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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Arcadia Boutique

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This open and airy clothing store is all-green, all-the-time: the tees are made from bamboo fibers and shelves are fashioned from reclaimed...

Architectural Antiques Exchange

  • Antiques/Collectibles

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

Art Star

  • Crafts

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

Bambi Gallery and Boutique

  • Crafts

Bartender-turned-curator Candace Karch shows emerging local and nonlocal artists in her soaring space in the Piazza at Schmidt's. Her...

Brown Betty Dessert Boutique

  • Food/Candy

One of the many women-owned businesses in the nabe, Brown Betty is revered for its pineapple pound cake and for its long menu of cupcakes.

Maison du Very Bad Horse

  • Clothing

This shop showcases local designer Kim Montenegro, whose signature hip-hugging, laced-and-studded custom denim jackets and jeans are...


  • Jewelry/Accessories

This high-design concept store sells a mix of items curated by a Paris-centric store owner, including gold-link chain necklaces embellished...

Nexus Foundation for Today's Art

  • Crafts

A group of artists started this nonprofit organization in 1975. The emphasis is on experimental art as well as new directions in traditional...

Piazza at Schmidt's

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This local developer's mixed-use interpretation of Rome's Piazza Navona was a long time coming, and was the cause of so much controversy...