Philadelphia Shopping

Shopaholics love the City of Brotherly (and Sisterly) 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 Plage Tahiti, 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

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

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...

Blendo, Past and Present

  • Antiques/Collectibles

More like a favorite flea market than an antiques shop, the truckload of finds at Blendo is so plentiful they overflow onto the sidewalk.

Capogiro Gelateria

  • Food/Candy

Even in winter, people line up at this location and the one closer to Rittenhouse Square for the rich creamy gelati that come in exotic...

Duross & Langell

  • Perfume/Cosmetics

The two co-owners for which this shop is named make most of the colorful wedges of soap and the organic scrubs, shampoos, and other skin-...

Fabric Workshop and Museum

  • Crafts

A nonprofit arts organization runs this center and store dedicated to creating new work in fabric and other materials, working with emerging...

Gallery at Market East

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A block north of Chestnut Street is Philadelphia's landmark effort at urban-renewal-cum-shopping, the Gallery at Market East, America's...

Giovanni's Room

  • Books/Stationery

Focusing on books dealing with gay, lesbian, and feminist topics, this well-regarded store stocks an extensive inventory and sponsors...

Halloween

  • Jewelry/Accessories

If the sheer quantity of baubles crammed into this tiny shop doesn't take your breath away, the gorgeous, one-of-a-kind designs will.

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