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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Analog Watch Co.

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

Bario-Neal Jewelry

  • Jewelry/Accessories

Stunningly simple earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are designed and handcrafted locally at this store-workshop by two women (Anna Bario...

Benjamin Lovell

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

This small, locally based chain specializes in stylish comfort, including brands like Dansko, Naot, Clarks, La Canadienne, Uggs, and...

Brickbat Books

  • Books/Stationery

The charming, worn-in feel of this store lined with wooden shelves befits the merchandise for sale: the focus is on rare, small-press...

Bus Stop Boutique

  • Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

Owned by a British expat, this shop sells fashion-forward, cutting-edge shoes by European labels like Fluevog, Coclico, United Nude and...

Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom

  • Food/Candy

You’ve seen shops like Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom in small-town downtowns all across the country. At this Italian Market shop,...

Di Bruno Bros

  • Food/Candy

This is the original location of the famed cheese shop; the other, larger stores are in Rittenhouse Square and Washington Square West.

Eyes Gallery

  • Gifts/Souvenirs

The three floors of this unique store feel like a folk-art museum with Peruvian alpaca sweaters, Day of the Dead art, and instruments,...

Fabric Horse

  • Jewelry/Accessories

It's impossible to spend any time wandering around East Passyunk without spotting locals with Fabric Horse's stylish, cycling-inspired...

Fabric Row

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In the early 1900s, 4th Street, today's Fabric Row, was teeming with pushcarts selling calico, notions, and trimming, and was known as...