Spice Things Up With Lo­cal Aphrodisiacs BEST PLACE FOR: OYS­TERS

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Aphrodisiacs are said to heighten ro­mance, but you may be sur­prised to know that they are found in more than just oys­ters and choco­late. Here, we high­light the best lo­cal spots to find the love in your next ro­man­tic meal. JES­SICA TZIKAS It’s well known that oys­ters are the best aphro­disiac you can eat. And lucky for you, Oys­ter House in Philly is the best place to get them. Order from their raw bar to find oys­ters orig­i­nat­ing ev­ery­where from the Jersey Shore to Canada or get them roasted with chipo­tle lime but­ter or topped with ba­con. 1516 San­som St., 215.567.7683


Skip the typ­i­cal box of choco­late and in­stead head to Bud­dakan for their Choco­late Bento Box. In­dulge in choco­late truf­fles, mac­arons, white choco­late cheese­cake and more deca­dent bites of dessert. It’s the per­fect way to end a spe­cial evening. 325 Chest­nut St., 215.574.9440


Heat things up start­ing at din­ner time. DanDan is known for their ex­tra fiery dishes, but if you’re re­ally look­ing to up the spice fac­tor, order the Rib­eye Brew Pot with dry chili pep­pers, glass noo­dles and pep­per­corn. Just be sure to keep a few glasses of wa­ter next to you; the spice level on this dish is hot, hot, hot. 126 S. 16th St., 215.800.1165


Sure, you can get cof­fee at the many great cafes around the city, but when you’re out cel­e­brat­ing, get your fix with dessert in­stead. Ca­pogiro does it best with their cap­puc­cino fla­vored gelato—it’s made with La Colombe cof­fee and can’t be beat. Mul­ti­ple lo­ca­tions, 215.844.8800


Start the ro­man­tic cel­e­bra­tions early with break­fast or brunch at Blue­stone Lane. This Aus­tralianstyle cof­fee shop and café in Rit­ten­house Square serves a va­ri­ety of healthy starters, in­clud­ing a de­li­cious av­o­cado smash with tahini, cherry toma­toes, feta and e.v.o.o that will start your day off right. 1701 Lo­cust St., 267.239.0144

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