Philadelphia

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

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,...Read More

  • 2. Reading Terminal Market

    Center City East | Shopping Centers/Malls

    The roots of the Reading Terminal Market date to 1892, when the Reading Railroad commissioned a food bazaar to be built in the train shed's...Read More

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  • 3. Rittenhouse Row

    Center City West | Shopping Neighborhoods

    Shop-'til-you-droppers make a beeline for Rittenhouse Row, the area between Broad and 21st streets and Spruce and Market streets. Lately the...Read More

  • 4. AIA Bookstore & Design Center

    Center City East | Books/Stationery

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

  • 5. Analog Watch Co.

    East Passyunk | 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, a combo...Read More

  • 6. 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...Read More

  • 7. Antique Row

    Center City East | 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 stores...Read More

  • 8. 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,...Read More

  • 9. Architectural Antiques Exchange

    Northern Liberties | Antiques/Collectibles

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

  • 10. Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction

    Old City | 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...Read More

  • 11. Art Star

    Northern Liberties | 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 bent...Read More

  • 12. Avril 50

    University City | Gifts/Souvenirs

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

  • 13. 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...Read More

  • 14. Bario-Neal Jewelry

    South Philadelphia | Jewelry/Accessories

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

  • 15. Benjamin Lovell

    South Philadelphia | Shoes/Luggage/Leather Goods

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

  • 16. Blendo, Past and Present

    Center City East | 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. There...Read More

  • 17. Bluemercury

    Rittenhouse Square | Perfume/Cosmetics

    Makeup and skin-care junkies can get their fix at this sleek shop featuring products from Aqua di Parma, Bliss, Bumble & Bumble, Fresh,...Read More

  • 18. 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...Read More

  • 19. 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...Read More

  • 20. 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...Read More

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