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy) and the Barnes Collection (2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy). The Free Library of Philadelphia (1901 Vine St), aside from being the oldest public library in this country, has an impressive collection of manuscripts as well as exhibitions. For the convenience of those interested in attending the conference, here are a few touchstone locations near Penn campus.

Coffee near Van Pelt

Just across the street from Van Pelt Library, United by Blue (3421 Walnut St) is an excellent pit stop for coffee and a treat. Just around the corner is Avril 50 (3406 Sansom St), an alternative coffee option which also sells international publications. A few shops down is Federal Donuts (3428 Sansom St), a Philly staple famous for its deluxe and piping hot cake donuts.

Restaurants near Van Pelt

Catering to a large student population, West Philly has a surplus of great eats. For proximity, New Deck Tavern (3408 Sansom St) has a great pub atmosphere and an extensive menu, including things you never knew you wanted, like the delicious (and strange) Philly Cheesesteak egg rolls. A few blocks away is the West Philadelphia Hans Dynasty (3711 Market St), a city favorite for szechuan food. There are many quick options running up Walnut Street as well, including a Chipotle, Honey Grow and Sweetgreen.



301 South 12th Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Tel: 215-923-3535

Coffee and Restaurants near Hotel 

The Alexander Inn is located in the middle of Center City where there are many restaurants, coffee shops and bars within easy walking distance. In the immediate area are several Italian trattorias including Vetri Cucina (1312 Spruce St) and Little Nonna’s (1234 Locust St). For a nearby vegetarian or vegan option, try Vedge (1221 Locust St). Just down Spruce from the hotel you’ll find the Greenstreet Coffee Co. (1101 Spruce St), or in the other direction on 13th street, Square One Coffee Roasters (249 S 13th St). Both of these coffee options feature house-roasted beans.