Nov 17, 2021 - Food and Drink
Streets Dept founder Conrad Benner's best day ever in Philadelphia
Conrad Benner
Conrad Benner, founder of StreetsDept.com. Photo courtesy of Benner

Conrad Benner, who founded photo-blog StreetsDept.com, has been chronicling art on Philadelphia's streets for more than a decade.

  • We spoke to the Fishtown native about how he would spend his perfect day in the city.

Breakfast: Miles Table in the Bok Building to get an egg sandwich or an avocado wrap.

After breakfast: A post-coffee walk meandering through the alleys of the Gayborhood and Society Hill.

  • "There's so many small alleys there you can get lost in. It's just really relaxing," he said.
  • Eventually, Benner said he'd end up at Philly AIDS Thrift at Giovanni's Room (previously known as Giovanni's Room), the oldest LGBTQ+-focused bookstore in the country.

Afternoon: More walking. This time, around the Bella Vista neighborhoods to check out the shops. His favorites include South Street Art Mart, Paradigm Gallery + Studio and Yowie.

  • "When I step into Yowie, I feel transported into this really cool art design space," Benner said. "It's so well-curated. There's not a single item there that doesn't make me want to pick up and buy it."

Lunch: Tattooed Mom for a vegan BLT and a beer.

Early evening: FDR Park in South Philly and walk the main trail through the entire park.

Dinner: Order the fish meal at Hardena to go, and eat at Columbus Square Park in South Philly with friends.

  • "Our public spaces are so valuable. They offer a space for both solitude and connection. Before it gets too cold, I'm trying to take advantage of as many of our public spaces as I can," Benner said.

Late night: Grab a drink at The Pub on Passyunk East, more colloquially known as "the P.O.P.E." He's ordering wine or something with whiskey.

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