South Street in historic downtown Philly is one place that draws thousands of visitors every day, from all walks of life, thanks to its beautiful murals, specialty boutiques and eateries that sell the famous Philly cheese steaks.
Ethnics (307 South St., 215-627-625): If you like handcrafted imported jewelry, furniture, art or pottery, check out this store. Many items come from Indonesia and are one-of-a-kind. Be prepared for sticker shock, but there is always something on sale.
Zipperhead (407 South St., 215-928-1123): The spikes, studs and leather at this punk and rock 'n' roll clothing store could scare off some, but it has a strong customer base, according to some of the employees. Everyone from teens to stylish adults can be found looking through the unique accessories.
Condom Kingdom (437-439 South St., 215-829-1668): This store is not really for the kids, but it is one of the biggest attractions on South Street. Shaped like a castle with iron gates, condoms are only one part of the vast array of merchandise that can be purchased here (most of which is too racy to mention). The plastic sperm swimming overhead toward the center of the store, or the "egg," serve as your guide throughout the store.
The Chef's Market (231 South St., 215-925-8360): This small market has a wide variety of gourmet food to eat in or take out. Everything from pasta, fresh vegetables and scones to sushi can be purchased. The Chef's Market was voted "Best Gourmet Market in the Delaware Valley."
Jon's Bar and Grille (Third and South streets, 215-592-1390): Not only does this place have great food with a great view, but also it is the birthplace of Larry Fine of the Three Stooges. What more can you ask for? American cuisine, and if you like pizza you can choose between the Larry, Moe or Curly.
Lorenzo & Son Pizza (305 South St., 215-627-4110): The largest piece of pizza for the smallest amount of money. Three dollars will get you a slice of pizza and a soda, but don't ask for toppings: The answer is no. The pizza is so good that putting anything on it would ruin this Italian delight. Don't count on just walking into this place for a quick bite. The line wraps around the store and out the door, down the street.
Rita's Water Ice (239 South St., 215-629-3910): Philly lays claim to not only the cheese steak, but also the chilly treat called water ice, a cross between Italian ice and a slushy. You can get this only about four months out of the year, so don't miss it. Rita's also serves old-fashioned frozen custard and creamy custard shakes. Also try a gelati, which is water ice and frozen custard together.
Copabanana (344 South St., 215-923-6180): The food here is great, but the margaritas are even better. With its Tex-Mex menu, this place just screams family outing, but it also turns into a place to party at night.
O'neals (South and Third streets, 215-574-9495): This is a family-owned Irish pub with at least 13 beers on draft at one time that change from week to week. If you like rugby, you can meet the Schuylkill River Exiles Rugby Club every Thursday or Saturday after a game.
Fat Tuesday (431-433 South St., 215-629-5999) This is the easiest way to enjoy the sights of South Street without doing too much walking. Simply order an appetizer or drink, and sit and watch the people go by. You can listen to great music and enjoy a nice spring day.
The Laff House (221 South St., 215-440-4242): Take a break and visit the comedy club that plays host to local and many famous comedians. Tickets are about $13, but get a $2 discount just by visiting their Web site, www.laffhouse.com.