8 Unique Souvenirs From Philadelphia

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Philadelphia is a city known for its history, sports, and, most importantly, attitude. The home of American independence, fake Declarations of Independences, replica Constitutions tied with string, and Liberty Bell statuettes are ubiquitous in souvenir shops, so this list deviates from that, and instead focuses on the attitude. Ditch the snow globes and shot glasses. From anatomically correct chocolate, to tote bags displaying a conjoined skeleton, this list has fun, interesting souvenirs for you to remember your trip (or gift to someone else).

1. Yards Logo Pint Glass from Yards Brewing Company

Philadelphians pride themselves on their beer, and Yards Brewing Company is one of the most famous breweries in the area. Their unique Ales of the Revolution brews features beers the way the Founding Fathers brewed them, honoring Thomas Jefferson with a tavern ale, George Washington with a porter, and Benjamin Franklin with a tavern spruce, combining beer and history. A must for any beer aficionado, a pint glass from Yards Brewing Company is the perfect Philadelphia souvenir. It’s the perfect glass to enjoy a beer the way the Revolutionaries did.

Yards Logo Pint Glass

Address: 901 N Delaware Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Price: from 4 USD

Website: Yards Brewing Company

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2. Throwback Philadelphia Phillies baseball cap

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Sports are big deal in Philadelphia. The city is known for its enthusiastic (ie. rowdy) fans. The Philadelphia Phillies are one of the oldest continuous sports teams, representing Philadelphia since 1883. Take in a ball game at Citizens Bank Park and show off your Philly pride by sporting a Phillies baseball cap with the team’s original logo. Whatever you do, do not route for the other team! These can be found at most souvenir and clothing stores, at Citizens Bank Park, or on the official Philadelphia Phillies website.

Philadelphia Phillies Maroon 1980 Throwback Cooperstown Fitted Hat

Address: 1 Citizens Bank Way, Philadelphia, PA 19148

Price: from 34.99 USD

Website: Philadelphia Phillies

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3. Chocolate Anatomical Heart from Muellers Chocolate Co.

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Muellers Chocolate Co. may have incredible traditional confections, such as truffles and chocolate-covered pretzels, but what is the fun in that! Show your loved ones how you really feel by giving them this anatomically correct chocolate heart. Located in the historic Reading Terminal Market, Muellers is known for their quirky chocolate shapes and flavors, including the chocolate-covered onion, chocolate cheesesteak (a Philly food staple) and chocolate aspirin, for the chocolate hangover, of course.

Chocolate Anatomical Heart

Address: 51 N 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Price: from 19.99 USD

Website: Muellers Chocolate Co.

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4. Ceph Tote Bag from the Mutter Museum

Mutter Museum
Source: Photo by Flickr user cezzie901 used under CC BY 2.0

The Mutter Museum is home to creepy medical oddities, antique medical equipment, and wet specimens. Originally intended for biomedical research and education, with donations, by Dr. Thomas Dent Mutter, the museum is now a popular attraction for both locals and tourists. Enter the old, spooky building and check out the wax replica of Chang and Eng, conjoined twins who were the origin of “Siamese Twins”, or get grossed out by eyes affected by conjunctivitis. Show off your love of creepy science oddities in style with this tote, adorned with a conjoined skeleton.

Ceph Tote Bag

Address: 19 S 22nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Price: from 6.95 USD

Website: Mutter Museum

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Philadelphia Tour Guide

Annie Leguennec

Annie Leguennec

My name is Annie. I am a local Tour guide based in Philadelphia enjoying fully what the city has to offer with its deep history, street arts, murals, architecture, traditional food, black history, Farmer Markets, green space, a melting pot of neighborhoods and its great locals. I am looking for to welcome you and show you this incredible city where you will gain a better understanding of the city's rich heritage and its continuing legacy as the birthplace of the United States of America. Book my tour. Explore and learn about this unique city where you will walk on the footsteps of our America's founding Fathers. My tours are conducted in English, French and Italian.

