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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  • 1. King of Prussia Mall

    Shopping Centers/Malls

    Serious shoppers will want to make a trip to King of Prussia Mall, the largest retail shopping complex on the East Coast. The Plaza, Court, and Pavilion at King of Prussia provide elegant places to stroll and shop. There are nearly 400 specialty shops and six department stores, including Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdale's, and Crate & Barrel. The mall is about 20 miles from downtown; SEPTA Bus 124 or 125 from 17th Street and John F. Kennedy Boulevard runs to the mall.

    160 N. Gulph Rd., Upper Merion Township, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, 19406, USA
  • 2. Rittenhouse Row

    Center City West | Neighborhood

    Shop-'til-you-droppers make a beeline for Rittenhouse Row, the area between Broad and 21st streets and Spruce and Market streets. Lately the chains have been taking over Walnut Street between Rittenhouse Square and Broad Street, but this is still the greatest concentration of swanky stores and tony boutiques, art galleries, and jewelers you'll find in the city.

    Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
  • 3. Anthropologie

    Rittenhouse Square | Clothing

    The flagship shop of the locally based national chain takes up three floors of an elegant Rittenhouse Square building (once someone's mansion, of course). The sales floors that encircle the grand stone staircase are brimming with lush colors, floral patterns, and vintage and ethnic-inspired styles that offer a departure from the ordinary. Pretty jewelry, stylish shoes and handbags, and other accessories add an enchanting femininity to fashion. Head downstairs for an array of home decor, including glassware, pottery, pillows, and mirrors. Be sure to check out the lower level for racks of bargain-priced sale items, and don't forget to look up at the towering first-floor ceiling of the onetime front parlor.

    1801 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, USA
  • 4. Arader Galleries

    Center City East | 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 maps, specializing in botanicals, birds, and the American West.

    1308 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19107, USA
  • 5. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

    Old City | Specialty Store

    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 Age methods. On sale are handcrafted blanket rolls, bar tools and accessories, hand-dyed T-shirts, and bottles of spirits inspired by the original recipes for gingersnaps and root beer.

    116 N. 3rd St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, USA
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  • 6. Avril 50

    University City | Souvenirs

    This narrow shop fulfills several functions: as an international newsstand—if you're looking for a particularly obscure foreign periodical, you'll find it here; and as purveyor of excellent coffee and espresso shot, unusual postcards, high-end chocolate, and specialty cigarettes and tobacco. The patio seating is an added bonus—enjoy your newspaper and coffee while people-watching.

    3406 Sansom St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19104, USA
  • 7. Baker Street Bread

    Chestnut Hill | 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 bakery at the base of Chestnut Hill. There's also a small selection of sandwiches and pizzas if you need to refuel before trekking up Germantown Avenue.

    8009 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19118, USA
  • 8. Bario-Neal Jewelry

    South Philadelphia | Jewelry & Watches

    Stunningly simple earrings, bracelets, and necklaces are designed and handcrafted locally at this store-workshop by two women (Anna Bario and Page Neal) who create environmentally friendly jewelry. All materials are reclaimed, ethically sourced, or retrieved using low-impact practices. Even the packaging—reclaimed glass bottles with cork stoppers—is green.

    700 S. 6th St., 19147, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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    Rate Includes: Appointments preferred
  • 9. Born Yesterday

    Rittenhouse Square | Clothing

    This shop is filled with unique clothing and toys for haute tots. Specialties include handmade goods, imported fashions, and styles not available elsewhere.

    1901 Walnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, USA
  • 10. Bourse

    Old City | Shopping Centers/Malls

    Across the street from the Liberty Bell is the Bourse, an elegantly restored 1895 commodities exchange building. The six-story skylighted atrium contains a few fun shops catering to tourists, such as Destination Philadelphia, as well as a festive international food court.

    111 S. Independence Mall E, between Market and Chestnut Sts., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19106, USA

    Shop Details

    Rate Includes: Mon.–Sat. 10–6; Mar.–Nov., also Sun. 11–5
  • 11. Boyds

    Rittenhouse Square | Clothing

    Beneath the royal-blue canopy and white-marble entrance, you can find the largest single-store men's clothier in the country, with nine shops that present the traditional English look, avant-garde Italian imports, and dozens of other styles and designers, from Armani to Zegna. The store has departments for extra tall, large, and short men; formal wear; and shoes; and there's free valet parking, and 60 tailors on the premises. Women can find a small selection of high-quality designer clothes, too.

    1818 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, USA

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    Rate Includes: Free valet parking
  • 12. Bredenbreck's Ice Cream Parlor

    Chestnut Hill | Food/Candy

    The bakery half of the store is nothing to write home about, but on the ice-cream side they scoop Bassetts ice cream. If you've tried Bassetts—there's also a counter in Reading Terminal Market—you'll know why this is important information.

    8126 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19118, USA
  • 13. Brickbat Books

    South Philadelphia | 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 used and new books, although it's not unheard-of to find a $4 Hardy Boys paperback next to a first-edition Edward Gorey. The store also acts as a venue for fringe musicians from near and far.

    709 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147, USA
  • 14. Bus Stop Boutique

    South Philadelphia | 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 Fly London that are hard to find on this side of the pond.

    727 S. 4th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147, USA
  • 15. Calderwood Gallery

    Northeast Philadelphia

    French Art Deco, Modernist, and post-war furniture and objects from the 1940s and '50s tempt discerning collectors at this fine establishment, which has moved to a large, open space in northeast Philadelphia from its original Rittehouse Square townhouse.

    242 Geiger Rd., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19115, USA

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    Rate Includes: Weekdays 11–5, weekends by chance or appointment
  • 16. Caleb Meyer's

    Chestnut Hill | Jewelry & Watches

    You'll find elegant and distinctive jewelry in gold and platinum at this well-known shop. They also have a curated collection of crafts in wood, glass, pottery, and silver.

    8520 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19118, USA
  • 17. Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom

    South Philadelphia | Food/Candy

    You’ve seen shops like Cardenas Oil & Vinegar Taproom in small-town downtowns all across the country. At this Italian Market shop, they’ve got the requisite refillable oils and vinegars (in flavors that include blood orange and coconut), but distinguish themselves with a serious lineup of rare, unadulterated elixirs sourced from Italy, Spain, even South Africa. The team is generous with samples.

    942 S. 9th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19147, USA
  • 18. Children's Boutique

    Center City West | Clothing

    The store carries a look between conservative and classic in infant to preteen clothes and shoes. You can buy complete wardrobes, specialty gifts, and handmade items. An extensive toy department carries the latest in kiddie crazes.

    The Shops at Liberty Place, 1625 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, USA
  • 19. David David Gallery

    Rittenhouse Square | Art Gallery

    American and European paintings, drawings, and watercolors from the 16th to the 20th century are on display.

    260 S. 18th St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, USA
  • 20. Di Bruno Bros

    Rittenhouse Square | Food/Candy

    There are three locations to tempt the palate—the original one in the Italian Market and the hipper ones in Rittenhouse Square and Washington West. Di Bruno's is a mecca for cheese lovers—the store carries more than 300 different varieties from around the world, as well as some house-made kinds. You can also find barrels of olives, imported olive oils, Abbruzze sausage, and balsamic vinegar that's been aged for 75 years. The staff is very knowledgeable and will provide friendly advice on storage, preparation, and serving ideas. Ask for recipes and samples.

    1730 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 19103, USA

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