Yes! Philly Named City Of The Year By GQ

As if there weren’t already plenty of reasons to visit Philly, GQ just sweetened the deal.

The monthly men’s magazine just announced the City of Brotherly Love is also its City of the Year!

Since Philly put America on the map way back in the 18th century, the city’s been making big moves — and the 2018 award recognizes a year of huge wins.

“It just feels … different in Philadelphia. Downright victorious, even.”

The Philadelphia Eagles kicked off an amazing year with the team’s first-ever Super Bowl win and a massive parade, and the city’s been in a celebratory mood all year long.

But, as we know, Philly is much more than a sports town.

“We started winning,” GQ writer and Germantown native Zach Baron writes in the profile. “It just feels … different in Philadelphia. Downright victorious, even.”

(Photo by J. Fusco for Visit Philadelphia)
Philadelphia Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins, whose activism helped earn Philadelphia the City of the Year honor, tells GQ he loves Philly’s restaurant scene and the city’s sports fans.

Baron also cites the intersectionality of the city’s music, political and sports scenes, as well as Philly’s growing food reputation. Philadelphia chefs, restauranteurs and restaurants earned four 2018 James Beard Awards nominations, and Bon Appétit has developed a crush on the city — for good reason. VISIT PHILADELPHIA teamed up with the magazine earlier this year to showcase three diverse city restaurants.

Baron’s GQ profile features one of those chefs: Cristina Martinez of El Compadre, who told the magazine one of the things she loves best about Philly is how attentive people are to the work she does at the restaurant and its impact on the Latino community.

Philadelphia might be known for its history, but there’s no better time than now to book a visit.

Check out GQ magazine’s December issue to read the full City of the Year profile and start planning your next trip to Philadelphia.

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