Here’s a few spots convenient for getting lunch and other quick stops during the day. They’re between 2 and 10 minutes away (walking distance) from the conference venue. Note that this is by no means an exhaustive list: the area around campus features a wide range of cafes and restaurants. Feel free to explore around for further options.
Houston Hall (groceries; sandwiches; Pret-a-manger; Starbucks)
3417 Spruce St #307 Map
Franklin’s Table Hall (pizza; burgers; falafel; sushi; sandwiches)
3401 Walnut St Map
Food trucks (Mediterranean; Mexican; Asian)
All along Spruce street, 34th Street and 38th street
Wawa (convenience store; sandwiches; mini-market)
3724-3744 Spruce Street Map
Further dining options within a short walking distance are available along Spruce Street and 40th Street. (Also see this overview article in the Daily Pennsylvanian)
Here’s a few suggestions for nearby bars, restaurants and other places for hanging out after each conference day. They’re all within 5 and 20 minutes (walking) from the conference venue. Again, note that this is by no means an exhaustive list: the area around campus features a wide range of restaurants and bars. Feel free to explore around for further options!
If you feel like venturing beyond University City, and you probably should, here’s a great list of recommendation compiled by Lyle Ungar, a professor of computational biology at the University of Pennsylvania.
Supermarkets/Grocery Stores/Convenience Stores
Acme (Supermarket) 4001 Walnut St Map
Giant Heirloom (Supermarket) 3401 Chestnut St Map
CVS (Convenience Store/Pharmacy) 3401 Walnut St Map
UPS (Photocopies/Printing/Shipping) 3720 Spruce St Map