Philadelphia Shopping

Shopaholics love the City of Brotherly Love for its style—funky artwork and highbrow housewares, fine jewels, and haute couture.

Indeed, Philadelphia has spawned some influential fashion retailers. The Urban Outfitters chain was born in a storefront in West Philadelphia. Its sophisticated sister, Anthropologie, also has its roots in Philadelphia. Lagos, the popular high-end jewelry line,

was founded here, and all items are still produced locally. High-fashion boutiques Joan Shepp, Knit Wit, and Elle Lauri, all in the Rittenhouse Square area, are well regarded by locals for designer clothing and accessories.

Some of the most spirited shopping in town is also pleasing to the palate. The indoor Reading Terminal Market and the outdoor Italian Market are bustling with urban dwellers buying groceries and visitors searching for the perfect Philadelphia cheesesteak. Equally welcoming is the city's quaint, cobblestone Antiques Row, the three-block stretch of Pine Street crammed with shops selling everything from estate jewelry to stained glass and vintage furniture. Also worth a trip is the Third Street Corridor in Old City, home to scads of independent, funky boutiques. In Northern Liberties, the Piazza at Schmidt's is a giant mixed-use development inspired by Rome's Piazza Navona, which houses 100,000 square feet of retail space bursting with creative entrepreneurs.

Neighborhoods are presented clockwise starting from the Old City, a commercial waterfront turned arts enclave on the Delaware River, moving south to South Philadelphia, then west to Center City and Rittenhouse Square, across the Schuylkill River to University City around the University of Pennsylvania campus, and ending in the north with Northern Liberties.

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AIA Bookstore & Design Center

  • Books/Stationery

Run by the Philadelphia chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), this shop specializes in books on architectural theory,...

Analog Watch Co.

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Chic unisex watches composed of natural materials like marble and bamboo (and featured the New York’s MoMA!) are the get at Analog,...

Anthropologie

  • Clothing

The flagship shop of the locally based national chain takes up three floors of an elegant Rittenhouse Square building (once someone's...

Antique Row

  • Shopping Neighborhoods

Pine Street from 9th Street to 12th Street has long been Philadelphia's Antique Row. The three-block area has a good number of antiques...

Arader Galleries

  • Antiques/Collectibles

This is the flagship store of a highly respected chain that stocks the world's largest selection of 16th- to 19th-century prints and...

Architectural Antiques Exchange

  • Antiques/Collectibles

Victorian embellishments from saloons and apothecary shops, stained and beveled glass, gargoyles, and advertising memorabilia entice...

Art Star

  • Art Galleries

Two grads of the local Tyler School of Art run this retail shop and gallery that carries independent designers and artists with a crafty...

Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

  • Specialty Stores

This flagship store for a brand launched in 2008 by a local ad man set the stage for an idiosyncratic mix of wares made using pre–Industrial...

Avril 50

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

This narrow shop fulfills several functions: as an international newsstand—if you're looking for a particularly obscure foreign periodical,...

Baker Street Bread

  • Food/Candy

Cross the street if you don't want to get lured inside by the enticing aromas of fresh-baked artisanal breads and pastries at this small...

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