Sunday at Spruce Street Harbor Park, Brunch at Moshulu

Looking for fun Philly weekend plans this Summer? Check out Spruce Street Harbor Park, and grab brunch aboard the Moshulu. Forget about those Sunday Scaries.

Sunday and brunch = a harmonious duo. Brunch is my FAVORITE meal. My cousin/bff and I started a “Cousin’s Brunch Club,” We try to plan one brunch a month. This is always a highly anticipated meal/day.

This past Sunday, Robyn suggested we try Moshulu. I didn’t realize this was on a ship. Although I have passed this restaurant so many times, it didn’t ring a bell.

The ship is old school, but in a good way. It doesn’t feel outdated. It’s charming, slightly art deco. We ordered incredible apps. Service was great, and the portions were perfect for two. It was a bit pricey, but worth every penny. Not to mention, it’s brunch with a view.

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We started with the Chef’s Selection Cheese Plate (brie, a smokey blue, truffled goat cheese, burrata), and Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice (masago spicy mayo, soy reduction, chives). Holy shit. This was like a savory rice krispie. I can’t explain it. All I can say, is go try it for yourself.

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They even have bottomless Champagne and Bloody Mary’s for $16. Not a bad deal!

Following brunch, we walked a short distance to Spruce Street Harbor Park. This is one of my favorite places in the city during the Summertime. It’s an urban boardwalk, situated alongside the Delaware River. This is a great spot day or night. In the evening, the park turns into an illuminated, rainbow, boomerang heaven.

Grab a taco from Jose Garces’ Distrito, a crisp salad from HipCityVeg, ice cream from the Franklin Fountain, or some crab fries at Chickie’s. A cold craft beer? While relaxing in a hammock? They have that too. There are often vendors selling handmade goods as well. The park is kid and dog friendly.

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We made a recent discovery this weekend (close to the Hilton). Foot-pedal SWAN. BOATS. Yes, swan boats. For $8 a person (2 people per swan), you can go out on the Delaware (to a confined area) for 30 minutes of aquatic fun. There are also kayaks available at Paddle Penn’s Landing. I couldn’t stop laughing. We had such a blast, even while sneaking in 30 minutes of cardio. I definitely earned that mint chocolate chip ice cream. Paddle Penn’s Landing is open through September 30th of this year.

Paddle Penn’s Landing Hours

  • May 24 - September 3

    • Weekdays (Mon – Thurs): 3 p.m. to Dusk 

    • Weekends (Fri – Sun): Noon to Dusk 

  • September 4 - September 30

    • Friday: 3 p.m. to Dusk

    • Weekends (Saturday and Sunday): Noon to Dusk

There is ample parking along Columbus Blvd, and even on Front Street. I’ve never had an issue.

For more information about Spruce Street Harbor Park, click here.

Click here for other hours of operation.

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The Moshulu

The Moshulu

If you’ve ever been to Spruce Street Harbor Park, I swant) know what your favorite thing is about it!

Here is a really bad cell phone pic of the park, from two years ago!

Here is a really bad cell phone pic of the park, from two years ago!