If MIA 2013 is anything like last year’s event, then you will leave feeling that you have experienced the best in arts, culture, music and food that Philadelphia has to offer. But if you can’t bear to stand in another line for food and are looking for a different, and still awesome, cultural experience, then Marrakesh (517 S. Leithgow St.) is the place to go. Most people will suggest that you try a cheesesteak when in Philly, but there are other food gems in the city. Hidden away (seriously, you have to knock to get in) a few blocks away from South Street, this Moroccan restaurant is a must-try! An intimate spot with excellent food for a low price, Marrakesh provides the ultimate dining experience, complete with six full courses and belly dancers. Reservations are highly recommended.
Since you’ll be on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for the festival, visiting one of Philly’s awesome museums is a must. Whether you prefer to run up the “Rocky Steps” at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (2600 Benjamin Franklin Parkway) or visit the Franklin Institute (222 N. 20th St.) and catch a film at the Imax theater, you’ll find something to your liking. (If you opt for the art museum, be sure to go the day before or after MIA, since the entrances to the museum will be inaccessible during the festival.)
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Kiarra Solomon is a Philadelphia-based writer. Follow her on Twitter.