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Philadelphia Tour Guide

Stephanie Eley

Stephanie Eley

I'm a graduate of ITMI, International Tour Management Institute and 17 years as a licensed Tour Director and Program Director. My expertise began in NYC and Washington, DC where I'm a licensed guide and has expanded to Europe, South America, Cuba and the Western / Southwestern National Parks of the US. I'd love to introduce you for a day or a week to Denver, Colorado and the 4 corners region of the US: Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona! Let's GO!! stepheley@gmail.com

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Vance Lehmkuhl

Vance Lehmkuhl

Tour operator and tour guide for American Vegan Center in historic Old City Philadelphia, administering walking tours focusing on Philadelphia's "veg history" - the vegans and vegetarians through history that started the US vegetarian and vegan movements in this city. Author of "Eating Vegan in Philly" (2016) and also "V for Veg: The Best of Philly's Vegan Food Column," a collection of my columns for the Philadelphia Daily News 2011-2016. Also a proficient musician (founded eco-conscious pop band Green Beings, 1999) and cartoonist (Philadelphia City Paper, VegNews, New York Times Syndicate). Developing french-language walking tour focusing on Anthony Benezet for March 2024.

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5. Stamped Necklace from Philadelphia Independents

Located in historic Old City, everything in the store screams Philly. However, the various stamped necklaces they have are easy to travel with and show true Philly style. Get the “Jawn” one if you want to show off your knowledge of Philadelphia vernacular. To properly use the word “jawn”, replace pretty much any noun you want with it. For example, “Can you hand me that jawn?” or “I’d like one of those jawns”. Now you really sound like a Philadelphian.

Stamped Necklace

Address: 35 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Price: from 40 USD

Website: Philadelphia Independents

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6. City of Brotherly Love Bottle Opener from Verde

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This adorable shop, owned by Philadelphia royalty Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran is full of fun, artsy Philly souvenirs. Also the owners of numerous restaurants, boutiques, and a gourmet grocery store, these women have taken over 13th street. While there is no shortage of adorable Philadelphia paraphernalia here, I recommend the City of Brotherly Love bottle opener, you know, to open those beer bottles from Yards you brought home with you. While you are here, eat at one of their restaurants (I suggest Bud and Marilyn’s), only a short walk from Verde.

City of Brotherly Love Bottle Opener

Address: 108 S 13th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Price: from 34 USD

Website: Verde

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7. Cafe Latte Mug and Saucer from La Colombe

La Colombe HQ
Source: Photo by Wikimedia Commons user Peetlesnumber1 used under CC BY-SA 4.0

While La Colombe has locations other than Philly and distributes nationally, it’s worth hopping over to the flagship location in the Fishtown neighborhood. Located in a giant warehouse, decorated with exposed brick, wooden beams, with flashes of copper and metal, it is a cozy space despite its size. Enjoy their signature draft latte, using nitrous oxide to achieve a silky microfoam. Or if milk isn’t your thing, try their Pure Black, deliciously smooth cold brew. While you’re there, grab this adorable mug and saucer and let it take you back to your trip every time you drink from it.

Cafe Latte Mug and Saucer

Address: 1335 Frankford Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Price: from 22 USD

Website: La Colombe

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8. Rocky Magnet from The Philadelphia Museum of Art

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While cliche, this iconic scene from Rocky is worth adorning your refrigerator with. Try to pull yourself away from the Rocky Statue long enough to check out the impressive artwork housed at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. But let’s be real, the Rocky statue and the museum stairs are the only reason you went to the museum in the first place.

Rocky Magnet

Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Price: from 5 USD

Website: The Philadelphia Museum of Art

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Great memories

Downtown Philadelphia
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It is easy to fall back on simple souvenirs like shot glasses and t-shirts. Here is a list of Philadelphia-themed items that will make your trip more memorable.

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Perri Lerner is a freelance writer based in Portland, Or. In her free time she loves to run, do yoga, travel, and eat amazing vegan food.

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