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
2. Throwback Philadelphia Phillies baseball cap
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
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
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
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.
Address: 35 N 3rd St, Philadelphia, PA 19106
Price: from 40 USD
Website: Philadelphia Independents
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
7. Cafe Latte Mug and Saucer from La Colombe
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
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.
Address: 2600 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia, PA 19130
Price: from 5 USD
Website: The Philadelphia Museum of Art
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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