By Jessica Green | August 26, 2015 | Lifestyle
Keep your weekend open for exploring Midtown Village with our full-day itinerary of eating, drinking, and shopping. Bonus: Everything is within a few blocks, so no extensive walking is required.
Head to the always-busy Green Eggs Café early to skip the endless line that pops up every Saturday during brunch time. Dragging yourself out of bed will be worth it once you take a bite of the decadent cookie dough-stuffed French toast, which in our opinion is the perfect way to start the weekend. 212 S. 13th St., 267-861-0314; 719 N. Second St., 215-922-3447; 1306 Dickinson St., 215-226-3447
For the food itinerary we have ahead (and to burn off that French toast), we suggest going to the brand new studio at Duross and Langel for a quick yoga flow class. You’ll feel refreshed and ready for your next activity. 109 S. 13th St., 215-592-7627
Spend the next few hours getting all of your home décor needs fulfilled, including browsing for modern benches, poufs, and stylish mirrors at Cella Luxuria (1214 Chestnut St.) and household trinkets (that yes, you definitely need) at West Elm (1330 Chestnut St.). Then treat yourself to some luxe accessories and delightful chocolate bites at Verde (108 S. 13th St.), unique jewelry at Bella Turka (113 S. 13th St.), and gifts for out-of-towners at Open House (107 S. 13th St.).
After all that shopping, you'll need a little R&R. Head to Eviama Life Spa for a 55-minute Myofascial Release Integrated Massage—a technical way of saying it will relieve you of stress and improve your posture. 109 S. 13th St., Second Fl., 215-545-3444
Feeling so good after that spa session, you worked up an appetite? Jake’s Sandwich Board is full of crave-worthy sandwiches, including the 50/50, which is made with half pork, half bacon, sharp provolone, and finished with sriracha spread. For something a bit lighter, we suggest Fuel, which is under 500 calories and absolutely mouthwatering. 122 S. 12th St.; 1225 Walnut St., 212-922-0102
Make sure you dress to impress for the night ahead by getting a blowout at ARS Parlour. Make an appointment with master stylist Rachid—his skills will make it hard for you to stop checking your hair out in every window you walk by. 204 S. 12th St., 215-790-1061
Sampan excels in the happy hour game, as witnessed every day from 5-7 pm. You can enjoy a full specially priced menu with favorites like edamame dumplings and pork bao buns as well as cocktails, beer, and wine. 124 S. 13th St., 215-732-3501
The octopus at Opa.
There is no shortage of options along 13th Street for a satisfying meal. Greek-food lovers can head to Opa (1311 Sansom St.), where we suggest ordering the octopus dish; vegetarians should opt for Charlie was a sinner. (131 S. 13th St.), where the cocktails are just as delicious (and strong) as all the vegan-friendly items. For those who want to try something classic, the newly-opened Bud & Marilyns (1234 Locust St.) serves up American dishes like heirloom tomatoes, fried chicken, and short rib stroganoff.
End the night at Time, a whiskey bar, taproom, and music venue wrapped in one. The second floor is a club, where your friends with the dancing bug can listen to live DJs performing every Friday and Saturday, while the main floor is quieter, with a dining room full of couches and a large bar—perfect for sipping a glass of wine—and a whiskey bar that has a more casual vibe and offers a laidback hideaway. 1315 Sansom St., 215-985-4800
photography via facebook.com/pages/green-eggs-cafe; facebook.com/pages/duross-langel;